Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) + journey planner
TRAVELINE – Provides online travel planner services for all public transportation across Great Britain. They also have separate planners dedicated to specific regions.
+ Getting around Britain (visitbritain.com).
BUS > The free bus has replaced the old Metroshuttle bus service. It runs on two routes starting from Piccadilly station.
Most of the buses in North Manchester are operated by First whilst Stagecoach operate in South Manchester and serve most places that you are likely to want to go in the conurbation.
National Express | UK Stop finder
RAIL > Manchester city centre is served by two major railway stations, Piccadilly in the south and Victoria in the north.
The essential source for rail travel information in Great Britain is the National Rail website. It includes an extremely useful journey planner, ticket prices and detailed information about every railway station in the country. (*Rail travel in Great Britain).
AIRPORTS > The number 43 bus not only runs all day to the airport but also throughout the night at regular intervals. Train services from Piccadilly also serve the airport all night.
airportguides.co.uk. The most important airports are London Heathrow, London Gatwick and Manchester Airport. All three have multiple terminals and are collectively served by a vast range of airlines and flights from the four corners of the map.
WATERWAYS > There are many ferry routes into the UK from continental Europe. (*Ferry routes to Great Britain)
Bicycles may be taken on car ferries and on Eurotunnel shuttle trains. Eurostar allows folding bikes on all its trains, and offers a more restricted service for other bikes, but has quite strict and specific rules that are worth reading up on before you travel.