Getting to Manchester

Manchester is well-connected for both national and international travellers.

Air

Manchester Airport is nearby and has many international connections. It’s 10 minutes by train from the city centre.

Liverpool Airport is 50 minutes from Manchester by bus.

All the London airports are connected to Manchester by rail, but the train connections can be expensive. Check train prices before booking your flight and make sure to book the train as far in advance as you can (tickets are typically available three months in advance).

Bus

Bus connections are available from many cities in the UK and Western Europe. Megabus and Flixbus are good budget options.

Train

There are several train stations close to each other in the city centre. Most long distance services go to Manchester Piccadilly.

To check UK rail connections, use the National Rail Enquires website. Buying an advance ticket for your journey is strongly recommended because prices are usually very high if you buy the ticket on the day of travel.

EuroStar run services via Brussels or Paris to London St. Pancras station. Nearby London Euston station has trains to Manchester that take just over 2 hours. EuroStar sell direct tickets to Manchester.

If you want to make the journey by train from further afield, The Man In Seat 61 and bahn.com are useful resources.

Car

Roads in England and the centre of Manchester can be congested, particularly at peak times.

Car ferries run to various UK ports. Calais to Dover is the quickest crossing (1½ hours); it’s around 5½ hours drive onwards from Dover to Manchester.

There’s no tax to temporarily bring EU registered cars into the UK.

There is very limited pay-and-display parking available at the venue itself. If you need this contact guadec-organisation@gnome.org and we can organise a permit.

Boat

Canal basin in Castlefield, Manchester
Canal basin in Castlefield, Manchester

Ferry services run to various UK ports, most of which have rail connections to Manchester (usually long and expensive). Connections include Amsterdam (NL), Belfast (UK), Calais (FR), Dublin (IE), Rotterdam (NL), Santander (SP), and Zeebrugge (BE). These are generally slow (overnight or longer). Ferrysavers can find good deals on tickets.

SailRail offers boat+train packages from Dublin via Holyhead.

You can also get to Manchester by canal boat, if you have time.

Visas

If you are from outside the European Economic Area or Switzerland you will need a UK “Standard Visitor” visa. These take 3 weeks to process. The GUADEC organizers can provide you with an invitation letter for the conference.

Accommodation

On-site Accommodation

Townhouse exterior
Townhouse exterior

We have rooms available in the University’s student accommodation. These are single rooms in 12-bed townhouses which are reserved for GUADEC attendees. The location is 10 to 15 minutes walk from the city centre, but right opposite the conference venue.

The cost is £43 per night for a room. We are offering these rooms for sale using the registration system, so you can book a room at the time you register (or later if rooms are still available). Wifi is included. Meals are not included; the houses have social areas and kitchens but pots, pans and crockery are not provided. There are supermarkets and restaurants within walking distance.

Access to the rooms is by stairs, but there are accessible rooms available on request. Contact guadec-organization@gnome.org if you require an accessible room.

Check in is between 14:00 and 18:00 on the day of arrival. It is possible to check in after 18:00 but you will need to let us know in advance so that we can inform the University when you will be arriving. Check out must be done between 06:00 and 10:00 on the day of departure. Again, if you need to check out before 06:00 please let us know in advance.

The street address of the reception building is:

48 Bonsall Street
Manchester
M15 6GW

Hotels

Visit Manchester hotel booking portal
Visit Manchester hotel booking portal

If you aren’t staying at the University itself, we recommend booking hotel rooms through Visit Manchester’s booking service. They have reserved rooms for us at guaranteed rates in a range of city centre hotels and you can book them directly through the Visit Manchester portal. There’s no commission charge included in the prices. These rooms must be booked by 29th June 2017 to get the guaranteed rates.

If you want to save money by sharing a twin room but don’t have anyone to partner with, we recommend adding your details to the accommodation collaboration page.

For other options, HostelBookers lists all of Manchester’s youth hostels, and AirBnB have various apartments available.

Accommodation in Manchester can fill up quickly, so book as early as you can.