Getting Around


Once you’re here it’s easy to get around the city and surrounding area thanks to a fleet of buses trams and trains. The compactness of the city center also makes walking a popular option.

Journey Planning

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is the city’s official public transport agency. Its website has a wealth of information and many travel planning tools to take the stress out of traveling.

free bus

The Free Bus (formerly Metroshuttle) in the city center provides a free ‘hop-on hop-off service connecting all major train stations shopping and business districts. Some services operate on circular routes.


Commercial bus services run throughout Greater Manchester to help you get around.


The Metrolink network is one of the most successful light rail systems in the UK. With frequent services, you don’t need to worry about timetables just head to the nearest station and the next tram won’t be too far away. Metrolink can take you to popular venues and attractions everywhere The area if you plan a Sightseeing Travel Card offers unlimited internet travel.

Be sure to purchase a ticket from the station ticket machine before boarding the train.


As well as intercity connections the rail network also connects neighboring towns and regions in Greater Manchester including Ashton-under-Lyne Bolton Oldham Rochdale Stockport and Wigan.

System One

Want to travel by bus? Or a combination of bus train and tram? Why not buy a System One travel card? They are accepted by most locally operated bus train and tram companies meaning you can seamlessly go from bus to bus or from one mode of transport to another as many times as you want to like.

Cycle routes

Manchester is a bike-friendly city with many marked cycle paths and dedicated routes through the city center and beyond.

Visit the Greater Manchester Bike Transport website for everything from maps and route planning to local events and news about cycling in Greater Manchester.

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