Winner of Globe Travel Awards Best UK Airport in 2015, Manchester airport (MAN) is located in Ringway, half an hour’s drive from the centre of Manchester.
Serving as the UK’s ‘Global Gateway from the North’, it’s the UK’s biggest airport outside of the London region – and the third biggest overall.
Driving to Manchester Airport:
Manchester Airport’s postcode for Sat Navs: M90 1QX
There are three terminals, so check in advance which one you’re flying from.
Driving from the north: Leave the M6 at junction 20, then continue onto the M56 eastbound until junction 5, and follow signs to the airport.
Driving from the north-east: Exit the M62 at junction 18 and follow the M60 east/southbound. Continue onto M56. Leaving at junction 5 and follow signs for Manchester Airport.
Driving from the south: Drive along the M6 until junction 20, then turn onto M56 eastbound until junction 5 and the rest of the route should be clearly signposted.
Parking at Manchester Airport:
If you are just picking up or dropping off – pull up just outside departures where you can usually unload luggage at no extra cost or park for up to 30 minutes in the multi-storey car park, next door to the terminal building for £3.00
The best value car parks, the Jet Parks, are pre-book only, roughly one mile away from the terminal buildings which can easily be reached on a 5-10 minute free shuttle. The multi-storey car park is next to the terminals, so you can be from your car to check-in within minutes. For special treatment, the Meet & Greet service means you can drive up to the terminal doors and have someone meet and park your car for you, then have it ready for when you return. Pre-book your car parking space online to save money.
Dedicated motorbike parking is usually available at Jet Park Plus at the rate of £2.00 per day, payable on arrival.
Public Transport to/from Manchester Airport:
Manchester Airport Buses:
200: Wilmslow Railway Station – Manchester Airport
Arriva 18: The Trafford Centre – Altrincham Interchange via Manchester Airport
Arriva 19: Manchester Airport – Altrincham via Sale and Wythenshawe
43: Manchester city centre – Manchester Airport via Wythenshawe, Fallowfield, Rusholme and Manchester University
105: Manchester city centre – Manchester Airport via Wythenshawe, Benchill, Sharston, Northenden and Moss Side
369: Wythenshawe – Stockport via Manchester Airport
199: Manchester Airport - Buxton
200: Wilmslow Railway Station - Manchester Airport via Styal and Quarry Bank Mill.
44: Manchester Airport - Manchester city centre via Gatley, Cheadle, Burnage, Rusholme
Trains to/from Manchester Airport:
Manchester Airport train station is conveniently located just minutes away from the terminal buildings, and a 20 minute train journey from Manchester city centre. First TransPennine Express and Northern Rail operate 24/7 services to and from locations all over the UK including Scotland, Newcastle, Leeds, Sheffield, Liverpool and the Lake District.
Metrolink – the tram stop is inside the airport next to the rail station and there are 92 stops along the city. Trams run every 12 to 15 minutes.
Taxis to/from Manchester Airport:
Black cabs are available from all terminals, fares for inside the Manchester area are calculated on a meter system.
Coaches to/from Manchester Airport:
National Express run various different coaches daily from ‘The Station’ at Manchester Airport, there are several routes including coaches to Blackpool, Liverpool, Leeds, and Nottingham.
Manchester Airport facilities:
Manchester Airport has Escape Lounges at all three terminals, where guests can rest with complimentary Wi-Fi, food and drinks.
Food and Drink:
There are three different terminals, each with a variety of restaurants and cafes, including Frankie & Benny’s, Starbucks, Costa, Caffe Nero and Greggs.
Besides World Duty Free, you’ll find shops like WH Smith, Next, Superdry, Jo Malone, Boots and The Body Shop.
There is free Wi-Fi access for 60 minutes in every terminal.
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