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About Manchester

Most recognizable for its world-famous football team, Manchester is a modern, vibrant city with a diverse range of attractions that will appeal to explorers of all kinds. Often referred to as "The Capital of the North," Manchester is also known for being the birthplace of the industrial revolution. Visitors can relive this booming era by taking a trip to the Science and Industry Museum to see how this previously small town changed the world's ideas of industry and manufacturing forever. These days, Manchester is famous for its music and art scene, with it being the birthplace of bands like The Smiths and Oasis.

Art and music-lovers may want to visit Afflecks, a vast and eclectic emporium of all things indie and grunge, to purchase records, artwork, and memorabilia, among many other things. Manchester is also home to 15 parks and gardens, with Fletcher Moss Park and Botanical Gardens among the most popular. This park provides a beautiful setting for picnics and scenic walks, perfect for when you need an escape from the bustling city.

And if you really are only here for Man U, both Old Trafford and Etihad Stadium are stops on our itinerary to visit every premier league stadium in England.

With three large train stations—Piccadilly, Oxford Road, and Victoria—Manchester is easily accessible via rail. National Express and Megabus coaches also allow access from all over the country. In addition, Manchester Airport houses three large terminals, which provide global entry to the city.

Station Information

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A short walk from the city center, Manchester Coach Station is located on Chorlton Street on the ground floor of a multistory parking garage. It has basic facilities including restrooms, food kiosks, and a small newsagent. The station's shops are open between 06:30 am and 7:00 pm each day. Neighboring streets offer several bars and other food options. As a major hub for National Express, this station is the departing point for trips to Birmingham, London, Northern Ireland, and Ireland. Local buses depart from streetside shelters outside the station.

Popular bus stations in Manchester:

  • Manchester Coach Station

  • Shudehill Interchange (Stand G)

  • Thomas Street - Stop Nn

  • Miles Platting

  • New Moston

What bus companies travel to Manchester, United Kingdom?

Located in United Kingdom, Manchester is accessible by bus from 24 other cities. You can choose from 267 daily scheduled trips when you search for buses to Manchester on Wanderu. National Express usually has the most buses on any given day.

Looking for other ways to get there? Train tickets to Manchester are also available..

Bus companies serving Manchester

BusRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
National Express755h 55m$38.20
Megabus555h 21m$40.32
FlixBus4613h 57m$81.40
Witchway50h 38m$3.49
  • National Express is probably the UK's best-known bus company, offering intercity services to London, Manchester, Southampton, and Edinburgh. Onboard the single and double-decker vehicles, travelers enjoy a good amount of legroom – roomier than airlines have in coach class – alongside WiFi, restrooms, and air conditioning.

  • Founded in 2003, Megabus UK was created to provide travelers with greener, more straightforward and smarter travel. The carrier has routes all across the United Kingdom in England, Scotland, and Wales. The Megabus UK fleet, easily distinguishable by its dark blue and yellow colors, has free Wi-Fi, outlets and charging ports, onboard restrooms, and 20 kg luggage allowances on each bus.

  • First launched in Germany in 2013, FlixBus has become one of the largest intercity bus companies in Europe. Its fleet travels through nearly every country in Europe. On your trip, you'll enjoy Wi-Fi and live GPS, as well as restrooms, air conditioning, and power outlets.

Which bus carrier has the best service to Manchester?

Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to Manchester by bus with National Express giving them a 4.6 rating out of 5.

Travelers also mentioned that National Express had the most comfortable bus service to Manchester taking into account the seats and amenities that National Express offers. They rate National Express a 4.3 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard.

If you are looking to arrive to Manchester punctually, travelers suggest that National Express has the best on time performance on their bus schedules to Manchester, rating them a 4.9 based on their on time arrivals.

Frequently Asked Questions

$5.84 is the cheapest price for a bus ticket to Manchester, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to Manchester. In the last month, buses from Sheffield to Manchester had the lowest average price at $8.03.

The busiest bus station in Manchester is Manchester Coach Station. There are several other active stations in addition to this main station. The most popular bus stations in Manchester are:

  • Manchester Coach Station
  • Shudehill Interchange (Stand G)
  • Thomas Street - Stop Nn
The closest airport to Manchester is Manchester Airport (MAN), it is located 8.9 miles from the city center of Manchester.
Manchester is the most popular bus destination in Manchester. It also ranks number 43 in United Kingdom. Manchester has the most bus connections in the region. There are 168 bus schedules arriving in Manchester each day.
The population of Manchester is 395515. Manchester ranks number 1 in terms of population in Manchester and number 14 in all of United Kingdom.
Bus tickets to Manchester range from $6 for a short trip to Manchester, while a 60 to 200 mile bus trip to Manchester starts at , and a longer trip by bus to Manchester can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as $6.
Traveling by bus is very popular with those going to visit their friends in Manchester. With good deals available and ability to plan last minute, a bus ticket to Manchester is the best way to get some facetime with your friends and with great bus locations in Manchester you'll arrive near the action ready to hit the town with your friends.
The closest bus station to the city center of Manchester is Manchester Coach Station, located just 0.3 miles away. Select Manchester Coach Station as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Manchester. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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