Getting 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, CrossCountry Trains, Great Western Railway and Northern Rail.

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


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

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

Manchester Airport

The global gateway to the North of England, Manchester Airport, has just undergone a £1bn transformation, connecting the city to even more destinations worldwide. Offering the latest innovations in travel technology and state-of-the-art facilities, including a new arrivals experience for travellers from global destinations including North America, Europe and the Middle East. The T2 expansion ensures that delegates receive a world-class experience as you travel through Manchester Airport.

Enjoy hassle-free travel with a range of facilities and services across Manchester Airport’s three terminals, including tax and duty-free savings, free Wi-Fi for up to 60 minutes, and a chance to relax before you fly in the Escape or 1903 Lounges.

Manchester Airport offers excellent connections to the city centre and beyond with a regional railway station, bus station with National Express coach connections and a Metrolink tram station onsite.