The name of the bus does not really provide a description of what to expect once you get on. This is a budget bus which caters for the line between the city, oxford road and wilmslow road. You can get a magic bus weekly pass for £7 and i think it is a little cheaper if you have student ID. Also if you pay for a mega rider, this costs £10 but you can get any magic or stagecoach bus between the city and the end of the wilmslow road, because stagecoach owns Magic bus. The buses are usually packed wall to wall and run all night. So it caters for a lot of student revelling during the week, and then everyone at the weekends. A single from the city to fallowfield is generally £1. I think £2 for a night service.
It is a bus but it isn't magic! The so called magic busses are old double decker busses that should have retired a few years ago revamped with a new paint job and sent out to ferry students to and from University and drunk people on their way home from pubs and nightclubs.
You will mainly find these busses on the Oxford Road corridor which is the bus route from Didsbury through Fallowfield, past the Universities and into the city centre. It is the busiest bus route in Europe.
Although they are tatty they do offer a cut price weekly ticket which is very attractive to students.
Magic Bus is the no-frills division of Stagecoach's operations in South Manchester. They operate routes along the student corridor along Wilmslow Road and some of the 86 route towards Chorlton.
Possibly the only thing magic about the Magic Buses is how they manage to stay on the road without falling over - they are old buses without a decent suspension which means any time they go over a couple of bumps in the road, the experience is akin to riding the Big Dipper at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, it certainly wakes you up in the morning I can tell you
Getting on or off the bus is also an experience, especially if you're unlucky enough to be standing up when the bus starts moving - on more than one occasion I've had to put my hands out to catch the person in front of me to stop them from falling backwards down the stairs.
The Magic Buses are old, dirty, poorly maintained and quite frankly should be taken off the road.
Avoid if you possibly can, Stagecoach proper and other bus companies operate down the same or similar routes
Bus service mostly aimed at students and to accompany their larger brother buses of Stagecoach down Oxford Road. Normally only the 142 and 143 service is covered by this type of bus. Usually rather old-fashioned buses which can be dirty or poorly maintained at times. No major problems with them and students with a Unirider pass can hop on and hop off these at any point.
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