Trains in the United Kingdom are a convenient way to travel between cities, with numerous companies offering domestic and international train routes. Passengers can arrive at Manchester via Victoria (MCV) or Manchester Piccadilly. Stations from the north and east serve Manchester’s Victoria with the most popular train companies being Northern Rail and First Transpennine Express. Manchester Piccadilly is a far busier station with more train operators including Cross Country Rail, Northern Rail, Arriva Trains Wales, Virgin Trains, East Midlands Trains and First Transpennine Express. Piccadilly is the primary destination for Trains to Manchester departing the majority of locations around the UK. Passengers should look for trains to Piccadilly when departing London, the west country, Wales, Scotland and neighboring towns or cities in the northwest such as Liverpool. Both stations are close to the city center with Manchester’s Victoria station situated near to the Manchester Indoor Arena, between the Northern and the Green Quarter. Piccadilly is situated the east of China Town and a better option for passengers who wish to stay in the city because there is an abundance of hotels nearby.
Manchester is home to a thriving business community with a dedicated convention complex and two Premier League football teams. Visitors to the football stadiums should travel to Piccadilly station because it has better links to the rest of the city. Manchester City’s Etihad stadium is to the east of the city near the Velodrome, which is a 7-10 minute car journey depending on traffic conditions. Manchester United’s stadium, Old Trafford, is to the West near the MediaCityUK studios and is approximately 15 minutes away by car or taxi. Passengers taking trains to Manchester to go shopping should exit the station and take the short walk to Piccadilly Gardens, where the X50 bus service runs to the Trafford Centre shopping complex every 15 minutes. This service also runs to Old Trafford football stadium.