Try to avoid travelling at peak hours. On the Liverpool to Manchester train, these are generally on weekdays at 05:20 to 09:30.
You can find cheap tickets from Liverpool to Manchester if you plan carefully. TransPennine Express makes its cheapest tickets available until 6pm the night before you travel, with savings of up to 50% off the on-the-day price. Northern make their advance tickets available 12 weeks before departure, and they're generally available until midnight the day before.
The fastest train to Manchester from Liverpool is the non-stop TransPennine Express from Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Victoria, and it takes 32 minutes. Most trains take a bit longer: the average journey time is 50 minutes, and some trains take slightly longer at just over an hour. Most services are direct with no changes.
Trains to Manchester are available from Liverpool Lime Street. Services are usually operated by TransPennine Express and Northern.
Trains from Liverpool arrive at Manchester Victoria and Manchester Piccadilly.
Manchester Piccadilly station is centrally located near the Manchester Conference Centre, the Alan Turing memorial and the trendy Northern Quarter neighbourhood.
Manchester Victoria station is right next to the Manchester Arena and walking distance from the National Football Museum.
The first train of the day departs at 05:20, getting into Manchester just before 06:10.
The last train from Liverpool to Manchester is at 03:35, getting into Piccadilly at 04:15 - perfect for discovering Liverpool's buzzing nightlife scene.
Train timetables are subject to change: compare tickets from Liverpool to Manchester to see the latest departure times.