Man City and Transport for Greater Manchester to trial matchday buses to Etihad Stadium - prices and stops

There will be 60 stops in all when it launches for a big Premier League game later this month.
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Getting to the Etihad Stadium on a matchday could be about to get a lot easier. This comes as a partnership between Manchester City and Transport for Greater Manchester is announced. 

The partnership will see the trial of a new matchday shuttle-bus service. In total, 17 buses will travel across the city operating at 60 stops, bringing supporters to the stadium. The new buses have been described as a “low-priced’ option for fans. The routes have been created by using analysis and data of areas of the city with limited transport options. 

With the trial now announced, the shuttle-bus network will be in operation for the first time on February 17. This is when City welcome Chelsea to the Etihad in the Premier League.  

Danny Wilson, Managing Director – Manchester City Operations, said: "We want all our fans to have an amazing experience when they come to the Etihad Stadium, and we know that travelling to and from a match can play a key part in achieving this. That’s why we are investing in a partnership with Transport for Greater Manchester to trial a sustainable and reliable mode of transport that will improve travel arrangements for many of our fans.

A map of the new bus routesA map of the new bus routes
A map of the new bus routes

"The introduction of this trial follows a detailed analysis of fan travel arrangements which has helped us to identify areas with limited travel options, and develop a bespoke, large-scale operation tailored to our fans.” 

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, said: “This is an exciting trial that will give Manchester City FC fans another option for getting to and from matches at the Etihad in an affordable, convenient, safe and sustainable way. This month we have already introduced a new six-minute Metrolink service between the city centre and Etihad Campus – and this new partnership between TfGM and Manchester City Football Club demonstrates a wider vision for helping people travel to one of the city’s most iconic sporting venues.”

How much will tickets cost on the Man City shuttle buses?

Ticket prices will be different depending on which zone you board at. Tickets in Zone 1 will be priced at £6 for a return, while those in Zone 2 will be provided at £8.

The zones have been worked out using the zonal system used by the Metrolink. These Zones have been decided in line with the Metrolink’s zoning system. and tickets can only be purchased on-board via card or cash payments.

Full list of stops on Man City shuttle-bus network

  • Abraham Moss
  • Altrincham
  • Ashton Upon Mersey
  • Audenshaw
  • Blackley
  • Boothstown
  • Bramhall
  • Bredbury
  • Broadway
  • Brooklands
  • Chadderton
  • Cheadle
  • Cheadle Hulme
  • Dane Bank
  • Denton
  • Didsbury
  • Disley
  • Dukinfield
  • East Lancs Road
  • Etihad Stadium
  • Failswortrh
  • Flixton
  • Gee Cross
  • Great Moor
  • Hale
  • Haughton Green
  • Heald Green
  • Heaton Chapel
  • High Lane
  • Hollinwood
  • Hyde 
  • Lostock
  • Macclesfield
  • Marple
  • Middleton
  • New Mills
  • Northenden
  • Offerton
  • Oldham
  • Radcliffe
  • Reddish
  • Romiley
  • Rose Hill Marple
  • Royton
  • Sale Moor
  • Sale West
  • Shaw
  • Stalybridge
  • Stockport
  • Timperley
  • Tytherington
  • Urmston
  • West Didsbury
  • Withington
  • Wythenshawe