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Following government announcements on the roadmap out of lockdown and plans to gradually restore greater normality to everyday lives, we're making plans to get more services back on the road, including school services from 8th March. Please continue to check our latest timetables page for more information.

Let's keep working together to make travel as safe as possible. We're still doing enhanced cleaning and limiting available seats. You can help by avoiding busy times, using contactless payment where you can, keeping your distance and taking your litter with you.

You must wear a face covering throughout your journey, unless you are exempt.

Find out more on our travelling safely pages for England, Wales and Scotland. You can keep up to date by checking our main Coronavirus page.

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Stagecoach Student Bus Passes in Greater Manchester

Students save over 50%^ on bus travel. Whatever's on your timetable, travel with confidence 

For students aged 16 and over who are in higher or further education

Travel with Confidence


At Stagecoach Manchester, we offer a great value student bus pass.   If you can get there by bus with Stagecoach and Magic bus you can go there with your student bus pass. 

Don’t worry about change for the bus when money is getting tight.


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 Great benefits of a Stagecoach student bus pass:

  • Unlimited bus travel with just one pass
  • Flexible to use any time - View service map below
  • Stagecoach bus passes are great value
  • Valid on any Stagecoach or Magic bus in Greater Manchester area
  • No more scraping around for change 
  • A number of buses run 24/7 in Didsbury, Withington, Fallowfield, Rusholme to Manchester city centre. 
  • Buses every few mins past the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and Royal Northern College of Music



Buy Now

Stagecoach student bus passes are available to any student aged 16 or over in higher or further education. There's no upper age limit. All you will need is student photo ID such as an NUS card or your College or University ID Card to purchase and to show the bus driver each time you travel. 


Buy your student bus pass



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Where can I travel in Manchester with my student pass?image of bus services along Wilmslow Road in Manchester

If you are living in the popular student areas of Rusholme, Fallowfield, Didsbury or Withington Stagecoach and Magic bus services run past the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and Royal Northern College of Music to the city centre 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. In this area we run buses more frequently and later than any other bus company. 

This map shows you the popular halls of accommodation, the university campus and where your nearest bus stops will be. 

If you wish to travel to the North Campus of the University, service 147 runs between West Didsbury, Fallowfield, University of Manchester campus areas at Oxford Road and Sackville Street to Piccadilly Rail Station. Buses run  Monday to Friday. 



Travel throughout Greater Manchester! 

Use your student bus pass to travel throughout Greater Manchester.  The area our services covered is shown on the   map    below. 


Find out when you bus will arrive and how busy it will be

If you are unsure which bus to catch the Stagecoach Bus App  lets you plan your journey and now shows you how busy your bus is likely to be, so you can choose the best journey for you. 



Buy our student pass

Buy your bus pass online with the benefits of a smart card

Buying your bus pass online is quick and easy and we will deliver your bus pass to you in up to three working days. You will receive a Student Smart Card to use on the bus each time you travel. Having a Smart Card means you can reuse this again and again. Remember to carry your student ID with you every time you travel. No student ID – your bus pass could be confiscated.

Receiving a Student Smart Card also gives you the peace of mind that if your bus pass is lost or stolen we will replace it for free!

Already got a student smart card?

Reload your card by choosing your student smart card under "Select a smart card" at checkout.


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Ticket Type Price Purchase 

Two Term Bus Pass

1 January 2021 - 30 June 2021

 £165  Buy Now

Term 2 (Spring) Bus Pass

1 January 2021 - 31 March 2021 

 £90  Buy Now


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What happens if I lose my Manchester student bus pass?  

Student Smart card

If you buy your student bus pass online and lose your Student Smart card please notify us either by logging into the My account section of this website or by contacting the StagecoachSmart Helpdesk on 0345 810 1000. 

Lines are open 07:00 to 22:00, 7 days a week, excluding Christmas Day
*Calls are charged at geographic rates (the same as 01/02 numbers) and are included in call packages from both landlines and mobiles.

A replacement Student Smart card will be posted to you free of charge.

Paper Student bus passes

If you lose your paper Student bus pass please complete and submit the lost ticket form.

A charge of £25 is applicable to replace a paper ticket and     only one replacement will available  in an academic year.


Is there any free travel for students and staff in Manchester?

University of Manchester

Travel reinstated from Monday 21 September 2020. If you are a student or member of staff from University of Manchester you may travel free between the North and South Campus on magic bus 147.  Just show your University ID to the driver. 

Free travel will be available from the following stops only:

From South Campus to North Campus
1. University (outside Students Union)
2. University (near Booth Street West)
You can travel as far as Sackville Gardens (Whitworth Street).

From North Campus to South Campus
3. University (Vimto Park)
4. Conference Centre (Charles Street)
You can travel as far as the  University (outside Stopford Building).

You can check the area of free travel on the magic bus 147 zone map.
If you are travelling outside the campus area you will need to pay for your journey or hold a valid ticket.

University of Salford

If you are a student or member of staff from University of Salford you may travel free between the Adelphi Street and MediaCityUK on service 50 and 51.   Just show your University ID to the driver.

You can check the area of free travel on the service 50 zone map.
If you are travelling outside the campus area you will need to pay for your journey or hold a valid ticket.


^Based on Annual Manchester Student bus pass £265, equivalent travel for 10 months using megarider Xtra tickets £620. Saving 57%.

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