Hop-on hop-off tour

Manchester: City Bus Tour

Activity provider: Sightseeing Manchester

Manchester: City Bus Tour

Activity provider: Sightseeing Manchester

From US$ 14.52 per person

Explore Manchester from an open-top sightseeing bus. Learn about the city's industrial past from the recorded commentary and take in the sights as you explore the city center and Salford Quays.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Wheelchair accessible


  • Explore Manchester and Salford Quays by hop-on hop-off bus
  • Learn more about the city and its industrial heritage from the recorded commentary
  • Connect to the free Wi-Fi aboard the buses
Full description
Explore the birthplace of the industrial revolution aboard the hop-on and hop-off sightseeing bus in Manchester and learn more about the city's contribution to science, politics, music, arts and sport. Hop-on and off at any of the 15 stops on a route that has been carefully planned to include key sights such as Manchester Town Hall, the National Football Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry and Manchester United Football Club. Hop-off at Salford Quays to visit the famous Lowry art gallery and Imperial War Museum North in the stunning building by Daniel Libeskind. Discover the new media hub where the BBC and ITV have located their TV studios, and avail of the canal-side shops and restaurants. 
  • Access to National Football Museum
  • Driver
  • Transport for activity duration: Bus / coach, van
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    Please arrive at the Princess Street bus stop SE to board the bus.

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    Important information

    Know before you go

    • Your ticket is valid for 2 calendar days from the date shown. If the bus is not operating on one of these days, you may use the ticket on the next available day.
    • Buses depart from Albert Square.
    • The recorded commentary is in English, but other languages are available if you download the local tour operator's app. There is free Wi-Fi on the buses, but it is recommended you download the app before boarding
    • You will be notified of any change to the schedule or route via the local tour operator's Facebook page.
    • Tours start at 10:30 AM, 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM on the PINK TIMETABLE that operates all year.
    • The buses depart from Albert Square, nr Town Hall, Princess Street, M2 4DF.
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.2 /5

    based on 253 reviews

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    I have lived in Manchester for over 55 years and did not know this bus tour existed. My niece and husband were up for the weekend and so we did the tour, fantastic. I could never have shown them 100th of the city and the fact that it was for a 2 day pass was excellent value. Well worthwhile but just remember to wrap up on the open top part, my woolly hat was needed! We also started at the Manchester Art Museum for coffee and cake and on the way back did the tour of the museum for another hour and a half at least! I would thoroughly recommend it to Manchester residents never mind visitors!

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    May 3, 2022

    Lovely informative tour of Manchester.

    We enjoyed the tour, amazing what you see from above, good clear commentary. On the negative seats quite small and very hard. Visiting people from abroad talked loudly all the way through, took 2 seats up putting their buggy on it, driver should have indicated where downstairs they could have put it as upstairs was full and those 2 seats were needed. We would recommend it , I have given leaflet to a friend, so many people don’t know this bus exists.

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    August 29, 2019

    The tour was great but the website and ad's are lacking info.

    Your website makes it sound like you car forbidden to get on the bus at other stops along the routes and there is no timetable saying when the bus will be at other stops if you get off. I was at BBC Media City and wanted to start my tour there. I was led to believe by your website that this was not possible and I only knew what ties the bus left Alber Square. It's a Hop ON Hop OFF bus so you need to make it clear that that is what you can do. Hop off at a location and get back on!!!!!

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    August 21, 2019

    Product ID: 147528