Manchester travel and transport
Manchester is easily accessible and offers a large transport network that spans the entire city region so it’s easy to get around and see the sights.
Reduced rail and bus services will be in operation daily after 19:00 and all day on Sundays. Most rail services will stop operating from 23:00.
On all weekends in July, trains between Sheffield and Manchester will not be available due to planned engineering works.
Trains from Manchester Piccadilly will still connect directly to Hope and then a replacement bus service will be in place between Hope and Sheffield, which will mean a significant increase in journey time. There is no step-free access at Hope so fans with accessibility needs are advised to book assistance in advance of travel by calling 0800 138 5560 (Text Relay 18001 0800 138 5560).
Alternatively, please consider rail routes to and from Manchester via Leeds or Doncaster.
Academy Stadium is served by nearby train, tram and bus services, so it's easy to get to and from Manchester city centre.
⚠️ Please note that Metrolink stop Velopark will be closed on matchdays.
📍 Metrolink stop: Etihad Campus
🚊 Line: Blue
🚶 Distance from venue: 950 metres
⌛ Journey times:
• Approx. 10 minutes’ tram from Manchester Piccadilly
• Approx. 20 minutes’ tram from Ashton-under-Lyne
The blue Metrolink connecting Manchester city centre to the stadium will be running every 12 minutes on matchdays. The following stops will have staff presence to help with travel information and provide ticketing advice; Piccadilly Gardens, Piccadilly Rail Station and St Peters Square.
An adult daytime travel card for zone 1 (Manchester city centre) and zone 2 (Etihad Campus) will cost £4.30.
📍 Station: Ashburys
🚶 Distance from venue: 1200 metres (approx. 15 minutes on foot)
⌛ Seven trains per hour on matchday
Approx. five minute train journey from Manchester Piccadilly
Academy Stadium is 2 miles from Manchester city centre. There is a well- signposted walking route from Manchester Piccadilly to the venue, which takes about 45 minutes, so walking is a great option if the weather allows.
Simply follow the signs for “City Link” to get to the stadium along Pollard Street, then on to Ashton New Road beyond Holt Town Metrolink Station.
📍 Bus stop: Ashton New Road (close to Academy Stadium North Gate entrance)
⌛ Journey time: approx. 15 minutes from Manchester city centre
Taking the bus is a great alternative to train or tram travel. There are direct and frequent connections to get from Manchester city centre to the stadium.
An adult single ticket from Manchester to the venue will cost £2.10. Or get a day ticket, with unlimited travel on selected buses, for £5.30.
Academy Stadium provides on-site parking for ticket holders, but spaces are limited, and you’ll need to book your ticket in advance.
There are a variety of Park + Ride options available across Manchester. These include 25 Metrolink Park + Ride sites which are free to use. Here are a few recommendations:
1️⃣ Ashton Moss (200 spaces)
2️⃣ Ashton West (200 spaces)
3️⃣ Radcliffe (370 spaces)
4️⃣ Whitefield (200 spaces)
There are 51 rail Park + Ride sites in total across Greater Manchester. These sites are free to use, just keep in mind that, with the exception of Guide Bridge, they don’t provide a direct connection to the stadium.
If booking a taxi to pick you up after the match, it's suggested you arrange for pick up on Rowsley Street at the junction of Ashton New Road.
When using public transport it’s always worth asking for a ‘return ticket’ if you’re going out and coming back, or for a ‘day ticket’ if you’re off exploring. When using contactless payment remember to tap in and out at the start and end of your journey to ensure you pay the lowest fee possible.
Manchester Airport is located to the south of Manchester and offers quick and easy travel links by train, tram and bus to the city centre.
To get to the transport interchange at Manchester Airport, you can take the Sky Link bridge from all terminals. From Terminal 1 it will take around five minutes to walk and ten minutes from Terminal 2 and 3. If you have a lot of luggage, you can also take the free shuttle bus.
The train is the quickest option to get to the city centre, reaching Manchester in around 20 minutes with trains leaving every ten minutes during the day and every 30 minutes in the evening.
A one-way ticket for the train to the city centre costs £4.20. Tickets can be purchased in advance online or from the automatic ticket machines in the station. Station staff are at hand to advise on which ticket suits your needs. Buses and the Metrolink also connect Manchester Airport with the city centre but journeys take up to an hour.
The easiest way to get to Manchester for fans from the UK is by rail, with three main stations connecting with many cities and towns throughout the country.
Manchester Piccadilly is the principal rail hub in Manchester and the main gateway to the city from across England, Wales and Scotland, with connections to over 90 Greater Manchester stations. Trains between Manchester Piccadilly and London have an average journey time of two hours and 15 minutes.
Manchester Victoria is the second biggest station in the city and offers services to northern cities including Bradford, Chester, Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle, Rochdale, Southport and Wigan.
Individual operator websites offer the best information for the latest train updates.
Manchester Chorlton Street is the main coach station in Manchester and is serviced by a number of operators. The station is a five-minute walk to Manchester Piccadilly station and offers services to most major UK cities, including London, Liverpool, Leeds, Newcastle, Birmingham, Cardiff and Glasgow. In addition, coach services also operate from Manchester Shudehill Interchange, which is a five-minute walk from Manchester Victoria.
Manchester is well connected to the rest of the UK via excellent motorway links with the M60 ring road connecting the city to motorways north, south, east and west.
Manchester offers city centre parking but demand is high and prices can be expensive, so it is recommended to use park and ride services. Park and ride services operate at Metrolink lines that pass Sale Water Park, Event City and the Trafford Centre, where you can grab a bite to eat or do some shopping before hopping on board a tram to Old Trafford.
There are six car rental companies in Manchester city centre and more throughout Greater Manchester, including a range of operators available at Manchester Airport.
Trams, trains and buses operate till around midnight, with some areas of Manchester operating late- night services. It’s always best to check on local travel when making plans.
Once in Manchester, the easiest way to get around is by Metrolink, which is a tram system in Greater Manchester operating across two lines. The network has 99 stops along 103 kilometres, making it the most extensive light rail system in the United Kingdom. Tram travel is as simple as tapping in and out via pay as you go contactless payment, which is offered at device readers on Metrolink platforms. Make sure you tap in and out at the beginning and end of your journey to ensure you pay the lowest fare possible.
There are three main stations in the city centre: Piccadilly, Oxford Road and Victoria. All of them are within walking distance from the main sites in the city centre.
Tickets are available at all stations from ticket vending machines. Or simply buy them online in advance via National Rail.
Commercial bus services run right across Greater Manchester, including at night, so you don’t have to worry about how you get home after an evening game. You can pay the driver when boarding by cash or card; or download the bus operator app and purchase a ticket before you travel. Check out Transport of Greater Manchester for more information.
Within the city centre, Free Bus provides a free ‘hop on, hop off’ service linking all the main rail stations, shopping districts and business areas.
Manchester has a number of different bus, rail and Metrolink operators. If you are travelling across different modes and operators, System One Travelcard may be the best option. System One travelcards enable unlimited travel on buses, trams and trains throughout Greater Manchester, ensuring an integrated way to travel. Prices start from £7.50 a day and tickets can be purchased at TfGM Travelshops, rail stations and Metrolink stops.
The number of different transport operators can be confusing to those unfamiliar with the city so check your journey at Transport of Greater Manchester before you travel for up-to-date travel information and guidance on tickets.
Manchester is easily explored on foot, with a city centre that you can navigate within 20 minutes.
Manchester has a publicly operated, self-service, 24/7 cycle hire scheme. By summer 2022, there will be more than 200 stations, 1,200 pedal bikes and 300 e-bikes across Manchester, Salford and Trafford.
Manchester is a bike-friendly city with many marked cycle lanes and dedicated routes throughout the city centre and beyond.
Visit Transport for Greater Manchester for everything you need to know about cycling in Greater Manchester, from maps and route planning to local events and news.
As you would expect from a city centre, a black cab is never too far away, with taxi ranks around the transport hubs at Piccadilly Gardens, Chorlton Street Coach Station and all three city rail stations. A taxi from the city centre to City Academy will cost around £10.
Check out our accessibility guide for details on travel in Manchester for disabled fans.