Millennium Bridge, Manchester

Coach from London to Manchester

From £8.90 one-way*

Free Wi-Fi available onboard
Departures: up to 17 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).


Coach from London to Manchester

Our buses travel from London to Manchester Central Coach Station up to 17 times a day, from 1am until 11.30pm.

With regular, reliable services and fares from £8.90 one-way*, you can travel with confidence and convenience once again.

Please note: We are currently running a reduced network, with plans to add to it regularly as demand grows. Because of this, the information on this page may differ depending on your travel dates and any regional restrictions.

For the most up to date information on active services and more, please visit our Route Map page or our timetables page.

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London to Manchester journey information
Cheapest price From £8.90
Distance (approx) 334km
No. of stops 5 (fastest service, other services may vary)
First & last journey daily 1:00am/11:30pm

Departing from London Victoria Coach Station

Coaches from London to Manchester Central Coach Station depart approximately every hour from 1 am onwards. The last coach of the day departs at 11.30pm.

London Victoria Coach Station is just 300 metres from the tube network, and is served by the Victoria Line, the District Line and the Circle Line.

A bus stop is directly outside the coach station, and is served by many routes into the city centre, along with a nearby taxi rank.

Take a look at our London Victoria Coach Station facilities for more information.

Arriving at Manchester Central Coach Station

Directly outside the station is a dedicated taxi rank, a city-wide tram service, and the Metroshuttle, which ferries you for free between the cities' rail stations.

Take a look at our Manchester Central Coach Station facilities for more information.

Frequently asked questions

Is it possible to buy my ticket from London to Manchester onboard my National Express coach?

Yes you can, however it is always advisable to purchase an advance ticket as services may become full due to pre-booked customers.
To purchase a ticket onboard your coach from London to Manchester, please be aware of the following:

  • Drivers can accept cash only. To avoid delays please ensure you have the correct change.
  • If your journey from London to Manchester requires a change of coach, you must purchase a ticket on board each new coach.
  • Please ensure you obtain a physical ticket from the driver which you should always carry.
  • All our drivers should be able to sell tickets, although if there are ticketing facilities available they may refer you to the ticket office, to purchase your ticket.

In addition, you can call the National Express Contact Centre on 08717 818181 between 10am and 6pm, 7 days a week. Calls cost 13p per minute plus your phone company's access charge.


I booked a ticket but now I do not need to travel from London to Manchester. How do I cancel or obtain a refund on my ticket?

Should you wish to cancel your ticket from London to Manchester please contact our helpline, open 8AM -10PM on +44 3717818181. A refund can only be obtained on Fully Flexible ticket types cancelled 72 hours prior to your scheduled coach departure.

Our ticket types are as follows:

  • Fully Flexible fare tickets must be cancelled no less than 72 hours prior to your outward journey to qualify for a refund.
  • Standard fare tickets can only be amended; you will only be able to make changes prior to your scheduled travel dates and times and this is subject to an amendment fee.
  • Restricted fare tickets are non-amendable and non-refundable.

You can find out whether you chose a refundable fare type ticket in the important information section of the email confirmation.

Refund requests may be submitted by post to: Customer Relations – Refunds, National Express House, Mill Lane, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 6DD.


How much does it cost to change the date or time on my ticket from London to Manchester?

Depending on the ticket type purchased for your trip from London to Manchester you may amend the time and or date of departure prior to the departure time that is currently booked on your ticket by clicking here.

You may amend the date and time of your ticket without incurring an amendment fee within 1 hour of making your booking (excess fare may apply), any amendments after this time are subject to an amendment fee of £5 online or in a National Express Travelshop or Agent or £6 via the Customer Contact Centre, plus any excess fare.

Note - There are no fees applicable when amending a Fully Flexible fare.

Amendments cannot be made on cancelled or tickets where the travel time of the section you wish to change has passed.

Amendments to the arrival and/or departure locations are not possible once your ticket has been booked.


What do we mean by Excess Fares?

Many of our tickets are not fixed in price and are subject to change. When amending your ticket an excess fare may also be charged if there is a difference in price from your original ticket.

For example: At the time of booking your journey fare from London to Manchester was £20, but at the time of making your amendment the journey price is £27. Your amendment charge is £12 (£5 amendment fee (online) and £7 excess fare)

Restricted fares are discounted fare types and amendments are not possible.


I booked my journey from London to Manchester but I have not received my e-ticket, what should I do?

Please check your spam or junk email folders before contacting us. Your ticket will be delivered from or

You can view and reprint your ticket online for London to Manchester using the ‘Manage My Booking’ service at

If you do not have access to your ticket number or your email address is not recognised, please call us on +443717 818 181- Lines open 8AM-10PM. You can also try contacting us via Live chat or Social media between 8am-8pm.


How do I arrange assistance for my journey from London to Manchester?

If you are wheel chair user require disability assistance on your journey from London to Manchester, then please send us an email at with your name and date of travel in the subject heading.

We recommend you let us know what you require at least 36 hours before you intend to travel with us (wherever possible).

We will then advise you what assistance we can provide at each stage of your journey from London to Manchester, dependent upon those locations where we have our own staff and those where we do not. The more information we have about your requirements, the better prepared we will be to meet your needs when you travel with us.

Please see our Disabled Travellers page, which also contains our Disabled Code of Practice.

If you are travelling to Manchester in less than 36hrs please call our Customer Service Centre on 03717 818181 or 0044 3717 818181 from overseas. We are open 8am – 10pm, 7 days a week.

Calling at...

London to Manchester route stops include:
  • London Victoria Coach Station
  • London Golders Green
  • Manchester Airport
  • Stockport
  • Manchester Coach Station
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*Limited Availability. £1 booking fee applies. Fares correct 23 Oct 2020 for travel between 23 Oct 2020 and 20 Feb 2021.

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