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Plan your journey including using public transport

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The borough of Rochdale enjoys excellent transport links thanks to the M62 motorway to the south of the town, a good rail link between Rochdale and Manchester city centre, a frequent tram service running into Rochdale town centre and frequent bus services to the surrounding areas. For national and international air travel, Manchester Airport is a 35 minute drive from Rochdale town centre.

  • Traveline plan your journey on public transport (bus, tram and train) in the North West.
  • Transport for Greater Manchester plan your journey on rail, trams or buses in Greater Manchester
  • Metrolink tram times journey planning ​and service updates.
  • Find a travel card unlimited travel on any bus, train and tram in Greater Manchester using just one ticket with System One.
  • National Rail train times, buy tickets and ​news updates.
  • Google Maps​ plan your journey using Google maps.​​


You can borrow e-scooters as part of a trial we're participating in.

​​​Bus passes - free or concessionary travel 


Metrolink trams

  • Rochdale Metrolink​ timetable services run every 12 minutes fr​om Rochdale town centre, calling at key employment centres at Kingsway, Shaw and Crompton, Oldham Mumps, Central Park and Manchester city centre.
  • Metrolink tickets and fares buy season tickets online and get details of the range of tickets available.

Rochdale Intercha​nge (bus station and tram stop)

Located on Smith Street, the Rochdale Interchange has improved safety, security and the level of facilities provided for bus passengers and links directly with the Metrolink​.

It provides a safe, comfortable environment for catching buses along with a taxi rank, parking spaces for cyclists, a café, electronic passenger information displays and toilets.

Located next to the town centre Metrolink stop, it makes it much easier for people to transfer between services. The nearest train station to Rochdale Interchange is Rochdale Railway St​​​ation, approximately half a mile away.



  • Council car parks​​ you can park FREE for up to 3 hours​​ and all day​ on Bank holidays.​​​​​

The following organisations provide route planning services from anywhere in the country:


  • National Express daily coach services to a number of  places including London, Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Blackburn and Manchester Airport from Rochdale Bus Station.


Manchester Airport


0300 303 8879

Phone: Monday-Friday 8.30am-5.30pm.
Closed for training Monday 11am-11.30am.

Highways and Engineering Service
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU