Manchester is one of the most accessible cities in the UK for both national and international visitors.
Manchester International Airport (MAN)
Manchester Airport is directly connected to over 200 destinations around the world, and from the Airport you are just 5 miles from the Big POP venue and nearby hotels.
During the Big POP weekend, you will find many affordable return flights operated by budget airlines. Standard return flights costs can be found below.
Useful flight checker
Piccadilly is the main city centre station direct rail services across the country.
Typical train journey times are:
London 2hrs 7mins
Edinburgh 3hrs 15mins
Birmingham 1hr 28mins
For train times and tickets visit thetrainline.com
From Piccadilly train station travelling to Altrincham and the marathon venue is easy: take the Metrolink yellow tram marked 'Altrincham' direct the end of the line. The Marathon venue and several hotels are then walking distance from the tram station.
Live travel times can be found at TfGM.com
Arriving at Manchester International Airport:
Taxis can be taken from outside arrivals at Manchester Airport (follow taxi signs and then cross the road where you will find taxi assistants operating black cabs). Alternatively you can pre-book a taxi from the desk inside arrivals on the ground floor).
In either case the venue postcode is: WA14 2TQ
Typical taxi costs are:
Manchester Airport to/from the venue: £18.00
Manchester City Centre to/from the venue: £25.00
(Note that off-peak tram travel is approx £5 per day/£7 per weekend)
Please note that Über may be available to Altrincham from the Airport or Piccadilly but there are very few Über operators within the town.
For your return journey the easiest way to leave is:
to take a black cab from outside Altrincham Station, under the clock tower
or book a private cab using one of the companies listed below. Station cars also has an app which works just like Über.
Altrincham Taxi: +44 (0) 161 327 0213 ; +44 (0) 161 973 9999
PCG Taxi: +44 (0) 161 928 1111
Station Cars: +44 (0) 161 928 6666
Lynx Taxi: +44 (0) 161 480 5000