Manchester Piccadilly railway station is Manchester’s principal railway station (Manchester has several other stations with long-distance trains including Manchester Victoria but the bulk of the city’s railway passengers pass through Piccadilly) and it is the third-busiest station in England outside London.
The station is served by six different railway operators and you can get direct trains from here to destinations throughout Great Britain.
From Manchester Piccadilly, there are nine trains per hour to Manchester Airport; four trains per hour to Leeds and Stoke-on-Trent; three trains per hour to Liverpool Lime Street and London Euston; two trains per hour to Birmingham New Street, Crewe and Sheffield and hourly trains to Blackpool North, Bournemouth, Bristol Temple Meads, Cheltenham Spa, Chester, Hull, Llandudno, Middlesbrough, Newcastle upon Tyne, Nottingham, Oxford, Scarborough, Shrewsbury, Southampton Central, Winchester and York.
As you would expect for a major railway station, Manchester Piccadilly has a good selection of shops and places to eat and drink including branches of Boots the chemist, Burger King, Caffè Nero, Carluccio’s, Costa, M&S Simply Food, Pret a Manger, Sainsbury’s Local, Starbucks, TGI Fridays, The Pasty Shop, WHSmith and Yo! Sushi.
Although Manchester Piccadilly is the city’s main railway station, Manchester has several other railway stations and some trains stop at Manchester Victoria station at the northwestern corner of the city centre.
The station is located east of the city centre and around a 15-minute walk to the heart of the Central Retail District. The Northern Quarter is around a 10-minute walk from the station and Spinningfields is around a 20-minute walk. Manchester Piccadilly is also served by 15 local bus routes (including the three free Metroshuttle bus services) and four different Metrolink tram routes.