Magic Bus Fares Rise

Magic Bus Fares Rise
A Magic Bus bound for Manchester Piccadilly is pictired on Oxford Road.Tom Harrison

The Magic Bus will become a little less magic in April when the fare rises 50 per cent from the current fare of £1 single to £1.50 single… and Manchester’s students aren’t happy about it.

The Stagecoach Magic Bus brand was introduced to the streets of Manchester in the 90s and has become one of the most iconic modes of transport along the Oxford Road corridor. The Magic Bus service offers an affordable mode of transport for passengers who travel to and from East and West Didsbury.

The Magic Bus services are typically operated with older vehicles in Stagecoach’s fleet like Dennis Tridents and Dennis Dragons before them. In 2015, more modern Alexander Dennis Enviro400 double-decker buses dating from 2008 were introduced to the Magic Bus services complete with free WiFi.

The Magic Bus routes comprise of the 141 between West Didsbury and Birley Campus, 142 between East Didsbury and Piccadilly Gardens and the 143 between West Didsbury and Piccadilly Gardens.

The popular bus service, famously priced at £1 for a single journey, will cost £1.50 from 2nd April 2017. Stagecoach also raised their normal bus fares last year but chose to leave the Magic Bus fare at £1. Going back to 2012, it cost just 70p a journey to ride the Magic services.

Other Stagecoach fares will be affected from April. Single adult fares under £2 will be raised by 10p with single fares over £2 increasing by 20p. The Stagecoach Manchester Dayrider ticket will cost £4.30, instead of the current fare of £4.00. The Magic Dayrider will rise to £3.60.

Stagecoach is also introducing a 50p surcharge for buying a StagecoachSmart card in April too, so don’t forget to reuse your smart card!

Tom Harrison

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  • John
    25th March 2017, 4:36 am

    The magic bus started in the 90s the first ones were the ex GM Atlanteans I know as I drove them out of Princess Road

    • Macauley Pugh@John
      26th March 2017, 1:30 pm

      Hi John, we have updated the article to reflect your comments. Thanks.



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