You'll find the cheapest train tickets if you travel off peak. Peak hours usually coincide with the morning rush - on Leeds to Manchester trains this is weekdays at 04:49 to 09:26.
Book as far in advance as possible to find cheap tickets. Northern release their early-bird tickets 12 weeks before departure, and the lower prices are often still available up until midnight the night before you travel. With TransPennine Express, you need to book before 6pm the night before you travel to get an advance ticket. This could mean a discount of up to 50%.
The fastest train to Manchester from Leeds is the TransPennine Express service which takes 50 minutes - this train only stops once, at Huddersfield. There are two routes - one to Piccadilly, and one to Victoria.
Trains operated by Northern are often slower, with an average journey time of one hour and 40 minutes. These stop at numerous small stations including Dewsbury, Walsden and Rochdale.
Trains to Manchester are available from Leeds Railway Station. Services are usually operated by TransPennine Express and Northern.
Trains from Leeds to Manchester are available to Victoria and Piccadilly stations.
Take the train to Manchester Piccadilly if you want to arrive in the city centre, or if you're heading to a conference in the Manchester Conference Centre.
If you're visiting for a gig at the Manchester Arena, look for trains to Victoria - this station is just steps away from the venue.
Trains from Leeds to Manchester run through the night. There's a gap of two hours between the 23:35 train to Piccadilly - the next one runs at 02:20, arriving at 03:31. There's another train at 03:34 (04:43 arrival) before the daytime service resumes with the first train of the day at 04:49. This gets into Piccadilly just before 06:00.
Train timetables are subject to change: compare tickets from Leeds to Manchester to see the latest departure times.