Travel to Manchester

Flying to Manchester

There are direct flights to Manchester from London, Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh and other UK cities as well as hundreds of overseas destinations. Airlines offering flights to the city include Virgin Atlantic Airways, British Airways, Monarch Airlines, Jet2 and many more.

Flight times

From London - 1 hour 5 minutes; New York - 8 hours; Toronto - 8 hours 30 minutes; Las Vegas - 11 hours.

Travel by road


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.

Emergency breakdown service:

AA (tel: 0800 887 766 or 0845 788 7766 from mobile phones;; RAC (tel: 0800 828 282;


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.

Driving times:

From London - 3 hours 35 minutes; Newcastle - 2 hours 30 minutes; Leeds - 1 hour; Birmingam - 1 hour 15 minutes; Liverpool - 40 minutes.


National Express (tel: 0871 781 8181; 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


The Piccadilly Railway Station is Manchester's main station and is located just a few minutes' walk to the east of the city centre. Central Manchester is also served by stations at Victoria, Deansgate and Oxford Road.


Virgin Trains (tel: 0844 556 5650; operate numerous services to Manchester, including a fast service from London using the new tilting Pendolino trains capable of speeds of up to 125mph (200kph).

First TransPennine Express (tel: 0845 600 1671; offers services from across the north of England and Scotland and Northern Rail (tel: 0845 000 0125; provide good coverage of the north as well as access to the Peak District and Lake District National Parks. CrossCountry Trains (tel: 0844 811 0124; connects Manchester to the south west, while the Venice-Simplon Orient Express (tel: 0845 217 0799; offers luxury vintage services to London, Edinburgh and elsewhere on the Northern Belle.

For all train information contact National Rail Enquiries (tel: 08457 484 950;

Journey times:

From Birmingham - 1 hour 30 minutes; London - 2 hours 10 minutes; Edinburgh - 3 hours 25 minutes; Liverpool - 50 minutes; Cardiff - 3 hours 10 minutes.