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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 air
There are flights to Manchester Airport from more than 180 destinations worldwide, and you can reach the city centre by rail, Metrolink and taxi.

For further information visit manchesterairport.co.uk

By train
Manchester has direct services running between London and Manchester every 20 minutes, and frequent services from many other major UK towns and cities.

Visit nationalrail.co.uk or phone 08457 484 950

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

For more information visit nationalexpress.com and megabus.com

 

Getting around Manchester


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Manchester is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe. Over the next three years, the city is being redesigned to deliver the biggest infrastructure project since 1996, by expanding its transport network; building new homes, hotels and offices; and transforming the public spaces, in order to welcome more people to the city.

While all this work takes place, it’s business as usual across the city but please allow a little more time for your journey and check the travel links to help plan your journey.

To find out more about what’s going on, visit manchester.gov.uk/grow @mcrgrow #GrowingOurCity

By bus
For bus service and timetable information visit tfgm.com

By Metrolink
Metrolink is Manchester’s tram system, offering easy travel into the city centre. Trams run frequently, so you don’t need a timetable. During MIF there will be a
number of improvement works impacting the Metrolink.

For event attendees travelling into the city from the south by Metrolink, passengers will need to alight at Deansgate-Castlefield. Festival goers entering from the north of the city are advised to alight at Market Street or Piccadilly Gardens.

Visit metrolink.co.uk to find out more.

By Metroshuttle
Free buses around the city centre link the main railway stations to the city centre. Please note: due to highway works, Metroshuttle services might be re-routed during the Festival.

Check before you travel by visiting tfgm.com/metroshuttle to find out more.

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

By bike
There are dedicated cycle lanes on many of Manchester's roads. Visit tfgm.com/cycling to plan your route.

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.
tfgm.com

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.

Car Sharing
There are various schemes to support car sharing. Joining one could benefit the environment and save you money.
carsharegm.com
nationalcarshare.co.uk
liftshare.com

More information
Transport for Greater Manchester can help you plan your journey online and can also provide you with up-to-date travel information about local public transport
and ticketing.

Visit tfgm.com or phone Traveline 0871 200 22 33.

Tourist information
For a full guide to Manchester see visitmanchester.com