First opened in 1910, Old Trafford Stadium has been the home of Manchester United
for over a century. With a seating capacity of over 75,000 spectators, it's the second largest football stadium (and third largest stadium in general) in the UK, giving it an iconic status amongst football fans across the country.
The stadium's convenient location just outside Manchester city centre makes it easy to reach by bus, train, car or metro. Read on to find out more about the best ways to travel to Old Stafford.
How to get to Old Trafford
Train and metro
On match days, you can get trains from Manchester city centre directly to Old Trafford Stadium, with Northern Rail services stopping at the Manchester United Football Ground station (also known as the Old Trafford Halt), which is adjacent to the stadium's south stand. Visit the National Rail website
to get train times for specific match days.
The station is only open on match days, however, so if you're visiting at any other time (for a stadium tour, for instance), you can also get regular Metrolink services
to the Exchange Quay station near Salford Quays or the Old Trafford station near the cricket ground, both of which are only about five minutes' walk from the stadium.
There are a number of buses that run from Manchester city centre to stops in the vicinity of Old Trafford, including Stagecoach service numbers 84, 250, 255, 256 and X50; Arriva North West's bus numbers 79, 245 and 263; and First bus number 53.
Old Trafford Stadium is easily accessed by car from the M602 (if you're approaching from the north) or the M60 (if coming from the south).
From the M602, turn right onto Trafford Road (A5063), then follow the road along to the right once you cross the canal until you're on Trafford Wharf Road. From here you can turn left onto Sir Alex Ferguson Way, then continue along Wharfside Way past the traffic lights toward your car park.
From the M60, exit at Junction 7 onto the A56 (Chester Road) and head north – the stadium and car parks are clearly signposted. (Note, however, that there is no access along Sir Matt Busby Way on match days.)
You can purchase match day parking permits in advance for car parks E1 and E2 at the stadium (parking is free of charge on non-match days). Access is via Wharfside Way only on match days (there is also access via Chester Road on non-match days).
Car share to Old Trafford Stadium
Organising a car share is a great way to meet other Man U supporters and make the journey to a match more fun; it also has practical advantages, as you'll save money on petrol and parking costs by teaming up with fellow commuters. Also, the fewer cars on the road, the better for the environment – so you can feel good about doing your bit to keep your match day experience green!