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Journey Information

There are 8 intercity coaches per day from Glasgow to Manchester. Traveling by coach from Glasgow to Manchester usually takes around 4 hours and 37 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus coach can make the trip in 3 hours and 55 minutes.

Distance183 mi (295 km)
Shortest duration3h 55m
Cheapest price£1.69
Trips per day8
Most frequent serviceMegabus
Coach lines3

How much is a coach ticket from Glasgow to Manchester?

£11.64 is the average price of a bus ticket from Glasgow to Manchester. 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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If you're on the hunt for the cheapest bus tickets from Glasgow to Manchester, mark your calendar for February. During this period, you can expect to find the lowest average ticket price of the year, just £13. However, taking the bus from Glasgow to Manchester during December is not so cheap. This time of year, ticket prices often reach an average of £21. The best way to find deals on a trip in December is to plan ahead and book your bus ticket as early as possible.

What coach companies travel from Glasgow to Manchester?

There are 3 bus lines from Glasgow to Manchester available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 5 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:

CoachDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus34h 54m£12.22
Megabus54h 14m£16.01
National Express25h 8m£24.09
  • 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 3 trips from Glasgow to Manchester, and usually makes the trip in about 4 hours and 54 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 coach takes an average of 4 hours and 37 minutes to cover the 183 miles from Glasgow to Manchester. However, the fastest coach only takes 3 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 coach 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 coaches, as many passengers take the coach to Manchester 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, Wednesday is typically the least busy day for coach travel on this route. If you're looking for some extra space on the coach, traveling mid-week is your best bet.

The first coach leaves at 04:00 and the last coach leaves at 23:00. To see the times for all coaches from Glasgow to Manchester, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 8 scheduled coaches that travel from Glasgow to Manchester every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Furthermore, all of these are direct coaches which you can take the entire route from Glasgow to Manchester without transferring.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Glasgow to Manchester; ticket prices start at £34.11.

City Information

Glasgow

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Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland. The city's name means "Dear Green Place" in Gaelic, and Glasgow earns this title as it is one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the area. Beyond its impressive green spaces, it is full of historical and cultural destinations.

There are dozens of inspiring museums and galleries in the city, including the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Riverside Museum, and the Gallery of Modern Art. The Glasgow Green is a vast public park dotted with monuments right next to the People's Palace, a museum devoted to social history. In the central shopping district, Buchanan Street is your go-to for mouthwatering cuisine and retail therapy.

If you want to try some local beer, hit up The Pot Still, The Ben Nevis Bar, or The Laurieston. Be sure to visit the Clydeside Distillery, too, so you can see how the national drink of Scotland (hello, Scotch) is manufactured.

Several trains serve Glasgow, including Avanti West Coast, TransPennine Express, CrossCountry, Caledonian Sleeper, London North Eastern Railway, Northern Rail, and the West Midlands Railway. In addition, Megabus and FlixBus offer coach service from Glasgow to other destinations in Scotland and beyond.

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.

Station Information

Where does the coach leave from in Glasgow?

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Main departure station: Buchanan Bus Station

Buchanan Bus Station is the main coach terminus in Glasgow and the biggest coach station in Scotland. The station is conveniently located near the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow Caledonian University, and the Buchanan Galleries. Transferring to other forms of travel is easy since Glasgow Queen Street Railway Station and the Cowcaddens and Buchanan Street subway stations are also within walking distance. Inside the station building, you'll find seated waiting areas, a bookshop, luggage storage, and toilets. The station is often bustling, welcoming Megabus, National Express, and Scottish Citylink services, to name a few.

All coach stations in Glasgow:

  • Buchanan Bus Station

Where does the coach arrive in Manchester?

Main arrival station: Shudehill Interchange (Stand G)

Coaches arrive in Manchester at 3 stations, depending on which coach line you are traveling with.

Coach stations in Manchester:

  • Shudehill Interchange (Stand G)

  • Thomas Street - Stop Nn

  • Manchester Coach Station

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