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Getting around Manchester

While Manchester’s a big place, it’s suitably well equipped and easy to get around. We’ll always recommend exploring a city on foot, as it’s the best way to appreciate the architecture, spy hidden corners and chance on little gems. But if you’re out and about all day or travelling late at night, in a hurry to catch a show or touring with small children, there are lots of transport options with two, four or more wheels.

A tram in Manchester

Manchester trams

Things have moved on since Manchester's first horse trams in 1877. Today, Manchester Metrolink is the UK’s largest light rail network, with 93 stops on seven lines travelling in and out of Manchester city centre. The termini are Altrincham, Ashton-under-Lyne, Bury, East Didsbury, Eccles, Manchester Airport and Rochdale. You can take a tram for free in the city zone if you’ve bought a train ticket from any Greater Manchester station to Piccadilly, Victoria, Oxford Road or Deansgate. And you can use the tram at peak times with an off-peak train ticket, as peak time fares don’t apply to Metrolink.

A cyclist on a cycle lane in Manchester

Cycling in Manchester

Manchester has a great value bike hire scheme called Bike & Go, which is a handy way to get around – especially if you’re arriving in the city by train. You can hire a bike at Oxford Road Station for a daily fixed charge of just £3.80. You can then take it anywhere and keep it all day, so there’s no need to worry about fees mounting up while you hunt for a free docking station. There’s an annual subscription charge of £10 - which again is pretty low - and you’re good to go! While Oxford Road is the only city centre station to offer Bike & Go in Manchester, you’ll also find the scheme at Altrincham, Wilmslow and Knutsford train stations. 

Getting around Manchester video

Mike Fearnley from Premier Inn Manchester Portland Street gives an insider view on getting around the key locations in Manchester using the trams to the free Metro shuttle services.

Looking for a hotel in Manchester?

Whether you want to stay in the centre of Manchester, or in one of Manchester’s leafy suburbs, we have lots of hotels to choose from. We also have hotels next to Manchester Airport and Manchester Piccadilly, and for football fans hotels next to Old Trafford, Etihad Stadium and Manchester Arena