Travel from Manchester to Glasgow by Coach

How to get to Glasgow from Manchester with National Express buses

Updated September 2011

You can get from Manchester to Glasgow (or Glasgow to Manchester) by taking the Manchester to Glasgow flight deals for quicker travel.

Instant fares for cheap flights from Glasgow to Manchester.

There are up to 5 coaches a day between Manchester Central Coach Station (Chorlton St) and Buchanan Bus Station in Glasgow. There are three direct Manchester - Glasgow buses a day (and a fourth direct Manchester to Glasgow bus on Fridays and Sundays) while the other coach is an indirect National Express service via Carlisle (1 change). National Express and Megabus are the only coach companies operating services between Manchester and Glasgow. However, the cheapest Megabus tickets for this route are more expensive than the cheapest (funfare) bus tickets offered by National Express.

Timetables and tickets for Manchester - Glasgow coaches.

Direct buses from Manchester to Glasgow (journey time between 5-8 hours)

Weekdays Weekend
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Manchester to Glasgow (NX336, overnight)
(departs at 01:10, arrives at 06:15)
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Manchester to Glasgow (NX538)
(departs at 09:00, arrives at 13:55)
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Manchester to Glasgow (NX538)
(departs at 12:40, arrives at 18:00)
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Manchester to Glasgow (NX538)
(departs at 17:15, arrives at 22:20)
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Direct buses from Glasgow to Manchester (journey time between 5-8 hours)

Weekdays Weekend
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Glasgow to Manchester (NX538)
(departs at 11:10, arrives at 16:20)
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Glasgow to Manchester (NX538)
(departs at 15:15, arrives at 20:10)
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Glasgow to Manchester (NX336, overnight)
(departs at 23:00, arrives at 03:55)
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NOTE: the schedule of buses may change without notice. Please double check with the Megabus for the latest travel times for getting to Manchester or Glasgow.

There are no early morning or late evening direct coaches between Manchester and Glasgow other than the National Express services listed above. See below the section on non-direct buses.

Instant fares for cheap flights from Glasgow to Manchester.

All Glasgow - Manchester buses (National Express) with service times

Direct buses

Daytime coaches

  • There are two direct daytime buses from Glasgow to Manchester (bus service NX538) which depart Buchanan Bus Station at 11:00 and 15:15; they arrive at Manchester Central Coach Station at approx 16:20 and 20:10 respectively.
  • There are two direct daytime buses from Manchester to Glasgow (bus service NX538) which depart Manchester Central Coach Station at 09:00 and 12:40; they arrive at Buchanan Bus Station at approx 13:55 and 18:00 respectively.

Overnight coaches

  • There is one direct overnight bus from Glasgow to Manchester (bus service NX336) which departs Buchanan Bus Station at 23:00 and arrives at Manchester Central Coach Station at approx 03:55.
  • There is one direct overnight bus from Manchester to Glasgow (bus service NX336) which departs Manchester Central Coach Station at 01:10 and arrives at Buchanan Bus Station at approx 06:15.

Indirect buses

Daytime coaches

  • There is 1 indirect daytime coach from Glasgow to Manchester (changes in Carlisle). It departs Buchanan Bus Station at 08:15 and arrives in Manchester at 16:00.
  • There is 1 indirect daytime bus from Manchester to Glasgow (changes in Carlisle). It departs Manchester Central Coach Station at 13:00 and arrives in Glasgow at 19:55.

Overnight coaches

There are no indirect overnight buses between Manchester and Glasgow.

How long does it take to get from Manchester to Glasgow by bus

The direct buses take between 4 hours and 55 minutes and 5 hours and 20 minutes depending on the route they take and time of the day, but the the non-direct Manchester to Glasgow bus service to Buchanan Bus Station or Manchester Central Coach Station include waiting times in Carlisle of up to 140 mins. Given the choice, always go for the direct coach services.

How much does the bus ticket from Manchester to Glasgow cost

The Manchester - Glasgow route is a National Express funfare route with bus fares for one-way journeys starting at £5-£8 (check availability now). These cheap bus tickets (non-refundable) are available only online when you book in advance. Funfare prices are only available on direct bus journeys, all the more reason to avoid the coaches which change in Carlisle.

Make sure to book in advance for travel on busy periods like Bank Holidays, Half-Term, Christmas Holidays and New Year's.

National Express bus fares between Manchester and Glasgow

The cheapest National Express tickets for the Manchester coach are NX funfare tickets but you need to book these in advance.

Single fares

  • Economy single ticket: £29.00
  • Standard single ticket: £29.00
  • Best Deal, ideal for budget travellers - funfare ticket: from £5

Return fares

  • Economy Apex return ticket: £27.40
  • Economy return ticket: £33.80
  • Standard advance return ticket: £35.30
  • Standard return ticket: £40.60
  • Best Deal, ideal for budget travellers - combined single NX funfare tickets (£10 cheapest)

Book Manchester - Glasgow direct coach tickets

NOTE: Ticket prices may change without notice. Please double check with the National Express for up to date coach fares.

Where does the bus between Manchester and Glasgow stop

Stops for direct buses

You can buy tickets for travel from any of these stops in Scotland or England to Manchester or Glasgow.

The direct National Express NX336 (overnight) bus goes via Preston, Carlisle and Glasgow. Full NX336 itinerary: Manchester, Salford, Preston, Lancaster, Carlisle, Glasgow.

The direct National Express NX538 (daytime) bus goes via Carlisle and Hamilton. You can buy tickets for travel from any of these stops in Scotland or England to Manchester or Glasgow. Full NX538 itinerary: Manchester, Preston or Bolton, Carlisle, Hamilton, Glasgow.

Stops for buses changing in Carlisle

Manchester, Preston, Carlisle, Glasgow.

National Express coach services - Web links

Bus Tickets, Timetables and Journey Planner
Use the form to get timetables and tickets for coach trips from Manchester to Glasgow or Glasgow to Manchester and anywhere else in the UK. Alternatively, you can buy your ticket from Buchanan Bus Station or Manchester coach station. Remember that the cheapest Glasgow - Manchester bus tickets are available ONLY online.

Address of Manchester Central Coach Station

National Express Coach Station in Manchester
Chorlton Street
Manchester
Tel: 0870 580 8080
Postcode: M1 3JF

Address of Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station

Bus Station in Glasgow for National Express coaches
Killermont Street
Glasgow
Scotland
Postcode: G2 3NP
Tel: +44 (141) 353 2141

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