The Best Greater Manchester Buses with System One Travel

We all recognise Manchester as one of the most vibrant, colourful cities in the UK. With so much to do and see, it can easily become an overwhelming endeavour to plan your trip.

Here at System One Travel we’ve compiled a list of some noteworthy bus routes in Greater Manchester that’ll lead you right to the most famous landmarks. Whether you’re a music lover, shopping addict, bookworm or just want to see all that Manchester has to offer - we’ll get you there.

So plan your trip and grab your travelcard to see the sights on board a Greater Manchester bus!

#43 (Piccadilly Gardens to Manchester Airport)

It’s safe to say that a trip to Manchester wouldn’t be complete without visiting Piccadilly Gardens. It could be described as the very heart of the city; the central hub of public transport and home to the busier shopping areas whilst bordering the city's creative Northern Quarter.

Alternatively, you can bring the family along for a summer picnic in the gardens to relax and watch the world go by. Whatever you decide to do, Piccadilly Gardens really does have it all.

Or, the number 200 bus can also take you to the Manchester Airport Runway Visitor Park to watch the planes take off from the best seat in the house. You can go for a tour of the The Concorde G-BOAC to get to know the plane up-close-and-personal. There’s also a play area so the kids will be entertained while mums and dads can nip for a coffee in the cafe.  It truly is a brilliant experience, guaranteed to make amazing memories for you and the whole family.


#50 (MediaCityUK to East Didsbury)

If you’ve got an appetite for a bit of sightseeing, hop on the number 50 bus to see one of Manchester’s most famous sights: Albert Square. It’s located in front of the Town Hall and it often hosts special events such as the Christmas Markets - a beloved favourite of many. But all year round it’s a must-see landmark, surrounded by high-end shops and a sea of restaurants and bars. Then, if you’ve absorbed enough of the culture Albert Square has to offer, the number 50 bus will also lead you to the nearby city centre which is a firm favourite of shopping lovers everywhere.


Theatre buffs will want to forever reside inside the walls of the Lowry. Unfortunately, that isn’t allowed, but the number 50 bus will also get you there to view incredible, highly raved about theatrical productions, as well as allow you to nip into the shops and restaurants nearby. The building itself is a beautiful, modern structure so is a feast for architectural enthusiasts.


#192 (Hazel Grove to Manchester City Centre)

Manchester is widely recognised as a hub of musical talent and the home of bands such as Oasis. So for the music obsessed, a trip to the O2 Apollo would most definitely be on the cards. The 192 bus will get you there so you can sing your heart out to your favourite artists, with upcoming performances from Zara Larsson, Harry Styles and Clean Bandit.


#x50 & #250 (Trafford Centre to Piccadilly Gardens)

In the mood to shop until you drop? Make your way to the Trafford Centre via the x50 or 250 bus. This three storey indoor shopping mall boasts hundreds of your favourite stores as well as a food hall and unique food stalls - so you can easily spend all day there. You’ll be stunned by the impressively lavish centre, so if you’re in Manchester it’s well worth a trip.

But if your heart lies with football, nearby Old Trafford is a must-visit. Book to see Manchester United in action, or join in on a stadium tour to soak up the rich football history of Old Trafford.

#135 (Bury to Piccadilly Gardens)

Lastly, paying a visit to Heaton Park is a great option if you want to immerse yourself in a little (or rather large) slice of nature. At 650 acres, Heaton Park often hosts concerts and other community events, but it’s also ideal for summer family outings as there’s a play area and animal centre to keep the little ones entertained.

To reach this tranquil, beautiful park, just hop on the 135 bus. Better yet, System One Travel offers a Group DaySaver so the whole family can enjoy a fun-filled day out for just £14! Which means one thing... extra ice creams all round!

So no matter your passion, rest assured that Manchester will deliver a memorable trip for you and the family. But don’t just take our word for it, grab your System One TravelCard and see for yourself!

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