Manchester is globally connected with an excellent transport infrastructure that includes Manchester Airport, just 20 minutes (10 miles/16km) from the city centre, serving 180 destinations with over 100 airlines, including a wide network throughout the UK. Manchester Airport is one of the UK’s busiest airports with 18 million passengers arriving and departing each year. It is ranked in the top 25 airports in the world and is dedicated to providing visitors with the very best service.
Within 20 minutes of collecting your luggage, your can be in the heart of the city centre thanks to one of the airports six trains an hour to Manchester Piccadilly. Once in the city centre, a network of road, rail, bus, Metro and taxis provide a range of options for getting around the city and also provide easy access to other parts of England.

The Britannia Country House hotel is only 3 miles from Manchester International Airport and operates an airport transfer service.

A strategic road network links the city with its surrounding region, with the M60 orbital ring road providing quick and efficient access to all of the Greater Manchester boroughs and the wider motorway network serving other parts of the UK. For those travelling by car, there are a range of parking options with over 13,000 spaces across the city centre. However, the city encourages transport by more environmentally sustainable means and will promote alternative means of
travel where possible. An extensive taxi fleet serves the city and its wider region, with taxi ranks across the city centre.

Manchester city centre has two major train stations: Piccadilly and Victoria, with secondary stations at Deansgate, Oxford Road and Salford Central. Piccadilly provides the main gateway to the rest of England, with direct trains to London every 30 minutes with journey times of just over two hours. There is a comprehensive network of rail and tram lines across the city.

Metrolink (tram service)
Manchester Metrolink is the largest network of its kind in the UK. Trams run on street within the city centre, drastically cutting cross city journey times. The service provides an important link between the main rail stations of Piccadilly and Victoria. The cost of an average single journey is £2.90.

Bus network
Manchester has a comprehensive bus network covering the whole of the city region. It offers high levels of connectivity and value for money for passengers with services operating well into the night to most areas within the region. The cost of an average single fare is approximately £2.00.

Metroshuttle - free bus transportation

In addition, a free Metroshuttle (bus) service operates three circular routes around the city centre connecting the primary transport hubs with the city’s main business and visitor destinations.


Manchester’s compact and manageable size makes it an easy place to get around on foot. Visitors are encouraged to use sustainable transport modes wherever possible.

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