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Manchester to Luton coach

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Manchester - Luton Coach Timetable

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Journey Information

There are 12 intercity coaches per day from Manchester to Luton. Traveling by coach from Manchester to Luton usually takes around 4 hours and 46 minutes, but the fastest National Express coach can make the trip in 3 hours and 55 minutes.

Distance134 mi (216 km)
Shortest duration3h 55m
Cheapest price£28.85
Most frequent serviceNational Express
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How much is a coach ticket from Manchester to Luton?

£31.96 is the average price of a bus ticket from Manchester to Luton. Any tickets cheaper than £31.96 can be considered a great deal. 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 Manchester to Luton, mark your calendar for November. During this period, you can expect to find the lowest average ticket price of the year, just £33. However, taking the bus from Manchester to Luton during December is not so cheap. This time of year, ticket prices often reach an average of £37. 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 Manchester to Luton?

There is one intercity bus company available to search and book on Wanderu that operates from Manchester to Luton. 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 Express124h 46m£33.35
  • 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 46 minutes to cover the 134 miles from Manchester to Luton. 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 Luton 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, Saturday is typically the least busy day for coach travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Saturday ticket is the way to go."

The first coach leaves at 02:00 and the last coach leaves at 09:00. To see the times for all coaches from Manchester to Luton, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 12 scheduled coaches that travel from Manchester to Luton 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 Luton; ticket prices start at £21.38.

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.

Luton

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Situated on the River Lea, Luton is a vibrant town only 29 miles northwest of London. The city's local history is celebrated and displayed at the Stockwood Discovery Centre. This free attraction offers gardens, a cafe, and a museum, together creating a great place to spend the day exploring.

To add some retail therapy to your vacation, visit The Mall to browse over 100 shops, including both high street retailers and independent shops. The Mall also houses many restaurants and cafes, making it a relaxing place to stop and take a load off with a latte—or an afternoon tea, if you'd like to really embrace local tradition.

Due to its location near London, Luton is a very accessible town. Access via rail, bus, and air is available from its international airport, where frequent services from London and other major cities arrive.

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 Luton?

Main arrival station: Luton Airport Bus & Coach Station

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

Coach stations in Luton:

  • Luton Airport Bus & Coach Station

  • Luton Station Interchange

  • Halfway Ave

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