First Greater Manchester offer several night bus services in Manchester every Friday and Saturday night to help people get home from a night out. The routes are mainly the same as the normal routes with some exceptions. Services 8, 17 and 67, which during the day start from Shudehill Interchange, start their journeys from Piccadilly Gardens. Services 82 and 135 leave from different stands in Piccadilly Gardens, with the 82 leaving from stand D instead of stand A, while the 135 leaves from stand N instead of stand E. The 135 also serves Shudehill, which it doesn't do during the day, while the 67 doesn't serve Shudehill.
The services run every 30 minutes or every hour from midnight to 3am. The fare system on the night bus services are different to the normal fares offered by First, as there is only a flat fare offered. For passengers travelling from Wigan, the price is £2.00 while in Manchester, it is £3.00. A FirstNight ticket is priced at £4.00 for passengers who uses the Nightbus in both directions.
Until December 2012, First also operated the Nightbus network in Wigan town centre, providing a number of services to the various area in the Wigan area plus the 598 to Leigh, which allowed connection with the 39 to/from Manchester. The services were mainly a replicated route of its normal services with a few exceptions. The 600 normally runs from Wigan to Leigh while the night bus runs a circular service to Ashton-in-Makerfield before returning to Wigan via Platt Bridge. The 629 Nightbus service was based on the former daytime service between Wigan and Castle Hill. The 631 & 632, which normally run circular services from Wigan to Highfield Grange are re-routed to serve Pemberton and Hawkley Hall. The 635, normally run by South Lancs Travel from Wigan to Shevington Vale, while First's night bus service 635 runs a circular service to Shevington, Shevington Moor and Standish. The 695 service, which was not based on any First route, ran to Upholland along Arriva North West's 375/385/395 route.
First also ran Arriva's 362 service to Standish & 385 service to Orrell and Maytree Travel/Wigan Buses service 612 to Wrightington Hospital on New Year's Eve evening.
From 2 December 2012, the Wigan Nightbus network transferred from First to Stagecoach Manchester.
Nightbus services that operate in Greater Manchester by First are:
|8||Bolton||Pendleton, Pendlebury, Kearsley, Farnworth||Service also serves Shudehill Interchange|
|17||Rochdale||Harpurhey, Middleton, Castleton||Service also serves Shudehill Interchange|
|39||Leigh||Pendleton, Swinton, Walkden, Little Hulton, Tyldesley, Atherton||Service also serves Shudehill Interchange|
|67||Peel Green / Cadishead||Pendleton, Eccles||Last two journeys continue to Cadishead, terminating at Coach and Horses instead of Glaze Estate|
|82||Oldham Mumps / Lees||Newton Heath, Failsworth, Hollinwood||Saturday journeys run by Stagecoach Manchester. Last journey runs to Lees via Waterhead|
|135||Bury||Cheetham Hill, Heaton Park, Whitefield||Service also serves Shudehill Interchange|
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