The Witch Way

The Witch Way X43 is a high quality, frequent express service between Pennine Lancashire and Manchester. The route runs from Nelson via Burnley, Rawtenstall and Prestwich.

New buses introduced in October 2013 offer a comfortable and relaxing journey. Free wi-fi means you can work or connect with friends even more easily on your journey. The double deck vehicles have individual, high backed, aircraft style leather seats on both decks. There are just 68 seats, with the best leg room you will find. Tinted windows absorb glare so you can enjoy the view, read or use electronic equipment comfortably. 

Low entrances kneel to kerb height allowing easy access for buggies and wheelchairs. For your security there are CCTV cameras throughout, recording high definition colour images and sound, as well as improved interior lighting.

The frequent service is great for commuting, students or leisure visitors. Buses run Monday to Friday up to every 10 minutes at peak times and every 15 minutes daytimes, and up to every 15 minutes on Saturdays. Sunday services runs up to every 30 minutes.

You can download the Witch Way app for iPhones and Android devices. As our buses are tracked in real time, the free app provides up-to-the-minute information about the X43 service including when the next bus is due, details of tickets and a fare guide.

Latest Updates

Service 24 Ewood to Blackburn diverted to 18.10 this week

24th November 15

Due to the  congestion at Ewood caused by road works, service 24 will divert via Green Lane in both directions missing out Ewood and Bolton Rd to and from Blackburn centre. This diversion will be in place from 10:00 to 18:10 every day this week unless road conditions ease.


Christmas 2015 What's On Guide

18th November 15


Reach the festive heart of the city on the X43 Witch Way from Burnley or the X41 Lancashire Way from Blackburn and Accrington. Get off on Deansgate and everything is within easy walking distance.  We've produced a handy guide to attractions along the Witch Way route that you can download here, but below are some highlights taking place in Manchester over the Christmas period.