An easy way to travel.

Ideal for a day trip, work visit or family outing, trains from Manchester to Chester are a fantastic way to explore.


How long do Manchester to Chester trains take?

Our services from Manchester to Chester take a little over an hour and run all day from around 05.00 through to 23.45. This means there’re plenty of times available, plus our Anytime tickets allow even more flexibility on your journey. We also offer free Wi-Fi, which makes it comfortable and easy to work en route or plan a spot of sightseeing.

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Why travel from Manchester to Chester?

The ancient city of Chester, with its recognisable red stone Roman fortifications, is a popular UK destination. Archaeologists are finding rich pickings as they excavate the large amphitheatre that lies just outside the walls, with many of their treasures ending up in the impressive Grosvenor Museum. For history buffs, this is a must-see.

Chester’s many family-friendly attractions include the Jodrell Bank Observatory. This has been granted UNESCO World Heritage Site status in recognition of its significant cultural and scientific impact. Chester Zoo is another must-visit, and while you’re there, why not adopt an animal? This dramatically helps with their ongoing international conservation projects and makes an unusual gift for someone.

Before getting the train home, why not catch a show at the award-winning Storyhouse Theatre. This impressive complex has a year-round programme of events and live performances, conveniently surrounded by numerous fine-dining restaurants - the perfect way to finish your day in Chester.


With our downloadable app, you can book tickets from Manchester to Chester and check train timetables on the move, giving you more time to spend in this glorious city. Our X feed will keep you updated with any travel reports as they happen.