Thursday, February 26

Wembley travel and drinking guide

Carling Cup Final
Wembley Stadium, London
Sunday March 1, kick off 15:00

NOTE: The tie must be decided on the day, so there's a chance it could go to extra time and penalties, so the latest fans will leave the ground is roughly 18:00.

Out of a capacity of 90,000, United have got 31,748 tickets at the east end of the stadium, priced at £80, £66, £52 and £38 for adults and half those prices for under 16s and over 65s.

All tickets have been sold and have been posted out. However, there are three ways you could still get one.
Season ticket holders who have been to all seven home cup games this season and are searching for a ticket should check with the United ticket office on 0161 868 8000 up until 5pm on Friday to see if there have been any returns.

United are offering a 'hospitality package' priced at £449 plus VAT, which gets you a match ticket, a first-class train ticket from Manchester Piccadilly to Wembley, a programme and a four-course meal on the train.

To book call the club's hospitality sales team on 0161 868 8000 (select option 2 then option 3) or email

Internet 'agents' World Ticket Shop, and other touts, are selling United end tickets for £310.50 each.

The match will be shown live on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD, with the show starting at 14:30 and is due to finish at 17:30, extra time and penalties pending.


Car - £60
If you're using a satnav or a routeplanner, use the postcode HA9 0WS for Wembley Stadium.

The journey takes three-and-a-half hours and costs about £30 each way petrol (add on £4 if you plan on taking the M6 Toll road.
The basic route is: M6, M42, M1, North Circular Road, Brent and Wembley. Brent Council have said there are major roadworks taking place near the ground at the moment so expect long traffic queues.

Parking - free
There are three options

Pay £25 and park on an official Wembley Stadium car park. Book here

Pay £5 and book a parking spot at Ickenham Tube Stop and get the Metropolitan Line nine stops east to Wembley Park. Buy a one-day Travel Card for £7.50 (two singles will cost £8).
If you've got the time, you can easily find a free parking spot within five minutes' walk of Ickenham Tube Stop.
Train - £65
With only three days to go before the final, there are no saver tickets left so the cheapest ticket you can get is a standard-class off-peak return ticket for £65. You can buy it on the day.
Manchester to Wembley Stadium

Option 1 – journey time 3:11
Leave Manchester Piccadilly: 08:20
Arrive Watford Junction: 10:42
Leave: 11:05
Arrive Harrow and Wealdstone: 11:11
Leave: 11:22
Arrive Wembley Central: 11:31

Option 2 – journey time 3:42
Leave Manchester Piccadilly: 08:58
Arrive London Euston: 11:40
Leave: 12:17
Arrive North Wembley: 12.40

Option 3 – journey time 3:11
Leave Manchester Piccadilly: 09:20
Arrive Milton Keynes Central: 11:07
Leave: 11:25
Arrive Harrow and Wealdstone: 12:13
Leave: 12:22
Arrive Wembley Central: 12:31

Option 4 – journey time 2:27
Leave Manchester Piccadilly: 10:20
Arrive Watford Junction: 12:25
Leave: 12:35
Arrive Wembley Central: 12:47

Option 5 – journey time 2:53
Leave Manchester Piccadilly: 10:35
Arrive Milton Keynes Central: 12:20
Leave: 12:41
Arrive Wembley Central: 13:28

Option 6 – journey time 2:47
Leave Manchester Piccadilly: 11:15
Arrive Milton Keynes Central: 12:50
Leave: 13:11
Arrive Wembley Central: 14:02

Option 7 – journey time 3:05
Leave Manchester Piccadilly: 11:35
Arrive London Euston: 13:46
Leave: 14:17
Arrive North Wembley: 14.40

To the stadium from North Wembley station
Follow the pedestrian route under Empire Way and over Olympic Way to the front of the stadium. It takes 10 minutes

To the stadium from Wembley Central station
Turn right and walk along High Road past McDonalds and Burger King to the Wembley Triangle Junction and Clock Tower Island.

Turn Left into Wembley Hill Road, cross the road and follow the pedestrian route across the White Horse Bridge. It takes 15 minutes.

You can also reach Wembley from London Euston and Harrow and Wealdstone via the Tube. The price is included in your train ticket and your train ticket will work on the Tube turnstiles.
Wembley Stadium to Manchester

Option 1 – journey time 2:56
Leave North Wembley: 17:15
Arrive London Euston: 17:40
Leave: 17:55
Arrive Manchester Piccadilly: 20:09

Option 2 – journey time 3:08
Leave North Wembley: 17:43
Arrive London Euston: 18:08
Leave: 18:35
Arrive Manchester Piccadilly: 20:51

Option 3 – journey time 2:46
Leave Wembley Central: 17:44
Arrive Milton Keynes Centre: 18:30
Leave: 18:48
Arrive Manchester Piccadilly: 20:30

Option 4 – journey time 2:56
Leave North Wembley: 18:13
Arrive London Euston: 18:40
Leave: 18:55
Arrive Manchester Piccadilly: 21:09

Option 5 – journey time 3:09
Leave North Wembley: 18:43
Arrive London Euston: 19:08
Leave: 19:35
Arrive Manchester Piccadilly: 21:52

Option 6 – journey time 2:46
Leave Wembley Central: 18:44
Arrive Milton Keynes Centre: 19:30
Leave: 19:48
Arrive Manchester Piccadilly: 21:30

Option 7 – journey time 2:56
Leave North Wembley: 19:13
Arrive London Euston: 19:40
Leave: 19:55
Arrive Manchester Piccadilly: 22:09

Option 8 – journey time 3:17
Leave Wembley Central: 19:43
Arrive Harrow and Wealdstone: 19:51
Arrive London Euston: 20:11
Leave: 20:35
Arrive Manchester Piccadilly: 23:00

Option 9 – journey time 2:46
Leave Wembley Central: 19:44
Arrive Milton Keynes Centre: 20:30
Leave: 20:48
Arrive Manchester Piccadilly: 22:30

Coach - £34.50

United are running coaches to the game with places priced at £35 per person. Coaches leave the Old Trafford W2 car park at 8am. Book here.

National Express is running coaches to and from the game from Manchester Chorlton Street, with places costing £34.50 per person. Book in advance here.

It leaves Chorlton Street at 07:45, calls at Birmingham coach station at 09:45 and reaches Wembley at 12:30.

On the way back, it leaves the stadium at 17:30 (depending on when the match ends), calls at Birmingham at 20:30 and reaches Chorlton Street at 22:15.

If you're travelling to the game from elsewhere in the country, search National Express's network map for services from your area.

Megabus is running three coaches from Chorlton Street to London Victoria on the morning of the game, but there are too many problems with catching them to make it worthwhile.

First, there are engineering works taking place on the Tube station so, in order to reach Wembley, you will have to take two Tubes and a bus, taking almost two hours.

Second, there are only two coaches back, one at 18:30 and one at 23:00. The first is dodgy because you wouldn't make it back if the match goes beyond 90 minutes.

And, even if you did make it, it costs £24, putting the whole journey price up to about £40, which is more expensive than the club and National Express coaches.

Plane - £162.80
British Airways is offering Manchester to London Gatwick flights on Sunday for the above price, departing at 06:35 and heading back at 20:25, with each journey taking an hour.

If you want to leave after 06:35 though, you're looking at £170 each way. Find flights at Skyscanner

More information getting to Wembley is here.

The Torch at 1 Bridge Street, will welcome reds on Sunday. It has a got a good pre-match atmosphere and is only a 10-minute walk from the ground. Getting served quickly can be a bit of a pain though.

The Greyhound at 324 Harrow Road, is apparently a Spurs pub for the match but I can't see reds being turned away unless they are misbehaving.
It has a licence that allows it to open at 7am.
A special food menu will be on offer and you can get a pint of lager for £3.60 (Fosters, Carling) or £3.80 San Miguel.It’s a decent pub, with Sky, four pool tables (which will probably be covered up at some point), a big (ish) car park and a small porch area.

It's a 10-minute walk from Wembley Central and North Wembley station.

If you prefer something slightly quieter, head for the Windermere, in Windermere Avenue, outside South Kenton Tube Station.

It’s out of the way but the queue at the bar will be smaller and you can still make kick off if you leave 20 minutes before the game…and walk fast.

Another decent boozer is the Royal George Hotel right outside London Euston.

If you're going via Euston, it's a handy place to meet with mates pre-match and get in a couple of early pints before heading to the ground on the Tube.

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