Hop-on hop-off tour

Manchester: City Bus Tour

Activity provider: Sightseeing Manchester
Hop-on hop-off tour

Manchester: City Bus Tour

Activity provider: Sightseeing Manchester

From US$ 14.81 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. 
  • Bus ticket, 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)
  • Recorded commentary in English
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Entry fees

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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

4.1 /5

based on 423 reviews

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Had a smashing day out . Gave a different perspective on the city. The only thing that could be improved is the commentary as it was difficult to hear at times and especially if your hard of hearing . We caught snatches of the commentary but not all of it so was a slightly little bit disappointing. The tour itself is good and fun if your interested in discovering a bit more about Manchester.

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March 28, 2023

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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March 28, 2023

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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March 28, 2023

Product ID: 147528