Thursday, November 6

Arsenal travel guide

Emirates Stadium, North London
Saturday November 8, kick off 12.45pm.


Out of a capacity of 60,355, United have got 2,900 tickets priced at £48 for adults and £24 for over 65s and under 16s.. All have been sold.
If you applied, go here to find out if you got one, if you don't know already. Match programme costs £3.

For those who can't make it, Sky Sports 1, with the programme starting at noon.

Start the day off with a pint and good company by joining the MUST-organised Chubb Club revellers at the Walkabout. Tickets are £2 in advance or £3 on the door. Book here.

Car - £52.32

First a word about parking: Don't even attempt to park near the ground.
As the stadium is in such a heavily-populated residential area, there are severe parking restrictions and, in any case, the surrounding roads are closed to traffic from, in Saturday's case 11.45pm until 3.30pm.

It's far better to park for free outside one of the tube stations on the Piccadilly Line, like Wood Green, and then get the Tube four stops south to Arsenal station.

If you're using a sat-nav or routeplanner, use the postcode N22 6UX to get near Wood Green station.
The journey takes three hours and 29 minutes, is 207 miles and will cost £52.32 in petrol, unless you go on the M6 Toll roll, which is £4.50 either way.

Train - £57.30

Get a Virgin Trains service from Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston, taking about three hours 20 minutes.
Then take the Tube north on the Victoria Line towards Walthamstow and get off at Finsbury Park, taking about 30 minutes.

On the way there, train times are:
Leave Manchester: 06:20 06:41 06:55 07:43 07:55
Arrive Finsbury Park: 10:08 10:27 10:38 11:12 11:40
Total journey time: 3:48 3:46 3:43 3:29 3:45

And on the way home, train times are:
Leave Finsbury Park: 15:22 15:38 16:22 16:38 17:22
Arrive Manchester: 18:47 19:28 19:46 20:28 20:50
Total journey time: 3:25 3:50 3:24 3:50 3:28

You can by an off-peak saver return on the day for £64.80.
But it's slightly cheaper to buy a £57.20 return (£52 if you leave at 6.20am) from Manchester to London. £57.20 via Virgin Trains and then a £5.30 two-zone off-peak one-day railcard from London Euston Tube to Finsbury Park on the day.

Official coach - £30

The club coach to the game costs £30 per person and leaves the N2 car park at Old Trafford at 8.30am, returning by 9.15pm. Call 0161 868 8000 to book.

Public Coach - £22

Megabus has one coach there and two coaches back on the day of the game, going from Chorlton Street to Victoria Coach Station.

On the way there, leave Chorlton Street at 06.30, arrive Victoria Coach Station at 11am, £12 one way.
On the way back, leave Victoria Coach Station at 16:30, or 18:30, arrive Chorlton Street at 21:10 or 22:55, £10 one way.

National Express has one coach there and four coaches back, but due to long waits, changes and inconvenience, there's only really one that you'd take.

On the way there, leave Chorlton Street at 06.45, arrive Victoria Coach Station at 11.35am, £12 one way.
On the way back, leave Victoria Coach Station at 15:30, arrive Chorlton Street at 20:50, £12 one way.

Once you've arrived at Victoria Coach Station, turn right and walk the short journey up Buckingham Palace Road to Victoria Tube. (see map above)

Then get the Victoria Line north to Finsbury Park, with a £5.30 two-zone off-peak one-day railcard.

Plane - £261.80

A non-starter. If you'd've booked flights three weeks ago, it would've been much, much cheaper, but you'd be mad to shell out this much now.

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