Travel and transport

Visiting Manchester

The Museum of Science and Industry is at the very heart of the Festival. It’s a fantastic way to begin your Festival journey of discovery.

Museum of Science & Industry
Liverpool Road
Castlefield
Manchester
M3 4FP

0161 832 2244

www.msimanchester.org.uk

Manchester Visitor Information Centre

Manchester Visitor Information Centre is a great place to start your visit to Manchester. You can find out about hotels, restaurants and what’s going on in the city and the region.

Manchester Visitor Information Centre
45 – 50 Piccadilly Plaza
Portland Street
Manchester
M1 4AJ

0871 222 8223

You can pick up a city map from the Visitor Information Centre or download various maps from:

www.visitmanchester.com/discover/maps

Travelling to Manchester

The best way to get to Manchester is by train. There are four train stations in the city centre (Piccadilly, Oxford Road, Deansgate and Victoria), as well as stations throughout Greater Manchester. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train timetables and fares.

Manchester is also well served by national bus services from major UK cities. Check out www.nationalexpress.com for information about National Express coach services.

Although we recommend taking public transport to travel to Manchester, if you’re planning to drive to Manchester, there are numerous car parks.

Travelling around Manchester

Walk

The best way to get around Manchester city centre is on foot. You can cross the city in about 20 minutes.

Cycle

Greater Manchester is very bike friendly. Head to Cycle GM for up to date information and free cycle maps of Greater Manchester. There are plenty of bike racks at MOSI, the Universities and in many attractions across Greater Manchester: www.cyclegm.org

Free city centre Metroshuttle bus

Metroshuttles are free buses linking the main rail stations, car parks, shopping areas and businesses in Manchester city centre. Metroshuttle buses run from Piccadilly, Salford Central, Victoria, Oxford Road and Deansgate rail stations. There are three circular routes covering the main areas in the city centre. Bus number 2 stops at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Metrolink

Greater Manchester’s light rail system has six lines which run from Bury, Altrincham, Eccles, East Didsbury, Rochdale, Droylsden and MediaCityUK into Manchester city centre, regularly connecting Manchester, Salford and major tourist attractions: www.metrolink.co.uk

General transport information

For up to date information about public transport in Manchester visit the Transport for Greater Manchester website: www.tfgm.com

Staying in Manchester

Visit Manchester has recommendations and suggestions for hotels and affordable accommodation in Manchester.