London to Manchester bus

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Cheap bus tickets from London to Manchester

Showing times and prices for May 28

Cheapest

The best way to find a cheap bus ticket from London to Manchester is to book your journey as far in advance as possible and to avoid traveling at rush hour.

Cheapest
Megabus
07:30AM5h10
London, Victoria Coach Station
12:40PMManchester, Shudehill Interchange
121One-way
0 transfers
Cheapest
Megabus
07:30AM4h30
London, Victoria Coach Station
12:00PMManchester, Airport
121One-way
0 transfers
2nd Cheapest
Megabus
07:35AM3h55
London
11:30AMManchester, Shudehill Interchange
131One-way
0 transfers
2nd Cheapest
Megabus
07:00AM4h30
London, Victoria Coach Station
11:30AMManchester, Shudehill Interchange
131One-way
0 transfers
Megabus
11:00PM4h05
London, Victoria Coach Station
03:05AMManchester, Airport
141One-way
0 transfers

London to Manchester bus times

Showing buses for tomorrow, Tuesday, May 28
Megabus
12:20AM5h30
London, Heathrow Airport Terminals 1, 2, 3
05:50AMManchester, Shudehill Interchange
0 transfersDirect
Megabus
12:20AM4h50
London, Heathrow Airport Terminals 1, 2, 3
05:10AMManchester, Airport
0 transfersDirect
National Express
12:30AM5h15
London, Victoria Coach Station
05:45AMManchester, Coach Station
0 transfersDirect
Megabus
05:00AM7h20
London, Victoria Coach Station
12:20PMManchester, Airport
1 transfer
Megabus
05:00AM8h00
London, Victoria Coach Station
01:00PMManchester, Shudehill Interchange
1 transfer
National Express
06:00AM6h15
London, Victoria Coach Station
12:15PMManchester, Coach Station
1 transfer
Megabus
07:00AM8h15
London, Victoria Coach Station
03:15PMManchester, Airport
1 transfer
Megabus
07:00AM4h30
London, Victoria Coach Station
11:30AMManchester, Shudehill Interchange
0 transfersDirect
FlixBus
07:00AM5h25
London, Victoria Coach Station
12:25PMManchester, Shudehill Interchange
0 transfersDirect
Megabus
07:00AM7h30
London, Victoria Coach Station
02:30PMManchester, Shudehill Interchange
1 transfer
FlixBus
07:15AM6h05
London
01:20PMManchester, Shudehill Interchange
0 transfersDirect
Megabus
07:30AM5h10
London, Victoria Coach Station
12:40PMManchester, Shudehill Interchange
0 transfersDirect
National Express
07:30AM4h50
London, Victoria Coach Station
12:20PMManchester, Coach Station
0 transfersDirect
FlixBus
07:30AM4h55
London
12:25PMManchester, Shudehill Interchange
0 transfersDirect
Megabus
07:30AM4h30
London, Victoria Coach Station
12:00PMManchester, Airport
0 transfersDirect
Megabus
07:35AM6h55
London
02:30PMManchester, Shudehill Interchange
1 transfer
Megabus
07:35AM3h55
London
11:30AMManchester, Shudehill Interchange
0 transfersDirect
Megabus
07:35AM7h40
London
03:15PMManchester, Airport
1 transfer
National Express
08:30AM4h50
London, Victoria Coach Station
01:20PMManchester, Coach Station
0 transfersDirect
FlixBus
09:00AM5h25
London, Victoria Coach Station
02:25PMManchester, Shudehill Interchange
0 transfersDirect
National Express
09:30AM4h40
London, Victoria Coach Station
02:10PMManchester, Coach Station
0 transfersDirect
FlixBus
09:35AM4h50
London
02:25PMManchester, Shudehill Interchange
0 transfersDirect
National Express
10:00AM5h25
London, Victoria Coach Station
03:25PMManchester, Coach Station
0 transfersDirect
FlixBus
10:00AM5h20
London, Victoria Coach Station
03:20PMManchester, Shudehill Interchange
0 transfersDirect
FlixBus
10:30AM4h50
London
03:20PMManchester, Shudehill Interchange
0 transfersDirect
National Express
11:00AM4h50
London, Victoria Coach Station
03:50PMManchester, Coach Station
0 transfersDirect
FlixBus
11:30AM5h20
London, Victoria Coach Station
04:50PMManchester, Shudehill Interchange
0 transfersDirect
National Express
12:00PM4h55
London, Victoria Coach Station
04:55PMManchester, Coach Station
0 transfersDirect
FlixBus
12:05PM4h45
London
04:50PMManchester, Shudehill Interchange
0 transfersDirect
National Express
01:00PM5h05
London, Victoria Coach Station
06:05PMManchester, Coach Station
0 transfersDirect
National Express
02:00PM5h00
London, Victoria Coach Station
07:00PMManchester, Coach Station
0 transfersDirect
National Express
03:00PM4h55
London, Victoria Coach Station
07:55PMManchester, Coach Station
0 transfersDirect
National Express
04:00PM5h20
London, Victoria Coach Station
09:20PMManchester, Coach Station
0 transfersDirect
FlixBus
04:30PM5h25
London, Victoria Coach Station
09:55PMManchester, Shudehill Interchange
0 transfersDirect
National Express
05:00PM5h00
London, Victoria Coach Station
10:00PMManchester, Coach Station
0 transfersDirect
FlixBus
05:05PM4h50
London
09:55PMManchester, Shudehill Interchange
0 transfersDirect
National Express
06:00PM4h40
London, Victoria Coach Station
10:40PMManchester, Coach Station
0 transfersDirect
National Express
07:00PM4h55
London, Victoria Coach Station
11:55PMManchester, Coach Station
0 transfersDirect
National Express
08:00PM4h25
London, Victoria Coach Station
12:25AMManchester, Coach Station
0 transfersDirect
FlixBus
09:00PM4h55
London, Victoria Coach Station
01:55AMManchester
0 transfersDirect
FlixBus
09:30PM4h25
London
01:55AMManchester
0 transfersDirect
National Express
09:30PM4h15
London, Victoria Coach Station
01:45AMManchester, Coach Station
0 transfersDirect
Megabus
11:00PM4h05
London, Victoria Coach Station
03:05AMManchester, Airport
0 transfersDirect
Megabus
11:00PM4h40
London, Victoria Coach Station
03:40AMManchester
0 transfersDirect
National Express
11:00PM7h00
London, Victoria Coach Station
06:00AMManchester, Coach Station
0 transfersDirect
National Express
11:30PM6h35
London, Victoria Coach Station
06:05AMManchester, Coach Station
0 transfersDirect
National Express
11:30PM6h15
London, Victoria Coach Station
05:45AMManchester, Coach Station
1 transfer
FlixBus
11:59PM6h51
London, Victoria Coach Station
06:50AMManchester, Shudehill Interchange
0 transfersDirect

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Bus times from London to Manchester

Showing times and prices for May 28

Fastest Journey

3 h 55 m

Average

5 h 25 m

Buses per day

48

Distance

262 km

Of the 48 buses that leave London for Manchester every day 40 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

Fastest
Megabus
07:35AM3h55
London
11:30AMManchester, Shudehill Interchange
131One-way
0 transfers
2nd Fastest
Megabus
11:00PM4h05
London, Victoria Coach Station
03:05AMManchester, Airport
141One-way
0 transfers
National Express
09:30PM4h15
London, Victoria Coach Station
01:45AMManchester, Coach Station
161One-way
0 transfers
FlixBus
09:30PM4h25
London
01:55AMManchester
301One-way
0 transfers
National Express
08:00PM4h25
London, Victoria Coach Station
12:25AMManchester, Coach Station
161One-way
0 transfers

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Overview: Coach from London to Manchester

distanceDistance261 km
durationAverage coach duration3 h 55 min
priceAverage coach ticket price€25 (€25)
frequencyCoach frequency1 a day
changesDirect coachYes, there is 1 direct coach a day
carriersCoach companiesMegabus, National Express, FlixBus, DoggioBus or West Midlands Trains

Coaches from London to Manchester cover the 261 km long trip taking on average 3 h 55 min with our travel partners like Megabus, National Express, FlixBus, DoggioBus or West Midlands Trains. Normally, there is 1 coach operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this route costs around €25, you can find the cheapest coach ticket for as low as €8. Travellers depart most frequently from London, Victoria Coach Station and arrive in Manchester, Coach Station.

Coach companies: Megabus, National Express and FlixBus London to Manchester

Megabus, National Express and FlixBus coaches will get you to Manchester from London from €4. With over 1000 travel companies on Omio, you can find the best coach times and tickets for your trip.

West Midlands Trains is a train operator based in the United Kingdom, providing services across the West Midlands region. It operates a variety of train types, including the Class 350 Desiro, Class 323 Electrostar, Class 170 Turbostar, and Class 172 Turbostar. These trains offer a range of onboard facilities, such as free Wi-Fi, power sockets, and air conditioning. Passengers can purchase a range of tickets, including single, return, and season tickets. The most popular routes operated by West Midlands Trains include Birmingham to London Euston, Birmingham to Wolverhampton, and Birmingham to Coventry.

London to Manchester coach information with West Midland Trains:

  • Average Duration: 3 h 25 min
  • Cheapest Price: €43

Buses from London to Manchester

There are plenty of buses to choose from when planning your journey from London to Manchester. The buses leave frequently throughout the day, almost every half an hour and sometimes with multiple buses departing at the same time in different stations. There are also a variety of destination bus stations to choose from, making it easier for you to plan your journey. The bus journey from London to Manchester can take between 3h50 and 6h30, giving you plenty of time to read the on-board magazine. Tickets are generally affordable and there are both direct and stop over buses available, and they operate every day of the week and you can find them on the Omio website.

London to Manchester Bus Time: Daily Departures

The first bus from London to Manchester departs at 07.00 a.m. and there are departures throughout the day from the various stations right up to 00:10 a.m. The last bus takes about five hours and gets you there in the early morning. Buses are very regular throughout the day, leaving every half an hour, and sometimes with multiple buses leaving from different coach and bus stations in London at the same time.

How long is the journey by bus from London to Manchester?

On average, the bus journey from London to Manchester takes about 5 hours, but there are both faster and slower options to consider. The fastest bus to Manchester from London takes about 3 hours 50 minutes and it is operated by Megabus, departing from London Victoria Coach Station, and arriving at Manchester Airport coach station. The slowest bus available is operated by National Express and departs London Victoria Coach station and arrives into Manchester Shudehill Interchange station.

Bus from London to Manchester: man on a coach from London. Source: Shutterstock

What is/are the departure and arrival stations for buses from London to Manchester?

Departure bus station: There are a couple of departure bus stations to choose from when departing London and travelling to Manchester. London Heathrow Coach station is located within terminals 1, 2, and 3 and it is maintained by National Express. It is about 16 miles from the city centre, and it has waiting facilities, toilets, baby changing facilities and a car park. You can find a newsagent, a coffee shop and ATMs and cash points as well as payphones should you need them. The other departure station is London Victoria Coach station which is also operated by National Express. It is about 2 miles from the city centre and it also has toilets, waiting facilities and a coffee shop where you can relax. You can buy snacks or newspapers at the newsagent and there are cashpoints and payphones to use in the station.

Arrival bus station: There are four choices of arrival bus stations to choose from when travelling to Manchester from London. Manchester Airport is about 9 miles from the city centre and it offers ticket machines, and baby changing facilities, as well as the Metrolink to get you into the city. Manchester Victoria Station is less than a mile from the city centre when walking, and is only a short taxi journey away. It has toilets, a café, and luggage trolleys to use but it does not have baby changing facilities. Manchester Coach Station is less than a mile from the city centre as well, and there are taxis that can take you there if you do not want to walk. It has toilets, a newsagent, restaurant where you can buy food, and it has charging points should you need it. It is operated by National Express. Finally, Shudehill Interchange is less than a mile from the city centre, easily walkable, with taxis available to get you thee in about 15 minutes. It has toilets, a newsagent, a travel shop, and it has access to the Metro link too.

Which bus companies travel from London to Manchester?

National Express and Megabus are the providers for the buses from London to Manchester, and they offer plenty of direct and indirect routes, at competitive prices. Both offer journeys throughout the day, and have plenty of departure stations and departure times to choose from, meaning that you can find great, cheap bus tickets from London to Manchester.

Megabus buses from London to Manchester

Megabus offer the fastest bus on this route, travelling from London to Manchester in about 3 hours and 50 minutes. The route departs London Victoria Coach Station and arrives in to Manchester Airport. Megabus offers direct and 1 stop routes, and affordable prices that give you greater flexibility when it comes to planning your journey.

National Express buses from London to Manchester

On average, the National Express bus takes about 5 hours, and it is generally slower than the Megabus when travelling to Manchester from London. It offers a one stop route that stops over in Birmingham, but it takes longer and is more expensive than the usual direct ticket.

Bus London to Manchester: Services on Board

Megabus guarantee you a seat if you reserve your ticket in advance, and there are extra leg room options available. Wifi is free and available to all guests on board, and there are charging points on the seats to make sure that you have the most enjoyable journey possible. You can bring up to 20kg of luggage on board, and there are toilets and air conditioning installed. There is even a coach tracker so you can keep up-to-date with your travel route. National Express allows you to bring up to two 20kg bags on board as well as hand luggage. Wifi is free and available, and when you reserve your ticket, you are guaranteed your seat. Seats are spacious and comfortable and National Express offers an eco-friendly way to travel by bus due to their commitment to providing greener travel.

How to find cheap bus tickets from London to Manchester?

There are a few ways to ensure that you get the best deals when it comes to cheap tickets from London to Manchester. Firstly, we recommend that you try to book your tickets in advance, as this often costs less than if you book your ticket on the same day, or just as you arrive at the coach station. Secondly, if you are flexible about when you depart and when you arrive, you will have more options to consider when it comes to booking your tickets. This means that you can find the best deals out there. Finally, we recommend that you consider taking the slower routes, especially if they require a connection, as they can sometimes be cheaper overall as people pay more to have direct, faster journeys.

Bus from London to Manchester: Castlefield area in Manchester. Source: Shutterstock

To Manchester by bus—travel tips

Manchester is a vibrant city that is truly worth checking out, especially if you have a few hours to yourself. For the sports fan, Manchester is home to two of the biggest football clubs in the world, and it would not be a trip to Manchester without visiting Old Trafford or the Etihad Stadium. You may also be interested in the National Football Museum where you can easily spend a few hours learning about the history of the beautiful game!

For those that are more interested in art or engineering, then we recommend a visit to the Manchester Art gallery, or the Industry Museum, as you can find some truly fascinating things there. If you would like to go shopping during your time in Manchester then you should head to the high street, where you will find all of the latest shops and plenty of cool places to grab a drink. The Manchester Arndale shopping mall is another great place to go shopping. Overall, Manchester has plenty to see and do and is well worth a visit, regardless of whether you are travelling for business or for leasure.

FAQs: Bus from London to Manchester

FAQs: Take the bus from London to Manchester with ease. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have the information you need to know so you can find the best option from London to Manchester.
FAQs
Cheap coach tickets from London to Manchester can start from as little as €8 when you book in advance. The average coach ticket price for London to Manchester is €25; however, prices vary depending on the time of day and class and they tend to be more expensive on the day.
On average the London to Manchester coach time is 3 h 55 min   covering the 261 km long journey, but the journey time can vary depending on specific dates or if traveling on weekends and holidays.
The first coach from London to Manchester leaves at 06: 30. Plan your trip with the Journey Planner   from Omio.
The last coach from London to Manchester leaves at 23: 30.
Yes, it is possible to travel from London to Manchester without having to change trains with Megabus, National Express or FlixBus. There is 1 direct coach from London to Manchester each day. There may be fewer direct services available on weekends or holidays.
For the journey from London to Manchester you can take a coach with Megabus, National Express, FlixBus, DoggioBus or West Midlands Trains. Be sure to check out all possible coach companies that offer services from London to Manchester on Omio to compare what amenities they may have.

When departing from London, you have various coach station options to start your journey from including London, Victoria Coach Station, London, Golders Green Station and Luton, London Luton Airport Bus Station. When arriving in Manchester, you can end your journey in coach stations like Manchester, Coach Station, Manchester, Airport and Manchester, Shudehill Interchange.

Passengers board the coach most frequently from London, Victoria Coach Station, which is located around 2.1 miles (3.4 km) away from the city centre, and they get off the coach at Manchester, Coach Station, located 0.8 miles (1.3 km) away from the city centre.

A trip to Manchester from London is worth doing but not as a day trip with a journey time of 3 h 55 min each way. Check with Omio app   the best way to travel.
The cheapest month for a coach from London to Manchester is May.
You have options as you can travel between London and Manchester 3 different ways: train, coach or flight.
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