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Getting to Manchester

A direct rail link into the city makes Manchester Airport, ten miles south of the city, an increasingly popular point of entry into Britain. Trains to Piccadilly (every 15min 5:15am-10:15pm, reduced service through the night; 25min). It is slightly cheaper to take one of the buses from the airport to Piccadilly Gardens or Chorlton Street (every 15-30min, 6am-10:45pm), although these take almost twice as long as trains to reach the center in the rush hour. Taxis are also available from the airport to the city center.

Manchester's three main train stations form the points of a triangle that encloses much of the city center.

  1. National mainline trains run from Piccadilly Station, facing London Road, on the east side.
  2. Regional routes to points south, east and west call both here and at Oxford Road Station, south of the center
  3. Victoria Station, in the north, services the northern hinterland and Bradford.

The city's Metrolink tram service connects Piccadilly station (the platform is underneath the train station) to Victoria and G-Mex. Most long-distance buses use Chorlton Street Coach Station, a few hundred yards west of Piccadilly train station.

City transport:
The city center is compact enough to cover on foot, though buses will be needed for Oxford Road and its continuation Wilmslow Road, which runs to Rusholme. Stagecoach is the main operator, though fare wars are common among all carriers. Piccadilly Gardens Bus Station is the hub of the urban bus network, along with a new transport interchange at Shudehill (north of the Arndale Center) Call the GMPTE bus inquiry line 0161/228 7811 daily 8am-8pm) for details.

Travel passes offer seven-day Stagecoach unlimited travel on Stagecoach's city and local buses; the Wayfarer allows 24 hours' unlimited travel throughout Greater Manchester and into the Peak District.

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The electric tram service travels through the city center and out to the suburbs, (every 6-15min 6am-11:30pm). An extension to the service runs to Salford Quays, with new stations underrway for the Shudehill transport interchange, the Eastlands Commonwealth Games stadium and the airport. There are stations at Piccadilly Station, Piccadilly Gardens, St. Peter's Square, G-Mex and Victoria Station.

Drivers should have no problem finding a place to park in the city center. There are many signposted car parks. On-street parking at parking meters is usually limited to three hours.

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