Traveling to and around Manchester |
Upon arrival in Manchester there are many ways to move around the city - by foot, taxi or public shuttle services.
FreeBus | Metroshuttle buses are free and link the city centre's main rail stations, shopping areas and businesses.
More information on routes can be found on the Transport for Greater Manchester website.
Metrolink | The nearest Metrolink stop to Manchester Central is St Peter's Square. From there, we’re just a few minutes on foot. 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.
Routes and further information can be found on the Metrolink website.
Read below for more information on arriving to Manchester by road, rail and air.
Arrive by road |
Manchester is at the heart of a comprehensive motorway network.
Manchester's M60 orbital motorway provides easy access from north, south, east and west. If using a satellite navigation system - please follow the postcode M2 3GX.
There is an NCP (National Car Park) directly below Manchester Central that is open 24 hours a day all year round.
M6 (from south – Stoke-on-Trent, Birmingham) | Leave the M6 at junction 19, just after Knutsford Services. Follow the A556 towards Altrincham and pick up the M56 towards Manchester Airport. Follow the motorway onto the A5103 (Princess Parkway), then follow signs for Manchester Central, Petersfield.
M6 (from north – Preston, Blackpool, Carlisle) | Leave the M6 at junction 21a for the M62 towards Manchester. At junction 12, join the M602 and continue to the end of the motorway (Regent Road Roundabout, Salford). Follow signs to the city centre along Regent Road, and then to Manchester Central, Petersfield.
M62 (from west – Liverpool) | At M62 junction 12, join the M602 and continue to the end of the motorway (Regent Road Roundabout, Salford). Follow signs to the city centre along Regent Road, and then to Manchester Central, Petersfield.
M62 (from east – Leeds, Yorkshire) | At M62 junction 18, join the M60 west-bound. Take junction 17 onto the A56 (Bury New Road) and follow signs to the city centre, and then to Manchester Central, Petersfield.
M56 (from west – North Wales, Chester, Ellesmere Port) | Follow the M56 past Manchester Airport. Continue onto the A5103 (Princess Parkway), then follow signs for Manchester Central, Petersfield.
Information on planning a journey by car can be found at:
Arrive by rail |
It takes a little over two hours to reach Manchester from London and Manchester also has direct connections to most major UK cities.
Services arrive at Piccadilly or Victoria stations where passengers can connect with Metrolink trams for easy access to the city centre.
Manchester Central is a 20 minute walk from Piccadilly Station or just five minutes by taxi. Alternatively, catch a connecting train to Oxford Road Station - just five minutes from Manchester Central on foot.
Further information on train services can be found at:
Arrive by air |
Manchester Airport is a major international hub just nine miles (14.5km) from the city centre. It serves more than 200 destinations worldwide including direct routes to nine US cities.
From the airport, the city is approximately 25 minutes away by taxi or just 20 minutes via the half-hourly express rail service (tickets £3.00-£4.00).
Information on Manchester Airport can be found here