Going from London to Manchester by bus isn’t the quickest or most convenient way to get there, but it is the cheapest way for those on a budget. National Express currently has a direct service about once an hour from London’s Victoria Coach Station to Manchester, with a journey time varying from 4 hours 40 minutes (the fastest) to 5 hours 30 minutes.
Manchester Town Hall, Photo (c) Donna Dailey
You could in theory make a day trip from London to Manchester on the bus by taking a very early morning journey out, but the last bus back to London from Manchester currently leaves at 6.15pm, and would mean you would only get 5-6 hours in the city. It can be done, though - and very cheaply.
Just occasionally there are National Express services from London to Manchester which require a change in Birmingham, so make sure you book on one of the direct services to minimise the journey time and chance of delay.
The cheapest bus service between London and Manchester is with Megabus. They have similar journey times to the National Express buses, though slightly fewer services during the day, and the fares tend to be a few pounds cheaper.
National Express London buses arrive at and leave from the Chorlton Street Coach Station in the centre of Manchester and not too far from Manchester’s Piccadilly Train Station. The buses also stop at Great Bridgewater Street, which is a little further west of the city centre and closer to Deansgate Train Station, so make sure you get off at the most convenient stop.
The Megabus also leaves from London’s Victoria Coach Station but arrives in Manchester at the Shudehill Interchange, which is also central and not far from the Cathedral and Manchester Victoria Train Station.
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