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Getting from York to Manchester

York has a history which dates back to the Roman times and is home to some of the best preserved historical buildings in England and Europe. In Roman times, it was known as Eboracum and was one of the important Roman cities in Britain. The Vikings also ensured a major urban revival for the city. Nowadays, it’s a small but charming English city , home to plenty of festivals.

The closest airport to York is Leeds but it doesn’t offer too many options for flights. In fact, it’s a more expensive option than Manchester’s Airport , which is the largest British airport outside of London, served by a variety of carriers.

Quick summary

Getting from York to Manchester is easy: the cheapest option is the bus, but the fastest is the train (and the fare difference is not too much between the two means of transportation).

Trains from York to Manchester

Trains connect York to both Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Oxford Road. The travel time is similar : about 1 ½ h , but it’s cheaper to travel to Manchester Piccadilly at certain hours. Single fares start at £12.00 and there departures every 15 to 30 minutes daily. Details, schedules and prices can be found here.

First also operates daily trains between the two cities, leaving every 10 to 30 minutes. The travel time is the same and the fares start at £12.00 one way.

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Buses from York to Manchester

National Express offers buses every hour, daily between York and Manchester. The travel time is 2 ½ h and the single fare starts at £10.30 but depends on the time of departure.

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Driving from York to Manchester

You can rent a car in York and drive the 75 miles to Manchester – or the other way around. The travel time is about 1 ½ h but it does depend on the traffic.

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Getting from London to York

Located in Yorkshire, York is an ancient cathedral city. Its history dates back to pre-Roman times and the city is filled with excellent preserved historical buildings. In Roman times , York was one of the most important cities in Britain and is directly linked to Constantine the Great, who was proclaimed emperor here. Later it was a major Viking settlement.

The closest airport to York is Leeds-Bradford International Airport (LBA) but it’s the least convenient and most expensive in the area. Further away is Manchester Airport (MAN) which has quite good connections to the rest of Britain and Europe. But the majority of visitors arrive through one of London’s airports.

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Quick summary

The fastest and easiest way to get from London to York is by train. But there are also buses if you want to save money and don’t mind 5 hours of traveling.

Trains from London to York

Nation Rail operates trains between London’s Kings Cross and York. The travel time is about 2 h and the single fare starts at £47.00, but depends on the time of departure. There are departures about every 30 min to 1 hour.

Grand Central Rail also operates trains between London Kings Cross and York. There are departures about every 30 min to 1 hour, every day. The travel time is also about 2h and the off peak single fare is £93.10.

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Buses from London to York

National Express operates direct buses between London and York. Connection buses are also available and there are departures about every 30 min to 1 h , daily. The fastest travel time is 4h 50 min and the single fare starts at £16.50 but depends on the time of departure.

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Driving from London to York

You can rent a car and drive the 200 miles between London and York. The travel time is about 4 h, but it does depend on the traffic.

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