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Manchester United face Serbian side Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League on Thursday 7 November at 8pm.


Key information

  • Tram, bus and walking are the best ways to get to Old Trafford.

  • A fast and frequent tram service runs to Old Trafford every six minutes from Manchester city centre.

  • Currently, the 53, 79, 250, 255, 256, 263 and x50 bus services run close to Old Trafford.

  • Parking is available around the ground at certain locations. You can find out more information regarding parking on the club’s website.

  • Greater Manchester’s Park and Ride facilities will all be open and provide convenient connections to Old Trafford.

  • If you cannot avoid driving to the match, can you car share and help reduce the overall number of vehicles on the road?

  • Follow @OfficialTfGM and @MCRMetrolink for live travel information throughout the day.



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Fast, frequent and reliable services run to Old Trafford. Journeys take around 15 minutes from Manchester city centre with four stops within easy walking distance of the ground:

  • Old Trafford
  • Trafford Bar
  • Exchange Quay
  • Salford Quays

Tickets

For the 2019/20 season, Metrolink passengers will benefit from a new and easy-to-use contactless payment system – enabling them to touch in at the start of a journey and out at the end using a contactless bank card or another contactless-enabled payment device, such as a phone or watch.

Metrolink operates a zonal fare system with Old Trafford located in zone 2. Travel from the city centre to Old Trafford will require a zone 1+2 ticket.

Event tickets will still be available from staff at Piccadilly, Piccadilly Gardens, and Market Street before the game and at Old Trafford after the game for £4 for an adult and £2 for a child (return) beating the queue at ticket machines and getting you there quicker.

For further information and a full list of zones and ticket prices, visit the dedicated Metrolink ticket zone page.

You must have a valid ticket before you board a tram. Please be aware that ticket checks take place across the network.

Park and Ride

You can avoid the busy match day traffic by parking at one of the following tram stops and using Metrolink. With plenty of Park and Ride car parks across the network, it’s easy to park up and hop on the tram for a hassle-free journey to the ground. Car parking at the below sites is free if you travel by tram:

  • East Didsbury with 302 spaces – Kingsway, Parrs Wood M19 1TB
  • Brooklands with 108 spaces – Marsland Road/Brooklands Road, M33 3SQ
  • Navigation Road with 81 spaces – Navigation Road, WA14 1NF
  • Sale Water Park with 300 spaces – Rifle Road, M33 2LX
  • Ladywell with 250 spaces – Eccles New Road, Eccles, M6 8HD

Please note the Park and Ride facilities are only available to Metrolink customers during the hours of service.


Bus

Currently, the 53, 79, 250, 255, 256, 263 and x50 services run close to Old Trafford.

You can plan your bus journey by using the TfGM Route Explorer.

Ensure you check the latest service information with your bus operator before you travel and allow plenty of time as services may take longer than usual on a matchday.

Bus operators will always have the latest information about their services. Follow them on Twitter:

If you are not travelling to the game, but are planning on using public transport, you should consider the following:

  • Journey times for some bus passengers vary on match days so you should consider setting off earlier to avoid the rush.
  • If you are not attending the match, try to avoid the busiest times before and after the match.

Driving

Roads in Trafford and the surrounding areas, including the local motorway network, will be extremely busy and there may be additional road closures and diversions in place. Please check your route before you travel and allow more time for your journey.

Parking

Match day car parking is limited and fans are advised to pre-book their space.
A strictly-enforced resident parking scheme is in place on the streets around Old Trafford, which is made clear through on-street signage. Please do not park in these areas, as you will be fined and your vehicle could be clamped or removed. Please respect the needs of local residents.

Roadworks

Don’t forget work to extend the Metrolink network out to Trafford Park Line is currently under way and a number of roads are affected. New match day traffic management arrangements are in place so plan your route before setting off.

The key roads that are affected are Trafford Wharf Road and Village Way.

A map of the work and suggested diversion routes is available.


Walking and Cycling

Old Trafford is only three miles from the city centre and so walking and cycling are good options to get to and from the match.

Use our handy maps to see the quickest walking and cycling routes.

If you are travelling to Old Trafford by bicycle, there are free cycle racks located at the following car parks:

  • N2 (Sir Alex Ferguson Stand)
  • E2 (East Stand)
  • W2 (West Stand)

Please note, you will need to use your own secure bike lock.

Bicycles must not be secured in any other areas across the stadium site at any time. Bicycles secured outside of authorised cycle racks will be promptly removed, which may result in damage for which the club will not be held liable.


Train

Manchester is well served by rail, with services running into Manchester Piccadilly, Oxford Road and Victoria. Fans can connect to onward tram services from Victoria and Piccadilly.

If you’re travelling into the city centre by rail you can purchase a Metrolink add-on to your rail ticket allowing onward travel to the stadium by tram.

Be sure to plan ahead and check the latest train times on the National Rail website before you travel.


Away fans

We're pleased to welcome away fans to Old Trafford.

Away fans are located in the corner between the East and Sir Bobby Charlton Stands, near to Sir Matt Busby Way.

Turnstiles open two hours before kick-off with enhanced searches of supporters taking place at the turnstiles. Supporters are advised to arrive at the stadium in plenty of time as there may be queues to enter the stadium. Bags are restricted in size, and must be no larger than 20cm x 15cm x 5cm to be allowed in.

Coaches park close to the away end in the car park opposite the East Stand.

Further information about visiting Old Trafford as an away fan is available on the Manchester United website.

Details on travelling to Old Trafford from Manchester city centre are available below.

Visiting Manchester

If you’re visiting Manchester for the match and want to see more of the sites why not check out the Visit Manchester website to see what else this great city has to offer.

Manchester is home to the world's biggest football museum, exploring the beautiful game – past and present – through first class exhibitions. The National Football Museum is located in the city centre and open daily from 10am to 5pm.


Making travel easier

TfGM is aiming to make travel easier by:

  • Providing additional support on social media channels @OfficialTfGM and @MCRMetrolink for live travel information throughout the day.
  • Helping to raise awareness of the road closures associated with the football and Trafford Park Line extension by advising people of what they can do to make their journey easier.
  • Working with Metrolink to add extra capacity when it’s needed, especially at peak periods on the busiest lines.
  • Enhanced monitoring at its network control centre so UTC Engineers can optimise traffic flows by altering signal timings.
  • Providing travel advice and easy to follow maps for all home fixtures.

Accessibility

Greater Manchester has a good public transport network. The accessibility of services is improving, but some parts of the network contain obstacles for disabled people. We have a dedicated webpage to help those with accessibility issues.