Travelling to Manchester is easy, whether you are joining us from 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.

By Train

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

By Road

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.

By Plane

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. Services at Manchester Airport are expected to change significantly whilst in post-Covid recovery, therefore it is important to 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.

By Bus

Commercial bus services run right across Greater Manchester helping you get out and about. 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. Please be sure to purchase a ticket from the on-stop ticket machines before boarding a tram or tap in using contactless payment on your mobile device – don’t forget to tap out when you complete your journey. 

In addition to the inter-city links, the rail network connects you to the neighbouring towns and districts of Greater Manchester from the three main stations as well as Deansgate station.

By Foot

Manchester is easily explored on foot, with a city centre that you can navigate within 20 minutes. City Hosts are dotted around the centre to guide you with directions, public transport information and details on events taking place.

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