Manchester’s principal station
Manchester Piccadilly was at the heart of the industrial revolution when the railway came to the city in 1830. The potential to link the city with other industrial towns and cities made Manchester an important centre for railway investment, and its role as a hub continues to this day.
Passenger satisfaction levels are at 86.5 per cent and 30.2 million passengers pass through the station annually.
The busiest of five stations in Manchester, with 14 platforms, Piccadilly opened in 1842.
All timings contained in this website are subject to local change due to the Covid 19 pandemic. Please refer to national and government guidance regarding travel.
Station opening hours
- Until further notice, Manchester Piccadilly is closed from 0100 until 0315, subject to the arrival of the last train and the departure of the first train in the morning.
- The satellite lounge, which supports access to platforms 13/14, closes between 0100-0500 for maintenance and essential cleaning. These times are subject to change at short notice due to train movements. To access platforms 13/14 between these times, please use the lift facilities at the end platforms 8 and 10. When travelling from platforms 13/14, please use the lifts on the overbridge to access the main station.
Tickets and travel information
National Rail Enquiries
03457 48 49 50
Textphone: 0345 60 50 600
Welsh language line: 0345 60 40 500
Network Rail helpdesk and general station enquiries: 03457 11 41 41
Find your way around using the Manchester Piccadilly station map (PDF, 277 KB)
British Transport Police
For assistance speak to any member of station staff or contact the British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 (24 hours) or text 61016. In an emergency call 999.