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Manchester Airport has many international flights, so you might not even have to travel through London. There are frequent trains from the airport to Piccadilly Railway Station (15–20 minutes) and buses to Piccadilly Gardens Bus Station (one hour). A taxi from the airport to Manchester city center costs around £20. For details about public transportation in Manchester, call the Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive information line.
Driving to Manchester from London (3 to 3½ hours), take M1 north to M6, then the M62 east, which becomes M602 as it enters Greater Manchester. Trains from London's Euston Station drop passengers at the centrally located Piccadilly Railway Station. The journey takes just over two hours. Chorlton Street Coach Station, a few hundred yards west of Piccadilly Railway Station, is the main bus station for regional and long-distance buses.
Most local buses leave from Piccadilly Gardens Bus Station, the hub of the urban bus network. Metroshuttle operates three free circular routes around the city center; service runs every 5 to 10 minutes Monday to Saturday, from 7 to 7 and Sunday from 10 to 6.
Metrolink electric tram service runs through the city center and out to the suburbs. The Eccles extension has stops for the Lowry (Harbour City) and for the Manchester United Stadium (Old Trafford). Buy a ticket from the platform machine before you board. SystemOne Travelcards, which allow unlimited travel on buses, trains and trams after 9:30 am, cost £7; buy from the driver or any ticket machine.
Blue Badge Guides can arrange dozens of different tours of the city, and City Centre Cruises (0161/902–0222 www.citycentrecruises.co.uk) offer a three-hour Sunday lunch round-trip on a barge to the Manchester Ship Canal.
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