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How to get from Manchester Airport to the city by transport

Manchester Airport (MAN) is an international airport serving the city of Manchester and its suburbs, located in Ridgeview. 14 km south of the center of Manchester. According to the number of passengers, Manchester Airport is the third busiest airport in the UK, immediately after London Heathrow and Gatwick. There are three terminals at the airport:

Terminals 1 and 2 are connected via skylink with integrated moving lanes, which reduce the distance to each terminal to 10-15 minutes.

Terminal 3 is connected to T1 and skylink is connected

Skylink connects all three terminals with the airport train station and the Radisson BLU hotel.

A bus from National Express connects the city center to Manchester Airport:

The bus runs from 00:55 until 23:15, when the last bus leaves the airport; Approximate journey time is 25 minutes.

The price of one ticket ranges from £ 4.2-5.

Manchester Airport is connected to the city center by Skyline bus 24/7, route 43, which operates at the Manchester Piccadilly bus terminal:

This route has both day and night flights; during the daytime the bus runs every 10 minutes and at night every half hour

A single ticket costs 3 pounds sterling, and the travel time to the city — 44-72 minutes, depending on traffic.

Manchester Airport Rail Station is located between terminals 1 and 2, connected by Skylink.

Trains to Manchester Piccadilly run every 10 minutes and get there in 20 minutes, the cost of a one-way ticket is £ 5

Manchester Airport is also connected by direct train to the following cities: Wilmslow, Sheffield, Grimsby, Leeds York, Scarborough, Middlesbrough, Preston, Carlisle

The metrolink station connects Manchester Airport with Cornbrook Station in the south of Manchester. The train passes every 12 minutes and takes 35 minutes to get to Kornbrook station.

NOTE. Once you get to Kornbrook station, you need to take another tram to the city center, the journey will take only 5 minutes.

Taxis are a convenient vehicle if you usually avoid public transport. Official airport taxis are at your disposal around the clock and seven days a week. Traveling to, for example, Manchester Piccadilly will cost you £ 20.

Book a door-to-door transfer if you need direct transportation to your place of residence, and you don’t have much time to spend on buses and trains. Your drivers will wait in front of the airport with your name, and do not worry, if your flight is delayed, drivers will be informed.

Car rental is part of the airport zone where people can rent cars and it is connected to the terminals by a free bus. You will find companies such as Alamo, Budget, Hertz and many others. Or save time and book a car online.

Renting your own bus is a good idea if you are traveling with a large group of people. It is very important that you place an order in time so that the rental company can arrange all the details.

Direct bus, provided by National Express, runs up to 3 times a day. To Edinburgh from Manchester Airport. Travel time on the route is about 6 hours and 30-40 minutes.

From Manchester to Chester: you can get to Chester either by train or direct bus from the airport:

Services Arriva Trains Wales provide delivery to Chester from Manchester Airport, every 25 minutes from 05:33 to 22:29. Average journey time is 1 hour and 25 minutes. The price of one ticket is £ 19.60.

Directly by bus in just one hour, the train to Chester is almost twice as expensive. The cost of one ticket is 10 euros (

You can reach the city of Liverpool in a direct bus from Manchester Airport. The distance between cities is 58 km, which is approximately equal to the travel time of 1 hour. The price of one ticket varies from 6-9 € (£ 5-7,6)

Question: My plane is late. Will it be a problem for me to get to the city?

  • A: It will not be a problem to get to the city, as the shuttle bus number 43 operates around the clock, the tram and the train also go very often. If you do not want to use public transport late at night, call a taxi for which you pay about £ 20.

Q: I have an early morning flight from the airport, are there any hotels at the airport where I can stay?

  • A: Of course, you can choose between several hotels located in the airport area:

The already mentioned Radisson BLU Hotel (4 *), connected by skylink to passenger terminals, has free Wi-Fi, an indoor pool and laundry facilities.

Clayton Hotel Manchester Airport (3 *) — free Wi-Fi, disabled access.

Holiday Inn Express Hotel (3 *) — 3 km from the airport, free Wi-Fi and breakfast.

Q: I would like to spend one day in Manchester between flights. Is it possible?

  • A: Of course, the airport is located just 13 kilometers from the city center, and public transport is open all day, so you do not need to worry about your late flight. And you can leave your luggage at the airport for £ 5 per day.

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