South Manchester bus services

Welcome on board

Different buses, same familiar routes


You'll see that your regular service is now operated using First buses. The vehicles will look different but the routes and times are still the same.

Just make sure you check the route number on the front of the bus to make sure catching your usual service is easy.

NEW South Manchester tickets

Now our new buses have arrived, so have the new South Manchester First tickets.

These new tickets may have a different name than you're used to, but the price is still the same and they are valid on all our services South of Manchester, including service 18 between Manchester Royal Infirmary and the city centre but they are not valid on services North of Manchester.

  • South Manchester Adult Day Ticket £3.40 (valid for travel in Zones A and B)
  • Zone A Adult Week Ticket £7.50
  • Zone B Adult Week Ticket £10.50

Child tickets are available at half the adult rate; the usual requirement to show an IGO card applies for 11-16 year olds.

South Manchester Ticket Zones

Zone Map

These tickets are all available from your driver and are in addition to our existing Greater Manchester tickets. So wherever your journey takes you, we've got it covered.

Smart Card changes

From the morning of Sunday 9 March, Smart Cards will no longer be valid for travel.

This is because we're returning Finglands buses to their parent company but don't worry, you can still buy single and return tickets with cash and from Friday 7 March we can provide refunds for any credit you have left.

To get your refund, call in and see us between 9am and 4.30pm, Mondays to Fridays, at First Manchester Ltd, Rusholme Depot, 261 Wilmslow Road, Rusholme, Manchester, M14 5LJ

Or call us on 0161 225 3333 and we'll take care of it for you. Calls charged at local rates.

First Child Week Ticket

From Sunday 9 March customers aged 5 to 16 can buy a week of travel for £6.70 from the driver.

11-16 year olds need to show an IGO card to buy and use this ticket.

This new ticket cuts the cost of travel in half and is valid on all our services across Greater Manchester except those provided on behalf of TfGM: 724, 729, 742, 745, 753, 766, 771 and 795.

Want to know more?

  • To make a comment or enquiry use our contact form
  • or call us on 08457 88 11 55 (lines open Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm, local call charges apply)
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Here are the services we're running...

No changes have been made to the times or routes, just different coloured buses, so please keep an eye out for the route number of the bus you want.

Service 16 Altrincham – Manchester

Route 16 Diagram

Buses run Monday to Saturday evenings and throughout the day on Sundays.

Service 41 Altrincham / Sale – Manchester

Route 41 Diagram

Buses run up to every 10 minutes during the day, seven days a week, hourly during the evening.

Service 42 East Didsbury – Manchester

Route 42 Diagram

Buses run up to every 5 minutes during the day on Mondays to Saturdays.

Service 99 Sale – Manchester

Route 99 Diagram

Buses run hourly for most of the day on Mondays to Saturdays.

Service 157 Woodford - Manchester

Route 157 Diagram

Buses run hourly during the evening on Mondays to Saturdays.

School services

Buses on school services 141, 145, 146, 147, 148, 158, 241, 724, 729, 742, 745, 753, 766, 771 and 795 will run as normal; no changes will be made to timetables or routes.