Major Bus Stations in the UK
Bus travel in the UK is very popular, as the large network of motorways and coach services make for affordable and easy options for many travellers. Within cities and regional areas as well there are usually strong networks of public transport buses, and throughout the UK bus stations and stops are very common. Major bus stations offering a large number of connections are likely to also be found in the UK’s major cities. Many of these stations will include a number of services such as restrooms, restaurants and cafés, as well as large information boards detailing departures and arrivals. Some of the major bus stations in the UK include London Victoria Coach Station, Manchester Chorlton Coach Station, Birmingham Coach Station, Edinburgh Bus Station, and Belfast Bus Station.
London Victoria Coach Station
So many bus and coach services go through London's Victoria per day, that separate coach and bus stations are needed to avoid congestion. If you're catching a journey from London Victoria, make sure you know whether it leaves from the Coach or Bus Station ahead of travel. The Victoria Coach Station is located just 300 metres away from the London Victoria Railway Station, and signs make it easy to find. As the largest and busiest station of its kind in the UK, London Victoria sees nearly 200,000 departures annually. Coach companies serving here include National Express, Eurolines, Megabus, iDBUS and Oxford Tube or X90 bus.
A large number of services run to destinations all across the UK, but there are also popular coaches available to mainland Europe such as buses from London to Paris. The coach station itself does not boast a large amount of amenities and facilities, however travellers can purchase tickets here. For a large choice of restaurants, shopping, Transport For London inquiries, public WiFi access, cash points and more, the nearby train station is the best option. Getting to the coach station is easy as Victoria Station has stops available on the Victoria, District and Circle lines of the London Underground as well as a large number of buses and night buses.
Manchester Chorlton Coach Station
The main bus station for the city of Manchester is Manchester Chorlton Coach Station, which is also known as Manchester Central Coach Station. National Express operate this station and also run a large number of services here, with competitor Megabus providing services to nearby Shudehill Interchange. The station underwent improvement works in 2002 and offers up 8 bus stands. Other major providers operating from this station include Eurolines and High Peak. The station is located centrally and is accessible to Manchester Piccadilly Station via 5 minute walk. Local transit buses stop at or near to the station, and Metrolink tram services are also available from Piccadilly Gardens, which is located in just a few minutes walk from the station.
Birmingham Coach Station
Originally known as the Digbeth Coach Station, the Birmingham Coach Station offers passengers a large number of coach services with National Express, Ulsterbus and Eurolines. The station is located in Digbeth, Birmingham and offers 16 stands with coaches travelling all over the UK and Ireland. The national headquarters for the largest coach carrier in the UK, National Express, can also be found here. The station is located around half a mile from the city’s main train station Birmingham Moor Street Station, and takes usually less than a 10 minutes walk. A large number of public transport buses also stop at the station for connections further into Birmingham. In the direct area a large number of shops, cafés and restaurants for travellers to choose from.
Edinburgh Bus Station
Located on Elder Street and St. Andrews Square, the Edinburgh Bus Station is the central station for bus and coach connections to and from the Scottish capital. The station was also known as St. Andrew’s Bus Station until 2003 when it re-opened in its current form. Major providers operating services to and from the station include National Express, First Scotland, East Stagecoach Fife, Scottish Citylink, Perryman's Buses, Megabus, and Prentice Westwood. Popular routes include intercity bus routes within Scotland as well as to the rest of the UK. The Megabus Gold sleeper service between London and Edinburgh also will arrive into this bus station. At the station, travellers will find a ticket hall, toilets (including disabled toilets), cash point, cafés, WHSmith, vending machines and luggage lockers. The station is easily accessible to Edinburgh Waverley Station by foot as well as connected to Edinburgh Trams at the St. Andrews Square Tram Stop, which offers connections to Edinburgh Airport.
Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station
Glasgow Bus Station, known officially as Buchanan Bus Station, is located in the city centre near to Glasgow Caledonian University and The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. The station is open 24 hours a day, with a concourse and Travel Centre that are opened from early mornings until late. Major service providers at this station include First Glasgow, Megabus, National Express, Orbis, Sinbad, Scottish Citylink, and Stagecoach West Scotland. Buses to Glasgow Airport are available as well as international services to Warsaw. The station is easily accessible to Glasgow Queen Street Railway Station by foot as well as by the Buchanan Street Subway Station, which is located about 200 metres from the bus station.
Belfast Europa Buscentre
Located in the city centre of Belfast, the Europa Buscentre is the main terminal station for buses and coaches in the capital city. Long distance coaches as well as local and regional transit buses will stop at or near to the centre, and connections to rail are easy as Great Victoria Street Station is located adjacent. Connections to Belfast International Airport and Belfast City Airport are also available via a regular bus service to and from the Europa Centre. Major providers offering services to or from the station include Ulsterbus, National Express, Bus Éireann, Eurolines and Goldline. Travellers will find a ticket and information window at the station as well as a small selection of shops, cafés and public toilets.