Prices from
£54.25
EACH WAY*
From Cambridge
To Manchester Piccadilly
No booking fees!

*Based on a return fare.

Travelling from Cambridge to Manchester Piccadilly by train

Book your train journey from Cambridge to Manchester Piccadilly with East Midlands Railway, find out more about the journey and answers to all your questions below:

The time of the journey by train from Cambridge to Manchester Piccadilly is on average 4 hours 1 minute, but the fastest trains take around 3 hours 35 minutes.

Trains to Manchester Piccadilly from Cambridge run up to 4 times per hour. The first train from Cambridge to Manchester Piccadilly in a morning is 04:53 and the last train time is 21:00.

Cambridge to Manchester Piccadilly by train: key facts at a glance

Average train time: 4h 1m
Fastest journey time: 3h 35m
First train: 04:53
Last train: 21:00
Origin station Cambridge station
Destination station Manchester Piccadilly station

How to get cheap train tickets from Cambridge to Manchester Piccadilly

Our Off-Peak and Super Off-Peak tickets are a great way to get cheap train tickets and save money on your journey from Cambridge to Manchester Piccadilly if you don't need to travel at rush hour, and can be bought just before you board. Our app is the best way to buy last minute rail tickets, and most of our tickets can be sent to your mobile too.

Our tickets are even cheaper if you buy in advance. Plan your journey online and we’ll show you the cheapest train tickets for your chosen travel times.

If you want to save even more on your rail journeys you could save up to a third off every train journey with a National Railcard. Our Railcards page has more information on all railcard options.

Regular travellers can save with a Season ticket if they travel on the same train route from Cambridge to Manchester Piccadilly at least three or four days a week. A Flexi Season ticket could help you save money if you’re travelling eight days in 28 days – you can travel any time between two stations, offering flexibility and savings when working fewer days in the office.

If you’re travelling as a group from Cambridge to Manchester Piccadilly, why not check out our group tickets. We have a wide range of options to suit a variety of group sizes, whether travelling with your colleagues or a group of students. Visit our group train tickets page for further information.

If you’re travelling with your family from Cambridge to Manchester Piccadilly, you can save money on the cost of your train tickets with a Family and Friends Railcard. To see how you can benefit benefit from a third off for up to four adults along with 60% off for up to four kids, head over to our Family and Friends Railcard page.

Looking for even more ways to save money on UK rail travel? Head over to our cheap train tickets guide for more information.

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Travelling from Cambridge to Manchester Piccadilly - what type of train tickets are on offer?

Travel by train from Cambridge to Manchester Piccadilly in comfort and ease with a flexible range of tickets, each created to help you find the best option for your rail journey.

Advance tickets

Save money travelling from Cambridge to Manchester Piccadilly when you book your rail tickets up to 12 weeks ahead of your departure. Typically, the earlier ahead you book the more you save. The Advance ticket type is often the go-to for pre-planned train journeys to Manchester Piccadilly. Advance tickets are available on our website, mobile app and from ticket offices. Find out more about Advance train tickets.

Super Off Peak and Off Peak tickets

Go from Cambridge to Manchester Piccadilly and save on every mile with our Off Peak and Super Off Peak train tickets. Available on specified train routes outside of peak hours, these tickets are perfect for those that can be a bit more flexible with when they leave Cambridge. Off Peak rail travel varies depending on route and location, so please check on our website, mobile app or from our ticket offices for eligibility. Find out more about Super Off Peak and Off Peak tickets.

Anytime tickets

Travel at peak times, in the afternoon, or late evening with an Anytime train ticket. You can purchase your own Anytime ticket at, well, anytime. Fancy a spontaneous trip to Manchester Piccadilly? Then the Anytime rail ticket is here to get you there. Either grab a digital copy via our website and mobile app or pick up a paper version from our ticket offices. Find out more about Anytime tickets.

What train ticket type is right for me?

If you’re a more frequent rail traveller, a season ticket will offer the most freedom and value. If you don’t travel via train very often, our online journey planner will provide multiple options for your journey from Cambridge to Manchester Piccadilly, so you can choose the cheapest or best option for you.

Journey information from Cambridge to Manchester Piccadilly

How much is a train ticket from Cambridge to Manchester Piccadilly?

Take the train from Cambridge to Manchester Piccadilly from just £54.25 one-way based on a return fare.  Plan your journey online to see the cheapest train ticket prices to Manchester Piccadilly for your chosen travel times.

What is the fastest train between Cambridge and Manchester Piccadilly?

The fastest train between Cambridge and Manchester Piccadilly is 3 hours 35 minutes. Use our journey planner tool to find the rail quickest journeys.

How long does it take to travel from Cambridge to Manchester Piccadilly by train?

The average journey time by train from Cambridge to Manchester Piccadilly takes 4 hours 1 minute. Journey times may be slightly longer at weekends and on Bank Holidays. Check journey times on your travel dates with our online journey planner or download a train timetable .

How many trains a day are there from Cambridge to Manchester Piccadilly?

There are up to 81 trains per day from Cambridge to Manchester Piccadilly.

Are there any direct trains from Cambridge to Manchester Piccadilly?

No, it’s not possible to get a direct train between Cambridge and Manchester Piccadilly. Find the fastest route with our online journey planner.

What time is the first train from Cambridge to Manchester Piccadilly?

The first train leaves at 04:53 from Cambridge to Manchester Piccadilly. Buy your train tickets in advance online or from our app and avoid rushing on the day. Please note that train times and services may vary during weekends and Bank Holidays.

What time is the last train from Cambridge to Manchester Piccadilly?

The last train from Cambridge to Manchester Piccadilly leaves at 21:00.

When should you book your train tickets from Cambridge to Manchester Piccadilly?

Booking your rail tickets from Cambridge to Manchester Piccadilly in advance is recommended if you are looking to secure the best price. You can book advance train tickets from up to 12 weeks ahead of your journey.

Can I book assistance for my train journey from Cambridge to Manchester Piccadilly?

Yes, we offer Passenger Assist services at the station and on-board between Cambridge and Manchester Piccadilly. We recommend booking at least 12 hours before you travel. You can book assistance online or by calling our Passenger Assist team on 08000 11 33 23.

Cambridge

  • Ticket office
  • Step-free access
  • Prepurchase collection
  • Car park
  • Ticket machine
  • Toilets
  • Taxi-rank
  • Wifi
  • Seated area available

Manchester Piccadilly

  • Ticket office
  • Step-free access
  • Prepurchase collection
  • Car park
  • Ticket machine
  • Toilets
  • Taxi-rank
  • Wifi
  • Seated area available