Travel Information

Latest Update 8th October

NB – The industrial action planned on the Metrolink service has now been cancelled, the below is updated transport information.

For the first time ever, the Therme Manchester Marathon and Manchester Half will take place on the same day.

Our staggered starts will significantly spread the demand on services out, however we still expect transport options to be busy, so please leave additional time.

You can find all the latest transport information leading up to the day on the TfGM website.

IMPORTANT – Only registered runners will be allowed access to the Athletes’ Village, start and finish areas. Please advise any spectators to keep away from these areas to ease travel congestion.



The Athletes’ Village and Start Access Area are a short walk away from our recommended tram stop, Old Trafford, which is on the Altrincham line. If travelling on the red line (The Trafford Centre line) please use the Imperial War Museum station.

Please do not arrive at the following tram stations as you will not be able to cross the running route: Wharfside Way, Exchange Quay or Pomona.

Prices and further information are available from the official Metrolink website:

Likely journey time to relevant station: 15-30 Minutes


As the Metrolink is likely to be busy, a regular shuttle bus service will also run from Piccadilly Gardens (city centre) to Trafford Wharf Road. Head to the J Stand bus stop and follow instructions from the TfGM team. Once your journey is complete it is around a 25-minute walk to the Athletes’ Village. You will also be able to catch a return shuttle bus from Trafford Wharf Road after the event (last return bus at 17:30).

Likely journey time to drop-off point: 35 Minutes



Those coming by car can also park for free at Event City, located close to The Trafford Centre, thanks to the Peel L&P Park and Ride. From here you can either get the Metrolink (line is in service from 7am) or jump on one of the regular shuttle buses to Trafford Wharf Road. Once dropped off it is around a 25-minute walk to the Athletes’ Village. You will also be able to catch a return shuttle bus from Trafford Wharf Road after the event (last return bus at 17:30).

The Trafford Centre is also an excellent place to grab some food and drink. Find out more about The Trafford Centre here.

Likely journey time to drop-off point: 25 Minutes


Depending on your location, it may be possible to walk the final portion of your journey to the event. If this is possible, please consider this option, as it will help ease other runners and volunteers’ journeys.


Those who wish to drive directly to the event can pre-book a £10 parking space at Manchester United FC. Please note that this is likely to hit capacity quickly, so please act quickly if using this method and allow time for traffic queueing for the car parks. No parking will be available if not booked in advance.

Link to book:

Walk from Car Park to Athletes’ Village: 15-20 Minutes


Each of the three relay changeover points are accessible by Metrolink services, we recommend team members make their own way to the relevant areas.

IMPORTANT – As industrial action has now been cancelled, no shuttle bus service will be in operation to the relay points.

Once each runner has completed their leg, they can return to the Athletes’ Village (should they wish) by Metrolink, which should be less congested in these areas.

Team members need to arrive in good time to take over from the previous runner.



  • Continue to check the Transport for Greater Manchester website and social media for the latest updates on event weekend
  • Please plan your journey in advance and leave plenty of time
  • If you are early for your arrival time, please don’t attempt to enter the start process, unless called to do so
  • If you miss your arrival time, it’s very likely you will still be able to run with a later wave, but please do everything possible to arrive at your allocated time
  • We’ve been informed that not all buses will be accessible for those who required low level floors or ramps. Those with these requirements should use Metrolink or the MUFC car park.