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Flying to Manchester

Airlines operating direct flights to Manchester from other UK cities include British Airways, easyJet and Flybe. Cheaper flights are available if you book well in advance and avoid peak business travel times (i.e. early mornings and evenings). Airlines offering direct flights from the USA include American Airlines, Delta, United, US Airways and Virgin Atlantic.

Flight times:

From London – 1 hour; New York – 7 hours; Toronto – 7 hours; Los Angeles – 13 hours (including stopover); Sydney – 24 hours (including stopover).

Travel by road

Summary:

Traffic drives on the left in the UK and drivers must be at least 17 years old. Speed limits are 113kph (70mph) on motorways, 97kph (60mph) on single-lane main roads and 48kph (30mph) in built-up areas.

Overseas driving licences and International Driving Permits are valid for up to one year. Insurance is mandatory. Overseas visitors bringing their own cars should bring registration documents and check with their insurance company as to whether a Green Card is needed.

Breakdown service, traffic updates and general motoring information are available from the AA (tel: +44 121 275 3746; www.theaa.com) and the RAC (tel: +44 844 891 3111; www.rac.co.uk).

Emergency breakdown service:

AA (tel: 0800 887 766, in the UK); RAC (tel: 0800 828 282, in the UK).

Routes:

Ringed by the M60, Manchester is easily accessible by road and is signposted from the M6 that runs north to south on the western side of the city, or via the M62 and M66 which run north on the eastern side of the city.

Coaches:

National Express (tel: +44 871 781 8181; www.nationalexpress.com) operates regular coach services connecting Manchester with various destinations in the UK, including Victoria Coach Station in London.

The National Express terminal is close to the centre of the city on Chorlton Street, within easy walking distance of Piccadilly Gardens – the main terminus for local bus routes.

Travel by rail

Services:

From London – 1 hour; New York – 7 hours; Toronto – 7 hours; Los Angeles – 13 hours (including stopover); Sydney – 24 hours (including stopover).

Operators:

From London – 1 hour; New York – 7 hours; Toronto – 7 hours; Los Angeles – 13 hours (including stopover); Sydney – 24 hours (including stopover).

Journey times:

From London – 1 hour; New York – 7 hours; Toronto – 7 hours; Los Angeles – 13 hours (including stopover); Sydney – 24 hours (including stopover).