Venue Information

Manchester Central is an iconic venue in the heart of Manchester. We’re right in the centre of the UK and easy to reach via Manchester’s extensive multi-modal transport network.

Arriving in Manchester

On foot

On arrival in Manchester you can walk to Manchester Central from the three central train stations. Why not get your steps in before Expo 2018 and find us on foot?
Manchester Piccadilly is 20 minutes on foot
Manchester Victoria is 15 minutes on foot
Manchester Oxford Road is 5 minutes on foot

By rail

It takes a little over two hours to reach Manchester from London and Manchester also has direct connections to most major UK cities. Services arrive at Piccadilly or Victoria stations where passengers can take a short walk to Manchester Central. Alternatively, catch a connecting train to Oxford Road Station and then walk just five minutes to Manchester Central on foot.

Travel time by train to Manchester from:

  • London 2h 9m
  • Birmingham 1h 30m
  • Newcastle 2h 37m
  • Edinburgh 3h 34m
  • Glasgow 3h 16m
  • Bristol  2h 59m

By road

Manchester is at the heart of a comprehensive motorway network. Manchester’s M60 orbital motorway provides easy access from north, south, east and west. Information on planning a journey by car can be found at:

For parking, Manchester Central’s on-site NCP car park is open 24 hours and the most convenient option.

Please see the NCP website for information on pricing and online booking

If using a satellite navigation system – please follow the postcode M2 3GX.

Please be aware that there are currently major road improvement works taking place on Regents Road – one of the busiest routes in and out of Manchester,  so please bare this in mind when making your travel plans. For more information about the roadworks please click here.

Catering at Manchester Central

At Expo we are committed to providing healthy food and drink options to help protect and improve the nation’s health and wellbeing. We work in partnership with Manchester Central to provide nutritional information on all food on offer at Expo and support sugar reduction.