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Coach Information between Dublin and Manchester

distanceDistance165 miles (266 km)
changesDirect coachYes
carriersCoach companiesNational Express or Eurolines Switzerland

Coaches from Dublin to Manchester cover the 165 miles (266 km) long route with our travel partners like National Express or Eurolines Switzerland. There are direct coach services available.

Coach companies

National Express between Dublin and Manchester

Travel between Dublin and Manchester on National Express coaches with Omio. When comparing timetables and tickets, we will also show you other options with multiple connections or other travel modes if they’re available.

National Express

National Express is the leading coach operator for routes throughout the United Kingdom, operating over 550 coaches a day and serving over 900 destinations across the country. National Express even offers routes to and from major UK airports like Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and Bristol 24 hours a day at affordable prices for the budget traveller in mind. All National Express coaches are air-conditioned and provide free WiFi and onboard entertainment. Most coaches are equipped with seat belts and power outlets in each seat, so you can charge your phone or laptop during a long journey. You can select between three ticket types for the Dublin - Manchester coach: Restricted Fare, Standard Fare, and Fully Flexible Fare. Refundable tickets provide more flexibility than other ticket options, meaning you can cancel or change your ticket easily, should you need to.

    Please follow the recommendations outlined by National Express when booking your coach tickets from Dublin to Manchester due to the coronavirus:

    • Cashless payments recommended
    • Online booking and check-in recommended
    • Pre-reservation / seat allocation
    • Verification of ticket with valid ID
    • Exceptions to waive change or cancellation fees policy
    • For journeys between July 1st and October 31, 2020, the following change and refund policies apply:
      • Restricted ticket: One change is allowed free of charge
      • Standard ticket: Full refund or one change is allowed free of charge
      • Fully flexible ticket: Unlimited changes to time or date are allowed
      • All change and refund requests must be made at least 24 hours before the original outbound journey. Partial refunds are not allowed.

    Coach from Dublin to Manchester

    Covering a distance of 266 miles, and incorporating the Irish Ferries crossing at Dublin Port for a seamless journey, there are several buses between Dublin and Manchester each week, with the journey taking around 8 hours 30 minutes on average. 

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

    Although the average bus from Dublin to Manchester takes around 8 hours 30 minutes, there is some variation depending on when you plan to travel. The fastest service is 7 hours 40 minutes, and it's operated by Eurolines with the usual changeover at Dublin Port for the ferry. Passengers will leave their coach for the duration of the channel crossing but will reboard before departing the ferry for the onward journey.

    How many coaches are there from Dublin to Manchester?

    Services on the bus from Dublin to Manchester do not operate throughout the week, but they tend to run at weekends and in the evenings to accommodate weekend and commuter traffic for the week ahead. On quieter travel days such as Monday through Thursday, there can be no services at all, so it's important to check the seasonal schedule in advance before you make travel plans.

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

    Departure bus station: Busáras Central Station is located centrally on North Dock, just a short walk away from main city centre attractions and other public transport stops. It has plenty of passenger facilities, including accessible toilets and platforms, coffee kiosks, newspaper stands, ticketing facilities, waiting areas and public phones.

    Arrival bus station: Located on Chorlton Street, directly in the city centre. Piccadilly bus and train stations are only a five-minute walk away. The bus station has food and coffee outlets, comfortable waiting areas, digital information boards and ticketing, accessible facilities and free WiFi. It is also perfectly situated for a short walk into the main shopping areas of Market Street and King Street and located directly next door to China Town.

    Which coach providers travel from Dublin to Manchester?

    The Bus from Dublin to Manchester is serviced by Eurolines and National Express. On days where services operate - typically at the weekends - Euroline tends to operate two evening services and Euroline Switzerland operates one. Eurolines is usually the fastest at around 7 hours and 40 minutes, with a half-hour changeover at Shearings Stretton Interchange.  National Express has the same changeover at Shearings Stretton Interchange. Both use Irish Ferries to make the channel crossing.

    Eurolines Dublin to Manchester

    Eurolines operates two evening services at the weekend, crossing with Irish Ferries and sometimes offering an additional stop at Warrington. The service arrives at Manchester in the early hours of the morning, with easy onward travel via taxi or night bus. 

    National Express Dublin to Manchester

    National Express tends to operate a single evening service at the weekends, departing at around 8:00 p.m. Again, the service arrives at around 3:00 a.m. and passengers can take advantage of the taxi rank just outside the coach station, or the nearby night bus service depending on preference. 

    Dublin to Manchester Coach: Services on Board

    Eurolines coaches are comfortable, with onboard toilets, WiFi and plenty of luggage space. They have charging ports, adjustable air conditioning and onboard entertainment. Accessible travel is made easy with ready assistance from trained staff, that needs to be booked in advance. The fleet is modern and has been redesigned in a bid to make coach travel as appealing as possible to environmentally and price-conscious travellers. Assistance dogs only are allowed on board.

    National Express offers a generous luggage allowance of 20g, which can be split across two pieces of stored luggage and a piece of hand luggage. There is an on-board entertainment service with free TV shows and movies, self-adjustable airconditioning, plenty of legroom and charging ports for USBs. passengers can request extra assistance if they request this at least 36 hours before travel and ideally at the point of booking. However, National Express will accommodate last-minute requests where it can. Many coaches have an accessibility lift at the front. Extra services, such as extra luggage, can also be booked. No pets, other than assistance dogs, can be carried on board.

    Travel Tips

    Buses from Dublin to Manchester
    Take the bus to Manchester easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Dublin to Manchester.
    Is cross-border travel by coach between Dublin, Ireland and Manchester, United Kingdom allowed?

    Travel by coach between Dublin, Ireland and Manchester, United Kingdom is: Partially open.

    Is international entry into Manchester from Dublin restricted?

    International entry is allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Ireland

    Do I need to quarantine on arrival in United Kingdom from Dublin?

    Entry Requirements:

    • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival for unvaccinated travellers
    • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from compulsory quarantine

    What are the safety rules to follow in Manchester, United Kingdom?

    The government of United Kingdom has imposed these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

    • Physical distance required: 1 metre (s) (3 feet)
    • Face mask required: Regional advice

    The above information was last checked on 25/11/2021. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your coach between Dublin and Manchester closer to your date of departure here.

    Do I need to quarantine when I return to Ireland from Manchester, United Kingdom?

    The current restriction level for your return trip by coach from Manchester to Dublin is: Partially open

    Are there any international entry restrictions on returning to Ireland from United Kingdom?

    Reentry to Ireland is allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of United Kingdom

    Do I need to quarantine on arrival in Ireland from Manchester?

    What are the entry requirements?

    • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
    • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
    • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
    • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required

    What are the safety rules to follow in Dublin, Ireland?

    The government of Ireland has imposed these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

    • Physical distance: 2 metre (s) (7 feet)
    • Face mask: Mandatory

    Last verified on 22/11/2021. We do our best to keep this information up to date, but regulations can change so please double check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations ahead of your Manchester to Dublin coach here.

    What is the distance by coach from Dublin to Manchester?
    When travelling this route you should expect the distance between Dublin and Manchester via coach to be approximately 165 miles (266 km).
    What coach companies go from Dublin to Manchester?
    If you're looking for coaches from Dublin to Manchester, you can rely on National Express or Eurolines Switzerland to get you to Manchester. It's also good to check out all possible coach companies for the Dublin to Manchester trip to see if there might be differences in the amenities they offer.