When you land at Manchester Airport, which receives both national and international flights, a free shuttle bus takes you from the arrivals hall to the car rental village where our desk is clearly signposted. Once you have collected your vehicle it is only a few minutes drive to the city centre. The other three branches in Manchester are all within easy reach of the city's bus and Metrolink networks.
Make sure to pick up a Manchester A - Z when you arrive or better still add a Sat Nav to your car hire reservation so you can navigate the busy city streets with ease, avoiding any traffic restrictions, bus lanes and one-way systems that are in place.
Pay and display car parks and metered street parking are widely available across the city centre, as well as at all major attractions and sporting venues.
Manchester is a city that easily blends historic sites, quirky areas such as Chinatown and The Village, with buzzing cultural life and, of course, its major sporting attractions. These sports grounds centre around test cricket at Old Trafford and the stadiums that are home to Manchester City and Manchester United football clubs, all of which offer visitors' tours. Castlefield is both the ancient Roman and old industrial heart of Manchester. Home to the Castlefield Canal Basin and the Museum of Science and Industry, it was the United Kingdom's first UNESCO Urban Heritage Site. Take a drive around the city to get your bearings before planning an action packed day out.