Travel Information

To ensure you have the best experience, we’ve laid out some travel advice to ensure both you and your supporters are prepared for the event on Sunday 9 October 2022.

We are aware of the planned RMT industrial action planned for Saturday 8th October, you can find further information here. If you were planning on travelling the day prior to the Manchester Half, it is expected that a full timetable for the upcoming strike will be published soon. We will continue to keep you updated with information as it becomes available. In the meantime please do start to plan your journey to the Manchester Half, taking into account the potential disruption.

GENERAL ADVICE….

  • Continue to check the Transport for Greater Manchester website and their social media for the latest updates on event weekend.
  • You might also want to check out the dedicated Manchester Half Marathon page on the TfGM website
  • Plan your journey well in advance and leave plenty of spare time for any queues both in your journey and also for when you arrive in the event village (at bag drop, toilets etc).
  • If you are early for your wave’s dedicated arrival time, please don’t attempt to enter the start process, unless called to do so.
  • If you miss your arrival time, it’s likely you will still be able to start with a later wave, but please do everything possible to arrive at your allocated time.

YOUR TRAVEL OPTIONS ARE…

METROLINK

PARTICIPANTS TAKING PART

First time to Manchester? Getting around is simple with the city’s Metrolink system. There are 99 stops on the network with many close to the event start/finish line and along the race route.

Services operate on the line from 7am on the Sunday morning.

The nearest stop to the Start Area for the Marathon is Old Trafford, located on the Altrincham (purple/green) line.

Alternatively, to get to the Start Area you may also wish to use:

Trafford Bar on the Altrincham (purple/green) line – 10 min walk

Wharfside on the Trafford Centre (red) line – 15 min walk

Exchange Quay on the Eccles (light blue/orange) line – 15 min walk

Although no tram stops will be closed for the event, participants are advised not to travel to Pomona as the Start Area is not easily accessible from there and you will need to wait to cross over the busy race route (at the designated crossing areas) more than once to reach the start area, which may cause delays to your journey.

Please note for your arrival planning / timings – that all runners must access the Start Area from Talbot Road to go through the correct start process, even if you arrive ‘run ready’ with no need to use the Bag Drop. This is also where the toilets are located.

Make sure that you check your journey in advance and leave plenty of time for busy Trams and possible queuing. For service updates across the weekend visit the Metrolink website.

On the same link you can find further information about ticket prices, tram frequency and anything else you may need to know.

SPECTATORS WACTHING THE RACE

Are you assigned the important role of cheering on a friend or family member?

There are different Metrolink stops located close to spectating points along the race route.

Below is a list of the stops which, at a glance, are close to the race route and approximately how far along they are:

  • Deansgate Castlefield – Around 2 miles
  • St Peter’s Square – After 2 miles
  • Cornbrook – Before 6 miles
  • Sale – After 7 miles
  • Stretford – After 10 miles
  • Chorlton – After 11 miles
  • Firswood – Around 12 miles
  • Trafford Bar/Old Trafford – For the Finish Line

CAR

As you can imagine, the race route requires a significant number of road closures across the Sunday. We strongly dissuade you driving on the Sunday as the closures are likely to cause congestion on other parts of the network, and we wouldn’t want you to be delayed.

There is no dedicated car park at or near the event.

PARK & RIDE

Park and Ride & Metrolink is a quick and easy solution to travel to the event, without worrying where to leave your car. This is a free service to passengers with a valid Metrolink ticket.

  • East Didsbury – 302 spaces.
  • Brooklands – 108 spaces.
  • Navigation Road – 81 spaces.
  • Sale Water Park – 300 spaces.
  • Ladywell – 250 spaces.
  • Parkway – 360 spaces.

Head to the Transport for Greater Manchester Park & Ride website for more details on these locations and the service.

DISABLED PARKING

We offer a limited amount of disabled parking for our participants that require it. It must be booked in advance, with a deadline of Friday 30th September.

Our team will be happy to help with this – Click Here to get in contact

PARKING AT MANCHESTER UNITED FC

We recommend using public transport, but if driving is your only option, then Manchester United FC have a limited number of car parking places available to pre-book at a cost of £12. These spaces must be secured in advance and will not be available to pay for on the day.

Whether you use this or any other public car park please keep in mind that many roads will be closed for the event so please ensure you plan a route that avoids closures.

Unobstructed access to the MUFC car park is possible from the M60 (Junction 9), and M602 (Junction 2).

Road closure detail can be found here.

BOOK PARKING AT MANCHESTER UNITED

RAIL SERVICES

If you’re arriving on the morning of the race, we recommend traveling to Piccadilly or Victoria station. From here you can then connect with Metrolink trams to take you to the start line.

If you’re arriving at Oxford Road train station, you will need to make the short walk to St Peter’s Square tram stop, where you can then board a tram.

NEED ANY HELP?

If this is your first race or you’re unfamiliar with the area we understand that you might have a lot of questions.

Most key questions and common queries are answered in our Event Guide, or you’ll likely find what you need from the relevant pages on our website.

If you have any remaining questions, please visit our HELP CENTRE