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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)
    Andy L.
    "left side of the escalator."(5 Tips)
    Joana V.
    "Cash machines are soooooo far away."(5 Tips)
    4sq North West England
    "platforms 13 and 14 to see the now disused Mayfield Station."(2 Tips)
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  • Mike H.
    Mike HughesAugust 11
    Picadilly tap on the balcony does jugs of beer (fosters, Amstel and strong bow) for 8 quid.
  • Fiona C.
    Manchester's main railway station with train services to everywhere in the UK
  • 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 AlmuslemOctober 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
    Upvoted Sep 24
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Mazher A.
    Mazher AbidiMarch 12, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Worse drop off/pick up car lanes anywhere. 20 minute free exit applies to the short stay car park as well not just the drop off area so use it.
  • Matthew H.
    Matthew HigginsMarch 9, 2011
    Visit The Bagels Factory, opposite Boots the Chemist, for pretty well made bagels, especially for breakfast
  • Tom D.
    Tom DavyMarch 3, 2011
    Live a little, go backwards on the smooth elevators. You'll attract so much attention you may become one of the station's few tourist attractions
  • Hazwan M.
    Hazwan MFebruary 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Everyone is rushing. Watch where you're going!
  • Binky B.
    Binky BunnyJanuary 29, 2011
    The coldest indoor station in Britain. And don't expect a seat!
  • Adam S.
    Adam SmithJanuary 16, 2011
    You can make super-quick time between the concourse and the through platforms by using the travelators.
  • Ben H.
    Ben HollingsworthJanuary 10, 2011
    You've more chance of finding a needle in a haystack than you have of finding a rubbish bin here!
  • J A.
    J AshrafJanuary 3, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    If you stand at the pasty shop you can pick up free wifi from virgin first class lounge.
  • Jack B.
    Jack BakerDecember 14, 2010
    Get a boost drink
  • Adam T.
    Adam TalbotDecember 13, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The concept of keeping to the right is lost upon the zombie-like commuters.
  • Alice M.
    Alice MuirheadDecember 4, 2010
    no hints as to when the shops open, or maybe I'm just daft. people need coffee at 4.14am!
  • Tria H.
    Tria HallNovember 28, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    If you're changing your baby in the toilets, be considerate & put the nappy in the designated bin there for it & not the general one so they don't stink the place out for the next person!
  • Sally K.
    Sally KNovember 16, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    bargain with the taxi drivers for an agreed price to where you want to go don't just accept ridiculous meter prices !
  • Visit Manchester
    Visit ManchesterNovember 10, 2010
    Catch the Metroshuttle bus numbers 1 and 3 from outside the main station entrance for free travel around the city centre.
  • Tria H.
    Tria HallNovember 9, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    If the upstairs ticket machines have long queues, there're 2 at the bottom of the escalator to the Metrolink platform, on the right.
  • Luke B.
    Luke BarteyNovember 6, 2010
    Don't stick around at 0340 it isn't the nicest place to be!!
  • Alex A.
    Alex AnthonyOctober 28, 2010
    Try the Cornish Pasty - medium size - full of meat & veg. Value for money on these cold trips to the north.
  • Simon D.
    Simon DavisonOctober 26, 2010
    be careful on the platforms during wet weather as the rain falls through the holes in the roof and the surfaces are like ice rinks
  • Matt H.
    Matt HOctober 15, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Remember, it's not permitted to rollerblade, skateboard, or cycle on this station.
  • Johnny V.
    Johnny VulkanOctober 7, 2010
    If you can plan ahead you can pick up an advanced 1st Class ticket for less than a standard one on the day. Enjoy the breakfast, coffee and free wi-fi
  • Sam K.
    Sam KennerleyOctober 6, 2010
    The cash points in the main station always busy if you don't want to wait walk 20 meters to platform 10 and use the free Barclays ATM on the infomation point
  • Van L.
    Van LeOctober 1, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    It rains on the platforms too. Unless you don't mind a bit of drizzle, stay inside the station until you can board your train immediately.
  • Mervyn L.
    Mervyn LaiSeptember 19, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    We need waste bins in here, terrorists be damned. There is one big bin on the right when you exit the main entrance
  • Oreeka O.
    Oreeka OnlineSeptember 5, 2010
    Buying a northern duo is your best option if 2 of you are travelling
  • Emily J.
    Emily JauchenAugust 12, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Absolutely impossible to hear anything in the main bit of the station when pouring rain.
  • Keith A.
    Keith AndrewJuly 26, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    They're good toilets!
  • John K.
    John KJuly 14, 2010
    M&S might be a little on the expensive side but the food is wicked and the staff I have noticed are very friendly at the moment. Wonder if they have a new customer service initiative?!
  • Jessica B.
    Jessica BarrettJuly 6, 2010
    Always have your ticket ready at ALL times. If you're running to catch a connecting train its not fun rooting through your bag at the gate for ticket check grrrrr
  • James M.
    James McMay 15, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Changing between platforms 13/14 and Metrolink? You could use the lift between the departure lounge and Fairfield Street and avoid the main concourse.
  • Adil Raza S.
    Adil Raza ShaikhMay 10, 2010
    Free ATMS !!!
  • Andy L.
    Andy LoughranApril 26, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    If there's a long queue for the cash machine, head down to the taxi rank and there's a cash machine in the left side of the escalator.
  • Paul S.
    Paul SpavenFebruary 21, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Food can be a bit on the expensive side try getting a free bite card from www.bitecard.co.uk... you can get 20% off at some shops. Sainsburys and Boots have some offers on. Venture outside to Subway a
  • Miss_ B.
    Miss_ BriggsFebruary 9, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Cheaper to get a tea on the train if you're commuting out, but you can't beat starbucks if you want coffee!
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