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London to Manchester by National Express & Megabus


National Express coach from London to Manchester

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Coach services from London to Manchester are operated by two UKs’ well-known carriers - National Express and Megabus.
National Express and Megabus provide a direct intercity coach service between London and Manchester. There is no other coach operator, which offers similar shuttle service between these two cities.
National Express offers about 15 direct services per day, while Megabus has about 10 connections a day.
Some National Express and Megabus services terminate in Manchester, but most of them are not intended to serve the route from London to Manchester only, the coaches run on larger distances and Manchester is only an intermediate stop. Some National Express services stop at Manchester Airport.

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The National Express direct coach line between London and Manchester is 540 and there are few other carriers’ direct routes passing through Manchester. There are also some indirect routes between these cities, which require connecting at Birmingham Coach Station. M11 & M17 are the Megabus main lines from London to Manchester.
Most of the services from Manchester to London begin their journey at one of the UKs’ northern cities or towns, however, all terminate at Victoria Coach Station in London (see details below).

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National Express & Megabus’ coaches are high-class vehicles, equipped with toilet, air conditioning, reclining seats and radio. Both carriers put the safety and comfort of passengers first, so the vehicles are equipped with a large number of safeguards. The operators are using modern vehicles with large panoramic windows and increased legroom. Some coaches on this route provide free Wi-Fi and can take passengers in wheelchairs on board the bus.
Travelling between London and Manchester with National Express takes about 6 hours and 4½ hours with Megabus. This is one of the cheapest transport options between Central London and Manchester.

Go to National Express or Megabus website to check current timetable and prices and book a ticket for your journey.

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Timetables and fares...

London to Manchester by National Express

NX service number 540 540 540 544 540 540 540 540 540 540 540 540 422
Days of operation Daily Daily Daily Daily Fr,Su Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Fr,Su Daily
Period(s) of operation - - - # 1 - - - * - - 1 3
LONDON, Victoria Coach Station Dep. 8:00 9:30 10:30 11:30 12:00 12:30 13:30 15:30 16:30 17:30 19:00 21:30 23:30
LONDON, Golders Green
Dep. 8:35 - 11:05 - - - - 16:05 - 18:05 - - 23:55
NORTON CANES, (Pause) Time 20mins 20mins 20mins - - 20mins 20mins 20mins 20mins 20mins 20mins 20mins -
MANCHESTER AIRPORT
Arr. 12:30 - - - - 16:55k - 20:20 - - 23:15 - 5:00
MANCHESTER, Coach Stn. Arr. 13:10 14:15 15:20 16:10 16:50 17:35k 19:15 21:00 21:25 22:55 23:50 1:45 5:40

M = Monday, T= Tuesday, W = Wednesday, Th = Thursday, Fr = Friday, Sa = Saturday, Su = Sunday
# = New service to commence mid/late June - date to be confirmed.
* = Operates; Fr,Sa,Su,M from 27 May until 26 September, T,W,Th from 31 May - 2 June & then from 5 July until 1 September & 16 - 24, 27 - 31 December & 2 January only.
1 = Does not operate 29 May, 28 August, 23 - 30 December, (6 & 8 April & 6 May), but operates additionally 30 May, 29 August, (2 January, 5& 9 April & 7 May 2012).
3 = Departure from London on 24 December terminates in Manchester (arr. 0540) - Note: Operates additionally 26 December & 1 January.
k = Operates 15 minutes later Fridays (excluding 6 April but additionally 5 April).

Manchester to London by National Express

NX service number 920 540 540 540 540 540 540 544 540 540 540 540 540 422
Days of operation Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Fr,Su Daily Daily Fr,Su Daily
Period(s) of operation ^ - - -
* - - # - 1 - - 1 2
MANCHESTER, Coach Stn. Dep. 3:50y 5:30g 8:00 9:30 10:15 11:00 12:00 13:00 14:00 15:00 16:45 18:15 19:30a 23:59
MANCHESTER AIRPORT
Dep. - 6:05g - - - 11:40 - - 14:40 - - 18:35 - 0:35
NORTON CANES, (Pause) Time - 20mins 20mins 20mins 20mins 20mins 20mins - 20mins 20mins 20mins 20mins - -
LONDON, Golders Green Arr. - - - 14:05 - 15:35 - - 18:35k - - 22:15 - 6:00
LONDON, Marble Arch Arr. - 10:40 13:10 14:40 - 16:10k - - 19:10k - - 22:40 - -
LONDON, Victoria Coach Station Arr. 9:45a 10:50 13:20 14:50 15:20 16:20k 16:50k 17:35k 19:20k 20:05k 21:40 22:50 0:10 6:20

M = Monday, T= Tuesday, W = Wednesday, Th = Thursday, Fr = Friday, Sa = Saturday, Su = Sunday
# = New service to commence mid/late June - date to be confirmed.
* = Operates; Fr,Sa,Su,M from 27 May until 26 September, T,W,Th from 31 May - 2 June & then from 5 July until 1 September & 16 - 24, 27 - 31 December & 2 January only.
1 = Does not operate 29 May, 28 August, 23 - 30 December, (6 & 8 April & 6 May), but operates additionally 30 May, 29 August, (2 January, 5& 9 April & 7 May 2012).
2 = Does not operate 24 December but operates additionally 26 December & 1 January.

^ = Eurolines service; a = arrives 0845 Saturday, 0915 Monday - Friday; y = operates 1 hour later on Sunday
g = Operates 15 minutes later Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays (also 28 - 30 December).
k = Operates 15 minutes later Fridays (excluding 6 April, but additionally 5 April).

Bus and coach boarding points

LONDON, Victoria Coach Station, Departure Hall
LONDON, (Marble Arch), Park Lane,
LONDON, (Golders Green), Bus Station, Stops GD/GE
MANCHESTER AIRPORT, The Station
MANCHESTER, Coach Station, Chorlton Street

Prices for online tickets

London to Manchester & Manchester Airport
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Single Return Single Return Single Return
London to Manchester (Standard)
£28 £43.50 £22.40 £34.80 £14 £21.75 London to Manchester
Manchester to London (Standard)
£28 £43.50 £22.40 £34.80 £14 £21.75 Manchester to London
London to Manchester (eg. APEX/Funfares)
from £6.50 one way from £6.50 one way from £6.50 one way London to Manchester
Manchester to London (eg. APEX/Funfares) from £6.50 one way from £6.50 one way from £6.50 one way Manchester to London
  • Age categories: Children: 3-15 years, Seniors: 60+ years. Children aged under 3 travel free.

Timetables and fares...

London to Manchester by Megabus

Various service numbers

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Days of operation Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily
LONDON, Victoria Coach Station Dep. 8:00 9:30 11:00 12:00 13:00 13:30 15:00 16:00 16:00 17:00 18:00 18:30 19:30 21:00 23:00
MANCHESTER, Shudehill
Arr. 12:30 14:15 16:15 17:00 18:00 19:00 19:30 20:30 20:50 21:45 22:45 23:00 0:00 1:30 3:00

Manchester to London by Megabus

Various service numbers MB MB MB MB MB MB MB MB MB MB MB MB MB MB MB MB
Days of operation Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Fr,Su Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily
MANCHESTER, Shudehill
Dep. 4:00^ 6:10* 7:40 9:10 9:40 10:30 11:30 11:40 13:00 13:40 14:05 14:50 14:50 16:00 17:15 19:15
LONDON, Victoria Coach Station Arr. 8:30 10:55 12:30 14:00 14:30 15:00 16:05 16:10 17:30 18:30 19:30 19:30 19:20 20:30 22:15 23:30

M = Monday, T= Tuesday, W = Wednesday, Th = Thursday, Fr = Friday, Sa = Saturday, Su = Sunday
^ = 30 mins later Sa, Su
* = 10 mins later Sa, Su

Bus and coach boarding points

LONDON, Victoria Coach Station, Departure Hall
MANCHESTER, Shudehill Interchange

Prices for online tickets

London to Manchester
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Single Return Single Return Single Return
London to Manchester from £1+50p one way from £1+50p one way from £1+50p one way London to Manchester
Manchester to London
from £1+50p one way from £1+50p one way from £1+50p one way Manchester to London

Printable timetables, frequency, travel times and fares for coach services between London and Manchester

Route Carrier Frequency Travel time Timetable Online prices Bookings
London to Manchester National Express up to 15 per day approx 6:00 stops & times from £5.50
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Manchester to London National Express up to 15 per day approx 6:00 stops & times from £5.50 Book now
London to Manchester Megabus up to 15 per day approx 4:45 stops & times from £1+50p Book now
Manchester to London Megabus up to 15 per day approx 4:45 stops & times from £1+50p Book now

How to buy tickets online for travel from London to Manchester?

To purchase tickets online for National Express routes you can do it directly at the Europebus home page using a journey planner provided. You can also do it on the National Express website. For Megabus connections visit Megabus website. Simply fill out all fields in the journey planner and follow the instructions to buy a ticket. Discounted tickets are also available for youths, children and seniors. If you book early and your travel dates and times are flexible, you may get ticket with a discount. Early booking is highly recommended, because services between London and Manchester are very popular and the coaches are fully booked on some days.

Carriage of luggage and bikes

The National Express’ coach driver will load and unload customers’ luggage but customers are responsible for seeing their own luggage onto and off the coach on which they are travelling.
Each customer has a free luggage allowance of two medium sized suitcases, weighing no more than 20 kilograms each and 1 piece of hand luggage, which must be located on the shelf above your head or under the passenger seat.

Megabus doesn’t check luggage or provide receipts for luggage transported on the bus by the passenger.  Passengers are advised that Megabus will accept up to one piece of luggage per passenger. For guidance this should be no more than the size of a standard suitcase and should not weigh more than 20kg.  Passengers can also take on board one small piece of luggage that must fit either on your lap or under the seat in front of you.

Of course you can take a bike but... In a bike bag as carry-on luggage, semi-dismantled, free of charge. You can take a bicycle with you as carry-on luggage free of charge on any coach, if you put it in a zip-up 'bike bag', with wheels and pedals removed and handlebars turned. Bike bags are available from most cycle shops, for example www.wiggle.co.uk

Overview of alternative transports between London and Liverpool. Trains & airlines services within the UK

If our information is insufficient for you to convince you to travel by coach, or simply you don’t like this transportation arrangement then we encourage you to take advantage of rail or in some cases flight services. If you want to travel for example from London to Manchester or vice versa by train we suggest you to visit the Train Line website, while good flights between British cities are recommend on the Budget Air’s website

Rail services in the UK are fast, frequent and convenient. Tickets can be bought in advance easily via a train reservation service available at the Train Line website
Regular air links to distant cities in Britain can be checked and booked at www.budgetair.co.uk. Flights connections are available to various destinations in the UK, Europe and worldwide.

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