Metrolink is easy to use. Trams are frequent, running at least every 12 minutes. So, there's no need for a timetable, just show up at your nearest stop and the next tram won't be far away.
However, you do need to have a valid ticket or pass before getting onto a tram or you risk being issued a standard fare of £100. We've covered a few of our most frequently asked ticketing questions below, to help get you started, and you can check out the tickets page for more details including prices.
For adults travelling on a single day, contactless is the easiest way to travel by tram.
At the start of your journey, simply touch-in with your contactless card or device at a smart reader, located on every stop, and then touch-out again when you arrive at your final destination. We'll work out the total fares for your day's journeys for you, meaning you'll pay between £1.40 for a short hop and a maximum of £7.10 for a 1-day anytime travelcard (or £4.90 off-peak) for all zones- as long as you remember to touch-out.
Choose a different way to pay if:
You can use most bankcards and some mobile devices to touch-in and touch-out
On every Metrolink stop, you will see a contactless card reader like this one:
To start your journey, simply touchthe contactless card or device on the reader, which looks like the one above.
The card reader will show you if your payment has been accepted, like so:
The contactless reader contains 4 square lights and an LCD mini screen
If you see one of these error messages, check the TfGM help page or try buying a paper ticket.
The 4 square lights will turn green and the LCD screen will be similar to the above
There's no need to buy a printed ticket, just use your phone or tablet.
Use the get me there app to buy adult 7-day and 28-day tickets for Metrolink, as well as a range of day tickets. Family and child tickets are not available.
Find out more and download the app at getmethere.com
Pay by cash (change given) or by credit or debit card (including contactless) for all kinds of tram tickets.
Ticket machines are available at every stop.
Other ways to pay:
If you are aged 5-15 you can pay child fares on trams in Greater Manchester. From age 11, you'll need proof of age ID.
An igo card can be used as proof of your age and lets you pay child fares on trams in Greater Manchester until 31 August after your 16th birthday. Find out more about igo
To qualify you must live in Greater Manchester and qualify for a state pension.
The Women's Concessionary Travel Scheme also helps those in Greater Manchester most affected by the increase of the State Pension age.
If you are disabled, you could be eligible for a pass that gives you free and low-cost travel in Greater Manchester and the rest of England under the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme.
Every Metrolink stop is in a ticket zone. There are four ticket zones, with zone 1 covering stops in the city centre and zone 4 covering stops furthest away from the city centre.
When you buy a Metrolink ticket, you will choose which zone or zones you want the ticket to be valid in. Your ticket will be valid for travel anywhere within your chosen zone(s).
You must have a ticket which is valid for all the zones you travel through. You cannot travel through a zone unless your ticket is valid for that zone.
For example, if you make a journey from Manchester Airport in zone 4, through the city centre and out to Rochdale town centre in zone 4, you must have a zones 1+2+3+4 ticket, as your journey travels through all four zones. A zone 4 only ticket would not be valid for this journey.