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Getting around and connectivity

Manchester is one of the most accessible cities in the UK thanks to its international airport, location and connection to the nationwide transport network. Once you arrive in the city it’s easy to get around with the fleet of buses, trains and trams.


Manchester Airport prides itself on being the friendly northern airport. It is the largest regional airport and the busiest outside of London, handling over 18 million passengers a year.   Manchester is connected to over 190 international destinations by 60 airlines, meaning you can travel to the city from anywhere in the world in one stop or non stop.

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Whilst in Manchester the public transport infrastructure includes four central train stations, a comprehensive bus network, one of the UK's most successful light rail systems (Metrolink) and free city centre shuttle buses.  Making connection to the rest of the UK easy.

Most major cities in the UK have direct train services to Manchester. There are four key train stations in Manchester city centre - Deansgate, Piccadilly, Oxford Road and Victoria. Of these, Piccadilly is the busiest and the main arrival point.

London is only 2 hours away by rail, with three trains every hour to and from the capital.

There are also 140 flights a week to Heathrow, Gatwick Luton and London City Airport.

Alternatively, Manchester is well connected to the rest of the UK via excellent motorway links. The city's ring road motorway (the M60) connects Manchester to the north, south, east and west.  Travel easily by car, bus or coach.

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The Manchester city region has a highly developed transport infrastructure. From free city centre buses to express trains connecting the towns and cities of the area, it's easy to get around.


There is a comprehensive network of buses offering frequent services to many destinations surrounding Manchester.


When in Manchester city centre, you can hop on one of the Metroshuttle buses. These are free and link to all of the main rail stations, shopping districts and business venues in the city centre. Operating from 7am - 7pm Monday to Saturday and 10am - 6pm on


The Metrolink tram system has been developed to encourage easier and faster travel in the city centre and beyond. Connecting all major railway stations, landmarks and tourist attractions, the Metrolink runs every six minutes, making it the perfect mode of transport for those who don't require a strict timetable.  Trams run from the early morning until late in the evening.

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