Greater Manchester’s Metrolink gets a fresh update for 2019.
The current Metrolink system is being replaced by a new zonal fares system in early 2019. As the network has expanded, the new initiative has been created to offering us simpler, more flexible and better value fares.
Similar to London’s travel network, the new system splits Greater Manchester into four different zones each offering a different price. Currently, Metrolink fares are calculated on a stop-to-stop basis, so our tickets only let us travel from point A to point B. Right now, with 93 tram stops, 18 fare bands, and different ticket types (peak, single, etc.), there are a mind-boggling 8,500 fare combinations per ticket. For 2019, Metrolink is streamlining their system to allow unlimited travel between one or more zones, giving us more flexibility with our routes.
The new service is all part of the bigger goal to make transport across Greater Manchester better connected and more convenient. This is just the first step towards a more integrated ticketing system to make sure we can easily hop from one mode of transport to another and let us make the most of more journeys for the same price. The future plans are outlined in the Greater Manchester 2040 Transport Strategy.
Metrolink will introduce four, ringed zones. Distance and time taken to travel have influenced which stops are part of each zone. Forget faffing around with multiple tickets, thank to the introduction of the new zones, just choose the zones you need to travel in and buy one ticket that covers those zones. Fares will be calculated based on the number of zones you travel in, with each zone only counted once.
– A journey from Manchester Airport to Bury will be charged as a four zone fare.
– A 7 Day Zone 1 + Zone 2 ticket will allow you unlimited travel within Zone 1 and Zone 2 for 7 days.
If your stop is on the boundary between two zones, then the lower fare will be given to you depending on the direction you’re traveling in.
– A journey from Stretford to Sale will be calculated as a Zone 3 fare.
– A journey from Stretford to Piccadilly will be calculated as a Zone 1 + Zone 2 fare.
How to Buy
Daily travel cards will replace return fares, allowing you to make the most of the Metrolink service and giving greater flexibility for the same price. Buying your ticket is easy with the choice of contactless, paper tickets and get me there app and smartcard. It’s all been designed with better value for money in mind, so the cost of a network-wide peak daily travel card dropping from £7.60 to £7.00.
Once the travel zones launch next year, this will be followed by contactless ‘Pay As You Go’ which allows daily capping of fares. We’ll be able to use contactless payment cards to make as many journeys we need to within a day, knowing that Metrolink will calculate the single or travelcard prices for us.
Any single zone (1, 2, 3 or 4)
- Single: £1.40
- Daily travelcard (peak): £2.60
- Daily travelcard (off-peak): £1.80
- 7-day: £10.20
- 28-day: £35.00
- Annual: £400.00
Two zones (1+2)
- Single: £2.80
- Daily travelcard (peak): £4.20
- Daily travelcard (off-peak): £3.40
- 7-day: £17.00
- 28-day: £58.00
- Annual: £650.00
Two zones (2+3 or 3+4)
- Single: £2.40
- Daily travelcard (peak): £3.40
- Daily travelcard (off-peak): £3.00
- 7-day: £14.80
- 28-day: £50.00
- Annual: £570.00
Three zones (1+2+3)
- Single: £3.80
- Daily travelcard (peak): £6.00
- Daily travelcard (off-peak): £4.20
- 7-day: £24.60
- 28-day: £81.00
- Annual: £930.00
Three zones (2+3+4)
- Single: £3.20
- Daily travelcard (peak): £4.60
- Daily travelcard (off-peak): £3.80
- 7-day: £19.80
- 28-day: £67.00
- Annual: £740.00
All zones (1+2+3+4)
- Single: £4.60
- Daily travelcard (peak): £7.00
- Daily travelcard (off-peak): £4.80
- 7-day: £30.00
- 28-day: £98.00
- Annual: £1,110.00
Find out more about the future of travel in Greater Manchester at tfgm.com/2040.