How to get to Manchester

Thanks to an integrated transport network Manchester is one of the most accessible cities in the UK for both national and international visitors.

There are three main stations in the city centre: Piccadilly, Oxford Road and Victoria. With direct rail services from across the country, getting here is easy. Operators include: Avanti West Coast, TransPennine Express, Transport for Wales, Northern Rail, CrossCountry Trains, and Great Western Railway.

Train journey times from:

  • London - 2hrs 7mins
  • Edinburgh - 3hrs 15mins
  • Birmingham - 1hr 28mins
  • Manchester Airport - 14mins
  • Liverpool – 34mins
  • Sheffield – 52mins
  • Newcastle – 2hrs 25mins
  • York - 1hr 20mins
  • Cardiff – 3hrs 30mins
  • Conwy – under 2hrs 40mins
  • Shrewsbury – under 1hr 30mins
  • Chester – 1hr

With three terminals handling over 22m passengers each year, Manchester Airport is the global gateway to the North of England, and the third largest airport in the UK. More than 60 airlines ensure Manchester is directly connected to over 200 destinations around the world.

Manchester Airport offers a whole host of facilities and services to help ensure hassle-free travel. These include tax and duty free savings, free WiFi for up to 60 minutes and Escape Lounges in all three terminals.

Manchester Airport offers excellent connections to the city centre and beyond with a regional railway station and Metrolink station onsite.

National Express and Megabus provide services from all over the country into Chorlton Street Coach Station in the heart of the city centre and Manchester Airport.

Manchester is well connected to the rest of the UK via excellent motorway links. The M60 ring road connects the city to motorways to the north, east, south and west.

Rail and tram network map
Rail and tram network map © Transport for Greater Manchester
Manchester Airport public transport map
Manchester Airport public transport map © Transport for Greater Manchester
UK motorway network map
UK motorway network map © Nilfanion and Dr Greg. OpenStreetMap contributors. Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2010