Travelling to Manchester
We expect that most international delegates will fly to the UK to either Manchester airport or Heathrow airport.
At Manchester airport there is a railway station, and from here there are frequent trains to Manchester Piccadilly – the main central station in the city centre. This rail journey takes between 13 and 25 minutes.
Trains to Manchester from London depart from Euston train station every 20 minutes. If you are flying into Heathrow airport, first take the Piccadilly Line on London Underground (also known as ‘The Tube’) towards central London. You will need to change train lines at one point to reach Euston. We suggest changing at Green Park to the Victoria Line, heading in the direction of Walthamstow Central, but there are other options. This journey takes just over one hour from Heathrow to Euston mainline station. From Euston to Manchester Piccadilly, direct trains usually take a little over 2 hours.
An alternative route from Heathrow airport to central London is to take the Heathrow Express. This will take you to Paddington railway station, and from there you will need to use the London underground to reach Euston.
For trains and the underground you will need to purchase a ticket before getting on the train. There are usually ticket offices and automated ticket vending machines at each departure point. If you are travelling by rail from London we recommend booking a ticket in advance as these usually offer considerable cost savings.
Eurostar: some delegates may travel from the European mainland to London by train. The Eurostar arrives at London St Pancras train station. From there you will need to transfer to Euston railway station: this can be done by foot (approximately 10 minutes), by taxi, or via The Underground (‘The Tube’).
Manchester Airport: www.manchesterairport.co.uk
Heathrow Airport: www.heathrowairport.com
London Underground: https://www.tfl.gov.uk/tube
Underground tube map: https://www.tfl.gov.uk/cdn/static/cms/documents/standard-tube-map.pdf
National Rail: www.nationalrail.co.uk
Train bookings: www.thetrainline.com
Travelling around Manchester
Travel around the city centre can be by foot, bus, Metrolink (tram) or taxi. It is likely that your hotel will be in the city centre, not far from Manchester Piccadilly railway station. The city is relatively compact and walkable, and if not, a taxi will not be expensive. Taxis can be found at the Fairfield Street entrance to Piccadilly railway station on the lower level. These taxis will use a meter to determine payment.
To visit locations around the city centre, the Metrolink is often a good option, but please note that St Peter's Square stop will be closed during the conference period. Trams run on streets within the city centre. The cost of an average single journey is £2.90 and you should buy a ticket from the vending machine on the platform. If the Metrolink does not yet reach your chosen location, often a bus is good choice. These are run by different operators and timetables can be found on the Transport for Greater Manchester website.
For destinations further afield, then the railway network is the best choice travelling from either Manchester Piccadilly, Victoria, Salford Central or Manchester Oxford Road, making any onward connections by bus.
Metrolink map: http://www.metrolink.co.uk/stationinfo/Documents/Route_Map.pdf
Transport for Greater Manchester: http://www.tfgm.com/
Travel from your hotel to the conference venue
From your hotel, it will be a walk of approximately 20 minutes.
The Metrolink does not yet reach Manchester University. Instead you will need to take a bus.
The 147 bus runs from Manchester Piccadilly railway station direct to the conference venue (cost: £0.80). Many buses run along Oxford Road from the city centre to the University, every few minutes during the day. Ask the driver to let you off when you reach the university.
Map to venue from city centre: https://goo.gl/maps/VQiM7