Travel & Accommodation

This section gives access to travel and accommodation details.

The Manchester Central Convention Complex is situated in the heart of Manchester and has excellent transportation links.

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Travel to Manchester

By Road

Ringed by the M60, Manchester is ideally close to the UK’s extensive motorway network giving easy access to all parts of the country:


Links Manchester with Leeds in the east and Liverpool in the west.


Links Manchester to Birmingham and London in the South and the Scottish border in the north.


Links Manchester Chester and North Wales in the South.


Links Manchester with Preston.

By Rail

Manchester is served by two mainline railway stations, both of which are located in the City Centre. Manchester Victoria and Manchester Piccadilly together provide direct rail connections to all major UK cities; London is 3 hours away by train, Birmingham, 2 hours and Edinburgh and Glasgow, 4 hours. First NorthWestern, Arriva and Virgin Trains operate out of Manchester.

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National Rail enquiries : (08457 48 49 50 or +44(0)207 278 5240) for a full and up-to-date information on your train journey, times and fares, alternatively visit for timetable details.

By Coach

National Express Coaches travel to and from most UK city centres and take you directly into Manchester. The coach station is located on Chorlton Street. Full details of travelling by coach can be obtained from

By Air

Manchester International Airport

Manchester’s International Airport is only 10km away from MICC, with daily scheduled flights connecting Manchester to all other major British cities and most European capitals. Transatlantic flights link Manchester directly with several major North American cities, and further a-field.

The airport has its own railway station with frequent services to Manchester’s Piccadilly Station. The journey takes about 25 minutes by train and run every 15 minutes. Alternatively, it is a short taxi-ride. For details about the Airport Rail Link, you can phone 08457 48 49 50 or +44(0)207 278 5240.

Liverpool John Lennon Airport

This up-and-coming airport is convenient from European cities via EasyJet. There are frequent buses to Manchester, which is only 30 miles (45km) away.

Local Transport:


Piccadilly Gardens Bus Station is the hub of the urban bus network. Information about all services is available at or by phoning GMPTE Travel Line on 0871 200 22 33 (daily 8am-8pm).


Manchester is served by Metrolink, its tramway system. Metrolink provides a particularly convenient way to travel from the outskirts to the centre of Manchester and run every 6 minutes. Metrolink tickets need to be bought before boarding from ticket machines on the station platforms. MICC has it’s own Metrolink station that will take you directly to both Piccadilly and Victoria train stations. For further details about the Metrolink, you can call +44 (0)161 205 2000 or visit


There are taxi ranks throughout the city. Main pick-up points include St Peter’s Square/Crowne Plaza-Midland Hotel, Portland Street/Piccadilly Gardens, Victoria Station and Piccadilly Station. No journey within Manchester City Centre should cost more than £5.

On foot

Manchester city centre is surprisingly accessible by foot. It takes no longer than 10-15 minutes to walk from one side of the city centre to the other.


Accommodation has been sourced and held for attendees, below is a list of the hotels and rates. If you have not yet registered, you may select accommodation when you fill in the registration form. Registered attendees can e-mail Julie Noon with their accommodation requirements.

Hotel Rate
Radisson Edwardian 5*
Free Trade Hall
Peter Street
M2 5GPTel: 0161 835 9929

$149 inc. breakfast & VAT
Hilton Deansgate 4*
303 Deansgate
M3 4LQTel: 0161 870 1600

$110 inc. breakfast & VAT
The City Inn 4*
One Piccadilly Place
1 Auburn Street
M1 3DGTel: 0161 228 0008

$125 inc. breakfast & VAT
Ibis Hotel 3*
Charles Street
M1 7DLTel: 0161 272 5000

$59 per room per night
$5.25 for breakfast

For enquiries, contact Gemini International,
+44 1260 297036,