Arrivals and travel information

Arriving by Rail | Arriving by Air | Getting about whilst in Manchester
Information about the City and its surroundings | Venues | Hotels

The conference venue is the Renold Building, on the city centre Sackville Street campus of the University of Manchester. The recommended hotels are all within 10-15 minutes walk of the venue.

Arriving by Rail

The conference venue, the Renold building, is very close to the main rail terminus Manchester Piccadilly from where a range of local, regional and mainline services depart. For the reception venue (John Rylands Library) or the Place, DoubleTree, ABode, Malmaison or Portland Hotels, leave the station by the main exit and head down Station Approach.

For the conference venue, and for the Macdonald, Days Inn, Holiday Inn Express Oxford Road or Ibis Princess Street, leave the station by the Fairfield Street exit (follow the signs for ‘Taxis’).

Manchester’s other main railway stations are Manchester Victoria, serving mainly local and regional destinations to the North and East and the architecturally intriguing (Grade II listed) Manchester Oxford Road for local and regional East/West services (most also serve Manchester Piccadilly). Victoria and Manchester Piccadilly stations are connected by the city centre Metrolink line. The free Metroshuttle hybrid electric bus services running frequently during the day link up the three stations and the major shopping and business districts of the city centre.

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Arriving by Air

Trains from Manchester Airport generally stop at Manchester Piccadilly (see above), meaning the service is very frequent. Self service ticket machines at the airport station will show the ticket options available. Do look carefully at the options as prices are cheaper at some times than others and sometimes this can be counterintuitive (e.g. a cheap evening return ticket after 1830 will be much cheaper than the standard single ticket).

Taxis from the airport to the campus or hotels will typically cost £20-25 – there is a taxi rank at each terminal.

The number 43 bus (timetable in PDF form) also runs from the Manchester Airport station to the central Piccadilly Gardens bus station, which is ten minutes walk from the conference venue.


Getting about whilst in Manchester

The conference and reception venues, and hotels, are all within easy walking distance. If you wish to travel between the Sackville Street site and the main University campus on Oxford Road, you may walk (about 15 minutes – head south on Sackville Street and follow the pedestrian/cycle route) or there is a special bus service, number 147, running between Manchester Piccadilly railway terminus (not the bus station) and the University campuses. This runs every 10 minutes or so during the day. It stops under the railway viaduct on Sackville Street and at several points along Oxford Road.


The city’s light rail (tram) system, Metrolink, runs out to various of the suburban centres of Greater Manchester (Altrincham, Chorlton and Didsbury in the South, Bury, Rochdale and Oldham to the North, Eccles to the West and Ashton to the East) from the Manchester Piccadilly bus station and from the Manchester Piccadilly rail terminus. It doesn’t directly serve any of the conference venues but it could be useful for delegates wishing to visit Salford Quays/Media City. Old Trafford football stadium, the venue for the formal conference dinner on the evening of Wednesday 18th June, is also served by Metrolink trams, but we are arranging a bus to bring delegates to and from Old Trafford from the conference site.

Metroshuttle buses

As noted above, three free Metroshuttle services (using small hybrid electric buses) run frequently (5-10 minutes) run on circular routes between the city’s railway stations and transport interchanges and the major shopping and business districts of the city centre until 7pm.


If you do need a taxi, there are two types of taxi service operating in the city, regulated in different ways.

Hackney carriages (the distinctive ‘black cabs’ which in fact come in many colours) can be flagged down in the street or pre-ordered by phone, web or smartphone app. Fares are regulated and metered.

Private hire cars (ordinary saloon cars with taxi signs) cannot be flagged down in the street – they can only be pre-booked. They are less closely regulated and will typically be cheaper over the same distance than hackney carriages. There are many private hire companies, large and small. Good companies include Radio Cars and Street Cars. The latter can also be booked (and paid for) by smartphone app, along with new entrant, Google-backed Uber (despite being the cause of regulatory concerns in other global cities, in Manchester Uber cars are regulated and operate as conventional private hire taxis).


In common with most major British cities Manchester has traditionally catered very poorly for cyclists. This is starting to change, with better services for cycling commuters and better segregation of cycle routes slowly being introduced. However, where segregated routes do not yet exist cycling on the road can be a hair-raising experience, especially on the major routes into the city. Nonetheless, cycling is also a great way to explore the city. Brompton folding bicycles can be hired from Brompton Dock at Manchester Piccadilly station from £2.50 per day (you need to register first – bikes are hired by text or online and the dock itself is automated). Conventional bikes can be hired from iCycle in the MMU Students’ Union building on Oxford Road or even delivered to your hotel by Manchester Bike Hire. If you want to go further afield, bicycles and folding bikes can usually be taken on trains at no extra charge (for some intercity services there is a need to book in advance). Rather infuriatingly even folding bikes are not allowed on the Metrolink system.

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