Manchester flights

Flying to Manchester

Manchester Airport is less than 10 miles from the city centre and is well served by transport links. More than 100 airlines use the airport flying to and from 200 plus destinations. With budget options on offer from companies such as easyJet and Ryanair, it is possible to fly to Manchester inexpensively - see our money-saving guide on Short Haul Flights for advice on how to find the cheapest fares.

The airport has three terminals. BMI Baby, British Airways, Flybe and easyJet use Terminal 3 and Ryanair uses Terminal 1.

Getting to the city

By train: The cheapest and quickest option is to travel by train. Frequent trains run from the airport to Manchester’s main central station, Manchester Piccadilly. This journey takes around 15 minutes and costs £3.20 for a single ticket. Bizarrely, it is cheaper to buy two single tickets than a return, so if you are planning on travelling back to the airport at the end of your trip, buy your tickets separately.

By taxi: There are taxi ranks with metered black Hackney Cabs outside each of the terminals and queues tend to disappear quickly. This is an easy, if expensive (around £30 to the city centre), option. Private hire taxis are slightly cheaper but don’t be tempted to travel in one unless you have booked in advance as they won’t be insured.

If you are staying south of the city centre, taxis can be the best option but make sure that you discuss fares with the driver before you set off.

By bus: The 43 and 105 buses run from the airport to the city centre. See www.gmpte.com for up-to-date timetables.

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