Getting around Manchester

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Manchester has a good public transport network that is comprised of buses, trains and trams as well as a bike sharing system. The most useful services for most visitors to the city include the Metrolink tram network and the two free Metroshuttle bus routes in the city centre.

Map showing public transport services in Greater Manchester including all trams and trains and all bus routes offering a frequency of 30 minutes or better on Sundays. (Photo: عبد المؤمن [CC BY-SA 4.0])
Map showing public transport services in Greater Manchester including all trams and trains and all bus routes offering a frequency of 30 minutes or better on Sundays. (Photo: عبد المؤمن [CC BY-SA 4.0])

Bus

Manchester has an extensive bus network with many routes terminating at Piccadilly Gardens bus station. The bus network is currently undergoing a restructuring and rebranding programme in an attempt to provide a more cohesive transport system with rebranded buses sporting the new Bee Network branding.

Bus fares across Greater Manchester are capped at £2 and there are also a few free bus routes in the city centre and several travel passes are available that make it cheaper to get around Manchester.

The one-day Bee AnyBus travelcard costs £5 and is good for one day unlimited travel on most buses within Manchester.

There is also a network of two free bus routes that run through Manchester city centre with services every 10 minutes during the day and every half hour in the evening. The two free bus routes (formerly known as the Metroshuttle bus routes) are the most useful bus routes for most visitors to Manchester as they cover most points of interest in the city centre and there is no need to worry about buying tickets or passes. Free bus 1 covers the southwestern half of the city centre and free bus 2 covers the northeastern portion of the city centre with both routes stopping at Piccadilly Gardens and outside Manchester Piccadilly railway station.

The free Metroshuttle bus in Manchester City centre (Photo: Daniel.Newbould [CC BY-SA 3.0])
The free bus in Manchester City centre (Photo: Daniel.Newbould [CC BY-SA 3.0])

Train

There are 91 stations on Manchester’s suburban train system, which many people take to the airport or the Peak District.

The Rail Ranger pass costs £8.20 and is good for off-peak travel on all local train services in Greater Manchester.

Tram

The Metrolink tram network provides good coverage in the city centre and extends out to some suburbs. It is a useful mode of transport for many travellers with nine stops in the city centre including the main railway stations.

Manchester Metrolink tram network map (Image: Maximilian Dörrbecker [CC BY-SA 2.0])
Manchester Metrolink tram network map (Image: Maximilian Dörrbecker [CC BY-SA 2.0])
Useful tram routes include line 6 to the airport (although it is quicker to catch the train), lines 1 and 2 to Old Trafford cricket ground, lines 3 and 7 to Old Trafford football stadium (for Manchester United), Salford Quays, MediaCityUK and Etihad stadium (for Manchester City). Line 4 connects Manchester Piccadilly and Victoria railway stations.

A single ticket, which is good for two hours, costs £1.40–4.60 depending on how many zones you will travel through and a one-day travelcard costs £2.70–7.10 (£1.90–4.90 off-peak).

Metrolink tram in Manchester (Photo: Tom Page [CC BY-SA 2.0])
Metrolink tram in Manchester (Photo: Tom Page [CC BY-SA 2.0])

One-day travel passes

There are several good value travel passes available that give you unlimited travel on buses, trains and trams in the Greater Manchester area. Off-peak passes are valid after 9.30am Mon–Fri and all day on weekends.

All dayOff-peak
Bus only£5-
Bus and tram£9.50£7.80
Bus and train-£8.90
Train and tram-£9.70
Bus, train and tram-£10.90

Starling Bank Bikes

Manchester has recently launched a new cycle hire scheme, similar to the scheme that has been operating in London since 2010.

Starling Bank Bikes, named after the programme’s sponsor, can be rented from docking stations across Manchester, Salford and Trafford.

They can be hired on a pay-as-you-ride basis with pedal bikes costing 50p to unlock plus 5p per minute and e-bikes costing £1 to unlock and 10p per minute to ride. There is also the option of getting a discount if you pre-pay between £5 and £40 in advance, where it will cost just 5p per minute to ride both standard or e-bikes with no unlock fees for standard bikes. There are also additional fees if you fail to return the bike properly, such as not returning it to the correct spot or not locking it after you have finished using it.

You can use the bikes by downloading the Beryl app and using the app to find your nearest docking station and unlock your bike.

2 comments

  • zulhazri

    29 May 2023 at 9.25 am

    Hi , I am visiting Manchester on 29th June to 3rd July for Iron Maiden Concert.
    Please let me know the cost of Bus Train and Tram weekend or 1 days travel pass.

    Where shall I buy the ticket ?

    Thank you

    Reply

  • Richard

    25 October 2023 at 8.20 pm

    Hi. I will arrive Manchester Airport on Friday 27 Oct 2023 around 9am. Please advise cheapest route and travel method to 3.Bethel Court, Salford.

    And which ride hailing Company is the cheapest and most reliable to travel around Greater Manchester,?

    Reply

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