Route 147 - the cheapest, greenest bus in town!

On route

From Manchester Piccadilly Station to the heart of the Hospitals

Route 147 is for everyone who visits, lives, works and studies on what’s known here in Manchester as ‘the Oxford Road Corridor.’ You don’t have to be a student to travel on it. Anyone can hop on and off all along the route, every 10 minutes, Monday to Friday from 7.15am to 6.15pm.

Great for hospital visits

In fact Route 147 is particularly good if you need to get to the Central Manchester Hospitals as a staff member, visitor or outpatient to the MRI, Infirmary, Eye Hospital, St Mary’s or the Children’s Hospital – as the 147 stops right outside the main entrances on the central boulevard.

Perfect for the Universities & Royal Northern College of Music

It’s also perfect for anyone arriving at Manchester Piccadilly Station who on weekdays needs to get to all the main buildings for the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester Business School and the Royal Northern College of Music. If you’re a student living in Halls near Piccadilly, Hathersage Road or Upper Brook Street, then Route 147 can take you there too.

Spot on for hotels, businesses & retailers

Route 147 runs past the Holiday Inn Express on Oxford Road, the Ibis on Charles Street and the Travel Lodge on Upper Brook Street. It’s also spot on for popping up and down Oxford Road to all the businesses, shops, restaurants and bars.

And it’s historical too

Along Route 147 you’ll find a fair bit of history. Here’s a few facts to get you started:-

  • The Deaf Institute on Grosvenor Street occupies a building that was formerly the Adult Deaf and Dumb Institute, designed by John Lowe in 1877
  • Impressionist painter Adolphe Valette taught at the Manchester School of Art on Cavendish Street (look out for the Blue Plaque)
  • Kro Bar (just up from the BBC building) is housed in the former Temperance Society building.

For a detailed route map, click on the ‘Map & timetable’ link at the top of this page.

Route 147 bus heading in the direction of the Universities