Plan your visit to Manchester

For those familiar with this great city, Manchester has long been the cultural heart of England, internationally renowned for its passion for music, sport and the arts. It is city which celebrates difference, welcomes innovation, thrives on change and still manages to offer a warm, relaxed welcome.

Whether you are travelling from near or far for Manchester International Festival, visiting for the day or staying over in one of our quality hotels,  take some time to enjoy the shopping, the food, the nightlife and the people of Manchester.

Getting to Manchester

By train
Manchester city centre is serviced by three key train stations – Piccadilly, Oxford Road and Victoria, but check to see if your destination is closer to Deansgate or Salford Central.
(See also Manchester city centre Metroshuttle).

For all train times and fares, visit
National Rail:

By coach
National Express  & Megabus run coaches from major cities in the UK to Manchester.

By air
Within Manchester Airport, follow signs to The Station where you’ll find trains to the city centre running every 15 minutes into Piccadilly train station. The journey takes approximately 20 minutes. Alternatively you can jump into a taxi to the city centre.

Getting around Manchester

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Transport for Greater Manchester offers the most comprehensive and up to date travel information for public transport across the region, including a journey planning facility and timetable information. It also provides a Traveline phone service for up to date travel detail on 0871 200 2233.

On foot
Manchester city centre is easy to get around on foot. You can walk from one end to the other in just 20 minutes.

By bike
Many of Manchester’s roads are marked with cycle lanes and there are dedicated routes for cyclists. Information, news and advice can be found at

By bus
For up to date information on bus travel in Manchester, please use the TFGM website at

By Metrolink
Metrolink trams offer an extensive network within the city centre and beyond, with regular transport connecting Altrincham, Bury, Oldham, Chorlton and Eccles to the major train stations and many visitor attractions.

By car
For a wide choice of parking options, use the NCP car park finder tool at

Other Travel Information

Greener Travel
Transport Direct offers an excellent website which with alternative journey details, including directions, cost and time taken, as well as calculating your carbon emissions. It also holds real time travel information for buses, trains & roads to support your decision to make the journey in the first place.

Manchester city centre Metroshuttle
Metroshuttles are free buses linking the main rail stations, car parks, shopping areas and businesses in Manchester city centre. Metroshuttle buses run from Piccadilly, Salford Central, Victoria, Oxford Road and Deansgate rail stations. There are three circular routes covering the main areas in the city centre.
Times vary so please check at

Car Sharing
There are various schemes to support car sharing. Joining one could benefit the environment and save you money.

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