Manchester International Airport located approximately 14km from Manchester city centre is the second-largest airport in the UK and with connections to many European, US and Asian destinations. There are 3 terminals at the Manchester airport with multiple lounges across the airport.
All of them get quite busy even during morning hours airports so long queues are expected.
The Manchester airport is also a hub for low-cost carriers Jet2, easyJet and RyanAir.
The airport is open 24/7.
Manchester Airport Transit
Manchester Airport's three terminals are located conveniently close to one another, which means passengers have easy access if transferring. Transferring from Terminal 2 to Terminal 1 or 3 should take no more than 5 to 15 minutes, with moving walkways throughout the terminal buildings. Meanwhile, T1 and T3 are an easy two-minute walk from one another.
The signs are however not always very clear, allowing extra time for transfers is then recommended.
If your flights are from the same airline on the same ticket in most cases you do not have to leave the transit zone as your following departure will be from the same terminal of your arrival.
For transfers within the same terminal, 30 minutes should be sufficient. Between 2 terminals allow at least 2 hours for no stress transfer.
Manchester Airport Transfer
The fastest way to get to the city centre to Piccadilly station is by train. The train stops right outside the airport – follow signs to The Station.
Train departures every 3-10 minutes between 3:45 do 0:30 with total journey time approx. 17 minutes.
You can change the train in Piccadilly station to most large UK cities.
Buy tickets from kiosk in train station or online from thetrainline.com
3£ - 4.50 £
Manchester Airport is linked to the city centre by a 24-hour Stagecoach bus service.
Buses to Manchester Airport arrive at and leave from The Station, the airport’s dedicated transport interchange. It’s open 24 hours a day and links trains, coaches and buses into one building. It is connected to all terminals by the Skylink moving walkways, lifts and escalators.
For more details on current bus services and live updates, visit the official airport website.
There are few frequent bus connection between Manchester airport and other major UK cities operated by National Express.
National Express offers comfortable air-conditioned buses for very low fares from £5. The earlier you buy the bus ticket, the cheaper it gets.
Accomodation near the airport
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