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Getting around Manchester by public transport, tram, car, taxi, bike, bus

Getting around Manchester

By tram, however expensive, you can easily move to Manchester, reaching the main points of interest.
By bus, on the other hand, you may find it difficult to extricate the various companies.
Here, are some valuable information for getting around Manchester by public transport


In these parts it is called simply MET. It is a convenient, and efficient, light rail transport system, active every day from Monday to Sunday.
The entire network is about 100 kilometers long, spread over a total of 7 lines. In fact, that of Manchester is the largest tramway in the whole of Great Britain.

Metrolink is part of TfGM, the consortium that unites, under a single name, the different transport companies in the city.
Thanks to the 7 tram lines, it is possible to move around Manchester and reach the main points of interest in the city.
Cornbrook, Deansgate-Castlefield and St Peter’s Square are the 3 stations where all 7 lines intersect.

The main tram lines are active from Monday to Thursday, from 06:00 to 23:30; Friday and Saturday, from 06:00 to 00:30. Sunday and holidays, from 07:00 to 22:30
The Airport-Deansgate-Castlefield line operates from 03:00 am, with departures every 20 minutes.


Several companies are in service in the city. Among these, First, operates mainly in the north of Manchester, while Stagecoach in the south, including the Piccadilly station.
With Metrolink, companies are part of the TfGM consortium.

By bus, however, you can travel for FREE on lines 1, 2, and 3. These are 3 modern and efficient buses that allow you to get around the city center without paying a penny!
Line 1, runs from Monday to Friday, from 07:00 to 19:15; Saturday, from 08:20 to 19:15; Sunday from 11:00 to 18:00
Line 2 is active from Monday to Friday, from 06:30 to 23:30; Saturday, from 08.30 to 23.30; Sunday, 10:00 to 19:00
Line 3 (Green), is exclusively evening service, from Monday to Saturday, after 7 pm, until 11:30 pm.


Manchester is a relatively flat city with few steep hills. Therefore, it is possible getting around Manchester by bike without particular difficulties. In addition to the classic agencies, you can use the excellent bike sharing service called Mobike. Thanks to the latter, you can rent your bike at one of the numerous parking facilities in the city; after use you can leave it at one of the established points. The price is just £0.50 for every 30 minutes of use. Upon registration you will be required to pay a security deposit of £29.

Getting around Manchester


On board comfortable and modern TAXI CABS.
Extremely efficient, they can carry up to 5/6 people, and are accessible by wheelchair users. They accept credit card payments and do not require reservations.
Taxis apply identical rates, although you may try to negotiate on the price. It starts at a base rate of £2.30, plus £0.20 for every fraction of a mile traveled (about 1/6 of a mile). From / to Manchester Airport, an additional fee of £1.80 is provided. For each passenger, you pay £0.20. Prices are valid for daytime routes, from 06:00 to 22:00. The rate increases by 30%, on holidays and during the night. At Christmas and New Year, prices rise more than twice the normal rate.

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