Manchester Transport


Manchester’s orbital motorway, the M60, connects to the M56 (Chester, Manchester Airport and M6 for Birmingham) and the M61 (Bolton, Preston and M6 for Lancaster).

There are numerous NCP car parks around the city centre, many of which operate 24 hours.

On-street parking in the city centre is restricted to one, two or three hours depending on the location. Tickets can be purchased at the machine on the pavement. Parking is free on Sundays, bank holidays, and between 6 pm and 8 am Monday to Saturday.

No parking is allowed on a single yellow line between 8 am and 6 pm Monday to Saturday. Parking is never permitted on a double yellow line.


Manchester Airport is situated 10 miles south of Manchester city centre, roughly halfway between Stockport and Warrington.

It boasts three terminals and offers flights to and from around 200 destinations. The transport interchange offers bus, train, and coach links to Manchester city centre and many other towns and cities in North West England and beyond.


Manchester Piccadilly is the main train station in the city centre. There are direct trains from here to London Euston, Manchester Airport, Liverpool Lime Street, Leeds, Glasgow Central, Edinburgh, Sheffield, Birmingham New Street, Newcastle, Blackpool North, Chester, Nottingham, Hull, Preston, Bolton, Cardiff Central, and many other destinations around the country.

Other train stations serving the centre are Victoria, Oxford Road, Deansgate, and Salford Central.

For train times and ticket prices to and from Manchester go to National Rail Enquiries.


The Metrolink is a modern tram system that runs through the centre of Manchester and out to the suburbs. Lines currently run to Salford, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Trafford, and Tameside.


The Metroshuttle is a free city centre bus service linking the main train stations, car parks, shopping districts, and tourist attractions in Manchester city centre. There are three circular routes and visitors can hop on or off at any stop.


National Express operates from the Manchester Central Coach Station on Chorlton Street in the Gay Village. Direct coaches run to Manchester from major UK towns and cities including London, Belfast, Birmingham, Blackpool, Bradford, Bristol, Carlisle, Coventry, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Glasgow, Leicester, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield, Stoke, Wolverhampton, and York.