Friday, November 21

Aston Villa travel guide

Aston Villa
Villa Park, Witton
Saturday, November 22, kick off 5.30pm


Villa Park holds 42,640 and United have got 2,800 tickets priced at £35 for adults and £21 for under 16s and over 65s.
All away-end tickets have been sold and everyone who applied will have been informed here. Home-end tickets are on sale, but only to people who have previously bought tickets for Villa games. They won't go on general sale.
Internet touts are selling away-end tickets for £179.40.


The match will be shown live on Setanta Sports 1. The programme starts at 5pm.
Or you can watch it for free online here. The best stream will probably be Star Sports 3, through the Sopcast player, but there'll be many to choose from.

If there's a Chubb Club screening in Manchester, we'll let you know.


Car - £20.40

If you're using a sat nav or a route planner, use the postcode B6 6HE.
The journey takes 99 minutes, is 94 miles and costs £10.20 each way in petrol.
There is loads of free street parking within a five-minute walk of the stadium on any side of the ground.

Club coach - £20

United are running coaches to Villa priced at £20. They leave the Old Trafford N2 car park at 11.30am. To book, go here.

Public coach - £15.20

National Express has lots of coaches from Chorlton Street to Birmingham but only two on the way home after the game. All these returns cost £15.20.

From the coach station, it's a 15-minute walk to Birmingham New Street Station, from where you can catch a local service to Witton.

See the train section for more information.

To get from the coach station, turn left from Oxford Street onto Coventry Street, right onto Allison Street, left onto Shaw's Passage, left at Park Street, right at Moor Street Ringway, left onto St Martin's Circus Queensway, right onto Queens Drive and then into the Parasades Shopping Centre to the station, which is beneath.

Leave Chorlton Street: 07:15 09:05 10:10 11:40 12:50
Arrive Birmingham Oxford Street: 10:10 11:45 13:00 14:15 12:50
Journey time: 2:55 2:40 2:50 2:35 2:55

Leave Birmingham Oxford Street: 20:10 22:30
Arrive Chorlton Street: 21:50 01:10
Journey time: 1:40 2:40

Megabus do a coach there, but not one back after the game. It leaves Chorlton Street at 12:00 and arrives Birmingham The Priory Bus Station at 14:00, costing £6 (and 50p online booking fee).

On arrival, walk south west down Corporation Street for five minutes to Birmingham New Street station. Get the local service to Witton. See the train section for more information.

Train - £14

I've seperated the Piccadilly to Birmingham New Street services from the New Street to Witton services because it's cheaper to book the two routes seperately and many reds prefer to stop off in the city centre for a pint, rather than continue right through to the ground.

(There's a pub right outside New Street that opens from 10am - more of that in next week's pub guide).

A return ticket from Piccadilly to Witton bought on the day costs £30.30.

Two one-way tickets from Piccadilly to New Street cost from £14 and a return ticket from New Street to Witton costs £1.60, so that comes to £15.60 and a saving of £14.40

Leave Piccadilly: 08:25 09:15 09:24 10:15 10:24 11:15 11:24 12:15 12:24
Arrive Birmingham New Street: 09:48 10:56 10.58 11:56 11:58 12:56 12:58 13:36 13:58
One-way price: £9:00 £11.50 £12:50 £10.50 £9 £8.50 £24.50 £8.50 £9

Trains from New Street to Witton leave every hour at 27 minutes and 57 minutes past the hour and the journey takes nine minutes.
The timetable goes out of the window for the journey back to New Street after the game. Police organise services to leave as quickly as possible, though there is often a queue to get onto the platform at Witton.

Once you arrive at New Street, it's highly likely the police will have a Manchester-bound train waiting for you.

Leave Birmingham New Street: 20:13 20:20 21:13 21:20 22:20
Arrive Piccadilly: 21:51 22:02 22:45 23:05 00:02
One-way price: £11.50 £10.50 £8.50 £25.50 £5.50

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