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Overview: Coach from Preston to Manchester

distanceDistance27 miles (44 km)
durationAverage coach duration45 min
priceAverage coach ticket price£9 (€10)
changesDirect coachYes
carriersCoach companiesNational Express

Coaches from Preston to Manchester cover the 27 miles (44 km) long journey taking on average 45 min with our travel partners like National Express. There are direct coach services available. You can get the cheapest coach tickets for this journey for as low as £8, but the average price of coach tickets is £9. Travellers depart most frequently from Preston and arrive in Manchester, Shudehill Interchange.

Coach companies: National Express Preston to Manchester

For as little as £8 you can travel by coach between Preston and Manchester with National Express. Omio will show you the best deals, timetables and tickets available for this trip.

National Express

National Express is the UK’s leading long-distance coach provider operating over 550 coaches per day and serving over 900 destinations across the UK. National Express also operates coach services to all major UK airports, such as Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and Bristol, 24 hours a day. All National Express coaches have air conditioning and provide free WiFi access along with onboard entertainment. Most coaches come with seat belts and power outlets at every seat, so you can charge your phone or laptop during a long journey. For your coach to Manchester from Preston, you can select from three ticket fares: Restricted Fare, Standard Fare, and Fully Flexible Fare.

  • Average Price: £8

National Express has updated its ticket policies due to the coronavirus. Keep these in mind when booking your National Express tickets to Manchester from Preston and when travelling by coach:

  • 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.

Buses from Preston to Manchester

The bus service linking Preston and Manchester is operated by National Express, which runs 6 buses per day. Travel time can be as short as 45 minutes, although on average, this bus journey takes 1 hour. No stopovers or transfers are needed on this trip. The earliest bus departs Preston at 3:00 a.m., and coaches stop running at 8:15 p.m.

What are the departure and arrival stations for buses from Preston to Manchester?

Departure Station: Preston Bus Station, which can be found on the eastern side of the town centre, is less than a 10-minute walk from the town's main attractions, such as the Guild Hall Theatre, Harris Museum, and the Cenotaph. Preston railway station is 2 kilometres away, on the opposite side of town.

Arrival Station: Manchester Coach Station (also known as Chorlton Street station), located a couple hundred metres behind the pedestrian area of Canal Street. Historical and cultural attractions like the Opera House, Albert Hall, and the Central Library are under 1 kilometre away. The nearest Metrolink tram stop is Piccadilly Gardens, a short 4-minute walk from the coach station.

Travel Tips: Coach to Manchester from Preston

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 Preston to Manchester.

How much does a cheap coach between Preston and Manchester cost?

You can find a cheap coach from Preston to Manchester for some dates and times for as low as £8  one way in the next 7 days.

How much does the coach from Preston to Manchester cost on average?

The Preston to Manchester coach ticket price is on average £9  if you are looking to buy your tickets for this journey in the next week.

What is the distance by coach from Preston to Manchester?

You should expect to travel around 27 miles (44 km)  between Preston and Manchester by coach.

How long is the coach between Preston and Manchester?

The coach time from Preston to Manchester is on average 45 min  for the 27 miles (44 km) long journey, but the time it takes to go between Preston and Manchester by coach can vary depending on specific dates or travelling on weekends and holidays.

What station does the Preston to Manchester coach leave from? Which Manchester coach station do I come into from Preston?

There are a few coach stations in Preston to start your trip from including Preston, Bus Station, Preston, Fishergate (Railway Station) and Preston, Bus Station (Stand 5). In Manchester you have a few coach station options to choose from for your arrival including Manchester, Shudehill Interchange, Manchester, Coach Station and Manchester, Shudehill Interchange.

Omio customers travelling this route depart most frequently from Preston   and arrive in Manchester, Shudehill Interchange.

Where is the Preston coach station located? Where is the Manchester coach station located?

Passengers board the coach most frequently from Preston, which is located around 0.9 miles (1.4 km) away from the city centre, and they get off the coach at Manchester, Shudehill Interchange, located 0.3 miles (489 m) away from the city centre.

What coach companies offer a service between Preston and Manchester?

For the route from Preston to Manchester you can take a coach with National Express. Be sure to check out all possible coach companies that offer services to Manchester from Preston on Omio to compare what amenities they may have.

How early should I buy Preston to Manchester coach tickets to get the best deals?

The price of a one way coach ticket from Preston to Manchester is on average £9 if you buy within the next 7 days. But we recommend booking tickets before your planned travel date to find the best prices for coaches from all possible coach companies offering this journey. In general, you can find coach tickets between Preston and Manchester available a few months in advance.