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Journey Information

There are 14 intercity coaches per day from Manchester to York. Traveling by coach from Manchester to York usually takes around 3 hours and 28 minutes, but the fastest National Express coach can make the trip in 2 hours and 55 minutes.

Distance58 mi (93 km)
Shortest duration2h 55m
Cheapest price£6.72
Most frequent serviceNational Express
Coach lines2

How much is a coach ticket from Manchester to York?

£12.99 is the average price of a bus ticket from Manchester to York. 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 planning on taking a bus from Manchester to York, you'll be happy to know that the cost stays pretty stable throughout the year. You can expect to pay around £14 for your ticket regardless of when you plan to travel.

What coach companies travel from Manchester to York?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from Manchester to York that you can compare and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, National Express usually offers more choice, with 12 scheduled trips per day.

CoachDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Megabus33h 37m£10.69
National Express123h 28m£13.72
  • 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 3 hours and 28 minutes to cover the 58 miles from Manchester to York. However, the fastest coach only takes 2 hours and 55 minutes. It's the perfect amount of time to take a nap, get some work done, or watch a movie. 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.

Thursday is usually the day of the week when coaches are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Thursday, 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 16:00. To see the times for all coaches from Manchester to York, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 14 scheduled coaches that travel from Manchester to York 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 York; ticket prices start at £16.68.

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.

York

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The ancient town of York in the northeast of England offers adventure and excitement, as well as opportunities to sit back and relax. With over 1,900 years of history within its walls, the city of York is home to an intriguing mix of Roman and Viking history. Visit the Jorvik Viking Centre to experience a recreation of life in a Viking city, as well as life-size dioramas and a ride experience.

For those with an architectural eye, a visit to York Minster is a must. With its intricate stained glass windows and elaborate tombs, this medieval cathedral is an impressive yet peaceful place to spend a couple of hours exploring. York also boasts Europe's most visited street: The Shambles. Dating back to medieval times, this street now hosts many unique and independent shops, cafes, and bakeries, all with the feeling that you have stepped back in time.

With its position in the heart of the country, accessing York could not be simpler. East Midlands and Northern Rail services offer direct and quick train service to the city. York is also within reach of four international airports and many major roads for access via car. Park-and-ride services around the city mean you won't have to worry about parking in those medieval streets.

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

  • Miles Platting

  • New Moston

  • Shudehill Interchange (Stand G)

Where does the coach arrive in York?

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Main arrival station: Railway Station

Situated in a commanding Victorian building on the eastern outskirts of the old town, York Railway Station is part of the UK's east coast main line between London's King's Cross Station and Edinburgh. Upon its opening in 1877, the station was the world's largest railway station. It remains York's primary rail terminus, with 11 platforms welcoming trains daily. Most of its platforms are reached via a long footbridge, while the main concourse has a small amount of seating, ATMs, a newsagent, and various food outlets.

Coach stations in York:

  • Railway Station

  • York Station

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