Victoria Station, Hunts Bank, Manchester, United Kingdom, M3 1AR

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About AO Arena

The AO Arena is one of the busiest venues in the world, and the largest indoor arena in Europe. Opened in 1995, the arena has staged the biggest names in live entertainment; from U2, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Ricky Hatton and Pavarotti to a record-breaking 27 shows by local band Take That. Attracting over one million visitors each year, the 21,000 capacity Arena was named 'International Venue of the Year' in 2002 by industry publication Pollstar and has been nominated an unrivalled eight consecutive times.

Journey Planner
Manchester Arena is located in the City Centre, on the corner of Trinity Way, Hunts Bank and Great Ducie Street, and is adjacent to Victoria Station. For Sat Nav systems our postcode is M3 1AR.


If travelling by car, the Manchester Arena is situated on the A56, 3 miles from Junction 17 of the M62.


The official NCP on-site multi-storey car park has a capacity of 900. In addition, approximately 3,500 recognised NCP spaces within 10 minutes walk serve the Phones 4u Arena. Please beware of unauthorised car parks and street parking. We advise anyone with walking difficulties to arrive as early as possible and use the car parks at the Arena, Shudehill or the Printworks. 


Public Transport
If you're planning a trip to the Manchester Arena - day or night - then you'll find public transport is the best way to travel from all over Greater Manchester, and beyond. The Manchester Arena is one of the easiest places to get to by public transport; buses, trains and trams drop you only minutes away from the entrance.


Buses: Many buses serve Cannon Street and Victoria bus stations and many more stop within easy walking distance in the city centre. If you're staying out late then Nightbus services on Friday and Saturday nights run directly past the Manchester Arena. Manchester's free city centre Metroshuttle service also links Victoria station with other areas of the centre. Find out more here


Trams: Manchester's excellent Metrolink systems passes right by the Manchester Arena, stopping at Victoria. Services run from Bury, Altrincham and Manchester Piccadilly rail station, with connections to Eccles. Work is currently underway to replace all the tram track in Manchester city centre so, at the moment, only services on the Bury line run direct to Victoria. However, two bus links are running to and from the city centre tram stops that are closed during the work, which will last until the Autumn. Find out more here


Trains: Victoria rail station is directly underneath the Manchester Arena and Piccadilly rail station is only a short Metrolink ride to Victoria Metrolink tram stop.


If you're planning to use public transport System One Travelcards offers a DaySaver which you can use on any combination of bus, train or tram. Click here for more details


Coach Parking: If you require information on coach parking please click here to download Marketing Manchester's current leaflet.