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Cheap coach tickets from London to Manchester

Showing times and prices for 17 Jul

Cheapest

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

Cheapest
Megabus
07:353h55
London
11:30Manchester, Shudehill Interchange
£131One-way
0 changes
Cheapest
Megabus
07:305h10
London, Victoria Coach Station
12:40Manchester, Shudehill Interchange
£131One-way
0 changes
Cheapest
Megabus
07:004h30
London, Victoria Coach Station
11:30Manchester, Shudehill Interchange
£131One-way
0 changes
2nd Cheapest
National Express
07:304h50
London, Victoria Coach Station
12:20Manchester, Coach Station
£141One-way
0 changes
2nd Cheapest
National Express
21:304h15
London, Victoria Coach Station
01:45Manchester, Coach Station
£141One-way
0 changes

Bus timetableLondon to Manchester

Showing buses for tomorrow, Wednesday, 17 July
Megabus
00:204h50
London, Heathrow Airport Terminals 1, 2, 3
05:10Manchester, Airport
0 changes
Megabus
00:205h30
London, Heathrow Airport Terminals 1, 2, 3
05:50Manchester, Shudehill Interchange
0 changes
National Express
00:305h15
London, Victoria Coach Station
05:45Manchester, Coach Station
0 changes
Megabus
05:007h20
London, Victoria Coach Station
12:20Manchester, Airport
1 change
Megabus
05:008h00
London, Victoria Coach Station
13:00Manchester, Shudehill Interchange
1 change
National Express
06:006h15
London, Victoria Coach Station
12:15Manchester, Coach Station
1 change
Megabus
07:008h15
London, Victoria Coach Station
15:15Manchester, Airport
1 change
FlixBus
07:005h20
London, Victoria Coach Station
12:20Manchester, Shudehill Interchange
0 changes
Megabus
07:007h30
London, Victoria Coach Station
14:30Manchester, Shudehill Interchange
1 change
Megabus
07:004h30
London, Victoria Coach Station
11:30Manchester, Shudehill Interchange
0 changes
FlixBus
07:156h05
London
13:20Manchester, Shudehill Interchange
0 changes
National Express
07:304h50
London, Victoria Coach Station
12:20Manchester, Coach Station
0 changes
FlixBus
07:304h50
London
12:20Manchester, Shudehill Interchange
0 changes
Megabus
07:305h10
London, Victoria Coach Station
12:40Manchester, Shudehill Interchange
0 changes
Megabus
07:304h30
London, Victoria Coach Station
12:00Manchester, Airport
0 changes
Megabus
07:357h40
London
15:15Manchester, Airport
1 change
Megabus
07:353h55
London
11:30Manchester, Shudehill Interchange
0 changes
Megabus
07:356h55
London
14:30Manchester, Shudehill Interchange
1 change
Megabus
07:558h00
London, Gatwick Airport Terminal South
15:55Manchester, Airport
1 change
Megabus
07:558h45
London, Gatwick Airport Terminal South
16:40Manchester, Shudehill Interchange
1 change
Megabus
08:057h50
London, Gatwick Airport Terminal North
15:55Manchester, Airport
1 change
Megabus
08:058h35
London, Gatwick Airport Terminal North
16:40Manchester, Shudehill Interchange
1 change
National Express
08:304h50
London, Victoria Coach Station
13:20Manchester, Coach Station
0 changes
FlixBus
09:005h25
London, Victoria Coach Station
14:25Manchester, Shudehill Interchange
0 changes
National Express
09:304h40
London, Victoria Coach Station
14:10Manchester, Coach Station
0 changes
FlixBus
09:354h50
London
14:25Manchester, Shudehill Interchange
0 changes
FlixBus
10:005h20
London, Victoria Coach Station
15:20Manchester, Shudehill Interchange
0 changes
Megabus
10:006h40
London, Victoria Coach Station
16:40Manchester, Shudehill Interchange
0 changes
Megabus
10:005h55
London, Victoria Coach Station
15:55Manchester, Airport
0 changes
FlixBus
10:304h50
London
15:20Manchester, Shudehill Interchange
0 changes
Megabus
10:505h05
London, Heathrow Airport Terminals 1, 2, 3
15:55Manchester, Airport
0 changes
Megabus
10:505h50
London, Heathrow Airport Terminals 1, 2, 3
16:40Manchester, Shudehill Interchange
0 changes
National Express
11:004h50
London, Victoria Coach Station
15:50Manchester, Coach Station
0 changes
FlixBus
11:305h50
London, Victoria Coach Station
17:20Manchester, Shudehill Interchange
0 changes
National Express
12:004h55
London, Victoria Coach Station
16:55Manchester, Coach Station
0 changes
FlixBus
12:055h15
London
17:20Manchester, Shudehill Interchange
0 changes
Megabus
12:306h40
London, Heathrow Airport Terminals 1, 2, 3
19:10Manchester, Shudehill Interchange
1 change
National Express
13:005h05
London, Victoria Coach Station
18:05Manchester, Coach Station
0 changes
Megabus
14:005h10
London, Victoria Coach Station
19:10Manchester, Shudehill Interchange
0 changes
National Express
14:005h00
London, Victoria Coach Station
19:00Manchester, Coach Station
0 changes
Megabus
14:354h35
London
19:10Manchester, Shudehill Interchange
0 changes
National Express
15:004h55
London, Victoria Coach Station
19:55Manchester, Coach Station
0 changes
National Express
16:005h20
London, Victoria Coach Station
21:20Manchester, Coach Station
0 changes
FlixBus
16:305h25
London, Victoria Coach Station
21:55Manchester, Shudehill Interchange
0 changes
National Express
17:005h00
London, Victoria Coach Station
22:00Manchester, Coach Station
0 changes
Megabus
17:005h10
London, Victoria Coach Station
22:10Manchester, Shudehill Interchange
0 changes
FlixBus
17:054h50
London
21:55Manchester, Shudehill Interchange
0 changes
Megabus
17:354h35
London
22:10Manchester, Shudehill Interchange
0 changes
National Express
18:004h40
London, Victoria Coach Station
22:40Manchester, Coach Station
0 changes
National Express
19:004h55
London, Victoria Coach Station
23:55Manchester, Coach Station
0 changes
National Express
20:004h25
London, Victoria Coach Station
00:25Manchester, Coach Station
0 changes
FlixBus
21:004h55
London, Victoria Coach Station
01:55Manchester
0 changes
Megabus
21:257h45
London, Gatwick Airport Terminal South
05:10Manchester, Airport
1 change
Megabus
21:258h25
London, Gatwick Airport Terminal South
05:50Manchester, Shudehill Interchange
1 change
National Express
21:304h15
London, Victoria Coach Station
01:45Manchester, Coach Station
0 changes
FlixBus
21:304h25
London
01:55Manchester
0 changes
Megabus
21:338h17
London, Gatwick Airport Terminal North
05:50Manchester, Shudehill Interchange
1 change
Megabus
21:337h37
London, Gatwick Airport Terminal North
05:10Manchester, Airport
1 change
Megabus
23:004h05
London, Victoria Coach Station
03:05Manchester, Airport
0 changes
Megabus
23:004h40
London, Victoria Coach Station
03:40Manchester
0 changes
National Express
23:007h00
London, Victoria Coach Station
06:00Manchester, Coach Station
0 changes
Megabus
23:305h40
London, Victoria Coach Station
05:10Manchester, Airport
0 changes
Megabus
23:306h20
London, Victoria Coach Station
05:50Manchester, Shudehill Interchange
0 changes
National Express
23:306h35
London, Victoria Coach Station
06:05Manchester, Coach Station
0 changes
FlixBus
23:596h51
London, Victoria Coach Station
06:50Manchester, Shudehill Interchange
0 changes
National Express
23:595h46
London, Victoria Coach Station
05:45Manchester, Coach Station
1 change

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Bus times from London to Manchester

Showing times and prices for 17 Jul

Fastest Journey

3 h 55 m

Average

5 h 47 m

Buses per day

66

Distance

262 km

Of the 66 buses that leave London for Manchester every day 49 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

Fastest
Megabus
07:353h55
London
11:30Manchester, Shudehill Interchange
£131One-way
0 changes
2nd Fastest
Megabus
23:004h05
London, Victoria Coach Station
03:05Manchester, Airport
£281One-way
0 changes
National Express
21:304h15
London, Victoria Coach Station
01:45Manchester, Coach Station
£141One-way
0 changes
FlixBus
21:304h25
London
01:55Manchester
£281One-way
0 changes
National Express
20:004h25
London, Victoria Coach Station
00:25Manchester, Coach Station
£161One-way
0 changes

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Overview: Coach from London to Manchester

distanceDistance162 miles
durationAverage coach duration4 h 5 min
priceAverage coach ticket price£21 (€24)
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 162 miles long journey taking on average 4 h 5 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. You can get the cheapest coach tickets for this trip for as low as £7, but the average price of coach tickets is £21. 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 £7. With over 1000 travel companies on Omio, you can find the best coach times and tickets for your trip.

FlixBus is one of Europe's leading low-cost coach operators, founded in Germany and offering long-distance coach services in Europe and the U. S. FlixBus also operates overnight coaches on select routes throughout Europe. Standard amenities on FlixBus include free Wi-Fi, power outlets to charge your phone, tablet or laptop during long coach journeys, extra legroom, luggage space and toilets. You can even purchase snacks and drinks onboard. FlixBus offers only the Standard ticket for all its routes, which allows you to bring one hand luggage and one hold luggage per person. Additional fees apply for extra luggage and specific seat reservations, such as if you want to book an Extra Seat, Table Seat or the Panorama Seat.

Coach information from London to Manchester with FlixBus:

  • Average Duration: 4 h 25 min
  • Cheapest Price: £9

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: London to Manchester coach

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 £7 when you book in advance. The average coach ticket price for London to Manchester is £21; however, prices vary depending on the time of day and class and they tend to be more expensive on the day.
The coach time from London to Manchester is on average 4 h 5 min   for the 162 mile long journey, but the time it takes to go to Manchester from London by coach can vary depending on specific dates or if traveling on weekends and holidays.
The first coach from London to Manchester leaves at 06: 00. Plan your trip with the Journey Planner   from Omio.
The last coach from London to Manchester leaves at 22: 59.
Yes, there is 1 direct coach a day from London to Manchester with Megabus, National Express or FlixBus. Schedules can vary on holidays or weekends with fewer direct coaches.
Take the London to Manchester coach with Megabus, National Express, FlixBus, DoggioBus or West Midlands Trains. However, it's always good to check out all possible coach companies for the trip between London and Manchester as there might be differences in the amenities they offer.

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 London, Heathrow Airport Terminals 2 & 3. When arriving in Manchester, you can end your route in coach stations like Manchester, Coach Station, Manchester, Shudehill Interchange and Manchester, Airport.

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 4 h 5 min each way. Check with Omio app   the best way to travel.
The cheapest month to travel from London to Manchester by coach is May.
It's helpful to compare your options as there are 3 ways to travel between London and Manchester including taking a train, coach or flight.

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