Public Transport

Are there regular public transport services to the hospital and health centres?

Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (GMPTE) has all the details of dedicated bus services to the hospital which run both from Bolton town centre and from areas around the borough. It also has a journey planner tool which you can use to find out which bus routes will take you to the health centres and clinics across Bolton. To find out times and other details, either ring GMPTE on 0870 6082608 or visit their website, (links to external website). Bus timetables for routes to and from the hospital are available at the hospital’s main reception.

Travelling to the Hospital

Travelling By Bus

The following bus services stop in the hospital grounds:


Farnworth – Highfield – Royal Bolton Hospital – Bolton Town Centre – Brownlow Fold – Doffcocker – Moss Bank Way


Blackrod – Wingates – Westhoughton – Royal Bolton Hospital – Little Lever


Leigh – Tyldsley – Walkden – Royal Bolton Hospital – Farnworth

512 / 513

Bury – Radcliffe – Whitefield – Stand – Outwood – Ringley – Kearsley – Farnworth – Moses Gate – Harper Green – Great Lever – Bolton

The 512 / 513 buses do not pass through the Royal Bolton Hospital site, however there are bus stops on Bradford Road at the bottom of Minerva Road which is a short walk to the hospital.

With the exception of the 501, buses are hourly, from Monday to Saturday. The 501 route runs every ten minutes, Monday to Friday, between 7.00a.m. and 5.30p.m. and Saturdays between 9:00a.m. and 5:30p.m. On Sundays and in the evenings they run every 30 minutes.

Shared Taxi Service

There are two passenger-assisted services, available to anyone, which operate a door-to-door service from Breightmet, Tonge Moor, Darcy Lever, Deane and Daubhill. To book, ring 01204-364566.

Indirect Bus Service

If you are travelling from areas not covered by a direct bus service, please contact the Greater Manchester Transport Information Service, 0161 228 7811, between 8.00a.m. and 8.00p.m. for details of buses to either Bolton or Farnworth town centres. You can easily get to the hospital by the 501 bus service.

Travelling By Train

Bolton train station is on Trinity Street from where you can easily catch the 501 bus service to the hospital.

Travel Expenses and Advice

Anyone eligible to claim travelling expenses can go to the Cashiers’ office in the hospital main entrance, open 9a.m. to 4p.m., Monday to Friday.

If you require advice in respect of travelling expenses please contact the Cashiers’ office on telephone 01204 390810 between 9a.m. and 4p.m. Monday to Friday.

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