The Most Useful Bus Routes For Students


When travelling around a city, possibly for the first time, students have 3 priorities - safety, convenience and affordability. Buses provide all of these, especially when you use a System One Travelcard to get around Greater Manchester.

Buses are everywhere in Manchester, so no matter where you plan to travel there’ll probably be a bus stop nearby. And if you are travelling in a group you can be sure that all your friends can travel together without having to split up to fit into separate taxis. No losing friends, no waiting for a cab and watching the fare get bigger and bigger, and no worrying about parking a car or finding a designated driver.

As you become more familiar with the city, you’ll learn which buses go where. In the meantime, here are a few pointers on the most useful bus routes for students in Greater  Manchester.

Fallowfield Campus To Manchester University South Campus Or Manchester Metropolitan University All Saints Campus


The Oxford Road corridor is by far the most well-travelled student route in Manchester. In fact this road is claimed to be the busiest bus route in Europe.

With many halls of residence located towards Fallowfield and Wilmslow in the south of the city, this is the most direct route for most students to reach the teaching campuses. As such, it is well catered for transport-wise, and you’ll never have to wait more than a couple of minutes for a bus.

Bus Routes: 41; 42; 43; 141; 142; X51; X57.

Levenshulme/Longsight To Northern Quarter


After a hard day of studying, students deserve an evening of relaxation. The Northern Quarter in Manchester City Centre is a great option for a bit of R&R. With a selection of bars and restaurants, as well as comedy and live music, there’s plenty of opportunity to rest the grey matter.

With the Printworks cinema nearby, you’ll be able to forget your course work, tune in and drop out, for a little while at least. Jump on a bus from independently rented accommodation in Levenshulme or Longsight and reward yourself with a well-earned night out. Bus Routes: 192; 191/197 & 42.

Oxford Road To The Trafford Centre

The Trafford Centre isn’t just a shopping mall. With skiing, indoor skydiving and golf in the immediate vicinity, as well as restaurants and a cinema, it’s perfect for a little treat away from your studies.

EventCity is also at the same location, attracting audiences for trade shows, sporting events and performances. With a bus station on site, getting there is easy from anywhere in Greater Manchester.  

Bus Routes: 250; 50 & X50; 18/30/X41 & X50; 101/104/105/109 & X50.

Fallowfield to Manchester Piccadilly

Occasionally students might have to travel out of Greater Manchester, to see parents at home, attend a work placement or to visit fellow students in another city. Piccadilly Train Station provides connections to most parts of the UK with direct routes to the cities of Norwich, London, Bristol, York, Liverpool and Glasgow, amongst others.

Although the System One Travelcard won’t get you to your final destination, it can help you along the way by getting you safely to Piccadilly Train Station.

Bus Route: 147

Oxford Road to Manchester Airport

For visiting family and friends outside of the UK, Manchester Airport provides direct flights to most parts of the world. Whether you’re looking for a budget trip or a long haul flight, the first stage of your journey should be a bus ride to Manchester Airport. With services running 24 hours a day, no matter what time your flight, you and your luggage will arrive safely and on time.

Bus Route: 43

Salford University Campus To O2 Apollo

Manchester is lucky to be able to host an array of musical performers in many venues throughout the city. Not just the mega stars like Beyoncé and Justin Bieber, but smaller and breakthrough acts too.

If you’re lucky enough to get a ticket to a gig at the O2 Apollo, taking the bus from Salford University Campus is a hassle-free way to get there and back so you can concentrate on enjoying the performance without having to worry about transport.

Bus Route: 36/37 & 192; 34 & 192.

If you’re new to Manchester and still finding your bearings, you’ll need nothing more than a System One Travelcard to help you get from A to B. Choose an annual Student Bus Saver Travelcard before 23rd October and you’ll benefit from a £150 saving. So, don’t delay, start planning your next journey now.

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