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Trains to Manchester Piccadilly Station

Manchester Piccadilly train station is one of four mainline stations in Manchester City Centre, the others being Oxford Road rail station, Victoria Rail Station, and Deansgate. Manchester Airport train station is reachable in 20 minutes on the train from Manchester Piccadilly. Previously, there was an additional station, Manchester Central; this closed in 1969 and was converted into an emergency hospital during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Manchester Piccadilly is the main station in Manchester City Centre and the third busiest station in the UK outside London, serving over 30 million passengers between April 2019 and March 2020. The station is also the fourth busiest interchange outside of London, with over 2 million passengers changing trains here every year.

Manchester Piccadilly Rail Station is one of 19 major stations managed by Network Rail. There are 14 stations at Manchester Piccadilly Railway Station in total. Services from Manchester Piccadilly run across the country to cities including Stoke On Trent, Bristol, and Liverpool. The majority of trains to Manchester that stop at Manchester Piccadilly are run by Northern and Transpennine Express, with Avanti West Coast, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway and Transport for Wales also operating trains to the station.

Station Area Map

Manchester Piccadilly Rail Station is located in the North West of England. The train station is in the city centre, slightly to the East on Fairfield Street. Several landmarks are nearby, including Palace Theatre Manchester, Manchester Art Gallery, and the National Football Museum. Manchester Oxford Road and Deansgate train station are a short walk away should you be transiting between the stations.

Manchester Piccadilly train station has 12 platforms from which services start, travelling to locations to the south. Platforms 13 and 14 are used for through services to North Wales, North West England, Yorkshire, North East England, and Scotland.

Hotels Near Manchester Piccadilly Station

Station Details and Facilities


Manchester Piccadilly Station, Piccadilly Station Approach, Manchester, Greater Manchester M60 7RA

General Information

Station Opening Hours: Manchester Piccadilly is closed from 01:00 until 03:15, subject to the arrival of the last train and the departure of the first train in the morning.

Ticket Buying and Collection

You can book tickets with Split My Fare. You will have the option to receive e-Tickets via email or collect your tickets from the self-service ticket machines at Manchester Piccadilly Train Station.

Passenger Services

Train information point:

  • Fairfield Street entrance
  • Entrance from the long stay car park
  • Near platform 1
  • In the Satellite lounge

Opening Times:

  • Monday to Saturday 07:00 – 22:00
  • Sunday 08:30 – 21:00

Station Facilities


  • Main concourse
  • Platform 10
  • Fairfield Street mezzanine level
  • Fairfield Street exit

Baby Changing Facilities:

  • Opposite platforms 11–12.
  • In the satellite lounge near the footbridge, towards platforms 13–14.

First Class Lounge:

  • Opposite the ticket office on the main concourse.
  • Entrance with Avanti West Coast Anytime, Off-Peak First Class, or Advance First Class tickets
  • Opening hours: Monday - Friday 06:00 - 19:30 Saturday 08:00 - 18:00 Sunday 09:30 - 19:30

Photo Booth

  • On the concourse opposite Café Nero.
  • Platform 10.
  • In the satellite lounge waiting area.

Post Box:

  • Top of station approach, outside the station doors next to Boots.


  • Coffee shop
  • Buffet
  • Coffee kiosk
  • Pub (Seating available)
  • Food outlet (Seating unavailable)


  • Newsagent
  • Mini supermarket
  • Pharmacy
  • High street shops


  • On the main Concourse.


  • Coffee shop
  • Buffet
  • Coffee kiosk
  • Pub (Seating available)
  • Food outlet (Seating unavailable)


All entrances are step-free, and there is level access to all platforms.


  • Platforms 8/9 – overbridge
  • Platforms 10/11 – overbridge/li>
  • Satellite Lounge – Fairfield Street car park – platform 12
  • Multi-storey car park (x2)
  • Upper concourse – platform level – Fairfield Street car park
  • Platforms 13/14 – overbridge
  • Concourse to retail level (x2)
  • Concourse level – mezzanine – Metrolink platforms (operated by Metrolink)

Passenger Assistance Point:

  • Located on the main concourse.
  • Opening times: Monday to Saturday 07:00 – 2200 and Sunday 08:00 – 2200.

Wheelchairs are available for use around the station.

There is a ramp for train access available.

Ticket office

On the main concourse.

  • Monday - Sunday 06:00 - 21:00
  • Advance Tickets: Mon-Sun 0600-2100

Ticket machines are open 24 hours, with accessible ticket machines available.

If there is an issue with printing your train ticket, please contact customer services at the Ticket Office.


Men’s, women’s, accessible toilets, and baby changing:

  • Opposite platforms 11–12
  • Satellite lounge near the footbridge, towards platforms 13–14

A Radar key is required for the accessible toilets or contact any station staff member.


Free public WiFi.


Accessible Parking:

  • There are three Blue Badge spaces within 50 metres of the Fairfield Street entrance. Normal charges apply. Station access is step-free.

There is a long stay car park and a short stay car park.

Bicycle Facilities

Cycle racks on Fairfield Street, in the long stay car park, and on Station Approach off Ducie Street.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which is the main train station in Manchester?

Manchester Piccadilly is the main station in Manchester. Oxford Road, Deansgate, and Manchester Victoria are the other stations in Manchester City Centre. Manchester Airport train station is near Manchester.

Is Manchester Victoria the same as Piccadilly?

Manchester Victoria station is not the same as Manchester Piccadilly. Manchester Victoria is also a mainline station but not as busy as Manchester Piccadilly.

Is Manchester Piccadilly station open 24 hours?

Manchester Piccadilly is not open 24 hours a day, it is closed from 01:00 until 03:15

How many platforms does Manchester Piccadilly train station have?

Manchester Piccadilly Train Station has 14 platforms. The first 12 twelve platforms are terminus platforms travelling south and the last two platforms are for through services.

Which Manchester train station is nearest to shops?

Manchester Piccadilly, Oxford Road, Deansgate, and Victoria train stations are all in the city centre and close to the shops.

What is the postcode for Manchester Piccadilly station?

The postcode for Manchester Piccadilly Station is M60 7RA.