​Getting to The Quays and MediaCityUK

The Quays is a thriving visitor destination on Greater Manchester's waterfront, with world-class attractions including The Lowry, Lowry Outlet Mall and Imperial War Museum North and now also MediaCity UK, home to BBC North, ITV, The University of Salford and a range of restaurants and shops. The Quays is also a major centre of employment - a great place to work, study or play.

Greater Manchester has one of the best public transport networks in the country and the region is well served by buses, trains and trams. Wherever you start your journey there's likely to be a public transport service to suit you.
The Quays map shows the main transport links to The Quays. Click here to see the map.
Click here to use the journey planner to plan your journey.


By Metrolink tram

Metrolink trams are a quick and easy way to reach MediaCityUK and The Quays. The area is served by the dedicated MediaCityUK stop and Harbour City, Broadway and other stops on the Eccles line. You can connect from other Metrolink lines at Cornbrook.
Trams run every 12 minutes between Cornbrook and MediaCityUK stops from 7.15am to 8pm, Monday to Fridays, and 9.30am to 6pm on Saturdays. The Eccles line service also stops at Broadway and Harbour City during these times. Outside these times, the Eccles line trams call at the MediaCityUK stop, during normal tram operating times. When the shuttle is running, this means that there is a 6 minute service between Cornbrook and Harbour City.
For information about Metrolink services visit www.metrolink.co.uk


By Bus

Bus services provide links to The Quays, either running near The Quays itself or Trafford Park, within easy reach via the new MediaCityUK footbridge across the Manchester Ship Canal. Switching between buses and Metrolink trams is easy in Manchester city centre at Piccadilly Gardens and Shudehill transport interchanges.
It's easy to connect with buses to The Quays at Salford Shopping Centre and there are other convenient bus and tram interchanges at Bury, Altrincham and Eccles.
The Quays map shows buses that run near The Quays. Click here to see the map.
Click here to see information about buses in Greater Manchester


By train

If you travel to Manchester city centre by train it's easy to connect with Metrolink trams at either Piccadilly or Victoria train stations. Both stations have Metrolink stops, so you won't have to go outdoors when you make the connection.
Many trains also call at Salford Crescent station and it's easy to connect to The Quays by bus from there.
The Quays map shows rail stations near The Quays. Click here to see the map.
Click here to see information about trains in Greater Manchester.


Making connections

If your local bus, train or tram service doesn't start on a direct public transport route to The Quays there are plenty of opportunities to make easy connections. Most places in Greater Manchester have direct bus or train services to Manchester city centre, where you can change to Metrolink tram services at several interchange points, including Piccadilly Station, Piccadilly Gardens, Shudehill and Victoria. Locations in the west of the region also connect to The Quays by bus from Salford Crescent station or Salford Shopping Centre.
The Salford Quays map shows the main transport links to The Quays. Click here to see the map.


Save money with day and season tickets

Day tickets let you make unlimited journeys for one day and will cost you less than buying individual tickets if you make several journeys. You can buy day tickets for local bus, train and Metrolink tram travel and System One DaySaver travelcards that include combinations of all three.
If you make regular journeys a season ticket will save you money and can be used at any time of day. You can also buy season tickets that combine bus, train and tram travel.
For information about System One travelcards visit www.systemonetravelcards.co.uk


By cycling or walking

With pleasant, safe routes that link surrounding areas with The Quays, cycling or walking make great sense for some journeys. The Quays is easy to reach by bike and there are over 300 cycle racks at MediaCityUK alone.
Recommended cycle routes are
  • Cross Lane - Linking University of Salford and Salford Crescent station with The Quays.
  • Irwell River Park - Linking Manchester city to The Quays along Irwell River Park.
  • National Cycle Route 55 - Linking Firswood, South Manchester and Chorlton to The Quays.
  • Coronet Way - Provides a key cycling link between Eccles and The Quays.
The Quays map shows main cycling routes to The Quays. Click here to see the map.
Many rail stations and tram stops have cycle parking, so if you are taking public transport you can use your bike to get to your nearest station or stop.
To plan your route and find out more about cycling visit www.tfgm.com/cycling
Find out more about safe and pleasant walking routes visit www.walkit.com

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