Manchester Piccadilly Station is the city's main railway station and it is where you will arrive if you are travelling by train from London Euston, Birmingham New Street, Edinburgh and Glasgow Central amongst many other routes. For international train travel you can also book Eurostar tickets from Paris or Brussels online to connect in London for Manchester. Manchester Piccadilly is also a stop for the Manchester Metrolink which is a local tram system (otherwise known as a light rail system). Manchester Piccadilly Station is just a ten minute walk from Manchester city centre.
Train fares are more complicated than they need to be in the UK due to privatisation of train companies. If you just turn up at the station without booking a ticket you are likely to pay more than double what you need too. To get the cheapest train fares it is better to book in advance and travel during non-peak times.
If you purchase your tickets online, you can either have them sent to you or collect them from the automated ticket machines at Manchester Piccadilly station, just remember to bring the credit or debit card you booked them with to the station.
The station is split over three levels, the basement level is for parking and taxi ranks, the platform level has a large concourse with ticket offices, information points, shops and cafes and the top floor has more food outlets and bars with first class lounges. Be warned customers are charged a fee of 30 pence to use the toilet facilities at the station.
Manned ticket offices are open Monday to Saturday 04.30 to 22.30 and Sunday 07.00 to 22.30. The station also has machines for advanced tickets avaialble 24 hours a day.
If you want to leave luggage there is an office between platforms 10 and 11 (this is also the lost property office) which is open Monday to Saturday 07:00 to 23:00 and Sunday 08:00 to 23:00.If you have any questions you can call them on Tel: 0161 236 8667 during opening hours.
Manchester Piccadilly has two car parks, one for long stay the other for short stay.
The short stay car park is inside the station entrance off Fairfield Street is open 24 hours a day (44 spaces). If you are using a sat nav use the postcode M1 2QF to find it. Parking is free for the first 20 minutes, 2 GBP the next 20 minutes and then starts to gets much more expensive.
If you want are going to be more than 40 minutes the long stay car park is located next to the station on Boad Street (postcode M1 2ND) and costs 15 GBP per day on weekdays and 4 GBP at weekends. Both car parks have payment machines that accept most major credit cards. Both car parks are operated by another company APCOA.
If you need more detailed information and a map of Manchester train and bus stations you can print one of our tourist maps.