Location and Travel
Manchester Central is a 5-minute walk away from Manchester Oxford Road and a 20-minute walk from Manchester Piccadilly Station. Piccadilly Station is also just a 5-minute taxi drive away.
The journey times to Manchester from major stations in the UK are as below:
London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly – 2 hours
Cardiff Central to Manchester Piccadilly – 3 hours 30 minutes
Birmingham New Street to Manchester Piccadilly – 1 hour 30 minutes
Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Piccadilly – 50 minutes
Sheffield to Manchester Piccadilly – 50 minutes
Leeds to Manchester Piccadilly – 1 hour
York to Manchester Victoria – 1 hour 15 minutes
Newcastle to Manchester Victoria – 2 hours 30 minutes
Edinburgh to Manchester Piccadilly – 3 hours 30 minutes
Glasgow Central to Manchester Piccadilly – 3 hours 30 minute
M6 (from south – Stoke-on-Trent, Birmingham)
Leave the M6 at junction 19, just after Knutsford Services. Follow the A556 towards Altrincham and pick up the M56 towards Manchester Airport. Follow the motorway onto the A5103 (Princess Parkway), then follow signs for Manchester Central, Petersfield.
M6 (from north – Preston, Blackpool, Carlisle)
Leave the M6 at junction 21a for the M62 towards Manchester. At junction 12, join the M602 and continue to the end of the motorway (Regent Road Roundabout, Salford). Follow signs to the city centre along Regent Road, and then to Manchester Central, Petersfield.
M62 (from west – Liverpool)
At M62 junction 12, join the M602 and continue to the end of the motorway (Regent Road Roundabout, Salford). Follow signs to the city centre along Regent Road, and then to Manchester Central, Petersfield.
M62 (from east – Leeds, Yorkshire)
At M62 junction 18, join the M60 west-bound. Take junction 17 onto the A56 (Bury New Road) and follow signs to the city centre, and then to Manchester Central, Petersfield.
M56 (from west – North Wales, Chester, Ellesmere Port)
Follow the M56 past Manchester Airport. Continue onto the A5103 (Princess Parkway), then follow signs for Manchester Central, Petersfield.
For parking, Manchester Central’s on-site NCP car park is open 24 hours and the most convenient option.
Metroshuttle buses are free and link the city centre’s main rail stations, shopping areas and businesses. Click here for more information on routes.
The nearest Metrolink stop to Manchester Central is St Peter’s Square. From there, we’re just a few minutes on foot.
Metrolink runs every few minutes from early morning until late in the evening. You don’t need a timetable, just turn up, buy your ticket and the next Metrolink will be along shortly. However, the network is currently being expanded so please do check your route before travelling.
Routes and further information can be found on the Metrolink website.
Manchester’s extensive multi-modal public transport network makes it easy to travel in and around Greater Manchester.
Find out more at www.tfgm.com or phone Traveline on 0871 200 22 33. You can also visit a Travelshop at main bus stations throughout Greater Manchester, including Manchester Piccadilly Gardens and Shudehill Interchange.
We work with Manchester’s black cab drivers to make sure they know when we’re going to be busy.
We have a dedicated taxi rank at the front of the venue for pick ups and drop offs. Black cab taxis are readily available at Manchester Airport and both Piccadilly and Victoria train stations.