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Manchester - Leeds Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There are 17 intercity buses per day from Manchester to Leeds. Traveling by bus from Manchester to Leeds usually takes around one hour and 26 minutes, but the fastest National Express bus can make the trip in just one hour and 5 minutes.

Distance36 mi (58 km)
Shortest duration1h 5m
Cheapest price$6.52
Trips per day17
Most frequent serviceMegabus
Bus lines3

How much is a bus ticket from Manchester to Leeds?

$6.56 is the average price of a bus ticket from Manchester to Leeds. This is currently one of the best deals in bus travel. It’s easy to find a bus ticket at this price or lower when you use Wanderu to book your trip online in advance of your travel date.

Monthly average prices

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Traveling from Manchester to Leeds by bus will cost you about the same throughout the year. In general, bus ticket prices for that route are fairly consistent, so expect to pay around $12 whenever you decide to travel.

What bus companies travel from Manchester to Leeds?

There are 3 bus lines from Manchester to Leeds available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 9 daily trips, Megabus usually has the most buses running on any given day. Here are some time and price comparisons for all the available options:

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus41h 21m$7.42
Megabus91h 30m$10.85
National Express71h 25m$11.76
  • 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, including the U.K. FlixBus operates an average of 4 trips from Manchester to Leeds, and usually makes the trip in about 1 hours and 21 minutes. On your trip, you'll enjoy Wi-Fi and live GPS, as well as restrooms, air conditioning, and power outlets.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of one hour and 26 minutes to cover the 58 kilometers from Manchester to Leeds. However, the fastest bus only takes an hour and 5 minutes. You'll have just enough time for a small nap on this relatively short bus trip. Keep in mind that your actual bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.

Because many passengers travel from Manchester to Leeds at the beginning of the work week, Monday is usually the busiest day for buses. If you are planning to travel on a Monday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Wednesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you're looking for some extra space on the bus, traveling mid-week is your best bet.

The first bus leaves at 1:00am and the last bus leaves at 7:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Manchester to Leeds, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 17 scheduled buses that travel from Manchester to Leeds every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Furthermore, all of these are direct buses which you can take the entire route from Manchester to Leeds without transferring.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Manchester to Leeds; ticket prices start at $45.69.

City Information

Manchester

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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.

Leeds

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Leeds is where you should go if you're looking for action, entertainment, history, and culture in the Yorkshire area. Its vibrant community attracts visitors from all places, especially when sports, theatre, and dance events occur in the city.

Prepare to be mesmerized by the city's remarkable Victorian arcades as well as historic houses and estates. Start your tour at Shibden Hall in West Yorkshire, a landmark built in 1420. You should also drop by the Royal Armories Museum to see a spectacular display of arms and armors used in different parts of the world.

Leeds has long served as a destination for world-class performances and events. Leeds' entertainment calendar is one that never runs dry. Check out the Leeds Playhouse for some theatrical performances and The HiFi Club if you want to enjoy live music 'til the break of dawn.

Traveling to Leeds is scenic and straightforward on Northern Rail. The central train station in the city is located at New Station Street. Additional transportation is offered by the buses serving the area: National Express, Megabus, and FlixBus. Thanks to affordable bus tickets, see how you can travel to Leeds and 4 other iconic United Kingdom cities for under £60.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Manchester?

Main departure station: Shudehill Interchange (Stand G)

Buses to Leeds leave from 5 stations in Manchester.

All bus stations in Manchester:

  • Shudehill Interchange (Stand G)

  • Manchester Coach Station

  • New Moston

  • Manchester (Miles Platting)

  • Thomas Street - Stop Nn

Where does the bus arrive in Leeds?

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Main arrival station: Leeds Coach Station

Leeds Coach Station is an expansive bus station between Quarry Hill and Leeds Kirkgate Markets near the city center. The bright indoor waiting area includes plenty of space to prepare for boarding buses. Passengers can also access several shops and cafes, restrooms, and travel information inside the station. Several significant intercity bus companies operate service through the Leeds Coach Station, including Megabus, National Express, Arriva Bus, and more. This volume of carriers makes it easy and affordable to travel to cities like London, Manchester, York, and Liverpool from Leeds.

Bus stations in Leeds:

  • Leeds Coach Station

  • 75 Kirkgate

  • York St

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