Known for its nightlife, music scene and impressive architecture, Manchester is a youthful and exciting city. Having recently become the hub of the BBC's offices, and with new cultural attractions like the Lowry Gallery opening up, Manchester's cultural scene is growing year on year. During the football season, Manchester is a popular destination for fans who flock to the city's two great clubs, City and United, while Old Trafford Cricket Ground hosts high-quality international cricket fixtures.
The city of Manchester is serviced by bus networks from several destinations in the UK. There are regular direct buses offered by National Express.
Most UK cities such as London, Liverpool, Bristol and Edinburgh serve direct buses to Manchester. Although other major UK cities frequently offer indirect buses to Manchester including Cardiff, Southampton and many more.
The best time to book coaches to Manchester in advance is about 1 month before your ideal date of departure.
Manchester's main bus station is the Central Coach Station, located on Chorlton Street, just a few hundred metres from Manchester Piccadilly train station, making it easy and convenient to catch a local train to the coach station. The X40, X41 and X43 local bus routes also stop at Chorlton Street.
Flixbus services depart from Manchester's second coach station at Shudehill Interchange. This is located in the Salford district, just to the north of the city centre. It is well connected to the rest of Manchester with regular tram services. During the day, Shudehill is also connected to the city centre via the free Metroshuttle bus service.