How to get around Manchester
Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is the official public transport body for the city. Its Bee Network website has a wealth of information and a number of journey planning tools to take the stress out of travelling. It includes:
- Bus services across Greater Manchester helping you get out and about.
- The Metrolink network, which is one of the most successful light railway systems in the UK. With frequent services there’s no need to worry about a timetable, just head to your nearest stop and the next tram won’t be far away. Metrolink can transport you to popular venues and attractions across the region and, if you’re planning on sightseeing, Travelcards offer unlimited travel across the network. Please be sure to purchase a ticket from the on-stop ticket machines before boarding or tap in and out at the contactless terminals.
- In addition to the inter-city links, the rail network connects you to the neighbouring towns and districts of Greater Manchester including Ashton-under-Lyne, Bolton, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport and Wigan.
Within the city centre, free bus (formerly Metroshuttle) provides a free ‘hop on, hop off’ service linking all of the main rail stations, shopping districts and business areas. There are services which operate on circular routes.
Manchester is a bike-friendly city with many marked cycle lanes and dedicated routes throughout the city centre and beyond.
Visit the Transport for Greater Manchester cycling website for everything you need to know about cycling in Greater Manchester, from maps and route planning to local events and news.
You can also hire bikes from various locations across the city.
Manchester is easily explored on foot, with a city centre that you can navigate within 30 minutes. City Hosts are dotted around the centre to guide you with directions, public transport information and details on events taking place.