How do I get to Lightopia Festival?

Lightopia Festival is accessible via a number of different transportation methods.

Arriving by Car

We have a number of car parks on site that are available for customers.

Car parking tickets will be available to purchase online and onsite unless sold out in advance. If you are driving it is highly recommended that you purchase your car parking ticket in advance to avoid disappointment.

Click to purchase your parking ticket here.


Metrolink services will take you directly to the Heaton Park and Bowker Vale stops, which are only a few minutes’ walk from the park. Journeys take around 20 minutes from Manchester city centre.

Remember you must have a valid Metrolink ticket or pass before boarding a tram. Travel from the city centre to Heaton Park will require a 1+2+3 zone ticket.

Follow @MCRMetrolink on Twitter for live travel updates.

Park and Ride

Metrolink customers can also use one of our park and rides for free. The closest stations with Park and Ride facilities are:

– Radcliffe with 396 spaces (Crook Street, Radcliffe, M26 2SU)
– Whitefield with 216 spaces (Nuttall Avenue, Whitefield, M45 6QA)

Please note the park and ride facilities are only available to Metrolink customers.
Overnight parking is also available at some Park and Ride sites, but you must collect your car by midday the following day.


Heaton Park is served by existing bus routes from around Greater Manchester: 41, 59, 90, 135 and 484.

If you’re travelling by bus this week visit TFGM’s online Route Explorer, which puts information on services and timetables at your fingertips:


Manchester is well served by rail, with services running into Manchester Piccadilly, Oxford Road and Victoria.

You can connect to onward Metrolink services from Victoria and Piccadilly.

The following companies operate into Manchester:

– [Northern](
– [TransPennine Express](
– [Virgin Trains](
– [Cross Country](
– [Arriva Trains Wales](
– [East Midlands](

Be sure to plan ahead and check train times on the National Rail website before you travel:

National Rail will always have the latest information on rail services. Follow them on Twitter in advance of your journey @nationalrailenq:


Walking between the city centre and Heaton Park, may be another alternative option. The walk is flat and will take around an hour from the city centre – just follow the signs along Bury Old Road (West of Heaton Park) to Cheetham Hill Road and into the city.


How long can I park for?
The times outlined on your parking pass ticket is the time slot that you have to arrive and park. Once your vehicle is parked, you can stay as long as you need to and your car can remain parked until you leave.
If you are yet to purchase a car parking ticket, please purchase a car parking pass here. 
Select the date that you’d like to attend and then on the following page, select ‘Car Parking Passes’ from the menu to make your purchase.
You will receive information on which of the on-site car parks to use via email closer to the event.
Is there disabled parking?

Lightopia is wheelchair accessible. Disabled parking is available at both car parks. If you are a blue badge holder do not need to purchase a car parking ticket, please present your blue badge upon entry to the car park.