Travelling to Manchester Central

Catch the train

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.

Travel time by train to Manchester from:

London 2h 9m
Birmingham 1h 30m
Newcastle 2h 37m
Edinburgh 3h 34m
Glasgow 3h 16m
Bristol  2h 59m

Upon arrival in Manchester

FreeBus

Metroshuttle buses are free and link the city centre's main rail stations, shopping areas and businesses.

Click here for more information on routes.

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. However, the network is currently being expanded so please do check your route before travelling.

Routes and further information can be found on the Metrolink website.

Driving to the venue

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.

Parking    

There is an NCP (National Car Park) directly below Manchester Central that is open 24 hours a day all year round.

Book your parking

 

Taxis

We work with Manchester’s black cab drivers to make sure they know when we're going to be busy.

We have a dedicated taxi rank at the front of the venue for pick ups and drop offs. Black cab taxis are readily available at Manchester Airport and both Piccadilly and Victoria train stations.

Find out more at www.tfgm.com or phone Traveline on 0871 200 22 33. You can also visit a Travelshop at main bus stations throughout Greater Manchester, including Manchester Piccadilly Gardens and Shudehill Interchange.

Fly to Manchester

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).