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Manchester’s international airport is located 16 km south of the city. The airport has a combined railway and bus station, with departures to Manchester and the rest of the country. The train to Manchester Piccadilly takes 20 minutes. Airport buses to Manchester depart every half hour. A taxi journey to central Manchester takes 25 minutes.

Public Transport

You can travel around Manchester by bus, train or tram (Metrolink). For a tourist, the easiest and cheapest way is to buy a Day Saver Ticket, which gives unlimited transport inside the city. Buy the ticket on board. The largest of the city’s three railway stations is Manchester Piccadilly in Fairfield Street. Trains depart for London from here.


The taxis licensed by the local council are the big black ones. When the taxi sign is lighted the taxi is free. Taxi drivers are generally given a ten percent tip. Be prepared to pay cash. Some cars accept credit cards, but it is best to confirm this before you start your journey.


Manchester Post Office is at 26 Spring Gardens. In addition, there are about 20 post offices, open Monday-Friday 09.00–17.30., Saturday 09.00–12.00.


Pharmacies are generally open from 09.00 – 18.00. There are no pharmacies in Manchester open around the clock, but there is an emergency number you can call at any time:


Country code: +44

Area code: 0161


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