Manchester Airport - MAN

Manchester, United Kingdom (GB)

Getting into Manchester

Train is quickest

The airport has a direct rail connection, and this is the most convenient and affordable way to get into the city.

Train

You can take a Northern Rail/FirstTransPennine Express train directly from the airport to Manchester Oxford Road and Manchester Piccadilly in 20 minutes. Monday to Saturday, there are six trains per hour and on Sundays there are four per hour. You can also go to Crewe, Wigan, Southport, Birmingham, York, Newcastle, Leeds and even Edinburgh and Glasgow from the airport.

Cost: GBP 3.57 one-way off-peak, the cost is higher when you buy at the station
Location: The Station, betweeen Terminals 1 and 2, accessible via the Skylink walkway

Bus

The bus is a cheaper but longer option. National Express coaches take you to Manchester Coach Station in 30-40 minutes. The local bus, number 43, also takes you into Manchester, 24 hours a day, but isn't much cheaper, and is even slower - around 65 minutes.

Cost: From GBP 4.00 one-way
Location: The Station, between Terminals 1 and 2, accessible via the Skylink walkway

Taxi

A taxi to Piccadilly takes 25-30 minutes, depending on traffic. If you take a black cab outside the terminals, fares are metered and the driver should tell you a rough price (negotiable) before you leave the airport. You can also pre-book a taxi with the airport's private transfer company, Arrow Cars: www.manchesterairport.co.uk/to-and-from-the-airport/taxi-and-transfer. Be aware that prices may differ from the black cabs.

Cost: GBP 20-30
Location: Black cabs leave from ranks outside each terminal

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Getting around the airport

Three Terminals, one Skylink

Manchester Airport lies 14km south-west of the city centre, and is the largest airport in the UK outside the London area. 

It has three terminals:

  • Terminal 1: The largest terminal, and a base for easyJet, Jet2 and Thomas Cook. It has two piers, with 29 gates.
  • Terminal 2: A base for Monarch, Thomson Airways and Virgin Atlantic. It has 16 gates.
  • Terminal 3: Mainly handles domestic flights and is primarily used by low-cost carriers like Flybe and Ryanair, as well as British Airways (BA). A regular BA shuttle bus runs from here to its London base in Heathrow's Terminal 5.

There's a transport hub called 'The Station' between Terminals 1 and 2 for easy transport into Manchester.

Travelling between terminals

The Skylink moving walkway connects Terminals 1 and 2. Walking time is around 15 minutes. Terminals 1 and 3 are connected by a covered walkway, which takes about five minutes.

Connecting to another flight

If you've booked two separate flights with different airlines (i.e. there is no transfer agreement and you don't have an onward boarding card), you'll need to reclaim your baggage and check-in again, possibly in a different terminal.

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Car rental

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Car rental agencies are available at the Car Rental Village. Free shuttle bus departures every 10 minutes. The following car hire agencies are available: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Sixt, Europcar, Enterprise and National.

You can book a car at the airport, or save money by booking online before you travel.

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Day trip

Visit Manchester United

Old Trafford stadium is seven miles from Manchester Airport. Take a guided tour of Manchester United's home ground and immerse yourself in the history of this iconic football club. Tours last 80 minutes and run seven days a week, from 09:40 to 16:30. The schedule will be interrupted on match days.

A taxi to Old Tafford costs around GBP 20 and there is also a minibus service from the airport. 

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Airport museum

Explore the Visitor Park

Located right next to the airport, the Runway Visitor Park offers entertainment for all ages. Take a front row seat to watch planes taking off, or enjoy a guided tour of British Airway's flagship Concorde. The museum also has a souveneir shop and a restaurant with impressive views. 

Entry to the Runway Visitor Park is free. Parking costs GBP 3 per hour up to a maximum of GBP 12.

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Lounges

Airside

Terminal 1

  • The Emirates Lounge, after security, Departures. 
  • Eithad Airways Pearl Business Class Lounge, after security, executive lounge level.
  • Eithad Airways Diamond First Class Lounge, after security, executive lounge level.
  • Aspire Lounge, after security, go through security and Duty Free, turn left between 'Next' and 'Dixons' and take the stairs/lift to the entrance on Level 1. 
  • Escape Lounge, after security, go through Duty Free area, pasts 'Dixons' and take the stairs to the executive lounge level.

Terminal 2

  • Virgin Holidays V-Room, after security, go through Duty Free area, next to Gate 208 take the stairs up.
  • Escape Lounge, after security, go through Duty Free area, next to Gate 208 take the stairs up.
  • Servisair Lounge, after security, go through Duty Free area, turn left into main departure hall, take the stairs to the first floor.

Terminal 3

  • British Airways Terraces Lounge, after security, the lounge is located before the main Duty Free Shops.
  • Escape Lounge, after security, the lounge is located before the main Duty Free Shops.
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Showers

Head to Raddisson Blu

Only five minutes walk from the airport, the Raddisson Blu hotel offers shower and leisure facilities for short-term visitors. Access to shower and changeroom costs GBP 6.50 per person. An extra GBP 5.50 gets you entry into the health and fitness club, which includes spa and beauty treatments.

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Enjoy a pint at the pub

Located near Terminal 3

Near Terminal 3 you'll find Britain's only public house that's situated right next to an airport runway. The pub serves a a wide selection of beers, spirits and food, and gives you a chance to get up close and personal with the airplanes. Activities for children both younger and older are available. Car parking costs GBP 3 for two hours and GBP 1 for every following hour.

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Baby change rooms

Find the best facilities

Terminal 1 You'll find baby change facilities next to selected Ladies and Gents toilets. They can be used by either parent. The best facility is on level 5. It has attractive decor, a children's high chair, a bottle warmer, a soft padded changing mat and a specially designed chair for nursing mothers.

Terminal 2 You'll find baby change facilities next to selected Ladies and Gents toilets. They can be used by either parent.

Terminal 3 You'll find baby change facilities next to selected Ladies toilets.

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Children's Play Area

Children and toddler section

The Terminal 2 play area has a dedicated toddler section suitable for under 3s, plus a zone for slightly older children. 

Terminal 2, Departures Lounge, airside, next to Gate 213

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