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free bus – free travel around Manchester city centre

The free bus service is currently operating to the following timetable:

2 Piccadilly - Deansgate - Victoria circular

  • Monday to Friday, it will operate every 10 minutes between 6.30am and 5pm. From 5pm to 6pm it will operate every 20 minutes and then from 6pm to 10pm it will operate every 30 minutes.

  • On Saturdays, it will operate every 10 minutes between 8.30am and 5pm. From 5pm to 6pm it will operate every 20 minutes and then from 6pm to 10pm it will operate every 30 minutes.

  • On Sundays, it will operate every 12 minutes between 9.54am and 5pm. From 5pm it will operate every 30 minutes until finishing at 6.30pm.

Service 1 and 3 will not operate until further notice.

Route 2

Aytoun Street, Stevenson Square, Church Street, Shudehill, Corporation Street, Victoria Rail Station, Deansgate (St. Mary’s Gate), Bridge Street, Gartside Street, Quay Street, Peter Street, Whitworth Street (Palace Theatre), Whitworth Street (Sackville Gardens), to Aytoun Street.

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.