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).

SailRail offers boat+train packages from Dublin via Holyhead.

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