Travel and transport

Visiting Manchester

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

Science and Industry Museum
Liverpool Road
M3 4FP

0161 832 2244

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
1 Piccadilly Gardens
M1 1RG

0871 222 8223

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

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 for train timetables and fares.

Manchester is also well served by national bus services from major UK cities. Check out 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


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


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 the Science and Industry Museum, the Universities and in many attractions across Greater Manchester:

Or why not pick up a Mobike to travel the city between Festival venues.

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 Science and Industry Museum.


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:

General transport information

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

Staying in Manchester

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