Travel to Wigan Athletic & JJB Stadium
Getting there and away
Wigan Athletic plays their home games at JJB Stadium in the Robin Park area of Wigan, England. The city of Wigan is equidistant from both Liverpool and Manchester. Premiership club Bolton is also nearby. Wigan is well situated on England’s roadway system and because of its proximity to Liverpool and Manchester it is easily accessible by rail, bus and airplane.
Manchester International Airport (Airport Code: MAN) is the largest airport in England outside of London and with direct train service between it and Wigan, it is the most convenient place to fly to if you are planning on catching a game at JJB Stadium. SkyEurope, Jet2.com, Flybe and other budget airlines fly to Manchester from London and from destinations throughout Europe, making it one of the more affordable places to fly in England.
Airfare to Manchester will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travelers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates. Consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. British Airways is the national airline. However, Cathay Pacific, Lufthansa, Aer Lingus and other airlines also stop in Manchester.
The most expensive air tickets to Manchester are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the summer Eurail season. Also be aware of national events or festivals, which can also cause ticket prices to rise.
You can also fly to Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport (Airport Code: LPL), which is also the home of many budget airlines and is not far from Wigan.
There are two train stations in Wigan, both are located on the southern fringe of the city. Frequent trains arrive from and depart to Manchester and Liverpool. If you do choose to travel by rail while in England, you should know that it can be quite expensive. You often can save time and money by purchasing a BritRail Pass.
Wigan’s central railway stations (Wigan North Western & Wallgate stations) are a good 20 minute walk from the JJB Stadium. You might want to either take a taxi, or break up the journey with a few pub stops on the way! After you exit from either station head under the railway bridge and keep to the right. Follow the road (A49), making sure you stick to the right for around 10 minutes. You should pass the Seven Stars Hotel and then pass under a second railway bridge. The Robin Park complex and the JJB Stadium should then be visible. Turn down Robin Park Road and you are there.
From the South:
Leave the M6 at Junction 25. At the end of the slip road turn left at the roundabout onto the dual carriageway heading into Wigan. Follow the carriageway (A49) for approx. 2 miles to the crossroads controlled by traffic lights next to the Fire Station and opposite ASDA. Turn left and follow the road to the traffic lights opposite the Rover dealer. Turn right at the lights into Stadium Way, past the JJB Soccer Dome.
From The North:
Leave the M6 at Junction 26 and follow the signs for Wigan town centre (this road meets the A49) then turn left into Robin Park and continue into Scot Lane. The ground is down Scot Lane on your right.
Wigan has a good local bus system that can be used to get around town or to Manchester and Liverpool. To reach JJB Stadium from the center of Wigan, take the 352, 395, or 610 bus. They will drop you off right at the stadium.