Travelling to Manchester
First CrossCountry train - 13:40
Last CrossCountry train - 18:40
Travelling from Cheltenham to Manchester
Manchester is an exciting city to visit, whatever the reason for your journey. Whether you have specific activities in mind, or are taking your time to wander and explore, there’s plenty to keep you busy in this city.
Are there direct trains from Cheltenham to Manchester?
Yes, CrossCountry runs regular direct services from Cheltenham to Manchester.
What amenities are available onboard trains from Cheltenham to Manchester?
All our trains from Cheltenham to Manchester offer you the standard of service you would expect from CrossCountry – comfortable seats, electric points as standard, and ample luggage storage. A trolley service of light refreshments is also available on all our trains. If you fancy a bit more luxury, we recommend upgrading to First Class, where you’ll have extra legroom, free WiFi and complimentary hot drinks.
Does Manchester Piccadilly station have step-free access?
Manchester Piccadilly is accessible to those with a range of mobility needs. The station has step-free access throughout, as well as ramps for train access and accessible ticket machines and counters.
How far is the city centre?
Manchester Piccadilly Station is located right in the heart of the city, making it easy to reach most of the key attractions.
Does the station have family areas?
For those travelling with babies, there are dedicated baby changing areas available. There are also comfortable waiting rooms and a few shops and cafés that are perfect for families.
For further information about Manchester Piccadilly Station, check out our station guide.
Once you have arrived in Manchester
Onward travel: Buses, Taxis & Trams
Upon arrival in Manchester, there are several onward travel options. A regular tram service connects Manchester Piccadilly with the wider city. Manchester also enjoys an extensive bus network which spreads throughout the city. If you’re looking to go further afield, the Arriva bus service also offers great service to surrounding towns in the North East.
Shopping in Manchester
Manchester has something to offer everyone, and shopping is no exception. There are many shopping malls in the city, where well-known brands and independent local stores sit side by side. Popular ones include Manchester Arndale, intu Trafford Centre and Market Street.
Indulge your inner fashionista on Manchester’s King Street, whether you buy pieces from the designer collections available, or just window shop. In the Northern Quarter, you will be able to browse lesser known brands, quirky local artisanal goods, and a great selection of second hand and vintage clothing.
Culture in Manchester
Manchester is one the liveliest culture hubs in the UK. The city is home to a great range of theatres, from the traditional Palace Theatre, which hosts touring shows in a historic setting, to The Dancehouse, where original shows are set against sumptuous Art Deco surroundings. There are several independent cinemas in the city which show a range of exciting indie films, as well as blockbusters.
Music also plays a big part in the culture of Manchester, which is perhaps unsurprising from a city which produced The Smiths, the Bee Gees and Joy Division. Discover the next big act at one of the city’s many intimate live music venues, like The Castle Hotel, Gullivers and Gorilla.
Spending time in Manchester?
If you want to spend a day, a weekend or an entire week in Manchester, check out our helpful Guide to Manchester to help you organise the perfect trip.