Travelling by bus in Manchester over the Christmas period? Check how your services are running with our handy guide and useful links to special services on Christmas Day and on New Year’s Eve.
Transport for Greater Manchester have published details of all Christmas transport services in a handy guide and on the TfGM website.
The guide gives a summary of all public transport services from Monday 23rd December to Friday 3rd January, including Metrolink, buses, Free bus, Metroshuttle, and local trains. It also has details of Ring & Ride and Local Link, as well as Travelshop and Customer Services opening times.
Graham Banks, TfGM’s Travel Demand Management Manager, said: “There are always some changes to services over the Christmas period – it’s really important to us that people can easily find out what the changes are, so they can plan their travel.
“That’s why we’ve put all the details into a pocket guide so that it’ll be easy for customers to check what the arrangements will be, whether they’re heading out for last-minute shopping or off to the match!
The Christmas services pocket-guide is available to view online, and people can pick up a copy from TfGM Travelshops, at bus stations, and interchanges across Greater Manchester.
Buses on Christmas Eve
Buses will run a normal or modified weekday service or Saturday service with additional early morning journeys on some routes. Buses will stop running from 6pm onwards.
Buses on Christmas Day
Stagecoach will be running special daytime buses on service 43 between Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport. No other buses will run.
Buses on Boxing Day
Special buses will run on the following services.
Arriva North West 245, 247 and 320 (Ashton-in-Makerfield to St Helens).
Diamond North West 2, 8, 36, 37, 68, 126, 132, 163, 300, 471.
First Manchester 59, 83, 84, 409, V1 and V2.
Go North West 17, 18, 52, 93, 98, 100 and 135.
Rosso 468 and 469 (Tottington Line)
Stagecoach 23, 42, 43, 50, 76, 85, 86, 101, 118, 125, 192, 201, 203, 204, 216, 219, 250, 256, 330 and X50.
The Burnley Bus Company X43.
Sadly, no other buses will run.
Buses on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day
Stagecoach buses will run to a Monday to Friday holiday timetable during New Year’s Eve daytime. The last journeys on most Stagecoach routes will run between 7pm and 8pm.
Special services will run on routes 42, 43, 86, 192 and 201 from 8pm until 4am on New Year’s Day. Special fares will apply after 8pm. If you already have a prepaid Stagecoach, System One or get me there adult ticket you can travel throughout the night on these services at no extra cost.
Some Stagecoach buses will run on New Year’s Day which includes routes 42, 43, 86, 101, 192, 201, 203, 219 and 250 until around 6pm.