Getting to Manchester


National Express provides services from all over the country into Manchester Central Coach station, which is literally on the doorstep of the Gay Village. You can often bag a bargain with the Megabus, which travels frequently from London.


Great services means getting to Manchester by train easy. For The Big Weekend, hop off at either Manchester Piccadilly or Oxford Road.

Travel to Manchester Pride with TransPennine Express from across the north of England and Scotland with regular departures into Manchester from Newcastle, York,  Leeds, Hull, Liverpool, Sheffield, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

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With Manchester Airport just 10 miles from the city centre, the whole world has Manchester on its doorstep. Getting from the airport is easy, you can either take a cab, jump on a train to Manchester Piccadilly or a Metrolink Tram to a number of stops in the city centre including Deansgate-Castlefield, the newly refurbished St Peter's Square, Piccadilly Gardens and Manchester Piccadilly - all of which are a stones-throw away from Manchester's Gay Village.  


Motorways take you straight into the heart of the city. From the north take the M602 from the M6 which will lead you into the city centre. From the south take the M56 and A5113 into the city. The postcode for the events site is M1 3HE.

Getting Around Manchester


Our official travel partner for The Big Weekend 2016, Manchester's light railway system, runs a fast frequent service and is ideal for getting into the city, or perhaps for a day out exploring in Chorlton or Salford Quays.

Free Bus

There is a free bus service that operates around Manchester all through the day. The buses start outside Piccadilly train station and travel to key areas including Oxford Road, Deansgate and Spinningfields.

First Manchester

With a fleet of over 600 buses, around 2,200 staff and a network of over 300 routes serving Greater Manchester, including Bury, Bolton, Rochdale, Oldham and Tameside we are one of the biggest bus operators in the region. We are part of FirstGroup, the international bus and rail company.


When the sun shines, Manchester is an amazing city to discover. The size of the city centre means that most areas are accessible on foot, stroll through the eclectic Northern Quarter, head down King Street or wander around the contemporary Spinningfields area. You could also join a walking tour in the city and discover the rich heritage.