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​​​Travel

Manchester Central (MC) is located in the heart of Manchester. The venue is easy to reach via Manchester’s extensive multi-modal transport network.

For satellite navigation system users we recommend using postcode M2 3GX

For directions, downloadable maps and useful links visit MC's website.​

By air | Car​ | Train | Taxis 

By ​​​air

Manchester Airport is an international hub nine miles (14.5km) from the city centre. 

From the airport, the city is approximately 25 minutes away by taxi or just 20 minutes via the half-hourly express rail service (tickets £3.00-£4.00).

To find out more visit Manchester Airport's website.

Flights into Manchester per day from:

  • London - 18
  • Amsterdam - 8
  • Paris - 7
  • Barcelona - 1
  • Frankfurt - 6
  • Stockholm - 2
  • Brussels - 6
  • Copenhagen - 3
  • Zurich - 4

By rail

It takes a little over two hours to reach Manchester from London and Manchester also has direct connections to most major UK cities. Services arrive at Piccadilly or Victoria stations where passengers can connect with Metrolink trams for easy access to the city centre. 

Manchester Central is a 20 minute walk from Piccadilly Station or just five minutes by taxi. Alternatively, catch a connecting train to Oxford Road Station - just five minutes from Manchester Central on foot.

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Travelling to the conference by Virgin Trains couldn't be easier. With trains from London every 20 minutes six and a half days a week with an average journey time of just 2hrs 07 minutes, you’ll be in Manchester City centre before you know it. 

Virgin's range of products and fares for the conference market represents great value for money too.

Bookings open 12 weeks before travel with best value fares for individuals if you can book in advance and fix your date and time of travel.

Travelling with a group of 3-9 ? Virgin offer discounts of 20% off Advance fares for small groups. Find out more.

Don’t forget to claim your Nectar points for these bookings.

For groups of 10 or more our Groups Team are ready to help you at group.reservations@virgintrains.co.uk or call 0333 103 0909.

Northern

By purchasing a Northern Advance train ticket, you're able to choose the best time to travel at the lowest available fare. Advance fares are available on selected routes across the Northern network.

Advance tickets are great value Single (one-way) tickets but have limited availability! Book ahead to take advantage of these great value - Advance tickets are made available by train operators up to 12 weeks ahead of travel but, subject to availability, you can still get a last-minute bargain up until 23:59 on the day before travel.

TransPennine Express
 

Save over 50% when you book in advance

Booking in advance with TransPennine Express offers great value for money on many longer distance journeys and you get to reserve a seat. Tickets go on sale up to 12 weeks in advance which is when they are at their cheapest. For more information and terms and conditions, find out more here

Further information on train services can be found via the National Rail website.​

Travel time by train to Manchester from:

  • London  2h 7m
  • Birmingham 1h 30m
  • Newcastle 2h 37m
  • Edinburgh 3h 34m
  • Glasgow 3h 16m
  • Bristol  2h 59m


By ro​​ad

Manchester is at the heart of a comprehensive motorway network. 

Manchester's M60 orbital motorway provides easy access from north, south, east and west.

Directio​​ns:

  • M6 (from south – Stoke-on-Trent, Birmingham)
    Leave the M6 at junction 19, just after Knutsford Services. Follow the A556 towards Altrincham and pick up the M56 towards Manchester Airport. Follow the motorway onto the A5103 (Princess Parkway), then follow signs for Manchester Central, Petersfield.
  • M6 (from north – Preston, Blackpool, Carlisle)
    Leave the M6 at junction 21a for the M62 towards Manchester. At junction 12, join the M602 and continue to the end of the motorway (Regent Road Roundabout, Salford). Follow signs to the city centre along Regent Road, and then to Manchester Central, Petersfield.
  • M62 (from west – Liverpool)
    At M62 junction 12, join the M602 and continue to the end of the motorway (Regent Road Roundabout, Salford). Follow signs to the city centre along Regent Road, and then to Manchester Central, Petersfield.
  • M62 (from east – Leeds, Yorkshire)
    At M62 junction 18, join the M60 west-bound. Take junction 17 onto the A56 (Bury New Road) and follow signs to the city centre, and then to Manchester Central, Petersfield.
  • M56 (from west – North Wales, Chester, Ellesmere Port)
    Follow the M56 past Manchester Airport. Continue onto the A5103 (Princess Parkway), then follow signs for Manchester Central, Petersfield.

For parking, Manchester Central's on-site NCP car park is open 24 hours and the most convenient option. If using a satellite navigation system follow the postcode M2 3GX.

Exhibitors/delegates can obtain special Car Park tickets at a reduced rate of £12.00 per day inc VAT for the build-up, break-down and open days of the event. 

Tickets must be pre-booked online by clicking here and entering the code EXHIBMC. 

Parking must be booked 24 hours before your arrival. 

This year we have also partnered with Q-Park Car Parks to offer discounted car parking for all attendees.  Pre-Book your parking here with promo code PT0417TOOTH to save 15%. Just £11.90 for 24 hours, massive savings against more local car parks. By downloading the Q-Park Reward App you are able to take advantage of offers and discounts from Q-Park partners around Manchester including Innside Manchester, Starbucks, Chaopraya and more.

Arriving in Manchester

On arrival in Manchester you can walk to Manchester Central, catch a Metroshuttle bus, Metrolink tram or take a taxi.

Metroshuttle

Metroshuttle buses are free and link the city centre's main rail stations, shopping areas and businesses. Click here for more information on routes.

Metrolink

Metrolink is a convenient tram network serving Manchester city centre and further afield. Metrolink runs every few minutes from early morning until late in the evening. You don’t need a timetable, just turn up, buy your ticket and the next Metrolink will be along shortly.

Metrolink operates through both Piccadilly and Victoria stations. Manchester Central's nearest Metrolink stop is St Peter’s Square. From there, we're just a few minutes on foot, right behind the Midland Hotel.

Routes and information can be found at:www.metrolink.co.uk


Local travel

Manchester's extensive multi-modal public transport network makes it easy to travel in and around Greater Manchester.

Find out more​ or phone Traveline on 0871 200 22 33. You can also visit a Travelshop at main bus stations throughout Greater Manchester, including Manchester Piccadilly Gardens and Shudehill Interchange.


Taxis

We work with Manchester’s black cab drivers to make sure they know when we're going to be busy.

We have a dedicated taxi rank at the front of the venue for pick ups and drop offs. 

Black cab taxis are readily available at Manchester Airport and both Piccadilly and Victoria train stations.