How to get around Manchester

The Manchester transport network is efficient, modern, and expansive. Trams, buses and trains will get you from A to B in the city centre, or take you further afield to markets and parks in Greater Manchester.  An excellent resource is the Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) website or app. From here you’ll be able to plan your route to various attractions and get live travel information. To travel like a true Mancunian, get familiar with the Metrolink tram service. It’s reliable and a great way to get around the inner city quickly. Alternatively, see the city under your own steam by walking or cycling around Manchester.


Grab a Manchester taxi when you don't feel like walking. Flag a cab on the street – as long as the taxi light is illuminated – or head to a licensed taxi rank. Alternatively, look online for a list of minicab companies to call and pre-book a journey. All licensed Manchester taxis are metered. Apps like Uber are also widely used across the city.

Public transport

Manchester public transport is a great way to get around. When in the heart of the city, use the free Metroshuttle Bus or Metrolink tram service. Trams run frequently and across the lines you'll be able to reach the most popular visitor destinations. Get yourself a System One travel card, which allows travel on a combination of buses, trains and trams, if you plan on using public transport often.

Bike hire

Prefer to cycle your way around Manchester? Then look up one of the many Manchester bike hire outlets before you travel. It's possible to book bicycles for just a few hours – perfect for pootling around the city centre – or days and even weeks. Check out the Transport for Greater Manchester website to get a list of suggested routes and information on cycle lanes.

On foot

Get around at your own pace by walking Manchester. Shopping areas like Exchange Square and attractions including Manchester Cathedral, Manchester Art Gallery and many museums are situated in the city centre. Walking between these destinations won't take long. Plus, go by foot and you're more likely to stumble across interesting pop-up events and street entertainers as you go.