Getting Around in ManchesterEdit This
Manchester is served by a number of bus companies, the Metrolink tram (linking Bury, Eccles and Altincham), two mainline stations (Picadilly and Victoria) and several smaller stations. There are also three free city centre shuttle buses (routes 1, 2 and 3) that serve the city centre linking the public transport hubs and car parks. Night buses run on Friday and Saturday night from about 12:30 to 3:30 am to selected destinations from Picadilly Gardens.
City buses use two interchanges - one at Picaddilly Gardens serving mainly southern routes and one at Shudehill (near Exchange Square) serving mainly northern routes; both have associated Metrolink stations, and Shudehill has a long stay car park. Unlike many other countries, there are no transfers or single ticket journeys on Manchester's buses, and as a consequence of deregulation multiday passes from one company may not be accepted by the others.
For more information see http://www.gmpte.gov.uk. This site also has a comprehensive route planner that will tell you what combination of public transport options you need to get from any point in Greater Manchester to any other.
The centre of Manchester itself is quite compact and walkable, and increasingly pedestrianised.
Oxford road is the spine of the student life, and consequently served by many competing companies making it easy to reach attractions such as the Whitworth Gallery and Rusholme's curry mile.