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free bus – free travel around Manchester city centre

Manchester free bus update: effective from Sunday 5 July

Free bus services 1, 2 and 3 are now operating to the following timetable.

Manchester free bus: effective from Monday 20 July

Free bus 1 timetable
Free Bus 2 timetable
Free bus 3 timetable

For more information about each route, you can download the route map.


Free Bus July 2020


Route 1

Monday to Friday: Piccadilly Rail Station, St Mary Gate, Spinningfields, Salford Central Station, Spinningfields, St James Square, to Piccadilly Rail Station.

Saturday: Piccadilly Rail Station, St Mary Gate, Spinningfields, Museum of Science & Industry, St James Square, to Piccadilly Rail Station.

Sunday and Public Holidays: Piccadilly Rail Station, St Mary Gate, Spinningfields, St James Square, to Piccadilly Rail Station.

Route 2

Piccadilly Rail Station, Stevenson Square, Shudehill Interchange, Victoria Rail Station, Oxford Street, to Piccadilly Rail Station.

Route 3

Piccadilly Rail Station, Oxford Road Rail Station, Deansgate Castlefield Metrolink Station, Spinningfields, Victoria Rail Station, Shudehill Interchange, to Piccadilly Rail Station.


Free Wi-Fi on Manchester City Centre free bus

How do I connect?

Once you have boarded the free bus follow the instructions on your mobile device to connect to a Wi-Fi hotspot. Please note that this process can differ depending upon the device manufacturer and operating system so please make sure you are familiar with how to do this before connecting.

Look for the hotspot called “FreeBusWiFi”. Complete the registration page, which only needs to be done on your first visit, and agree to the Terms and Conditions by ticking the box then click Connect, and that’s it!

How does Free Wi-Fi work?

A mobile data signal (4G/3G) is received by an onboard router. The router then broadcasts a Wi-Fi signal within the bus which passengers can connect to and access the internet. The service is provided free of charge to all free bus bus passengers in Manchester City Centre (Routes 1 & 2).

Use of free bus free Wi-Fi is subject to Terms and Conditions.

What else should I be aware of?

The free Wi-Fi works much in the same way as a mobile phone and at times and in certain circumstances, can be subject to the same difficulties that a mobile phone may encounter. Variables such as tall buildings or structures, geographic features like hills or valleys, weather conditions, temperatures, electrical or radio interference and the number of mobile devices connected to a cell tower or the router itself can result in differing user experiences or levels of service.

Is there are a time limit for customers?

TfGM have decided that no time limits for customer usage will be imposed and we aim to offer a broadly consistent user experience no matter how many devices are connected to the free Wi-Fi. In order to do this we make sure every device will connect at up to the same maximum download and upload speeds, and are subject to a set data quota. Don’t worry though, if the data limit is reached you’ll still be able to use the free Wi-Fi, just not as fast as before.