Getting around Manchester
Due to its relatively small size, Manchester is a great city to explore on foot (good, free pocket maps are available from the Tourist Information Centre).
However, the local travel network run by Transport for Greater Manchester (GMPTE), (tel: +44 161 244 1000; www.tfgm.com) offers a comprehensive range of city-wide bus, train and tram services. Travelcards, including day passes, are available for use on all three from System One (www.systemonetravelcards.co.uk).
The main bus station is at Piccadilly Gardens, to the east of the city centre. Free Metroshuttle services operate along three circular routes in the city, linking the main attractions and the city's four railway stations.
Metrolink trams operate through the city centre with services to Bury in the north, Altrincham in the south and Salford Quays (close to Old Trafford cricket and football grounds) and Eccles in the west.
Nightbus services operate along the main routes on Friday and Saturday nights, regularly until 0330.
There are two types of taxis: five-passenger black cabs operated through the local council and four-passenger private hire cars. Officially, you can only flag down black cabs on the street.
Alternatively, use one of the many taxi ranks located at all the major train and bus stations. Private hire cars are usually slightly cheaper than black cabs but should be booked in advance.
To prebook a black cab, call Mantax (tel: +44 161 230 3333). For private taxis, try Street Cars (tel: +44 161 228 7878).
Manchester can get grid-locked during rush hour and its one-way system may be confusing for drivers who are new to the city.
On-street parking is available in the city centre every day between 8am and 8pm. There are zoned areas of the city, permitting maximum stays of two or three hours. The Parker app lets you check where there are free spaces and pay by phone.
There are numerous car hire companies. Avis (tel: +44 844 544 6080; www.avis.co.uk), Europcar (tel: +44 371 384 3467; www.europcar.co.uk) and Hertz (tel: +44 161 850 1933; www.hertz.co.uk) have offices at the airport, in the city or both.
Manchester is a bike-friendly city. Brompton Dock offers bike hire from outside Manchester Piccadilly railway station (tel: +44 20 8232 3931; www.bromptondock.co.uk).
Alternatively, try Manchester Bike Hire (tel: +44 7523 092 285; www.manchesterbikehire.co.uk) which can deliver bikes to your hotel.