Thursday, April 16

Everton (Wembley) travel and pub guide

FA Cup semi final
Wembley Stadium, London
Sunday April 19, kick off 16:00

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 19:00.


Out of a capacity of 90,000, United have got 32,041 tickets priced at £53.80, £44, £34.30 and £24.50 for adults and £10 less than those prices for under 16s and over 65s.

United Season ticket holders and One United members can buy tickets by calling the club on 0161 868 800.

Internet 'agents' World Ticket Shop, and other touts, are selling United end tickets for £188.10 each.


The match will be shown live on ITV1 and ITV1HD, with the show starting at 15:30 and is due to finish at 18:15, extra time and penalties pending. Scottish viewers can watch it on Setanta Sports 2.

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
The Wembley Stadium car park has secure parking for £25 a car, but it is sold out, though Blue badge holders can book places for £12 a vehicle here. The car park opens at 13:00.

Paid-for parking spots at tube stops near Wembley, like Ickenham Tube Stop, are sold out. (If you have already bought one, take the Metropolitan Line nine stops east to Wembley Park. Buy a one-day Travel Card for £7.50, as two singles will cost £8.

That leaves you two options.

1. Take your chances around the stadium. You will find quite a few car parks on industrial premises charging about £10 per car.

2. If you've got the time, you can easily find a free parking spot within five minutes' walk of Ickenham Tube Stop. You can then take the Metropolitan Line nine stops east to Wembley Park. Buy a one-day Travel Card for £7.50, as two singles will cost £8.

Train - £72.20
With only three days to go before the match, there are no saver tickets left so the cheapest ticket you can get is a standard-class off-peak return ticket for £72.20, available on the day.

It's true that £65 return tickets are available on the day, but they are valid on so few trains on the way back that it's not worth getting one.

Manchester to Wembley Stadium

Option 1 – journey time 2:55
Leave Manchester Piccadilly: 08:20
Arrive Watford Junction: 10:41
Leave: 10.55
Arrive Wembley Central: 11:15

Option 2 – journey time 3:11
Leave Manchester Piccadilly: 09:20
Arrive Milton Keynes Central: 11:15
Leave: 11:25
Arrive Harrow and Wealdstone: 12:13
Leave: 12:22
Arrive Wembley Central: 12:31
Option 3 – journey time 3:50
Leave Manchester Piccadilly: 09:20
Arrive London Euston: 12:11
Leave: 12:47
Arrive North Wembley: 13:10

Option 4 – journey time 2:55
Leave Manchester Piccadilly: 10:20
Arrive Watford Junction: 12:35
Leave: 12:51
Arrive Wembley Central: 13:15

Option 5 – journey time 3:05
Leave Manchester Piccadilly: 10:35
Arrive London Euston: 13:00
Leave: 13:17
Arrive North Wembley: 13:40

Option 6 – journey time 3:00
Leave Manchester Piccadilly: 11:15
Arrive Milton Keynes Central: 12:53
Leave: 13:05
Arrive Watford Junction: 13:33
Leave: 13:51
Arrive Wembley Central: 14:15

Option 7 – journey time 3:05
Leave Manchester Piccadilly: 11:35
Arrive London Euston: 13:49
Leave: 14:17
Arrive North Wembley: 13:40

Option 8 – journey time 2:55
Leave Manchester Piccadilly: 12:15
Arrive London Euston: 14:30
Leave: 14:47
Arrive North Wembley: 15:10

Option 9 – journey time 3:05
Leave Manchester Piccadilly: 12:35
Arrive London Euston: 14:48
Leave: 15:17
Arrive North Wembley: 15:40

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
The services covered by the £65 ticket are in bold below.

Option 1 – journey time 2:56
Leave North Wembley: 18:13
Arrive London Euston: 18:40
Leave: 18:55
Arrive Manchester Piccadilly: 21:09

Option 2 – journey time 3:07
Leave Wembley Central: 18:23
Arrive Harrow and Wealdstone: 18:31
Arrive London Euston: 18:57
Leave: 19:15
Arrive Manchester Piccadilly: 21:30

Option 3 – journey time 3:16
Leave North Wembley: 18:43
Arrive London Euston: 19:08
Leave: 19:35
Arrive Manchester Piccadilly: 21:59

Option 4 – journey time 2:56
Leave North Wembley: 19:13
Arrive London Euston: 19:40
Leave: 19:55
Arrive Manchester Piccadilly: 22:09
Option 5 – journey time 3:07
Leave Wembley Central: 19:23
Arrive Harrow and Wealdstone: 19:31
Arrive London Euston: 19:57
Leave: 20:15
Arrive Manchester Piccadilly: 22:30

Option 6 – journey time 3:17
Leave North Wembley: 19:43
Arrive London Euston: 20:08
Leave: 20:35
Arrive Manchester Piccadilly: 23:00

Option 7 – journey time 3.22
Leave Wembley Central: 19:53
Arrive Harrow and Wealdstone: 20:01
Leave: 20:06
Arrive Watford Junction: 20:13
Leave: 20:32
Arrive Birmingham International: 21:31
Leave: 21:38
Arrive Manchester Piccadilly: 00:15

Coach - £34.50
United are running coaches to the game, but all places are sold out.

National Express is running coaches to and from the game from Manchester Chorlton Street, with places costing £32 per person. Book in advance here.

It leaves Chorlton Street at 08:45, calls at Birmingham coach station at 09:45 and reaches Wembley at 13:30.
On the way back, it leaves the stadium at 18:30 (depending on when the match ends) and reaches Chorlton Street at 23:15.

National Express runs coaches between Manchester and London Victoria Coach Station, but it's pointless doing this journey when you can go direct to the stadium by taking the coach mentioned above.

Going via Victoria is 50p more expensive before you've added on Tube fare. Plus, it would be ambitious to make 19:00 bus home from Victoria anyway, let alone if it went to extra time.

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.

They leave at 06:30, 08:45 and 10:30 and take roughly four-and-a-half hours.

But the only coaches leaves at 23:00 and doesn't make it back until 03:00. Still, a return would cost £25. Book here.

From there, walk five minutes to Victoria Tube Station and get the Tube to Wembley. It will cost you £6.30 for a Zone 1-4 off-speak Travelcard for the Tube.

Plane - £255.80

Most places are sold out on British Airways and bmi flights between Manchester and Heathrow and Gatwick. The remaining places are so expensive, it's not worth bothering with.
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 (pictured) 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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