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Manchester - Sunderland Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There are 13 intercity buses per day from Manchester to Sunderland. Traveling by bus from Manchester to Sunderland usually takes around 4 hours and 59 minutes, but the fastest National Express bus can make the trip in 2 hours and 55 minutes.

Distance104 mi (168 km)
Shortest duration2h 55m
Cheapest price$10.00
Trips per day6
Most frequent serviceNational Express
Bus lines3

How much is a bus ticket from Manchester to Sunderland?

$22.17 is the average price of a bus ticket from Manchester to Sunderland. 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

Traveling from Manchester to Sunderland 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 $29 whenever you decide to travel.

What bus companies travel from Manchester to Sunderland?

There are 3 bus lines from Manchester to Sunderland available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 8 daily trips, National Express 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
FlixBus28h 2m$32.45
Megabus53h 31m$27.90
National Express84h 10m$34.84
  • 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 2 trips from Manchester to Sunderland, and usually makes the trip in about 8 hours and 2 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

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Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the bus or in stations.

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The bus takes an average of 4 hours and 59 minutes to cover the 168 kilometers from Manchester to Sunderland. However, the fastest bus only takes 2 hours and 55 minutes. In other words, you'll have plenty of time to rest and relax on the road. 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.

Sunday tends to be the busiest day for buses, as many passengers take the bus to Sunderland at the end of the week. If you are planning to travel on a Sunday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Thursday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Thursday ticket is the way to go.

The first bus leaves at 2:00am and the last bus leaves at 5:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Manchester to Sunderland, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 13 scheduled buses that travel from Manchester to Sunderland every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 6 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Manchester to Sunderland; ticket prices start at $44.43.

City Information


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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.


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The city of Sunderland is mainly known for its football team; however, the city is home to a rich history beyond the pitch. The port city was only officially granted city status in 1992, but there are records of settlements in the area as early as the year 674.

Besides its football team, Sunderland's shipbuilding prowess also put it on the map, such that in the 19th century, the city was hailed the "shipbuilding capital of the world." Many of the shipyards are still visible if you were to take a relaxing stroll along the idyllic river Wear.

As well as ships, Sunderland was also a large producer of glass, and it was the first place in England to produce stained glass windows. The National Glass Centre remains a popular place to visit, with its exhibitions and educational programs making it a great place to spend a creative afternoon.

Sunderland is easily accessible via train or bus, with National Express, Megabus, and FlixBus providing stops within the city. The Durham Coast Line provides train access from Newcastle and Middlesborough, among other regional stops around the North East of England. For international travelers heading to Sunderland, the city is conveniently only 27 miles from Newcastle International Airport and 37 miles from Teesside International Airport.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Manchester?

Main departure station: Shudehill Interchange (Stand G)

Buses to Sunderland leave from 5 stations in Manchester.

All bus stations in Manchester:

  • Shudehill Interchange (Stand G)

  • Manchester Coach Station

  • Manchester (Miles Platting)

  • Thomas Street - Stop Nn

  • New Moston

Where does the bus arrive in Sunderland?

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Main arrival station: Park Lane Subway Station

A modern circular glass structure, the Sunderland Transport Interchange is also known as Park Lane Interchange, named for its Park Lane location just south of the city center. It contains 21 bus bays and is a stop on the Green Line of the Tyne and Wear Metro with connections to Newcastle Upon Tyne. Facilities include public restrooms, a convenience store, and ATM. National Express and Megabus provide service across the UK to this station.

Bus stations in Sunderland:

  • Park Lane Subway Station

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