How to Get Around in Manchester

February 4, 2013 by

Local Recommendations, Things to Do, Travel Tips

Manchester city center. Photo courtesy of The Laird of Oldham via Flickr.

Whether you’re in town to catch a football game or simply to explore one of northern England’s most vibrant cities, here are a few tips for how to get around in Manchester.

1. Explore on foot

Many of the city center’s major attractions are easily reachable by foot and pounding the pavements not only saves money on transport costs but makes a great way to discover the city’s fine architecture. Pick up a free map from the tourist office or train station and hit the streets.

2. Get to grips with public transport

Manchester’s Metrolink tram system is a quick, reliable and easy way to get around town, with a tram running every 6 mins. Pick up a ticket from the platform before boarding, or if you’ll be traveling on public transport frequently, consider getting a Day Saver ticket that works for trams, buses and trains. Time your journeys for after 9.30am on weekdays to make the most of the cheaper off-peak tickets.

3. Take the free bus

Hop on Centreline’s No. 4 bus for a trip around the heart of the city – absolutely free. The bus service, funded by the local council, runs every 10 minutes from Piccadilly Gardens stopping at the city’s major shopping areas and railway stations, including Castlefield, King Street and Deansgate.

4. Plan ahead for night travel

As with major cities around the world, Manchester has its fair share of crime and those unfamiliar with the city should take extra care at night. Only flag down licensed taxis (black ‘Hackney cabs’, as seen in London, patrol the streets) or book a minicab in advance to pick you up – most companies will text you the car details and registration plate. Alternatively, night buses run a number of routes, but make sure you know where you are going and ideally travel in a group, especially if you’ve had a few drinks.

Speaking of night travel, check out this Private Tour: 2-Night Peak District Canal Boat Tour from Manchester to Congleton!

- Zoe Smith

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