Travelling to Manchester is easy, whether you are joining us from within the UK or from further afield — get here by rail, air or road.
Getting to Manchester
Manchester is one of the best-connected and accessible cities in the UK, and because of its central location, it can provide a superb hub for your travels.
There are three main inter-city stations in the city centre: Piccadilly, Oxford Road and Victoria. With direct rail services from across the country getting here is easy. Operators include: TransPennine Express , CrossCountry Trains , East Midlands Railway , Northern Rail and Avanti West Coast
Manchester is well connected to the rest of the UK via excellent motorway links. The M60 ring road connects the city to motorways north, south, east and west. With London and Edinburgh a four hour drive, and under two from the West Midlands.
Manchester Airport is the third-largest airport in the UK. It is connected to the wider transport network via its own train and Metrolink tram stations as well as excellent road infrastructure. Check for the latest information at manchesterairport.co.uk or on the Manchester Airport app.
Getting around Manchester
Getting around the city and surrounding area is easy once you're here thanks to the fleet of buses, trains and trams. The compact nature of the city centre also makes walking easy!
Transport for Greater Manchester offers a wealth of information and planning tools, to help you take the stress out of planning your journey.
Within the city centre, Free Bus provides a free ‘hop on, hop off’ service linking all of the main rail stations, shopping districts and business areas. There are three Free Bus services which operate on circular routes
By Metrolink or Train
Metrolink is Greater Manchester’s tram network that can be used to travel across the city-region. There are 99 stops on the network and lines connecting north, south, east, and west. Purchase a ticket from the on-stop ticket machines before boarding a tram or tap in using contactless payment on your mobile device.
Due to the City Centre location we highly recommend using public transport to get to the event! However if you are travelling by car, there are various NCP run car parks you can use.
Manchester Central NCP car park is located below the venue; with 643 spaces including 15 disabled bays.
Booking Online & ParkPass App
Pre-book via the NCP website and pay only £14 for 24/hrs parking, with discount code MCEXHIB14
Have the NCP ParkPass App? Whilst you cannot pre-book via the App, you can still benefit from the discounted rates when you register before you travel to the venue! Download the ParkPass User Guide for further details