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m1m2
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LHR To Manchester (ground Transportation)

Wed Nov 04, 2015 9:07 am

I was wondering if anyone on here could help me out with some suggestions on how to get from LHR to Manchester. I'm interested in ground transportation, but any suggestion would be appreciated.

Thanks,

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RE: LHR To Manchester (ground Transportation)

Wed Nov 04, 2015 9:26 am

You have regular coach services from LHR : www.nationalexpress.com

Or get the train/underground from LHR into London and then connect to mainline services. A search can be found at : www.thetrainline.com

Hope this helps. Rgds
 
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RE: LHR To Manchester (ground Transportation)

Wed Nov 04, 2015 10:04 am

Don't forget you could also rent a car and experience our M25  
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RE: LHR To Manchester (ground Transportation)

Wed Nov 04, 2015 10:10 am

Looking at Google Flights for the next few months, most one way flights are £65 and takes an hour.

Looks like the train is anywhere from £35-50 for an Advance ticket and takes 3.5 hours (and a train switch from Paddington to Euston on the Tube which can be cumbersome with lots of baggage).

Looks like the coach takes 4.5 hours for a direct, costing around £35
 
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RE: LHR To Manchester (ground Transportation)

Thu Nov 05, 2015 4:05 pm

Quoting readytotaxi (Reply 2):
Don't forget you could also rent a car and experience our M25

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RE: LHR To Manchester (ground Transportation)

Thu Nov 05, 2015 6:34 pm

Quoting theobcman (Reply 1):
Or get the train/underground from LHR into London and then connect to mainline services. A search can be found at : www.thetrainline.com

Whereas I applaud you for suggesting the OP takes the train, please do not be reckless enough to suggest they use the Trainline for their rail ticket purchasing activities.

OP, if you do take the train book directly at one of the train operators websites such as Virgin Trains, GWR etc. Same prices, no booking fees.
 
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RE: LHR To Manchester (ground Transportation)

Sat Nov 07, 2015 7:07 pm

I would not suggest you go overland unless you are going to do something along the way. Rail is quick, but from Heathrow it's a bit of a slog to reach Euston Station. If you can take a day, hire a car and drive up through the Cotswolds and then up through Warwickshire to the Derbyshire Peaks - perhaps a 5-6 hour drive, but break it up with a few stops and you have a pleasant day and some lovely scenery.

Quoting visualapproach (Reply 5):
Whereas I applaud you for suggesting the OP takes the train, please do not be reckless enough to suggest they use the Trainline for their rail ticket purchasing activities.

OP, if you do take the train book directly at one of the train operators websites such as Virgin Trains, GWR etc. Same prices, no booking fees.

Quite - I have never found the trainline to be cheaper... on probably 600+ rail bookings so far this year.


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RE: LHR To Manchester (ground Transportation)

Thu Nov 19, 2015 3:19 pm

Personally, I would rent a car and drive it. At Heathrow you're already out of London so the hard bit is over. In my experience, it shouldn't take you more than 4 hours to drive yourself to Manchester. It's only 200 miles.

Train might be as (if not more) expensive than car rental but might be slightly faster.
 
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RE: LHR To Manchester (ground Transportation)

Sat Nov 21, 2015 6:55 pm

Go the other direction: RailAir coach to Reading Station then Cross Country trains to Manchester
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RE: LHR To Manchester (ground Transportation)

Mon Nov 23, 2015 3:48 pm

Quoting trident3 (Reply 8):
Cross Country trains to Manchester

I avoid Cross Country trains like the plague!

1) Always late

2) They stink

3) The trains are about 6 coaches too short so there is always people standing. Its like getting an equipment change from a 77W to an ATR but still trying to cram everyone on it anyway (Reading-Birmingham is particularly bad - I have done this route many times and often end up changing to a Chiltern Railways train at Banbury...)

4) The electronic on-board seat reservation system on the Cross Country Voyager trains rarely works so someone is sat in your reserved seat. Then there is no point in asking them to move as someone will be sat in their seat and so on and so forth.

They do quite often have cheap deals in first class so might be worth looking out for this. This is a whole different experience!

In the absence of first class deals, I would suggest driving, along the lines suggested by

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 6):
PlymSpotter

Anyway... apologies for my venting!  

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RE: LHR To Manchester (ground Transportation)

Mon Nov 23, 2015 4:54 pm

Quoting michaelg90222 (Reply 9):
2) They stink

Oh God yes... don't get me started.

I got fed up a few months ago and sent a Twitter rant to them - the entire train stank of sewage, nauseatingly so. The apologetic reply informed me that the septic tank on Voyagers is located beside/above part of the engine so, once the engine gets hot, the septic tank heats up. As heat rises, so do the fumes, meaning the carriage fills with that lovely fresh sewage smell.

This is why I drive/fly mostly now!


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RE: LHR To Manchester (ground Transportation)

Tue Nov 24, 2015 9:50 am

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 10):
Oh God yes... don't get me started.

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