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