Manchester is among the most popular cities in the United Kingdom and it features a recently extended transportation network. It is a city that presents modern architecture, while at the same time taking pride in its history. Its heritage is visible in the old style architecture, especially from the Victorian age. The city can be seen as a product of the industrialisation of the 1800s when it was at the epicentre of the industrial revolution.
The impact of the industrial revolution changed the world and can still be seen in Manchester. The world’s oldest railway station is located within the city and is now a museum of science and industry. The Bridgewater canal and art from this era are among the greatest attractions. The city has drawn increasing numbers of visitors over the last years due to its historic features and character. With its many canals and waterways, the city has an atmosphere that resembles Venice for many visitors.
You can find out more information about the transportation system and its prices on the Transport for Greater Manchester website. To be more flexible in your travel plans you can opt to use the public transportation available such as bus, tram or train. The ‘one travel’ card gives you the possibility to travel throughout the city as much as you wish at different times.
Manchester Piccadilly station is the main train station in the city. Trains travel to and from Manchester with regularity, reaching a number of destinations within the UK. From here, you can choose to travel to other parts of the UK, Paris or Brussels.
Manchester is a pedestrian-friendly city, and walking is a perfect way to explore the city at your own pace. Walking in the city centre is easy as the signposts guide you through the city, showing you where the best spots are. Within 20-30 minutes you should be able to wander around and explore the city centre.
Manchester is a great city for cycling, with cycle lanes and routes connecting other cities in the United Kingdom. One of our suggestions to get to know the city is by cycling along the Bridgewater canal. This historic canal takes you through different parts of the city over a distance of more than 50 km. In order to plan your trip and to find out more about specific trails, you can always visit the Manchester cycling website.
Perhaps one of the most convenient ways to get around is by tram. The Metrolink network comprises 7 different lines and is one of the most reliable transportation systems in the UK.
If you are travelling to Manchester by plane, this is perhaps one of the easiest ways to get around as there is a direct line from the airport to the city centre. Throughout the day the trams run on a regular basis.