Travel

Getting to Manchester couldn’t be easier as excellent transport links connect the city with the rest of the world. Manchester Airport, only 20 minutes from the city centre, serves over 190 destinations worldwide non-stop. Direct trains run from the Airport to the city centre every 10 minutes.

Awarded UK Airport of the Year for the last few years, Manchester Airport is one of the world’s top 20 airports. The Airport is the largest regional airport outside of London and is used by over 19m passengers a year.

As well as the wealth of connections across Europe that you would expect, approximately 1.3m passengers fly direct to the US annually. Manchester is connected to the USA by over 50 flights per week. Airlines flying from the USA to Manchester include American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines, US Airways and Virgin Atlantic. The city can be reached non-stop from New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Orlando, and Philadelphia.

The MediaCityUK Campus is at the heart of six global BBC departments and a mass of independent creative, digital and media organisations. It is a short walk to the Lowry theatre and gallery, Imperial War Museum North and the Manchester United football ground. There are many shops, bars, and restaurants nearby.

Getting to The Quays and MediaCityUK

By Metrolink tram

Metrolink trams are a quick and easy way to reach MediaCityUK and The Quays. The area is served by the dedicated MediaCityUK stop and Harbour City, Broadway and other stops on the Eccles line. You can connect from other Metrolink lines at Cornbrook.
Trams run every 12 minutes between Cornbrook and MediaCityUK stops from 7.15am to 8pm, Monday to Fridays, and 9.30am to 6pm on Saturdays. The Eccles line service also stops at Broadway and Harbour City during these times. Outside these times, the Eccles line trams call at the MediaCityUK stop, during normal tram operating times. When the shuttle is running, this means that there is a 6 minute service between Cornbrook and Harbour City. Getting the tram from the airport to the city centre, change at Cornbrook for MediaCity: B to E on this map.

By Bus

Bus services provide links to The Quays, either running near The Quays itself or Trafford Park, within easy reach via the new MediaCityUK footbridge across the Manchester Ship Canal. Switching between buses and Metrolink trams is easy in Manchester city centre at Piccadilly Gardens and Shudehill transport interchanges.
It’s easy to connect with buses to The Quays at Salford Shopping Centre and there are other convenient bus and tram interchanges at Bury, Altrincham and Eccles.

By train

If you travel to Manchester city centre by train it’s easy to connect with Metrolink trams at either Piccadilly or Victoria train stations. Both stations have Metrolink stops, so you won’t have to go outdoors when you make the connection.
Many trains also call at Salford Crescent station and it’s easy to connect to The Quays by bus from there.

Campus map

Find out more about our campus locations by using our interactive campus map, or downloading the MediaCityUK way finder map (pdf).  Plus: once at MediaCityUK this guide may be useful (pdf).