Ashton-in-Makerfield Coach Hire

Why has Ashton-in-Makerfield Coach Hire been voted the UK’s premier Coach and Minibus Hire Company for the last 5 consecutive years? We’re very proud of this accolade and believe there are a number of reasons we’ve received it:

Over 40 years of experience

From our humble origins – our family-run company began with a small fleet of coaches in Urmston, Manchester in 1978 – to the modern day, we have amassed a wealth of experience. Since those early days we have been entrusted to take thousands of customers to their destinations far and wide; our extensive routes mean we cover the length and breadth of the country. We aim always to ensure that the finer details are attended to and that you have an optimum travel experience. In essences we utilise all our considerable experience and knowledge to ensure your experience travelling with us will be a smooth and pleasurable one. All you have to do is to sit back and enjoy!

Our drivers

Our rigorous selection process ensures that you will be driven by someone who is not only a highly skilled driver, but also has an absolute dedication to high quality customer service. A Ashton-in-Makerfield driver is only appointed following CRB and health checks. Competence is also assessed in the following areas: Highway Code, map reading and a standardised PCV test. In addition, as part of the training process, all staff are:

Our customer feedback invariably comments on the friendliness and professional manner of our drivers – and indeed all staff involved, whether it’s the person you speak to at the end of the phone, or the person driving you to your destination.

Our coaches

The quality and extent of our fleet of coaches is unrivalled anywhere across the country. The passenger capacity ranges from 6- 16 for our minibuses and up to 72 for our coaches. Each coach is air conditioned to ensure you travel at a comfortable temperature. Coaches are also fitted with reclining chairs and ample leg room, USB charging facilities and toilet facilities complete with hands free washing systems. In terms of safety, features include: ABS braking, lane guidance and 3-point seat belting. Every 6 to 9 weeks each coach is serviced and given a safety check as per requirements stipulated by the VOSA (Vehicle and Operator Services Agency). You can therefore enjoy the luxurious fittings and interiors of our coaches safe in the knowledge that your vehicle is also fitted with the latest safety technology. Each coach has plenty of room for your luggage requirements. Coaches are comprehensively cleaned between journeys.

Day excursions

Ashton-in-Makerfield is renowned for both the quality and the wide array of day excursion destinations we offer. For 40 years we have transported our customers to many of the best places that the UK has to offer. People travel from all over the world to sample Britain’s amazing sights – sights that are only a Ashton-in-Makerfield coach journey away! Whether it’s a visit to one of our vibrant and historic cities like London, Bath or Edinburgh, or a trip to the coast, or through beautiful countryside – Ashton-in-Makerfield coaches can take you there.


In recent years Ashton-in-Makerfield have developed bespoke holiday packages which cover much of the UK from Cornwall to the Cairngorms. We only work with high quality, characterful and family-run hotels. Many of these hotels are set in wonderful locations such as the Coniston Beck Hotel in the beautiful Lake District and the Cotswolds Lydon Hotel with its charming honeycombed exterior; many customers have related how, after disembarking, they enjoyed sipping a drink of the Lydon Hotel terrace bar overlooking the beautiful Stroud Valley. Wheelchair access

Wheelchair access

We aim always to ensure our service is as inclusive as possible and, with this in mind, we have recently acquired 2 coaches with wheelchair access. We are looking to increase this provision in the future.


Minibus hire is an integral part of the service we provide offering smaller parties a stylish option for shorter journeys. Seating capacity ranges from 6-16. All minibuses have air-conditioning and comfortable seating. Some of our most popular minibus requests are for day trips, airport transfers, transport to sporting events, and stag or hen parties. Our prices are competitive, and we will always aim to meet specific needs and budgets. Wheelchair access is available in the larger minibuses. Unwin 4-point webbing is used to secure the wheelchair so as to ensure maximum stability.

Sporting events

Ashton-in-Makerfield is one of the foremost companies involved in the transportation of sports teams across the UK. Our level of service is unmatched and that’s no doubt the reason that many premiership teams rely on us for matchday travel. But it’s not just the teams - our coaches are also used by fans to get to those same fixtures. We also provide transport for both teams and fans of such sports as cricket, motor-racing, golf, rugby and horse racing.


We provide travel for school pupils and also for older students of colleges and universities. Our modern fleet is staffed with CRB-checked drivers who are experienced in transporting such pupil and student groups. Appreciating that the budgets of academic institutions have been cut in recent years, where required, we will always work to find the most cost-efficient solutions.

Price match

Our prices do indeed reflect our commitment to offer the best coach travel experience at fares that won’t break the bank. If you have a written quotation for the same journey at a lower price, we will endeavour to match that price.

Contact Us

Please get in touch if you require any further information regarding our coach and minibus hire. Or call into our office. We will always work towards ensuring we meet your transport needs. Or simply make an online booking. You’ll be glad you chose Ashton-in-Makerfield Coach Hire!