Travel and Parking
Information on travelling to the event:
Emirates Old Trafford, Lancashire County Cricket Club, Talbot Rd, Manchester M16 0PX, United Kingdom
The venue is next door to the Old Trafford Metrolink stop
By Public Transport
The Metrolink tram network is the easiest way to get to the race, there are number of cost effective ticket options for both runners and spectators. Both Old Trafford and Trafford Bar stops are less than a 10-minute walk from the Athletes Village, Race Village and Start Area. View the Metrolink network map here.
If you’re staying for the weekend then adult Travelcards are available for only £6.20 for travel from 6.00pm Friday evening to end-of-service on Sunday evening. This will enable you to make an unlimited number of journeys anywhere on the network over the course of the weekend. Travelcards can be purchased from the ticket machines located on all tram stops. For those who are travelling with their family it’s just £8.70 for up to two adults and three children to travel all weekend.
Trams run on a regular basis on all lines meaning there is no need to check a timetable – catching the tram really couldn’t be easier, just be sure to buy a ticket before you board as tickets aren’t available on the trams themselves.
Relay Runners Free Metrolink Travel
2 leg and 4 leg relay runners will be able to get free Metrolink travel to and from the Old Trafford stop for their race, to help transport you and your group to the marathon hassle free. Just use your Metrolink branded race number as your ticket on the day.
Coming from further afield?
There are a range of Metrolink Park and Ride car parks located around the Greater Manchester network, it’s easy to park up and hop on the tram for a hassle free journey to the event. Parking at tram stops is free for all Metrolink customers. Park and Ride provides a cost effective travel option and avoids the event day traffic.
Click here for further details on Metrolink Park and Ride.
There are many cheering and supporting points around the course and some of these are located conveniently close to Metrolink stops. More details will be released in the Race Booklet.
If you are travelling to the event from outside Manchester by rail we recommend using either Manchester Piccadilly or Manchester Victoria stations. Both stations have Metrolink connections so you can quickly hop on a tram to continue your journey.
Emirates Old Trafford- Lancashire County Cricket Club is 5 miles from Manchester City Centre (Piccadilly Gardens). Taxis from Manchester City Centre normally cost around £10-£15. Check before embarking on your journey. Roads in the vicinity of the Athletes Village, Race Village, and Start Area will be affected by road closures attributed to the event. Please refer to the drop off information below.
Manchester International Airport is approximately 20 minutes from the area. By car, join the M56 motorway at the airport exit (junction 5) and then follow the directions ‘From The South’ shown above.
There are direct train services to Manchester City Centre and also a Metrolink Service that runs to the Trafford Bar stop. This Metrolink service takes approximately 40 minutes and Trafford Bar is a 10 minute walk from the Athletes Village, Race Village and Start Area.
Useful Phone Numbers
• Local Bus & Rail: Traveline 0871 200 2233
• British Rail Timetable & Fare Enquiries: 08457 48 49 50
• Virgin Train Link: 08457 222 333
We expect to be welcoming runners from all over the North West and beyond. The ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon is based at Emirates Old Trafford, home of Lancashire County Cricket Club which is very easy to reach from almost anywhere in Greater Manchester.
There are many hotels to choose from, we recommend that you use one of our partner hotels Cresta Court Hotel in Altrincham.
If you are using public transport we strongly recommend that you use Metrolink to get to and from the race village.
These directions are to the car parks at Manchester United Football Stadium. You will be asked to provide your car park pass on entering Wharfside Way to gain access to these car parks. Please do not use your sat nav as this will send you into the road closures and make getting to the car parks very difficult.
Manchester United FC have a huge number of very convenient and secure car parking spaces available next to the race start. These are pre-bookable and the the closest spaces are allocated first. To secure the best possible place and to make a booking click here.
From the North
Leave the M6 at junction 12 (M602 Salford/Manchester). Leave the M602 (junction 2). Drive south on the A576 crossing four roundabouts. At the fifth roundabout drive straight across (2nd exit) onto Moorings Road, then join Trafford Park Road. Continue on Trafford Park Road crossing one roundabout. At a major roundabout you will join Wharfside Way which leads to competitor parking at N2 (off Wharfside Way) / N3 (off John Gilbert Way).
From the South
Leave the M6 at junction 19 and take the A556 in the direction of Manchester Airpoirt. Continue on the M56 in the direction of Manchester Aiport. Continue on the M56 to Manchester, passing the airport and following the signs to the M60 (Leeds/Liverpool). Leave the M60 at junction 9 (junction 7 A56 Chester Road is closed for the marathon), turning right onto the A5081 Park Way. At the next roundabout turn right (3rd exit) onto Village Way, continuing to Wharfside Way which leads to competitor parking at N2 (off Wharfside Way) / N3 (off John Gilbert Way).
Disbaled Car Parking Facilites
These are available in the car park at the football ground.
There is space in the race village for you to lock up your bicycle. This is not manned at any time. The event organisers cannot accept responsibility for any losses or damages, however caused, so please ensure your bike is securely locked.