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Virgin Trains London to Manchester from £17

Getting here by train

The main Manchester City Centre train stations are Piccadilly, Oxford Road, Victoria and Deansgate. Piccadilly is the main station and is only a few minutes walk from Manchester’s city centre.

Travelling around the Northwest
For family days out in Manchester, avoiding traffic and parking hassles, go by train with Northern Rail. For train times and fares information or to book your ticket online visit

Travelling from London, The Midlands and The South
There are Inter-City services via Virgin Trains from London Euston and Cross Country Trains from Birmingham, Bournemouth, Reading, Bristol and Plymouth.

Virgin Trains welcomes parents travelling with children of any age, and do their utmost to make your journey as simple and fun as possible. For the youngest passengers there are free VKids activity bags, available from The Shop, containing magazines, crayons and fun things to do!

Virgin is great value! London to Manchester from just £11 one-way, under-fives travel free and under-16s are half price. Child fares also apply on Advance tickets, providing some of the best-value opportunities to travel in the UK. And there's nothing quite like fun and discovery to inspire young minds. Old ones too.

Travelling from the North
First TransPennine Express offer trains to Manchester from across the north of England, Edinburgh and Glasgow and direct services into Manchester city centre from Manchester Airport.

Getting here by coach

National Express provides services from all over the country into Chorlton St Coach Station, in the centre of the city.

Getting here by car

NCP have over 13,000 car parking spaces in Manchester City Centre across 43 sites including a number of exclusive parent/child bays and green bays for vehicles with low emissions. Parking with NCP in the city centre starts from just £1.60 an hour. Visit to find your nearest car park.

Getting around

The free Metroshuttle
When in the city centre, you can hop on one of the free Metroshuttle buses. These link to all the main rail stations, shopping districts and businesses in the city centre. Metroshuttle operates from 7am - 7pm Monday to Saturday and 10am - 6pm on Sundays and runs approximately every 10 minutes. The Metroshuttle can take you from car parks, stations and tram stops around the city centre's main attractions.

Journey Planning
GMPTE (Greater Manchester Public Transport Executive) is the official public transport body for Greater Manchester. Their website has a wealth of information to help you plan your journey, including details of Park & Ride services, accessible transport, bus service maps, and a journey planner. For service information call: 0871 200 22 33 (10p per minute from landlines). Open Monday-Friday between 7am-8pm and 8am-8pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.

The Traveline website provides journey planning information about all public transport services (buses, coaches, trains, ferries, trams, metro and underground) throughout England, Wales and Scotland. Traveline information is also available nationally by phone on 0870 608 2608. Minicom users call 0870 241 2216. Lines are open between 8am-8pm every day.

System One
Great Family savings on Stagecoach Family Dayrider tickets (up to 2 adults and 3 children) available from the driver for £8. Dayrider (one adult and one child) is £5.50.