Manchester, 14th-18th July 2004

Travelling to Manchester

Manchester can be reached easily by train and coach within the UK as well as by air through Manchester International Airport from almost anywhere in the world.

Getting a train from Manchester Airport to the Registration desk at RNCM

Follow the rail signs in your arrival terminal. Trains run to Manchester Piccadilly rail station and take approximately 15–20 minutes, many continue onto Oxford Road, Deansgate and Salford Central stations. You can buy tickets at ‘The Station’ from self service ticket machines or the ticket office (about £6).

The closest train station to RNCM is Oxford Road Station, which is one stop away from Manchester Piccadilly Station (a major gateway to the North West). It takes no more than 10 minutes on foot from Oxford Road station to RNCM.

The map on the right (click it to get a large image) shows where RNCM and MMU Geoffrey Manton buildings (building no.12) are. They are next to each other, close to the bottom of the map.

  • Here is another sizable map around RNCM, provided by multimap.

click to enlarge

Travelling from Heathrow Airport to Central London

There are various options for travel to London depending on your budget and timescales.

Travelling from Gatwick Airport to Central London

The best way to go to Central London is to take Gatwick Express train (£11 each way), which gets you to London Victoria station. To travel to Manchester from there, you have a wide range of choice, as described below. In all cases you need to take the London Underground (‘Tube’) to go to one of the London stations.

Travelling from Central London to Manchester

By Train visit www.thetrainline.com to buy tickets and check the services with timetables at www.nationalrail.co.uk. The return tickets cost around £55. The following timetables show small samples of services on 14 July 2004:

From Euston to Manchester Oxford Road:

10:10 13:34 1   11:30 14:52 1
10:40 13:52 1   11:42 15:31 2
10:42 14:31 2   12:10 15:34 1
11:10         14:34 1   12:30 15:41 2

 From St Pancras to Manchester Oxford Road:

10:00 13:17 1   11:07 14:52 2
10:17 13:52 2   11:25 15:24 2
10:25 14:24 2   12:00 15:31 1
11:00 14:31 1   12:07 15:41 2


By Coach visit www.nationalexpress.com or www.gobycoach.com. The return tickets cost around £40. The following show a small sample of services on 14 July 2004:

Departing from
arrive Manchester at
Heathrow Airport  7.05  14.00
Heathrow Airport  9.15  15.50
Gatwick Airport 7.15 15.50
Gatwick Airport 9.15 18.05 
London Kings Cross 8.00 12.50
London Kings Cross 9.30 14.00
London Kings Cross 10.30 15.50


Last updated on 23 June 2004