Manchester International Airport (ten miles south of the city) is the largest airport outside of London. Frequent flights arrive from major UK and European cities. Direct trains and buses run between the airport and Piccadilly Station, on the city's east side. Taxis are also available.
There are frequent trains to and from Manchester to the rest of the country. Regional trains to points south, east and west call both at Piccadilly Station and at Oxford Road Station, south of the centre, while Victoria Station (in the north), services the northern hinterland and Bradford. Train services from major UK cities are frequent and comfortable.
National Express and long-distance buses use Chorlton Street Coach Station, a few hundred yards west of Piccadilly train station. The National Express bus service serves most major cities almost hourly; destinations include Liverpool, Leeds and London.
A Day Saver ticket gives unlimited travel on any city bus. Information about transport services are available from the Travel Shop, in Piccadilly Gardens. Metrolink - the electric tram service – whisks through the city centre and out to the suburbs. There are stations at Piccadilly Station, Piccadilly Gardens, St Peter's Square, G-Mex, Market Street and Victoria Station, though (trips to Salford Quays aside) you're unlikely to use the system for getting around, unless you simply fancy the ride.