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Manchester Piccadilly Railway Station (MAN)

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City Centre, Manchester
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  • Harry F.
    "Go to Sainsburys, cheaper food than anywhere here!"(6 Tips)
    Joana V.
    "Cash machines are soooooo far away."(5 Tips)
    Dylan
    "main concourse and save a packet on cafe prices."(3 Tips)
    4sq North West England
    "platforms 13 and 14 to see the now disused Mayfield Station."(2 Tips)
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  • M R.
    M RMarch 7
    It was nice spacious and very well organized
  • Mick O.
    Mick OwensNovember 12, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Gateway to the city
  • Dalia A.
    Dalia Al MuslemOctober 31, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Always crowded and busy 😥
  • Hamoud A.
    Hamoud AlDabbousSeptember 24, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Arrived here from London to watch MUFC games 😍
  • Charlotte J.
    Charlotte JonesAugust 25, 2016
    30p for the toilet - rip off
  • Richard B.
    Richard BoyleAugust 8, 2016
    A big station but with very good sign-posting.
  • Joana V.
    Joana ViannaMay 24, 2016
    Cash machines are soooooo far away.
  • Kevin K.
    Kevin KeeganApril 7, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    To avoid the ticket inspections take the secret lift from behind the Costa kiosk at the top of the travelators near platforms 13 and 14
  • Graeme G.
    Graeme GouldenSeptember 4, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    Cheeky cash machine on the way to platforms 13 and 14 never has a queue...
  • Katherine B.
    Katherine BridgesJuly 22, 2015
    A good variety of food services to choose from. Great if you've got time to spare inbetween trains.
  • Yarn L.
    Yarn LamApril 5, 2015
    Transport Police are everywhere. Even in store displays.
  • Steve D.
    Steve DayMarch 17, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    Need an ATM? There's a few near Sainsburys, but usually a big queue to boot. Pop down the escalators and make a right for a sneaky ATM with no queue!
  • Josef S.
    Josef SzottenFebruary 16, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    Not the best of train stations. Best travel food is probably at Pret... Give yourself some extra time if you're travelling on platform 13-14. They're a bit of a walk away.
  • Michael H.
    Michael HoldsworthJanuary 11, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    Decent railway station with a good number of ticket machines and ATMs dotted around. It can still be hard work trying to get a ticket at busy times, though. Fridays are a nightmare for ticket machines
  • Jennifer C.
    Jennifer CarterJanuary 10, 2015
    Big with lots of shops to browse whilst waiting for train. Close to centre
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew ManwaringNovember 30, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Platform 14 is one hell of a trek…
  • Alex C.
    Alex ChestersSeptember 23, 2014
    Huge railway station with links to many lines, lots of shops too
  • Bora D.
    Bora DemiralanSeptember 17, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Very central location
  • Alexandre C.
    Alexandre CurielSeptember 4, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Huge station! Free wifi
  • Andrew G.
    Andrew GoateAugust 29, 2014
    Easy to get to and plenty of things to keep you busy while you wait.
  • Courtney E.
    Courtney ElyAugust 16, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    This station seems to be too warm in both summer and winter! Hide in Starbucks.
  • Victoria G.
    Free wifi. Also, everything's organized so you won't get lost.
  • Paul C.
    Paul C.July 22, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Apple ear bud wearers..... ever considered that not everyone wants to share your tinny music through those crappy ear pieces? No, thought not.
  • Helen K.
    Helen KeeganJuly 16, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Sit on the balcony and watch the trains - with calamari and an aperol spritz.
  • Nick W.
    Nick WilsonMay 29, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    The best value breakfast (and lunch deal) food is at Gregg's just outside the station - a coffee and bacon and sausage roll for £2.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Luke P.
    Luke PopplewellMay 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Take your headphones off, Trains have a habit of having their platforms changed at the last minute.
  • Colin W.
    Colin WilkesApril 10, 2014
    Good Cornish pasty from the Pasty Shop, which is NOT called the Potato Wedges Shop for very good reason
  • Andy L.
    Andy LowryJanuary 3, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Ignore the screens and tannoy. They frequently lie.
  • Dave R.
    Dave RobinsonNovember 17, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    There are 2 ticket machines opposite Starbucks which no-one ever uses - save yourself queueing!
  • Dave R.
    Dave RobinsonNovember 17, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    There's a cash machine on Platform 10 which never has a queue + at basement level by taxi/Metrolink exit.
  • Kennarf
    KennarfOctober 17, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Look up at the joists in the main concourse - they are all marked with names of famous mancunians from the last 200 years.
  • Feras F.
    Feras FelimbanOctober 7, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    As there isn't a single Bin 🚮 on the platforms "for security reasons", keep your rubbish on you
  • Kelly G.
    Kelly GortonJuly 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Delice de France is nice but don't go unless you have half an hour before your train... Slowest service ever!
  • Harry F.
    Harry FoxJuly 4, 2013
    Go to Sainsburys, cheaper food than anywhere here!
  • Braxton C.
    Braxton ChongJune 22, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Be careful if someone come up to you and ask for money for traveling. He is a con guy and have asked from me more than four/ five times now.
  • Iain M.
    Iain MacraeJune 20, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Despite the bad rail press Virgin are the best train co in the UK. Go for it team Virgin, we love you
  • Oliver S.
    Oliver SearsJune 5, 2013
    Such a great range of services on offer, including the food!
  • Francesca H.
    Francesca HolmesJune 3, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Sainsburys doesn't open till 6, so come prepared if you're on the 5:55 train
  • Gareth W.
    Gareth WilliamsJune 2, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Go up to Carluccio's on the first floor for some fantastic food! Coffees are only £1 in the mornings
  • Jamie B.
    Jamie BarlowMay 20, 2013
    Take your headphones out to listen for platform changes, as they're not always shown on the departure boards.
  • Hadzri G.
    Hadzri GhazaliMay 15, 2013
    Breadbox just in front of gate 11&12 offers tasty £1 hotchoc
  • Iain M.
    Iain MalloryApril 14, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Virgin doesn't run a direct service to Glasgow so check journey details prior to departure
  • Oliver C.
    Oliver ColesApril 9, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Virgin Trains coaches F and U on eleven car trains are not reserved. They are at the centre of the train.
  • Bernardo N.
    Bernardo NunesApril 2, 2013
    Honest food deals at Sainsbury´s.
  • Tanvir H.
    Tanvir HamidFebruary 21, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    £4 parking all weekend? Cool!
  • Rob K.
    Rob KnibbsFebruary 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Sainsbury's meal deal at £3 is likely your best bet if you need to eat on the hoof but want to keep both of your arms and legs.
  • Gari W.
    Gari WellinghamJanuary 27, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Pigeons will try and race you to the trains in order to snaffle up the best seats. Beat them up the concourse, or else you totally will end up sat next to a toilet!
  • Richard P.
    Richard PetersonJanuary 14, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    If possible don't use northern rail, its incredibly shit service.
  • Anders
    AndersDecember 26, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Please note that there are NO TRAINS running, ANYWHERE, in Britain on December 25 & 26, every year.
  • Dylan
    DylanNovember 27, 2012
    Get bakery items from Sainsburys behind main concourse and save a packet on cafe prices.
  • Paul S.
    Paul ShepherdNovember 4, 2012
    If spending the night and can't get a bed, don't sleep in waiting areas. VERY cold, benches uncomfy. 30p for the toilets or jump turnstyle if quiet, kip in cubicles. Not classy or comfy but it's warm.
  • Kaleigh P.
    Kaleigh PieOctober 26, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Guards will no longer let you through to buy on the train & take pleasure in taking ages to examine your ticket when you're obviously in a rush
  • Andrew K.
    Andrew KoSeptember 27, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the bacon & cheese croissant at Delice de France. DELICIOUS!
  • David B.
    David BakerAugust 27, 2012
    Easy place to get around if if you aren't from the area.
  • Chevrolet M.
    Chevrolet ManagerAugust 24, 2012
    Are you ready for another football season? Stop by the Chevrolet Fan Zone at Old Trafford to get closer to your favorite team, Manchester United.
  • Joseph D.
    Joseph DentJuly 12, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Once you're on a train. Put the generic iThink NotePad away and have a nap. You deserve it. It's been a long and probably arduous day or meetings and bullshit office politics.
    Upvoted 18 hours ago
  • David G.
    David GrahamJune 11, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Northern Rail ticket checks have moved from platform 13/14 concourse to 10/11 entrances.
  • Jack H.
    Jack HJune 7, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Home of the PA [public address system] with so much echo and delay a old School dub reggae sound system would be proud to own it.
  • Alan S.
    Alan SalmonJune 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't want to pay for the bog? Find a train not going for 5 mins and use that!
  • George N.
    George NicolaJune 5, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Burger King, Yo Sushi and Starbuck's...what more do you want? ;-)
  • Thomas R.
    Thomas ReiserMay 30, 2012
    Watch out for birds
  • Kitsune L.
    Kitsune ListerMay 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    maybe take a look at the poor sister station over the road. ( mayfield station) now abandoned.
  • Aids
    AidsApril 20, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Use this station instead of Victoria whenever possible. A LOT cleaner.
  • Colette B.
    Colette BoothApril 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The Upper Crust do lovely sandwiches - my favourite cheese and tomato on white baguette
  • Rob O.
    Rob OubridgeMarch 31, 2012
    Super helpful ticket staff, just ask, they can do wonders!
  • Yoram L.
    Yoram LishanskyMarch 14, 2012
    Best coffee at the station is in Cafe Ritazza
  • Eugene F.
    Eugene FarrellMarch 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Pret a Manger make the best sandwiches here
  • Remi K.
    Remi KoladeMarch 4, 2012
    At 5.30am, it's the place where you're dreams go to die
  • Andy K.
    Andy KinseyFebruary 29, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Cheap hot drinks at the breadbox...
  • Mike K.
    Mike KellyFebruary 25, 2012
    Came to Manchester to use the Trams. The service was not running when I was there, so spent the day in Manchester instead
  • Andy P.
    Andy ParkinJanuary 23, 2012
    Get a train to Sheffield as soon as possible. The only good thing about Manchester is that it has an airport so you can fly away quicker than the train ....
  • Dan A.
    Dan AldersonJanuary 20, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Go to the bagel factory and get a big breakfast! Yum!
  • Amit C.
    Amit CJanuary 4, 2012
    The chocolate Yule log in Starbucks is very yummy!! Try it!
  • Andrew H.
    Andrew HarrisonDecember 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Be sure to check for platform changes...
  • Harry B.
    Harry BarhamNovember 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The trains often arrive and leave at the far end of the platforms, don't miss yours!
  • Colette B.
    Colette BoothNovember 14, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Allow sufficient extra time for ticket checks/purchased as they can take a while and they're very grumpy!
  • Andy K.
    Andy KinseyNovember 11, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    starbuck have free wifi!
  • Sharon J.
    Sharon JNovember 10, 2011
    Go up to cafe ritazza, grab a coffee and people watch!
  • michaela h.
    michaela halsallNovember 4, 2011
    Before leaving. Katsu @ yo sushi.
  • David L.
    David LambNovember 2, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    You can use the travelators to move about quickly...on the rare occasions they are working
  • Iain M.
    Iain MalloryOctober 20, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Early morning trains to the airport all the way out in the most remote part of station platform 13
  • Gareth S.
    Gareth SeftonSeptember 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Bread Box does tea for a quid and sausage or bacon butties for 2 quid.
  • Matthew P.
    Matthew PopeSeptember 7, 2011
    Dear National Rail,In exchange for my hard earned 30p, could you please provide me with clean toilets that actually have sufficient levels of pulp based arse wipes?Many thanks
  • Ellen P.
    Ellen PickettAugust 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If u are traveling to London, coach E is the non reserved coach with virgin. Even if u have a reservation it tends to be quieter than the likes of A-C.
  • Heather W.
    Heather WaltonAugust 12, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    You'll probably spend half the time looking to get change to have a piss!
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BellafonteAugust 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the best looking and most well designed stations up north I have been to. Clean too which is a bonus ^_^
  • 4sq North West England
    Look across from platforms 13 and 14 to see the now disused Mayfield Station.
    Upvoted Apr 3
  • Hannah S.
    Hannah SmithAugust 4, 2011
    Leave an extra five minutes to get to platforms 13 and 14 because they're away from the others
  • David H.
    David HulstonJuly 21, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Be careful in wet weather and for gods sake don't cycle or skateboard. Look out for as many mini hitlers as you can. Last count I got 17
  • Greyscale E.
    Greyscale EusebioJuly 18, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Tickets displaying MANCHESTER CTLZ travel free on the metrolink trams in the center.
  • Chris W.
    Chris WJuly 16, 2011
    Notes have to be crisp for the ticket machine to accept them!
  • Adam W.
    Adam WrightJune 25, 2011
    No matter what the weather is, wrap up 'cause it's fucking freezing when you're sat there waiting for your train!
  • Duncan M.
    Duncan MannJune 10, 2011
    Please keep right on the escalators and travellators - some of us are running for a train!
  • Mo' T.
    Mo' T.June 8, 2011
    Virgin train wireless is free and reliable for iPhone usage!
  • Craig S.
    Craig SutherlandMay 29, 2011
    Be aware that there are THREE exits if someone is meeting you...
  • Matthew H.
    Matthew HarveyMay 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The cash point up near platform 13/14 can do £5 notes!
  • Jamie A.
    Jamie AldersonMay 17, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Don't try and buy a young persons ticket from the machine, get it from the ticket counters. £2 cheaper!
  • Oreeka O.
    Oreeka OnlineMay 11, 2011
    Don't lose your tickets, otherwise could cost you a lot more for your train journey.
  • Joe R.
    Joe RackhamApril 18, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    The ticket inspectors working for Northern Rail are awful. They're rude and argumentative. No customer service skills.
  • Andy D.
    Andy DApril 4, 2011
    Male toilet on top of stairs by escalator has a security camera overlooking the cubicle - not very nice!
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    AshwagMarch 23
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