The first train departs at 7:00 a.m. with the last train leaving at 22:00 p.m. There is one peak time in the morning for this connection from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. There is another peak time at 22:00 p.m. The average trip takes between 3 and 3.5 hours.
Evening trains can take much longer in duration in some cases taking nearly 9.5 hours to complete. There is another possible connection available which leaves just before 2:00 a.m and takes nearly 6.5 hours. The weekend schedule starts later, finishes earlier and also runs less frequently. It is possible to complete this connection directly without making any changes but some journeys may require up to 3 changes at stations such as Tamworth, Birmingham and Warrington. CrossCountry, Virgin Trains, Transpennine Express, First Great Western, Northern Rail, and Arriva Trains Wales operate the trains running from Bristol to Manchester.
There are many reasons to visit Bristol with an exciting culture and also being one of the most alternative cities in the UK. The legendary street artist, Banksy, grew up in the city which means many of his artworks can be found in the area. A visit to the impressive Clifton Suspension Bridge can provide visitors with fantastic views of the Avon Gorge. There are also other natural sites for visitors to enjoy such as Dyrham Park or the Wookey Hole Caves. You can also visit festivals such as the International Balloon Fiesta or the Festival of Ideas.
Manchester is well known for its culture, with many top bands emerging from the area such as Oasis, The Smiths and Joy Division. The city is also world famous for its football teams, Manchester United and Manchester City and any football fans should try to watch a game. If you would rather spend time outdoors then take a hike in the nearby Prestwich Forest Park. The city is also well known for it exciting and diverse nightlife.