How to get to Manchester by coach
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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.
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 coach stations in Manchester:
Manchester Coach Station
Shudehill Interchange (Stand G)
Thomas Street - Stop Nn
What coach companies travel to Manchester, United Kingdom?
Located in United Kingdom, Manchester is accessible by coach from 62 other cities. You can choose from 539 daily scheduled trips when you search for coaches to Manchester on Wanderu. National Express usually has the most coaches on any given day.
Looking for other ways to get there? Train tickets to Manchester are also available..
Coach companies serving Manchester
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|National Express||122||6h 3m||£21.02|
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.
Which coach carrier has the best service to Manchester?
Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to Manchester by coach with National Express giving them a 4.6 rating out of 5.
Travelers also mentioned that National Express had the most comfortable coach 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 coach schedules to Manchester, rating them a 4.9 based on their on time arrivals.
Frequently Asked Questions
The busiest coach station in Manchester is Manchester Coach Station. There are several other active stations in addition to this main station. The most popular coach stations in Manchester are:
- Manchester Coach Station
- Shudehill Interchange (Stand G)
- Thomas Street - Stop Nn
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