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There are 4 intercity coaches per day from Manchester to Derby. Traveling by coach from Manchester to Derby usually takes around 4 hours and 24 minutes, but the fastest National Express coach can make the trip in 3 hours and 45 minutes.
|Distance||50 mi (80 km)|
|Shortest duration||3h 45m|
|Most frequent service||National Express|
Price trends for coaches from Manchester to Derby
Monthly average prices
What coach companies travel from Manchester to Derby?
There is one intercity bus company available to search and book on Wanderu that operates from Manchester to Derby. National Express connects the two cities by bus, it offers multiple scheduled buses per day for you to choose from.
|Coach||Daily Trips||Avg. Time||Avg. Price|
|National Express||4||4h 25m||£19.33|
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.
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The coach takes an average of 4 hours and 24 minutes to cover the 50 miles from Manchester to Derby. However, the fastest coach only takes 3 hours and 45 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.
"Tuesday is usually the day of the week when coaches are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Tuesday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.
On the other hand, Friday is typically the least busy day for coach travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Friday ticket is the way to go."
The first coach leaves at 04:00 and the last coach leaves at 12:00. To see the times for all coaches from Manchester to Derby, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.
There are 4 scheduled coaches that travel from Manchester to Derby 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 Derby; ticket prices start at £29.74.
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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.
Where does the coach leave from in Manchester?
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 Derby?
Main arrival station: Derby Bus Station
All coaches from Manchester arrive at one main station in Derby.
Coach stations in Derby:
Derby Bus Station
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