Getting Here

Finding Manchester Metropolitan University

Travelling to the Manchester Met campus couldn’t be easier.

The region is well served by motorways, good public transport and Manchester International Airport is just 10 miles (16km) south of the city centre, with fast and frequent rail links to both Manchester and Cheshire.‌

The University’s Manchester campus is situated close to Manchester’s city centre and the routes most commonly travelled by students are well served by public transport. There’s a free hop-on/hop-off city centre shuttle service that covers the main city centre areas, linking the main city centre railway stations, main NCP car parks and many bus and Metrolink tram stops.

For a downloadable campus map and directions, please follow this link. Please note all IGA events are taking place in the Manchester campus.

Travelling from outside the UK

Manchester Airport

With three terminals handling over 22m passengers each year, Manchester Airport is the global gateway to the North of England, and the third largest airport in the UK. More than 60 airlines ensure Manchester is directly connected to over 200 destinations around the world including the new direct routes for 2017, San Francisco and Boston.

Manchester Airport offers a whole host of facilities and services to help ensure hassle-free travel. These include tax and duty free savings, free WiFi for up to 60 minutes and Escape Lounges in all three terminals.

Manchester Airport offers excellent connections to the city centre and beyond with both a regional railway station and Metrolink station onsite.

For the latest information, please follow this link to the official Manchester airport website.

Transport to and from Manchester Airport

The information below is taken from Visit Manchester’s dedicated airport website.

By car

Manchester Airport is located via the M56 at Junction 5. The M56 provides direct links to the M6 and the M60, ensuring ease of accessibility whether travelling from the North or South.

If travelling to the airport from local areas or Manchester city centre itself, follow signs for the A34 or A5103.

Terminals are clearly signposted on approach, while the postcode for the airport is M90 1QX if wishing to use satellite navigation.

Book your car parking.

By train

Train services run frequently 7 days a week through national train operators TransPennine Express and Northern Rail. Trains run every 10 minutes to or from Manchester Piccadilly, with an average journey time of 20 minutes, while there are dedicated lines running to other major cities through the UK.

Download the rail route map or visit National Rail to plan your journey.

By bus and coach

Bus and coach services run to and from Manchester Airport via The Station.

By Metrolink

Trams run direct from the airport to Cornbrook, a stop just outside the centre of the city. From Cornbrook there are frequent trams into the city centre itself, just walk across to the opposite platform and hop on an inbound tram. Alternatively there are frequent connections to the rest of the network from Cornbrook interchange, with trams heading towards Altrincham, Bury, Ashton, East Didsbury, Eccles and Rochdale. For information on Metrolink click here to visit the Metrolink website.

Trams run every 12 minutes at all times except outside the hours of 9:00am – 5:30pm on Sundays and public holidays when they run every 15 minutes. To check the first and last tram times click here.

Tickets are available from machines on every platform of all stops, but not on board trams so please make sure to buy a ticket before you travel. For those visiting a number of destinations, travelling over a whole weekend, or with your family Travelcards offer great value.

Download the Metrolink route map


Black cab taxis are available from all airport terminals for ease of travel either to or from the airport.

Fares for any journey taken inside the Manchester Licensed Area will be shown on the meter inside the taxi, while for destinations listed outside Manchester there is no requirement for the driver to use the taxi meter to determine the fare.

• No Booking Required
• Up to 6 passengers
• Fully wheelchair accessible

The following private hires are also available:

Car hire

Rent a car at Manchester Aiport with one of the following:

Travelling from the UK

Thanks to an integrated transport network Manchester is one of the most accessible cities in the UK for national visitors.


There are three main stations in the city centre: Piccadilly, Oxford Road and Victoria. With direct rail services from across the country, getting here is easy. Operators include: Transpennine Express, CrossCountry Trains, Great Western Railway, Northern Rail and Virgin Trains. Piccadilly and Oxford Road are the closest to the station.

Train journey times from:

  • London – 2hrs 7mins
  • Edinburgh – 3hrs 15mins
  • Birmingham – 1hr 28mins


National Express and Megabus provide services from all over the country into Chorlton Street Coach Station in the heart of the city centre.


Manchester is well connected to the rest of the UK via excellent motorway links. The M60 ring road connects the city to motorways north, south east and west.

Additional Links

Please find here a selection of Manchester maps to plan your travels provided by Visit Manchester.

If you are thinking of travelling within Manchester, you can find out more about how to plan your journey by visiting the ‘Getting Around’ page designed by Visit Manchester.