During my trip to Europe last month, we went to Manchester for a couple of days from the Netherlands. The main reason is to visit the Old Trafford as my husband's favourite football team is the Manchester United. From Schipol Airport, we went to Manchester on Easyjet. You may check the pricing here http://www.easyjet.com/en.
|We stayed at Travelodge Manchester Airport as it was easier for us to travel anywhere as the airport has everything. I reckon the hotel was quite cheap as we got only £15 per night and was it quite a good one as well. You may check the pricing and book a room here http://www.travelodge.co.uk/.|
How to get to the hotel from the airport? Easy, a shuttle service runs to and from the airport. Just call the number stated at a few corners at the airport using the telephone provided. For one way travel the cost is - 1 person £5.00, 2-3 people £7.00, 4 people £8.00, 5 people £10.00, 6 people £12.00, 7 people £14 and 8 people £16.00. It also runs vice versa, just book your shuttle at the reception counter a day before you plan to go to the airport.
Now, I had the trouble to get the shuttle on the day we arrived in Manchester as the hotel did not pick up the phone. So we found the alternative way to get there, just take the bus no. 18 from Stand K and get off at the Airport Cargo Centre. From there, just go to your right and you will see Travelodge right in front you. This would be cheaper and will cost you £1.30.
|On the first day we arrived, we went to the city by taking a train from the airport to Manchester Piccadily. You may check the pricing here http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/.|
Travelling around Manchester is so easy as they provide Metroshuttle bus (free city center bus service). We started our journey by doing a few shopping. We took the Metroshuttle 1 (orange colour) from the Piccadily Station and got off at Marks & Spenser at the Market Street.
Surprisingly, we found a halal KFC at the food court there and we had our lunch like we've never tasted KFC before :p.
Get more of the Metroshuttle bus info here http://www.tfgm.com/buses/Pages/metroshuttle.aspx
|Hard Rock Cafe Manchester is within the shopping area as well. From the Marks & Spenser, just take your left and go straight. You will see HRC right in front of you.|
|Our next trip, was the MUST HAVE itinerary, which is visiting the Old Trafford Football Stadium where the MUFC is. Take a tram towards Altrincham at the Market Street and get off at Old Trafford Station.|
From there it is a straight walk down the Warwick Road and then Sir Matt Busby Way to Old Trafford itself. The signs may be able to assist you as well.
Wait for my next entry on our day trip to Liverpool.