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A Quick Guide to the Manchester - Buxton Line

In just 55 minutes you can travel in comfort by train from the centre of Manchester and arrive in the heart of the fascinating, historic town of Buxton situated high up in the hills of Derbyshire. Buxton is surrounded by a lot of wonderful Peak District countryside which you will see from the window as your train climbs higher and higher towards the summit on the moors near Dove Holes Station at over 1160 feet (350 metres) above sea level. Look out for a marvellous view over Combs Reservoir as the train gets near Chapel en le Frith Station.

Buxton is well known for its graceful buildings such as The Devonshire Dome, The Winter Gardens Pavilion and The Crescent (a worthy rival to the famous semi-circular Crescent in Bath). It also has a thriving music and arts scene thanks to the stunning Opera House and a famous Fringe Festival in July which is nearly the equal of that in Edinburgh through its variety and size.

The canal at Furness Vale

Elsewhere along the Buxton Line you can visit delightful market towns such as Chapel en le Frith, Whaley Bridge, New Mills and Disley, each with their own unique attractions and special stories to tell. 

And nearer to Manchester the large town of Stockport and its station is a very convenient interchange point with the Buxton Line for trains from the West Midlands, Wales and the South-west of England. The town features many impressive buildings including the 15th Century Underbank Hall, an art gallery, town museum, a nationally-acclaimed museum about the hat-making industry and a wide range of shops in its large town centre.

Trains run approximately every 30 minutes from Manchester Piccadilly to Buxton on Mondays – Saturdays (hourly on Sundays). The charming station at Buxton has a staffed ticket office open seven days of the week and a good range of passenger facilities. The station staff and the Friends of Buxton Station volunteer group take pride in making the station an attractive and welcoming gateway to the town.

Accessibility for wheelchairs

Most of the stations on the Buxton Line have step-free access on to the platforms and all the trains carry a portable ramp which the train crew will put down for wheelchair users to get on and off the trains. To check access for wheelchair users at any station in advance of your journey, please visit the Northern website or call their Passenger Assistance Team on 0800 138 5560. We have also provided some access information on this website on the individual page for each station.

Buying tickets for the Buxton Line

Train tickets for stations on the Buxton Line can be bought on the day you travel from the ticket offices at Manchester Piccadilly, Stockport, Disley, New Mills Newtown, Whaley Bridge and Buxton stations. Also, ticket machines have been installed by Northern at all stations on the line.

If the ticket office is closed, or the ticket machine is not working, please buy your ticket from the conductor on the train.

Tickets can also be bought online from Northern’s website at

Buxton Line Guide leaflet

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