The tram is a fast and efficient way of getting in and out of Manchester centre, if not actually around the centre (the centre is compact enough to walk most places).
The tram from the centre (St. Peter's) to Salford Quays (for the quays, war museum, Lowry etc) is 1.70 pounds for a single and 1.80 for a return, so you can see the saving that a return gives you.
There is one main line running from Bury to Altrincham and a spur line that runs off to Eccles, via Salford Quays. These trains are a bit less frequent than the Bury/Altrincham ones, but there's still one every 15 minutes or so.
For Old Trafford take the Altrincham direction. On match days the trams are very busy - as an alternative you can go to Salford Quays and walk across to the stadium - allow 20, 25 minutes for the walk.
The trams run straight into the centre of Manchester and takes you to the main places in and around the city. The trams run every six minutes. Definately better than driving into the city as traffic can be heavily congested during the day. A Metromax ticket costs £3.00 pounds and you can travel as many times on the tram as you like for that day.
Backside torture experiment! This is the cheapest way to come into Manchester. Tickets are about 16.50quid/RT from London. The coach stops in the new coach station on Chorlton Street about 2 minutes walk from ma place!
The tram system covers the city centre and most major towns in Greater Manchester. Fares are according to your honesty, you can choose to pay or not cos inspectors only come in once in a while. Look out for the man in orange jacket!
The Metrolink system of trams is a great way to see the city. We found them easy to use and they went where we wanted to go. (Keep in mind that we are used to riding the Metro system at home in Washington.)
There is plenty of car parking & the city centre is compact. Metrolink system provides great facilities. There is a bus, the Centreline City Centre, which is absolutely free! 7 days a week and runs every 10 minutes.
The trams are definitely the most efficient way or getting around Manchester.
Whether you're after Old Trafford, the Quays' Lowry Centre, or the Train station, just a quick four squid will sort you out unless you want to dodge the inspectors.
I generally fly to manchester and then get a train in and this suits be fine as there's a train station just near where i stay.
if however you want to travel to manchesters surrounding areas i would recommend using the metrolink [a train/tram] which although a bit more expensive than the buses are 'usually' frequent quick and alot cleaner
as i don't drive this may be a little biased, but on a whole, a part from being in need of a good clean, the buses are regular and run through out the night[depending on where your going].
Failing which there are plenty of taxi firms
The best way is unfortunatley not the cheapest way! The best way is undoubtedly the tram system which is relatively new to Manchester and runs on three lines:
Bury - Mcr, Altringham - Mcr & Eccles - Mcr. They run every 6mins durin peak times and every 12 mins off-peak. They are quite pricey though and don't try getting away without buying one - everyone I know has tried it and everyone I know (including myself) has been caught = £20 fine!
Again the trams are good, there are regular buses and taxis everywhere, but unless you are rather overweight or very lazy you could try walking!
BY TRAM:The city of Manchester hosts one of the newest tram sysems in Europe, and it's quite good fun trying it out! PEAK travel times: before 9.30 AM,
OFF PEAK travel times: after 9.30 AM. The first trams run from 6 AM Monday - Saturday and from 10 AM on Sundays. Trams run every 6 minutes (Mon-Fri 7.30AM-6PM, Sat 9.30AM-5.30PM), So arriving on time at a tram station will mean you have an average wait of just 3 minutes for the next tram to arrive!
On Sundays the trams run at 15 minute intervals before 10AM and after 5PM. Between those hours Sunday trams run every 12 minutes. Tickets can be purchased from ticket vending machines at all stations. These machines do not accept copper coins or notes but do give change. Daily tickets are only valid on the date purchased. Single ticket journeys must be completed within 90 minutes. Hope this hasn't confused you!
The city of Manchester hosts one of the newest tram sysems in Europe. The first trams run from 6 AM Monday -Saturday and from 10 PM on Sundays. Manchester trams run every 6 minutes (Mon-Fri 7.30AM-6PM, Sat 9.30AM-5.30PM), So arriving on spec at a tram station will mean you have an average wait of just 3 minutes for the next tram to arrive. On Sundays the trams run at 15 minute intervals before 10AM and after 5PM. Between those hours Sunday trams run every 12 minutes. Daily tickets can be purchased from ticket vending machines at all stations. These machines do not accept copper coins or notes but do give change.
The service is excellent and very comfortable - it takes you where you need to go! The service is frequent and very reliable. The trams are clean and you do feel safe travelling on-board.