Getting Here

Manchester Central Convention Complex, Petersfield, M2 3GX
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Manchester Central is an iconic venue in the heart of Manchester. We're right in the centre of the UK and easy to reach via Manchester’s extensive multi-modal transport network.

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Upon arrival in Manchester
The Bee Network

The Bee Network is a new Greater Manchester initiative that aims to make it easier for people to use public transport across the region. 

Currently in the first phase of the initiative, the Bee Network can help you with planning your journey, buying tickets and passes and live travel alerts.  

Find out more at www.tfgm.com/the-bee-network  

You can also visit a Travelshop at main bus stations throughout Greater Manchester, including Shudehill Interchange. 

Trams (Metrolink)

The nearest tram stop to Manchester Central is St Peter's Square. From there, we’re just a few minutes on foot. 

Watch: Walking route from St Peter's Square Tram Stop

Deansgate - Castlefield is also a short walk. 

Watch: Walking route from Deansgate - Castlefield Tram Stop

Trams run 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 tram will be along shortly.  

Routes and further information can be found on the Bee Network website. 

 

 

Taxis

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. 

 

Free Bus 

Free Bus services link the city centre's main rail stations, shopping areas and businesses, all free of charge. 

Click here for more information on routes. 

 

By rail

It takes a little over two hours to reach Manchester from London and Manchester also has direct connections to most major UK cities. Services arrive at Piccadilly or Victoria stations where passengers can connect with Metrolink trams for easy access to the city centre. Manchester Central is a 20 minute walk from Piccadilly Station or just five minutes by taxi. Alternatively, catch a connecting train to Oxford Road Station - just five minutes from Manchester Central on foot.

Travel time by train to Manchester from:

London 2h 9m
Birmingham 1h 30m
Newcastle 2h 37m
Edinburgh 3h 34m
Glasgow 3h 16m
Bristol  2h 59m

Train Hugger

Train Hugger is the UK’s first green train ticketing platform. Every time you makes a booking, they plant a climate resilient tree, here in the UK via a partnership with the Royal Forestry Society. They offer a first-class booking experience on web and mobile as well as split ticketing which ensures the cheapest fares. 

Find out more and book here

 

Further information on train services can also be found at:

www.avantiwestcoast.co.uk
www.nationalrail.co.uk
www.tpexpress.co.uk
www.northernrailway.co.uk/stations/MAN

By road

Manchester is at the heart of a comprehensive motorway network. Manchester's M60 orbital motorway provides easy access from north, south, east and west.

If using a satellite navigation system - please follow the postcode M2 3GX.

There is an NCP (National Car Park) directly below Manchester Central that is open 24 hours a day all year round.


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Directions

  • 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.

Information on planning a journey
by car can be found at:

www.theaa.com
www.highways.gov.uk

By air

Manchester Airport is a major international hub just nine miles (14.5km) from the city centre. It serves more than 200 destinations worldwide including direct routes to nine US cities. From the airport, the city is approximately 25 minutes away by taxi or just 20 minutes via the half-hourly express rail service (tickets £3.00-£4.00).

Flights into Manchester per day from:

London - 18
Amsterdam - 8
Paris - 7
Barcelona - 1
Frankfurt - 6
Stockholm - 2
Brussels - 6
Copenhagen - 3
Zurich - 4

Information on Manchester Airport
can be found at:


www.manchesterairport.co.uk