Manchester Piccadilly is the busiest train station in Manchester and North West England.
It dates back to the mid-nineteenth century but has undergone multi-million pound refurbishments in recent years. Piccadilly boasts extensive facilities including shops, restaurants, bars, and car parks.
The station is situated in the Piccadilly area of Manchester city centre, within easy walking distance of many hotels, restaurants, bars, pubs, shops and tourist attractions.
There are direct trains to intercity destinations such as London Euston, Birmingham New Street, Edinburgh Waverley, Glasgow Central, Leeds, Liverpool Lime Street, Newcastle, Nottingham, Norwich, Sheffield, and York.
Destinations in the region include Barrow, Blackpool North, Bolton, Chester, Crewe, Manchester Airport, Preston, Southport, Stockport, Wigan Wallgate, and Windermere.
There are two entrances to the station. The main entrance is accessed from London Road. The approach road here is controlled by barriers and the only authorised vehicles such as Metroshuttle buses can pass. Most pedestrians use this entrance.
The other entrance is at the southern end of the station on Fairfield Street. The short-stay car park and taxi rank are here.
Shops, Restaurants, and Bars
The station has a good selection of shops where you can pick up snacks, books, newspapers, and anything else you may need for your journey. They are located on the concourse near the main entrance and include WHSmith, Sainsbury’s, Boots, Monsoon, and Accessorize.
The range of places to eat and drink is even more impressive. Outlets on the concourse include Pret a Manger (sandwiches, salads, soup etc.), Bagel Factory, Costa, Starbucks, Burger King, and Upper Crust (baguettes). Go upstairs to the mezzanine level for TGI Friday’s, The Mayfield (pub), The Hourglass (café/bar), M&S Simply Food, Yo! Sushi and more.
Other facilities include toilets and baby changing, left luggage, trolleys (deposit required), photo booths, car and cycle hire, cash machines, and public telephones.
Piccadilly Metrolink Station is situated on the lower level of Manchester Piccadilly, beneath the concourse and train platforms. It can be accessed from the concourse by lift or escalator or from the Fairfield Street entrance.
Connections & Parking
Metroshuttle buses depart from outside the main entrance and travel around the city centre. The service is free and passengers can hop on or off at any stop. Two services depart from Piccadilly with departures every 6 or 10 minutes.
The taxi rank is situated at the Fairfield Street entrance. The short-stay car park is also here. At the time of writing (November 2014) parking is free for the first 20 minutes.
The long-stay car park is accessed from Boad Street. Parking charges are pretty steep.
The official postcode for Manchester Piccadilly is M60 7RA. However, this is the postcode of the offices of Network Rail.
Most people searching for the postcode want to use it to get directions with their satellite navigation system.
To get to the short-stay car park on Fairfield Street use the postcode M1 2QF. This is the recommended pick-up and drop-off point.
For the long-stay car park is on Boad Street, just north of the station. Use the postcode M1 2ND to find it.
Map showing location of Manchester Piccadilly.
Address and postcode