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The Co-op Live, the new world-class venue for Manchester, is set to open in 2024 on the Etihad Campus.

Boasting a 23,500-capacity, the arena will add to the internationally recognised live entertainment scene in the city and the UK more widely.

Travel on Metrolink and new city centre shuttle buses are included with all arena event tickets from 20 April to 30 June 2024.


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Travel included on tram and shuttle buses for ticket holders

Travel on Metrolink and new city centre shuttle buses are included with all arena event tickets from 20 April to 30 June 2024.

Here's our tips for travelling with ease on event day:

  • Make sure that you have your valid event ticket with you and ready to show Bee Network staff, if asked to whilst travelling.
  • Plan your journey to the Co-op Live Arena - either by tram or using one of the new city centre shuttle buses.
  • Your ticket is only valid on journeys four hours before and four hours after the event.
  • You can use your ticket across all Metrolink zones.
  • There will be trams to get you home after your event. Find last tram times.
  • Shuttle buses will run from Joe Mercer Way at the Etihad Campus back to Piccadilly Gardens, after the event.
  • Travel on commercial bus services is not included as part of your ticket.

Travel advice


The Co-op Live Arena is a 25-minute walk from the heart of Manchester. From Piccadilly Station, a step-free walking route (also marked on maps as 'CityLink') is clearly signposted through Manchester’s Ancoats and New Islington areas. The route is well lit, and helpers will be available on show days to provide support and directions.

If you cycle via Merrill Street then onto the CityLink by Holt Town tram stop, it takes just 10 minutes. When you get to the Co-op Live Arena, there are over 500 cycle parking spaces on the Etihad Campus.


Tram travel is included in your event ticket and is valid four hours before and four hours after the end of the show on the day of the performance. There's more information about this in the 'travel included on tram and shuttle buses for ticket holders' section above.

The venue is located directly next to Etihad Campus tram stop and is served by the Ashton-under-Lyne to Eccles service every day.

The Etihad Campus stop is also served by the MediaCityUK to Etihad Campus service Monday-Saturday during peak hours, and the Altrincham to Etihad Campus service Monday-Saturday after peak hours and all-day Sunday.

Check out the latest departures from the Etihad Campus

There will be trams to get you home after your event. Find last tram times.

For more information, take a look at the tram network map.

Metrolink are constantly improving the network for customers. Make sure you check the Metrolink planned improvements webpage before you travel to see if any works will affect your route.


Park and ride

If you have to drive, did you know that there are 24 park and ride sites in Greater Manchester, where you can park your car for free and hop on the tram to your destination? The nearest park and ride sites to the Co-op Live Arena are:

  • Ashton Moss (Ashton line) - 183 spaces and 12 disabled spaces. Postcode for sat navs: OL6 7UB
  • Ashton West (Ashton line) - 184 spaces and 11 disabled spaces. Postcode for sat navs: OL7 0PG
  • Ladywell (Ashton-Eccles line) - 332 spaces and 22 disabled spaces. Postcode for sat navs: M50 1AW

Just to let you know, the park and ride car parks are closed overnight, so you won't be able to leave your car in the car park and return to it the next day. Closing time for each car park varies, so please check each dedicated park and ride webpage (as linked above) for more information. We make sure that there is plenty of time to return to your vehicle before each park and ride site closes.

In the event that the Ashton park and ride site is full, nearby additional parking can be found at Ashton West park and ride located to the rear of Ashton Leisure Park. Parking is not permitted on Alexandria Drive or Rayner Lane.

In addition, any cars parked outside the Ashton West park and ride site will be liable to enforcement by Ashton Leisure Park’s parking operator.


City centre shuttle bus (travel included with event ticket)

If you're heading back into Manchester city centre after your event, there will be a shuttle bus service from Joe Mercer Way at the Etihad Campus back to Piccadilly Gardens.

The number of shuttle buses available will vary from event to event, with a maximum of ten buses per show.

This is included as part of a valid event ticket, and you my need to present your ticket upon request.


Travel on commercial bus services is not included as part of your ticket. To find out which ticket will be the right one for you, why let our ticket finder give you a helping hand?

If you are intending to catch a bus to or from the Co-op Live Arena, the following commercial bus services will bring you closest to the venue:

Along Alan Turing Way - a 2-minute walk from the venue

Along Ashton New Road - a 10-minute walk from the venue

Along Oldham Road - a 20-minute walk from the venue

Along Ashton Old Road - a 20-minute walk from the venue

You can see the nearest stops to the ground with our dedicated map.

With some of the services listed above saying 'yellow' to the Bee Network, you can stay up to date with any changes to your bus by visiting our Bee Network bus services webpage.

Journey times could also be impacted due to the increased levels of traffic, so be sure to plan ahead and allow extra time for your travel.

For more information, you can search your bus service and select your stop on the TfGM website or check with your bus operator before travelling.


Roads around the arena

Congestion on the roads close to the Etihad Campus will start to build from around 2 hours before each concert as event-goers begin to arrive. This includes roads such as the Mancunian Way, Alan Turing Way and Ashton Old Road. If you have to drive, please make sure that you plan your route before you travel, adding in extra time, if needed.

Please be aware that travel times may vary dependent on a variety of factors including whether it is an evening or weekend concert and whether there is also a Manchester City match being played. We will continue to update this webpage as our knowledge of journey times develops.

Don't forget that you can download the Bee Network app from your App Store and use our own journey planner to help you get from A to Bee.


Driving from the M60

If you have to drive, we recommend parking at one of 24 tram park and ride sites in Greater Manchester, rather than driving into the city centre.

For those with a valid event ticket, travelling by tram (also known as Metrolink) after you've parked your vehicle will be included as part of the integrated travel initiative. For more information, please see the integrated travel section above.

We've recommended a few park and ride sites below, but you can also visit our journey planner to plan your own route.

From the North:

  • Radcliffe - 480 spaces and 22 disabled spaces. Postcode for sat navs: M26 2SZ
  • Whitefield - 331 spaces and 13 disabled spaces. Postcode for sat navs: M45 8QH

Both stops are on the same tram line and in close proximity. Hop on either an Altrincham (via Market Street) or Piccadilly tram service and change for a service towards Ashton or the Etihad Campus and hop off at the Etihad Campus.

From the East:

  • Ashton Moss - 183 spaces and 12 disabled spaces. Postcode for sat navs: OL6 7UB
  • Ashton West - 184 spaces and 11 disabled spaces. Postcode for sat navs: OL7 0PG

Both stops are only minutes away from junction 23 of the M60 (Manchester Outer Ring Road) and offer direct services to the Etihad Campus.

From the South:

  • Sale Water Park - 285 spaces and 16 disabled spaces. Postcode for sat navs: M33 2LX

Sale Water Park is right next to junction 6 of the M60 (Manchester Outer Ring Road). Hop on a tram towards Victoria and change at Deansgate-Castlefield for a service towards Ashton or the Etihad Campus and hop off at the Etihad Campus.

From the West:

  • Ladywell - 332 spaces and 22 disabled spaces. Postcode for sat navs: M50 1AW

Ladywell is only minutes away from junction 2 of the M602 and offers direct services to the Etihad Campus.


Dropping off and picking up

Drop-off points will be available adjacent to the venue. We will continue to update this page as the Co-op Live build progresses.

For further information, please visit the Co-op Live website.

Hackney carriages

The pick up and drop off point for Hackney carriages will be on Rowsley Street.

Private cars and private hire vehicles

This webpage continues to be updated, and more information about dropping off and picking up if you're in a private car or a private hire vehicle will be added shortly.


Parking near the Co-op Live

Official off-street parking is located next to the arena on the Etihad Campus. Depending on the event, the official parking may be located in Blue, Orange or Green car parks.

Visit the dedicated webpage on the Co-op Live website for more information and how to book your car parking space.


Manchester is served by a number of mainline train stations, connecting the city with all corners of the UK. We've listed the stations below, along with the easiest way to get to the Co-op Live, once you arrive in Manchester by rail.

  • Manchester Piccadilly - You can walk via the Citylink, which takes approx. 25 minutes, or you can take a tram from Piccadilly towards Ashton or the Etihad Campus and hop off at the Etihad Campus stop.
  • Manchester Victoria - Hop on a tram to St Peter's Square and change for a service towards Ashton or the Etihad Campus and hop off at the Etihad Campus stop.
  • Manchester Oxford Road - Catch the train to Manchester Piccadilly, and you can either walk or take the tram from there (as above).
  • Deansgate - Cross the road and you'll find Deansgate-Castlefield tram stop (you can't miss it - it has a lovely living wall on the side of it). From Deansgate-Castlefield, take a tram towards Ashton or the Etihad Campus and hop off at the Etihad Campus stop.

Tram travel once you are in Greater Manchester is included in your event ticket for four hours before and four hours after your show. Post-event shuttle buses are also included with your event ticket.

Remember to plan your rail journey in advance of your trip by checking with your operator or on the National Rail website.


Upcoming events


Doors open: 6.30pm
Show starts: 8pm


Taking the tram

Services will operate every six minutes to/from the city centre and every 12 minutes to/from Ashton-under-Lyne - both before and after the show.

For the latest first and last tram times for your journey, you can type your start and destination stops in our first and last tram times finder. Don't forget to check our travel alerts hub for any disruptions on your route before you travel.


City centre shuttle bus

There will be shuttle buses back to the city centre after the event until 12.30am. Buses will depart from Joe Mercer Way at the Etihad Campus and arrive at Piccadilly Gardens.


Walking from the city centre

Don't forget that Co-op Live is a 25-minute walk from the heart of Manchester. From Piccadilly Station, a step-free walking route is clearly signposted through Manchester’s Ancoats and New Islington areas. The route is well lit, and helpers will be available on show days to provide support and directions.

Plan your journey to the venue and take a look at your options.


Doors open: 6.30pm
Show starts: 8pm


Taking the tram

Services will operate every six minutes to/from the city centre and every 12 minutes to/from Ashton-under-Lyne - both before and after the show.

For the latest first and last tram times for your journey, you can type your start and destination stops in our first and last tram times finder. Don't forget to check our travel alerts hub for any disruptions on your route before you travel.


City centre shuttle bus

There will be shuttle buses back to the city centre after the event until 12.30am. Buses will depart from Joe Mercer Way at the Etihad Campus and arrive at Piccadilly Gardens.


Walking from the city centre

Don't forget that Co-op Live is a 25-minute walk from the heart of Manchester. From Piccadilly Station, a step-free walking route is clearly signposted through Manchester’s Ancoats and New Islington areas. The route is well lit, and helpers will be available on show days to provide support and directions.

Plan your journey to the venue and take a look at your options.


Doors open: 6.30pm


Trains between Manchester and Liverpool

There will be an additional train service between Manchester Victoria and Liverpool Lime Street after the event. The train will depart Manchester Victoria at 00.36 (Saturday early morning) and arrive at Liverpool Lime Street at 01.14. It will call at Newton-le-Willows and Lea Green (drop-off only).

Visit the National Rail website for more information


Taking the tram

Services will operate every six minutes to/from the city centre and every 12 minutes to/from Ashton-under-Lyne - both before and after the show.

For the latest first and last tram times for your journey, you can type your start and destination stops in our first and last tram times finder. Don't forget to check our travel alerts hub for any disruptions on your route before you travel.


City centre shuttle bus

There will be shuttle buses back to the city centre after the event until 12.30am. Buses will depart from Joe Mercer Way at the Etihad Campus and arrive at Piccadilly Gardens.


Walking from the city centre

Don't forget that Co-op Live is a 25-minute walk from the heart of Manchester. From Piccadilly Station, a step-free walking route is clearly signposted through Manchester’s Ancoats and New Islington areas. The route is well lit, and helpers will be available on show days to provide support and directions.

Plan your journey to the venue and take a look at your options.


Doors open: 6.30pm

Manchester City play Wolves at the Etihad on the same day as this event. Kick-off for the match is 5.30pm and is expected to finish at approximately 7.30pm. This means the Etihad Campus will be as busy as it gets from 3.30pm, so please plan your journey.


Taking the tram

Services will operate every six minutes to/from the city centre and every 12 minutes to/from Ashton-under-Lyne - both before and after the show.

For the latest first and last tram times for your journey, you can type your start and destination stops in our first and last tram times finder. Don't forget to check our travel alerts hub for any disruptions on your route before you travel.


City centre shuttle bus

There will be shuttle buses back to the city centre after the event until 12.30am. Buses will depart from Joe Mercer Way at the Etihad Campus and arrive at Piccadilly Gardens.


Walking from the city centre

Don't forget that Co-op Live is a 25-minute walk from the heart of Manchester. From Piccadilly Station, a step-free walking route is clearly signposted through Manchester’s Ancoats and New Islington areas. The route is well lit, and helpers will be available on show days to provide support and directions.

Plan your journey to the venue and take a look at your options.


Doors open: 6.30pm
Show starts: 8pm


Taking the tram

Services will operate regularly to the venue before and after the show. There will also be services directly from Altrincham to the Etihad Campus on show day.

For the latest first and last tram times for your journey, you can type your start and destination stops in our first and last tram times finder. Don't forget to check our travel alerts hub for any disruptions on your route before you travel.


City centre shuttle bus

There will be shuttle buses back to the city centre after the event until 12.30am. Buses will depart from Joe Mercer Way at the Etihad Campus and arrive at Piccadilly Gardens.


Walking from the city centre

Don't forget that Co-op Live is a 25-minute walk from the heart of Manchester. From Piccadilly Station, a step-free walking route is clearly signposted through Manchester’s Ancoats and New Islington areas. The route is well lit, and helpers will be available on show days to provide support and directions.

Plan your journey to the venue and take a look at your options.


Doors open: 6.30pm


Taking the tram

Services will operate every six minutes to/from the city centre and every 12 minutes to/from Ashton-under-Lyne - both before and after the show.

For the latest first and last tram times for your journey, you can type your start and destination stops in our first and last tram times finder. Don't forget to check our travel alerts hub for any disruptions on your route before you travel.


City centre shuttle bus

There will be shuttle buses back to the city centre after the event until 12.30am. Buses will depart from Joe Mercer Way at the Etihad Campus and arrive at Piccadilly Gardens.


Walking from the city centre

Don't forget that Co-op Live is a 25-minute walk from the heart of Manchester. From Piccadilly Station, a step-free walking route is clearly signposted through Manchester’s Ancoats and New Islington areas. The route is well lit, and helpers will be available on show days to provide support and directions.

Plan your journey to the venue and take a look at your options.


Doors open: 6.30pm

Manchester City's Academy team host Leeds United AFC in the FA Youth Cup on the same day as this event. The match will take place at the Etihad stadium at 7pm, meaning that the Etihad Campus and surrounding area will be busy from 4pm.


Taking the tram

Services will operate every six minutes to/from the city centre and every 12 minutes to/from Ashton-under-Lyne - both before and after the show.

For the latest first and last tram times for your journey, you can type your start and destination stops in our first and last tram times finder. Don't forget to check our travel alerts hub for any disruptions on your route before you travel.


City centre shuttle bus

There will be shuttle buses back to the city centre after the event until 12.30am. Buses will depart from Joe Mercer Way at the Etihad Campus and arrive at Piccadilly Gardens.


Walking from the city centre

Don't forget that Co-op Live is a 25-minute walk from the heart of Manchester. From Piccadilly Station, a step-free walking route is clearly signposted through Manchester’s Ancoats and New Islington areas. The route is well lit, and helpers will be available on show days to provide support and directions.

Plan your journey to the venue and take a look at your options.


Doors open: 6.30pm


Taking the tram

Services will operate every six minutes to/from the city centre and every 12 minutes to/from Ashton-under-Lyne - both before and after the show.

For the latest first and last tram times for your journey, you can type your start and destination stops in our first and last tram times finder. Don't forget to check our travel alerts hub for any disruptions on your route before you travel.


City centre shuttle bus

There will be shuttle buses back to the city centre after the event until 12.30am. Buses will depart from Joe Mercer Way at the Etihad Campus and arrive at Piccadilly Gardens.


Walking from the city centre

Don't forget that Co-op Live is a 25-minute walk from the heart of Manchester. From Piccadilly Station, a step-free walking route is clearly signposted through Manchester’s Ancoats and New Islington areas. The route is well lit, and helpers will be available on show days to provide support and directions.

Plan your journey to the venue and take a look at your options.


Doors open: 6.30pm


Taking the tram

Services will operate regularly to the venue before and after the show. There will also be services directly from Altrincham to the Etihad Campus on show day.

For the latest first and last tram times for your journey, you can type your start and destination stops in our first and last tram times finder. Don't forget to check our travel alerts hub for any disruptions on your route before you travel.


City centre shuttle bus

There will be shuttle buses back to the city centre after the event until 12.30am. Buses will depart from Joe Mercer Way at the Etihad Campus and arrive at Piccadilly Gardens.


Walking from the city centre

Don't forget that Co-op Live is a 25-minute walk from the heart of Manchester. From Piccadilly Station, a step-free walking route is clearly signposted through Manchester’s Ancoats and New Islington areas. The route is well lit, and helpers will be available on show days to provide support and directions.

Plan your journey to the venue and take a look at your options.


Doors open: 6.30pm
Show starts: 7.30pm


Taking the tram

Services will operate every six minutes to/from the city centre and every 12 minutes to/from Ashton-under-Lyne - both before and after the show.

For the latest first and last tram times for your journey, you can type your start and destination stops in our first and last tram times finder. Don't forget to check our travel alerts hub for any disruptions on your route before you travel.


City centre shuttle bus

There will be shuttle buses back to the city centre after the event until 12.30am. Buses will depart from Joe Mercer Way at the Etihad Campus and arrive at Piccadilly Gardens.


Walking from the city centre

Don't forget that Co-op Live is a 25-minute walk from the heart of Manchester. From Piccadilly Station, a step-free walking route is clearly signposted through Manchester’s Ancoats and New Islington areas. The route is well lit, and helpers will be available on show days to provide support and directions.

Plan your journey to the venue and take a look at your options.


Doors open: 6.30pm
Show starts: 7.30pm


Taking the tram

Services will operate every six minutes to/from the city centre and every 12 minutes to/from Ashton-under-Lyne - both before and after the show.

For the latest first and last tram times for your journey, you can type your start and destination stops in our first and last tram times finder. Don't forget to check our travel alerts hub for any disruptions on your route before you travel.


City centre shuttle bus

There will be shuttle buses back to the city centre after the event until 12.30am. Buses will depart from Joe Mercer Way at the Etihad Campus and arrive at Piccadilly Gardens.


Walking from the city centre

Don't forget that Co-op Live is a 25-minute walk from the heart of Manchester. From Piccadilly Station, a step-free walking route is clearly signposted through Manchester’s Ancoats and New Islington areas. The route is well lit, and helpers will be available on show days to provide support and directions.

Plan your journey to the venue and take a look at your options.


Doors open: 6.30pm
Show starts: 7.30pm


Taking the tram

Services will operate regularly to the venue before and after the show. There will also be services directly from Altrincham to the Etihad Campus on show day.

For the latest first and last tram times for your journey, you can type your start and destination stops in our first and last tram times finder. Don't forget to check our travel alerts hub for any disruptions on your route before you travel.


City centre shuttle bus

There will be shuttle buses back to the city centre after the event until 12.30am. Buses will depart from Joe Mercer Way at the Etihad Campus and arrive at Piccadilly Gardens.


Walking from the city centre

Don't forget that Co-op Live is a 25-minute walk from the heart of Manchester. From Piccadilly Station, a step-free walking route is clearly signposted through Manchester’s Ancoats and New Islington areas. The route is well lit, and helpers will be available on show days to provide support and directions.

Plan your journey to the venue and take a look at your options.


Doors open: 6.30pm


Taking the tram

Services will operate every six minutes to/from the city centre and every 12 minutes to/from Ashton-under-Lyne - both before and after the show.

For the latest first and last tram times for your journey, you can type your start and destination stops in our first and last tram times finder. Don't forget to check our travel alerts hub for any disruptions on your route before you travel.


City centre shuttle bus

There will be shuttle buses back to the city centre after the event until 12.30am. Buses will depart from Joe Mercer Way at the Etihad Campus and arrive at Piccadilly Gardens.


Walking from the city centre

Don't forget that Co-op Live is a 25-minute walk from the heart of Manchester. From Piccadilly Station, a step-free walking route is clearly signposted through Manchester’s Ancoats and New Islington areas. The route is well lit, and helpers will be available on show days to provide support and directions.

Plan your journey to the venue and take a look at your options.


More information


Address and contact details

The Co-op Live Arena is located on Etihad Campus, a short distance from the centre of Manchester.

Co-op Live
1 Sports City Way
Etihad Campus
Manchester
M11 3DU

The venue is encouraging fans to travel as sustainably as possible and it is accessible by foot via the designated step-free walking route, bike, tram, bus and car.

Got a question about getting to the Co-op Live Arena? Tweet us @BeeNetwork or visit our contact us page for other ways to connect with TfGM.


If you've got a query about the inclusion of travel to your show in your event ticket that hasn't been answered on this page, we've got you. We've put together some handy frequently asked questions to help you make the most of your event experience.

Read our frequently asked questions (opens as PDF)


We’re bringing all bus services in Greater Manchester under local control as part of the Bee Network.

See a full list of current and future Bee Network bus services.

There may be some changes to the tickets you can use on Bee Network.

Be sure to download the new Bee Network app to plan any journey in Greater Manchester. 

On the app you can also see live bus tram and train departure times, buy tickets, get travel alerts and quickly Rate Your Journey to tell us how it went. 

Find out more about the Bee Network.


In Greater Manchester, we want everyone to travel safely and easily. We have a variety of accessibility guides suited to your journey on our accessibility hub and some key information for travelling by Metrolink and bus below.

Accessibility on Metrolink

Metrolink is a modern system with a range of accessibility features. All Metrolink trams and tram stops are accessible for wheelchair users.

Every tram stop has:

  • A ramp, lift, or escalator - for the latest service updates for lifts and escalators at your stop, visit our dedicated webpage.
  • Step-free access for wheelchair users and people with pushchairs
  • CCTV and emergency call-points
  • platforms with tactile edges for visually impaired passengers.

Every tram has:

  • An area for people who use wheelchairs
  • Space for pushchairs
  • Seats marked for people who have trouble standing
  • Emergency call points.

For further information on the accessibility of Metrolink, please visit the accessibility hub.


Accessibility on the bus

Many buses have ramps and can accommodate wheelchairs. Some new buses also have display screens, route numbers, destination displays and audio-visual ‘next stop’ announcements.

A lot of bus operators have low floor buses to make it easier for people who use wheelchairs, mobility scooters, and those with small children and pushchairs.

For further information, visit our accessibility hub and select your bus operator for their accessibility policies.