Travelling to Manchester Central Convention Complex
Located in the north west of England, Manchester Central has great air, road and rail links. The venue is located right in the centre and is easy to reach via Manchester’s extensive multi-modal transport network.
Metroshuttle buses are free and link the city centre’s main rail stations, shopping areas and businesses. Visit the Transport for Greater Manchester website for more information on routes.
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. Metrolink operates through both Piccadilly and Victoria stations. Manchester Central’s nearest Metrolink stop is St Peters’ Square. From there, the venue is just a few minutes on foot, right behind the Midland Hotel.
Routes and information can be found on the Metrolink website.
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.
Special train ticket offer
For groups of three to nine people, Virgin Trains offer 20 per cent discount off advanced ticket purchases. Find out more through Virgin Trains’ website.
Manchester is at the heart of a comprehensive motorway network. Manchester’s M60 orbital motorway provides easy access from north, east, south and west.
If using a satellite navigation system – please follow the postcode M2 3GX.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 carpark is open 24 hours and is the most convenient option. Visit the NCP website for information on pricing and online bookings.
Manchester Central works with Manchester’s black cab drivers to make sure they know when we’re going to be busy. Manchester Central has 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.
Manchester Airport is a major international hub just 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).
Information on Manchester Airport can be found on the Manchester Airport Website.