London to Manchester – your essential guide

Taking the bus from London to Manchester is a great idea if you want to save money. Coach travel to Manchester works out far cheaper than taking the train, so you can spend your money seeing the sights in this amazing UK city instead. You’ll find all of the best bits in our guide to Manchester, which includes where to shop, where to head out for the evening, plus plenty of free things to do.As for the journey, you can look forward to extra touches like power sockets and free WiFi onboard your coach, which come as standard on any megabus trip. That means you can plug in, sit back and relax until you reach your destination.

How long does the bus from London to Manchester take?

The megabus from London to Manchester runs between 11 and 12 times a day, so it’s easy to find a departure time that suits. The journey time is an average of five hours, although it can vary by around an hour either side of that. Either way, you’ll have plenty of time to make the most of the onboard facilities before you arrive in Manchester.


Where does the megabus stop in London and Manchester?

Your coach will leave from London Victoria Coach Station, which is the biggest in the capital. It’s really central – about a 300-metre walk from London Victoria railway station. It has mainline rail and Underground services and it’s well served by buses, too. There’s more about it on the Transport for London website.

If you’re spending time in the capital before heading to Manchester, read our guide to London to find out the best places to eat and drink, as well as all the big attractions you won’t want to miss.

Your London to Manchester coach will arrive at Shudehill Interchange in the city centre. It’s next to Manchester’s Northern Quarter, which is full of restaurants, bars and clubs. The city is nice and compact, so it’s easy to get around from here. Pick up a map from Manchester Tourist Information Centre at 1 Piccadilly Gardens. 

There are good bus and train links from here to the University of Manchester, the University of Salford and Manchester Metropolitan University. Bus 18 will take you straight to the University of Manchester’s Oxford Road campus, for example, in just 20 minutes.

If you’re setting off further afield, there’s a Metrolink stop at Shudehill with trams heading further out into Greater Manchester, and Manchester Victoria railway station is right next door. To get to Manchester Airport your best bet is to catch one of the free Metroshuttle buses, which link the main stations and areas of the city. Hop off at Manchester Piccadilly station and you can take a train or bus to the airport.

Use our handy Manchester city guide to prepare for your next trip.

How much do London to Manchester journeys cost?

megabus tickets from London to Manchester start from as little as £1 plus a 50p booking fee. Prices and tickets are subject to availability, so please read our terms and conditions for more info.

How can I book tickets from London to Manchester?

It’s really easy to book cheap travel to Manchester. Just click book now or use the journey planner to find your travel dates, check availability and book coach tickets online. But be quick – this route is really popular!