How to get to Manchester

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Manchester is very centrally placed in the UK, and has excellent transport links, including an international airport, several inter-city railway regional hub stations, a coach station, several major motorways and, internally, an excellent tram and bus network. There is a network of free buses serving the city centre, that includes Oxford Road Railway Station, not far from the venue. Taxis are easily available in the city centre.



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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: TransPennine Express, CrossCountry Trains, Great Western Railway, Northern Rail and Virgin Trains.

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.



Manchester Airport

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. If travelling from the airport, the railway is quickest and brings passengers to Piccadilly Railway Station in the centre of the city in about 20 minutes.



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. 

I will assume that anyone choosing to drive to Manchester will have satellite navigation, and an idea of where they will be parking. The postcode for SATNAV for the business school is M15 6BH.




Manchester Tram Network

It is possible to travel to stay in a hotel well away from the city centre, if you so wish, as the city centre is well served by a tram network, and the nearest stop to the conference venue is St. Peter’s Square. The trams run at least every 12 minutes on every line. There is free wifi on all the trams.

Free Bus Network in Manchester

There is a network of free buses that operates within the city centre area only. These are routes 1,2 and 3. They operate from Monday to Friday from 7am until late at night. There is free wifi on the buses.