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Millennium Bridge, Manchester

Coach travel from Birmingham to Manchester

From £6.90 one-way*

Duration: 2 hrs 15 mins (fastest)
Departures: up to 13 services per day

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Children under 14 years of age are not permitted to travel without being accompanied throughout the journey by a responsible person aged 16 years or over.
Children aged 14 - 15 years old may travel unaccompanied, as from 5am, arriving at their booked destination no later than 10pm. Unaccompanied children will be asked for proof of age or a signed letter of permission from their parent/guardian. (sms or chat based messages are not permissible)

One infant aged 0-2 travels free when accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket. Additional infants aged 0-2 must be paid for. If you are travelling with more than 1 infant aged 0-2, please book the additional infant as 'Children (3-15).

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Coach from Birmingham to Manchester in 2 hours 15 mins (fastest journey)

Manchester is one of the UK's most vibrant and unique cities, and if you're ready for a trip there then what better way to travel than by coach? With tickets starting at just £6.90 one-way*, a guaranteed seat, plenty of legroom and a generous luggage allowance, it's no surprise more and more people are travelling to Manchester with us.

Book now in the blue journey planner above and experience Manchester for less.

Birmingham to Manchester journey information
Fastest journey time 2 hrs 15 mins
Cheapest price From £6.90
Distance (approx) 170km
No. of stops 1 (fastest service, other services may vary)
First & last journey daily 7:45am/23:00pm

Our Birmingham to Manchester services and stops

Click below to see the stops for each service and plan your journey with ease.

120 coach towards Manchester

Our 120 service travels up to 8 times a day and calls at the following stops:

  • Birmingham Coach Station
  • Manchester Airport
  • Manchester Coach Station

121 coach towards Blackpool

Our 121 service travels up to 3 times a day and calls at the following stops:

  • Birmingham Coach Station
  • Manchester Airport
  • Manchester Coach Station

181 coach towards Glasgow

Our 181 service travels up to 1 time a day and calls at the following stops:

  • Birmingham Coach Station
  • Manchester Airport
  • Manchester Coach Station

182 coach towards Edinburgh

Our 182 service travels up to 1 time a day and calls at the following stops:

  • Birmingham Coach Station
  • Manchester Airport
  • Manchester Coach Station

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*Limited Availability. No booking fee when logged into My Account and purchasing on the National Express website or app, otherwise £1 booking fee applies. Fares correct 17 November 2022 for travel between 17 November 2022 and 17 March 2023.

Departing from Birmingham Coach Station

Birmingham Coach Station is based in Digbeth right at the heart of the city, and is easily accessed by many routes from around the West Midlands. New Street and Moor Street Rail Stations are just a 10-minute walk away and there are several local bus routes that can drop you right outside the door.

On-site, you'll find refreshment areas, toilet facilities and more to prepare you for the journey ahead. 

Please take a look at our Birmingham Coach Station facilities for more information.

Arriving in Manchester Coach Station

Manchester Coach Station is supported by a dedicated taxi rank outside the station, as well as the city-wide tram service. You can also use the Metroshuttle, which will ferry you for free between the cities' rail stations. 

For more information on the facilities at the station, take a look at our Manchester Central Coach Station page.

Frequently asked questions

When is the first coach from Birmingham to Manchester?

The first coach leaves from Birmingham Coach Station at 7.45am, arriving at Manchester Coach Station at 10.10am.

When is the last coach from Birmingham to Manchester?

The last coach leaves from Birmingham Coach Station at 23.00pm, arriving at Manchester Bus & Coach Station at 1.15am.

How much is the coach from Birmingham to Manchester?

A one-way journey from Birmingham to Manchester is available from £6.90*.

How long does the coach take from Birmingham to Manchester?

Coach journeys from Birmingham to Manchester take on average 2 hrs 25 mins, however our fastest coach takes 2 hrs 15 mins.

What happens if I miss my coach from Birmingham to Manchester?

We have fare types available to give you more flexibility when you travel. Both our Standard and Fully Flexible fares are amendable, however, excess fees may apply. For more information, please visit our tickets page.

Alternatively, when buying your ticket you can add Change and Go to your booking. Change and Go allows you to board any available coach 12 hours before or after your original departure time for just £5 per journey. Find out more at our Change and Go page.

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