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Journey Information

There are 20 intercity coaches per day from Manchester to Brighton. Traveling by coach from Manchester to Brighton usually takes around 8 hours and 46 minutes, but the fastest National Express coach can make the trip in 8 hours and 8 minutes.

Distance204 mi (329 km)
Shortest duration8h 8m
Cheapest price£31.03
Most frequent serviceNational Express
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Price trends for coaches from Manchester to Brighton

Monthly average prices

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What coach companies travel from Manchester to Brighton?

There is one intercity bus company available to search and book on Wanderu that operates from Manchester to Brighton. National Express connects the two cities by bus, it offers multiple scheduled buses per day for you to choose from.

CoachDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
National Express208h 47m£34.27
  • 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 8 hours and 46 minutes to cover the 204 miles from Manchester to Brighton. However, the fastest coach only takes 8 hours and 8 minutes. It’s definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable for a long road trip. 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.

"Travel trends tend to vary greatly for coach trips from Manchester to Brighton."

The first coach leaves at 02:00 and the last coach leaves at 07:00. To see the times for all coaches from Manchester to Brighton, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 20 scheduled coaches that travel from Manchester to Brighton every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so no matter which coach you take, you will have to transfer coaches at least once during your journey.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Manchester to Brighton; ticket prices start at £61.66.

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.

Brighton

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Set between the countryside and the sea, Brighton is a colourful town that attracts visitors year-round, but especially in the summer. There are breathtaking landmarks as well as fantastic beachfront properties that ensure your Brighton vacation is as exciting or relaxing as you choose.

Two of the most iconic attractions in the city are the British Airways i360 and Royal Pavilion. The Royal Pavilion palace boasts Chinese- and Indian-inspired interiors and exteriors. The British Airways i360 offers a more modern view, serving as an observation tower and showcase of gliding engineering. Inside a glass-walled pod, you can glide 450 feet high and enjoy 360-degree views of Brighton.

Visit the Brighton Palace Pier and Sea Life Brighton for some outdoor family fun. Brighton Palace Pier offers beachfront rides and many other activities and food and drinks for the entire family to enjoy. Next door, Sea Life Brighton introduces kids to sea creatures of all types, including a shark that swims in an underwater tunnel.

Brighton is packed with fab restaurants, hip bars, and cosy pubs. What's more, Brighton is a Gold Award recipient for being one of England's most sustainable food places. Some of the top places to eat are Socialite, No. 1 Bar and Bistro, The Set Restaurant, and The Great Globalls.

There is a small Brighton City Airport, but the closest major airport is London Gatwick, located in Crawley; you can take a coach or train from Gatwick to Brighton. Brighton's train service is available on Gatwick Express, Southern, or Thameslink trains. If you prefer to take a coach, hop on National Express, which runs 40 routes in the area.

Station Information

Where does the coach leave from in Manchester?

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Main departure station: Manchester Coach Station

A short walk from the city centre, Manchester Coach Station is located on Chorlton Street on the ground floor of a multistory car park. 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. Neighbouring 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.

All coach stations in Manchester:

  • Manchester Coach Station

Where does the coach arrive in Brighton?

Main arrival station: Brighton (Preston Park)

Coaches arrive in Brighton at 5 stations, depending on which coach line you are traveling with.

Coach stations in Brighton:

  • Brighton (Preston Park)

  • Preston Circus

  • Withdean Park - London Rd

  • York Place, St Peter's Church

  • Black Lion Bus Stop - London Rd (Patcham)

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