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Travelling to Manchester

If you are an international student arriving in Manchester, we can help you make your way to your University accommodation.

There are various ways you can continue your journey, depending on whether you are travelling via Manchester Airport or another UK airport.

If you're arriving into Manchester Airport between 11 and 17 September, take a look at our Airport Service

Alternatively, it is quite easy to make the journey to your residence using other transport:

Taxi

The easiest way to travel from the airport to your accommodation is by taxi, especially if you have a large amount of luggage. There are taxi ranks outside all three terminals and the fare should be between £20 and £25 to University accommodation. Only black cabs, also known as hackney cabs, are licensed to take passengers without a booking in advance, so ensure you use one of these.

Train

There is a train station at Manchester Airport. A shuttle bus service is available to take you from the airport terminals to the train station, or you can easily walk to through the airport and follow the signs for the train station. 

There are direct rail links from the airport to Manchester Piccadilly railway station in the city centre and to Manchester Oxford Road railway station which is close to the main University campus. The cost of a train ticket starts at £5.

The journey is likely to cost around £12, depending on how far away from the station you live. Follow the signs for the taxi rank. Only black cabs, also known as hackney cabs, are licensed to take passengers without a booking in advance, so ensure you use one of these. It may also be possible to walk or take a bus from the train station to your accommodation, depending upon where your accommodation is located.

Bus

There is a bus station at Manchester Airport. To get there from the terminals follow the signs for the bus station. The number 43 public bus departs from the airport bus station and stops close to many accommodation sites, including those in Fallowfield, on the main University campus and in the city centre.

Tell the driver your destination when you board the bus and ask the driver to let you know the best stop at which to get off the bus. The bus departs approximately every ten minutes during the day from Monday to Saturday, and approximately every 30 minutes throughout the night and on Sundays. The cost of a single journey should be around £3.

Tram

You can travel to Manchester from Manchester Airport by the Metrolink tram system. The Metrolink stop is inside the airport.

Trams from the airport will run as far as Cornbrook initially, until Metrolink’s transformational second line through the city centre is completed in 2017. There are frequent connections to the rest of the network from Cornbrook, with trams heading towards Altrincham, Bury, Ashton, East Didsbury, Eccles and Rochdale. For more information on the network visit the Metrolink website.

Services run every 12 minutes on the airport line. Tickets are available from ticket machines on all platforms but not on-board, so be sure to purchase before you travel.

Travel from airports other than Manchester

If you are arriving by air, you are advised to plan your journey directly to Manchester. There are frequent air-shuttle services to Manchester Airport from London Heathrow Airport and London Gatwick Airport, and there are many inexpensive connecting flights to Manchester from other major European cities. If you are arriving in London and transferring to another flight, remember to allow yourself sufficient time to transfer.

Arriving at a London airport and continuing to Manchester by coach

If you arrive in London by air and proceed to Manchester by coach, in most cases you will first have to travel by underground train to Victoria coach station in the centre of London. Remember to allow yourself enough time to collect your luggage, pass through immigration and travel across London.

Information on transport in the London area can be found on the Transport for London website.

Coaches from London to Manchester take approximately five hours. Manchester has one main coach station, Manchester Central on Chorlton Street. Coach travel within the UK can be booked online in advance on the Megabus and the National Express websites.

Arriving at a London airport and continuing to Manchester by train

If you arrive in London by air and proceed to Manchester by train, in most cases you will have to travel by underground train to Euston railway station in the centre of London. Remember to allow yourself enough time to collect your luggage, pass through immigration and travel across London.

Information on transport in the London area can be found on the Transport for London website.

Manchester has three main train stations: Piccadilly, Victoria and Oxford Road. You can find information on train times and book train tickets on the National Rail website.

Arriving at Liverpool John Lennon Airport

Terravision coaches from Liverpool Airport to Sackville Street and the Shudehill Interchange in Manchester city centre depart every hour. The journey takes approximately 65 minutes and a single ticket costs £7. Coach tickets can be bought from staff at the coach or booked on the Terravision website.

If you have any questions, please email orientation@manchester.ac.uk or telephone +44 (0) 161 306 1704.