Ten Top Transport Tips
Our helpful hints should you need them.
1. Everything in the city centre is within walking distance - it just depends how much time and energy you have got.
2. Trams tend to be quicker than buses.
3. Always buy a ticket for the trams as there are regular inspections.
4. Trams shut before closing so they won't be around for your trip back to your bed!
5. Taxis can be expensive with heavy traffic.
6. At the end of your night out use manned taxi ranks - there will be a queue but it's quicker.
7. Always check fares in taxis before you go anywhere to avoid high fees and unlicenced taxis.
8. Why use pay buses when there is a free shuttle bus service.
9. Check out transport info for your planned visits so you're well in the know.
10. Check our website before you come for news on any disruption.
Worried about Getting Around?
Metroshuttle is a complimentary bus service run jointly by the local council, National Car Parks Manchester and First. It runs three routes which between them cover most of the major areas in the city centre. These bus routes can be caught straight from all city centre railway stations (Piccadilly, Oxford Road, Deansgate/Castlefield, Salford Central and Victoria) as well as many of the larger car parks. Areas on the outskirts of the city centre (such as Spinningfields, Petersfield, and the Millennium Quarter) are now easier to access from other parts of the city. Just note, that due to a high-level of pedestrian priority around areas such as Deansgate, traffic in the city centre is often slow.
Manchester has an extensive pay bus route network operated by numerous commercial operators with Stagecoach and First operating the majority of those routes. The main bus station for the south of the City is Piccadilly Gardens and the north of the city is Shudehill next to the Printworks.
The Stagecoach 43 service runs regularly through the day and night out to Manchester Airport and the Stagecoach 250 or First 100 will run buses at a rate of around three an hour to and from the Trafford Centre from the city centre. On Sundays though this frequency does decrease dramatically and you will be better off going on the tram to Stretford and getting the metrolink shuttle bus to and from.
In Manchester bus Tickets are usually purchased directly from the driver. First and Stagecoach both offer day-savers for unlimited travel on their company's buses, which cannot be used on other buses. A FirstDay is currently £4.00. If transfer between different bus companies is required then you can ask the driver for an "any bus day-saver" instead.
If you do decide to use buses then check out www.tfgm.com/ for up to date information on operators, routes and departure times or call 0871 200 22 33 (10p per minute from a landline) for information.