Travel and transport
Trafford is a local authority in Greater Manchester, just 3 miles from central Manchester. Many visitors to Trafford travel via Manchester city centre transports hubs including Deansgate, Manchester Oxford Road, Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria, which offer various public transport services.
Getting to the stadium
Trams, trains and buses operate till around midnight, with some areas of Greater Manchester running late night services. It’s always best to check the Transport of Greater Manchester (TfGM) website for the latest information.
Even if you have been to Old Trafford before, please keep in mind that things may work slightly differently this summer than on usual matchdays at the venue.
The easiest way to get to Old Trafford is using the Metrolink, which is a tram system in Greater Manchester operating across five lines. Metrolink services towards Old Trafford operate every six to 12 minutes.
• The 📍 Wharfside Metrolink stop in Trafford is less than ten minutes from Manchester Piccadilly Rail Station. From Wharfside, Old Trafford is less than ten minutes by foot. If travelling to Wharfside from the city centre, you will need to change at Cornbrook on any tram service.
• The stadium can also be accessed via the 📍 Old Trafford Metrolink stop which is just over ten minutes' walk away.
From the airport to the stadium
For those flying into the city, a regular direct tram service operates from Manchester Airport to 📍 Trafford Bar Metrolink stop. From Trafford Bar you can switch trams to get to Old Trafford tram stop. Be aware that, the tram from Manchester Airport to the city centre can take twice as long as getting the train.
A quicker route to the stadium would be hopping on a train from Manchester Airport to Manchester Piccadilly station, and then switching to a tram to complete the journey to Wharfside.
If you’re coming by car, be aware that all vehicles in the stadium car parks will be held after the final whistle so that fans can safely disperse.
Stadium parking, which is next to the venue, can be booked here.
Please only drive to the stadium if you’ve pre-booked a parking ticket.
There are many Park + Ride options available across Manchester. These include 25 Metrolink Park + Ride sites, which are free to use, and all offer a direct service to a Metrolink stop in the vicinity of Old Trafford.
📍 Bus stop: Warwick Road (on Chester Road junction with Sir Matt Busby Way)
🚶 Distance from stadium: 2 minutes on foot
⌛ Journey time: approx. 15 minutes from Manchester city centre
Old Trafford is well served by local bus routes between the stadium and Manchester city centre and the closest bus stop to the stadium, on Chester Road, is just a few minutes away on foot.
You can simply pay the driver when boarding the buses using cash or card, or download the bus operator app and purchase a ticket before you travel.
There are three areas in the vicinity of the stadium for taxis to drop off:
• Wharfside Way (north of the stadium)• Bishops Blaze (Chester Road, south of the stadium)
• Sir Matt Busby Way (east of the stadium)
Manchester has an extensive network of segregated bike lanes which makes cycling to the stadium possible. Free bike racks are located at the following car parks:
• N2 (Sir Alex Ferguson Stand)
• E2 (East Stand)
• W2 (West Stand)