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Manchester City travel advice

Advice for fans travelling to watch Manchester City at the Etihad

Manchester City host Newcastle United in the Premier League on Saturday 20 January at the Etihad. Kick-off is 5.30pm and with around 50,000 fans expected to attend, roads and public transport are expected to be busier than usual.

Transport, including Metrolink, bus and road journeys in the area, is expected to be affected from 1pm onwards.

If you are travelling to the arena please be aware security checks will be in place upon your arrival.

The travel advice on this page should help you to plan your journey and make travel easier.

Details of Manchester City’s upcoming fixtures for the season can be found by visiting their website.

If you’re visiting Manchester for the football and want to see more of the sites why not check out the Visit Manchester website to see what else this great city has to offer. Visiting fans, if you arrive in Manchester early then why not visit the National Football Museum before travelling to the Etihad Campus on the tram?


Ways to get to the Etihad

Travel by tram, bus and walking is the best way to get to the Etihad.

Greater Manchester’s park and ride map facilities will all be open and provide convenient connections to the Etihad allowing you complete your journey by public transport.

If you cannot avoid driving to the match you can car share and help reduce the overall number of vehicles on the road. Parking is available around the ground at certain locations. You can find out more information regarding parking on the Manchester City website.

Follow @OfficialTfGM and @MCRMetrolink for live travel information throughout the day.


Useful maps


Roads

Travel by tram, bus and walking is the best way to get to the Etihad.

The busiest times on the road network will be prior to the game as the walk takes place. Roads are expected to be affected from 3pm onwards in the surrounding area and the wider road network.

So even if you are not travelling directly in to the city centre, please be aware that the surrounding areas will still be affected.
Greater Manchester’s park and ride map facilities will all be open and provide convenient connections to the Etihad allowing you complete your journey by public transport.

If you cannot avoid driving to the match you can car share and help reduce the overall number of vehicles on the road. Parking is available around the ground at certain locations. You can find out more information regarding parking on the Manchester City website.

Follow @OfficialTfGM and @MCRMetrolink for live travel information throughout the day.


You can catch a tram every six minutes from the St Peter’s Square, Piccadilly Gardens or Piccadilly Station city centre tram stops towards the Etihad Campus and the journey takes around 10-15 minutes depending on where you board. All stops are fully accessible. Journeys take around 10-15 minutes from Manchester city centre. If you are travelling to the game or just around the area, please plan ahead and consider the time you travel. The busiest times will be prior to the kick-off from 12-3pm.
- Find your stop using the Metrolink network map.

Tickets

  • The price for an adult off peak return ticket is £3.20 and £1.60 for a child return ticket.
  • A day travelcard is £5.40 for an adult, £2.70 for a child and £6.70 for a family. You can find out more about purchasing Metrolink tickets by visiting the tickets and passes page.
  • If you don’t have a Manchester City travel seasoncard, you can buy a ticket on the day from the ticket machines on all stop platforms or on your smartphone via the get me there app (Google Play and Apple App stores). You must have a valid ticket before you board a tram. Please be aware that ticket checks take place across the network.
  • If you’re travelling into the city centre by rail you can buy a Metrolink add-on to your rail ticket allowing onward travel to the stadium by tram.
  • Find out more about a combination train and tram day return ticket

General travel advice

City centre stops and Piccadilly Station are likely to be very busy in the lead up to kick-off, so please plan ahead and allow plenty of time for your journey.

Metrolink customers can also use one of our park and rides for free. Locations near to the Etihad Stadium are:
- Ashton Moss with 200 spaces (Alexandria Drive, Ashton, OL6 7UB)
- Ashton West with 194 spaces (Lord Sheldon Way, Ashton, OL7 0PG)

Please note the park and ride facilities are only available to Metrolink customers during the hours of service.

Map showing all park and ride locations.


Park and ride

You can avoid the busy match day traffic by parking at one of the following tram stops and using Metrolink.

Car parking here is free if you travel by tram:

  • Ashton Moss with 200 spaces (Alexandria Drive, Ashton, OL6 7UB)
  • Ashton West with 194 spaces (Lord Sheldon Way, Ashton, OL7 0PG)

Please note the park and ride facilities are only available to Metrolink customers during the hours of service.


Bus

If you are travelling by bus to Etihad you can catch the following services from the city centre direct to the ground: 53, 216, 217, 231 and frequent shuttle buses.

The busiest times on the road network will be prior to the game. Roads are expected to be affected from 1pm onwards in the surrounding area and the wider road network.

So even if you are not travelling directly in to the city centre, please be aware that the surrounding areas will still be affected which may result in a longer journey time.

You can plan your bus journey by using the TfGM journey planner.

If you are not travelling to the game, but are planning on using public transport, you should consider the following:

  • Journey times for some bus passengers may be longer due to match day traffic, the concert at the arena and planned walk. Passengers should allow more time for journeys or avoid the times when the walk is due to take place.
  • Bus operators will always have the latest information about their services. Follow them on Twitter or get their contact details in advance @stagecoachGM.

Train

Manchester is well served by rail, with services running into both Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria. Fans can connect to onward tram services from both stations. If you’re travelling into the city centre by rail you can purchase a Metrolink add-on to your rail ticket allowing onward travel to the stadium by tram.

The following companies operate into Manchester:

  • Northern
  • TransPennine Express
  • Virgin Trains
  • Cross Country
  • Arriva Trains Wales
  • East Midlands

Be sure to plan ahead and check train times on the National Rail website before you travel.

National Rail will always have the latest information on rail services. Follow them on Twitter in advance of your journey @nationalrailenq.


Walking and cycling

The Etihad is only a 20 minute walk from the city centre, so walking and cycling are good options to get to and from the match. Cycle parking facilities are provided at the venue.
- Use this handy walking route map to see the quickest routes.


Making travel easier

TfGM is aiming to make travel easier by:

  • Providing additional support on social media channels @OfficialTfGM and @MCRMetrolink for live travel information throughout the day.
  • Helping to raise awareness of the road closures associated with the football by advising people of what they can do to make their journey easier
  • Liaising with transport operators and Greater Manchester Police during the planned times of the walk, before and after the match, and concert.
  • Working with Metrolink to add extra capacity when it’s needed, especially at peak periods on the busiest lines.
  • Enhanced monitoring at its network control centre so traffic flows can be optimised by altering signal timings.
  • Providing travel advice and easy to follow maps for all home fixtures.

Accessibility

Greater Manchester has a good public transport network. The accessibility of services is improving, but some parts of the network contain obstacles for disabled people.
We have a dedicated webpage to help those with accessibility issues.