Exploring Manchester’s Travel Options
Transportation can be a tricky topic to tackle, and Manchester is no exception.
Owning a car in Manchester is not necessary as the city has great public transportation, but if you do own a car there are places where people can park.
On street parking is available throughout most of the city -Parking garages/lots are located all over Manchester at central points -There are also designated areas for residents to use when they need to drop off their groceries or other items
Manchester’s roads might be more crowded than some parts of England due its large population and that it is home to many important buildings like Old Trafford stadium which brings in tourists every year. Traffic moves fairly quickly though so getting around by car should still be manageable!
The city has an extensive public transportation system that includes buses, trains, trams and taxis. Of course this means that it’s important for locals and visitors alike to know the ins-and-outs of how each mode of transportation operates so they can travel as efficiently as possible. To help you explore all your options, we’ve created a list below with some tips on getting around town via public transit!
Ways to get around in Manchester for residents include:
- Santander Bikes
- Drag Bikes
- Car Rental Services(rent a car)
- Uber/Lyft (taxi services with an app on a smartphone to make a request for a ride from the service provider. When you get in, it tells your driver where you are going.)
The Manchester Transit Authority provides over 900 bus routes throughout the Greater Manchester area as well as parts of Cheshire and Lancashire. In addition to serving as an important form of transportation, the bus system is also a good way for visitors to take in some local culture. Tips for using the buy system in Manchester include the following:
- Keep track of your bus number and stop location to ensure you’re waiting in the correct place.
- Be patient! Buses are often crowded during peak hours, so plan accordingly when trying to get around town quickly.
- Free Wi-Fi is available on most buses so feel free to stream music or work while commuting throughout Manchester.
There are plenty of buses that run throughout the city with departures about every five to ten minutes depending on location during peak times between six A.M. and 11 P.M.. However, after these hours have passed until around four A.M., service becomes less frequent or nonexistent in some areas while it remains more regular in other areas where people continue to commute back home from work.
Manchester’s main bus station is Piccadilly Gardens just outside of Manchester City Centre where many intercity coach services also arrive at their own terminal too including National Express Coaches which provides direct connections across England as well as overnight sleeper coaches to London Victoria Coach.
Manchester has extensive bus network serving much of city and beyond, operated by a variety of bus companies. Buses in Manchester are run by several different operators; they serve the city centre, suburbs and local towns around Greater Manchester
Train in Manchester are the easiest way to get around for residents and visitors alike. Manchester is home to two rail stations, Deansgate Station in central Manchester and Piccadilly Station near the northern edge of town.
Rail services are available from both stations seven days a week with departures every 15 minutes during peak times between six A.M. and 11 P.M., but only once an hour after those hours have passed until about four A.M.. There are also less frequent trains that run on later schedules as well as limited service on Sundays outside of rush hour periods.
Trains stop at all major train stops within Greater Manchester including Altrincham, Bolton, Stockport, Salford Quays/Media City, Ashton-under-Lyne, Huddersfield, Leeds and Wigan.
Trams are another form of transportation are popular with locals, but may be difficult for visitors to navigate. The Metrolink system boasts three lines which run through different parts of the city center at various times throughout the day.
-The first line goes from Bury in Greater Manchester’s northern suburbs to Ashton under Lyne, eastwards though Old Trafford and Stretford en route before terminating at Eccles near Salford Quays.
-Line two runs between Altrincham and Piccadilly gardens via Market Street or Deansgate stations respectively while Line three is a loop that begins on Exchange Square by Victoria Station then heads south towards Etihad Stadium where it terminates..
Subway/underground is the most common form of transportation in Manchester.
For those who prefer a ferry ride over traveling by car or bus, you can catch boat trips between Salford Quays and Stockport on Sundays during summer months. The scenic boat trip lasts for about an hour..
There are also ferries that travel down river towards Trafford Park along with numerous buses across Greater Manchester’s suburbs into town via Rochdale Road.