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29th October 2018 Janet Reeder

Getting around Manchester

Great transport network

Greater Manchester has one of the best public transport networks in the country and Manchester city centre is well served by buses, trains and trams so there is certain to be a service to where you’re going.

Metrolink trams

Manchester travel

Metrolink is Manchester’s iconic tram system

Metrolink is Manchester’s iconic tram system and a speedy way to get to get around the city centre. Metrolink will also take you further afield to a wide range of destinations. Metrolink runs frequently so you don’t need a timetable and every tram is fully accessible, making them easy for everyone to use.


Many buses run to and from Manchester city centre giving connections to Greater Manchester’s towns and villages. Buses run from the two main bus stations, at Piccadilly Gardens and Shudehill Interchange. Metroshuttle is a free bus that links key city centre areas. There are three circular routes, all with low-floor, easy access buses with a frequency of about every five minutes on Metroshuttle 1 (orange), 10 minutes on Metroshuttle 2 (green) and Metroshuttle 3 (purple).


Manchester travel

Trains are a quick way to get to local destinations

Trains are a quick way to get to local destinations. There are four key train stations in the city centre; Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Victoria, Oxford Road and Deansgate. Manchester Piccadilly is the largest station and is the principal arrival point in the city for most visitors arriving by train.

Finding out more

Transport for Greater Manchester are there to help you make local journeys and will always give you impartial advice to help you make the best local travel choices. Call at Travelshops in Piccadilly Gardens, Shudehill Interchange and other major bus stations and interchanges in Greater Manchester.


Many dedicated routes make cycling easy in Manchester. Manchester is a very cycle-friendly city with many marked cycle lanes and dedicated routes throughout the city centre and beyond. Information, news and advice about cycling in Greater Manchester can be found at

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