Getting there

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Travelling to Manchester

By Train

Most major cities in the UK have direct train services into Manchester. There are four key train stations in Manchester city centre - Deansgate, Piccadilly, Oxford Road and Victoria. Of these, Piccadilly attracts the most visitors' and is the main arrival point into the city centre.

For all train times and fares, visit the National Rail website or call +44 (0)8457 484950.

By Air

Manchester Airport is the only global gateway to Northern England. You can visit Manchester Airport's website to find out more about flights to Manchester.

From the airport, trains to the city centre run every 15 minutes into Piccadilly train station; the average journey time is 20 minutes. Alternatively you can jump into a taxi to the city centre.

By Car

Manchester is at the heart of the Northwest's motorway network with easy access from all directions onto the M60, the city's orbital motorway. Once on the M60 exit at Junction 12 and join the M602 signposted towards the city centre.

Follow the A57 straight on from the end of the M602 passing under a railway bridge before taking the left hand exit to merge onto the A56 Bridgewater Way.

Turn right onto Whitworth Street West at Deansgate station and then turn left onto Albion Street.

The entrance to the Manchester Central Car Park is through the next set of traffic lights on the left, opposite The Bridgewater Hall.

If you are using sat nav, type in M2 3GX which will take you to the car park at Manchester Central.

Local Travel

On arrival in Manchester you can walk to Manchester Central, catch a Metroshuttle bus, Metrolink tram or take a taxi.

Manchester's extensive multi-modal public transport network makes it easy to travel in and around Greater Manchester. Find out more at or phone Traveline on 0871 200 22 33. You can also visit a Travelshop at main bus stations throughout Greater Manchester, including Manchester Piccadilly Gardens and Shudehill Interchange.


Metroshuttle buses are free and link the city centre's main rail stations, shopping areas and businesses.

Click here for more information on routes.


Metrolink is a convenient tram network serving Manchester city centre and further afield.

Metrolink runs every few minutes from early morning until late in the evening. You don't need a timetable, just turn up, buy your ticket and the next Metrolink will be along shortly.

Metrolink operates through both Piccadilly and Victoria stations. Manchester Central's nearest Metrolink stop is St Peter's Square. From there, it's just a few minutes on foot, right behind the Midland Hotel.

Routes and information can be found at:

Taxis Black cab taxis are readily available at Manchester Airport and both Piccadilly and Victoria train stations and around the city centre.