Information – Manchester Airport MAN

Manchester International Airport — Manchester Airport is the United Kingdom’s third largest airport, just 8 miles or 13 km from Manchester city centre. It’s about halfway between London and Edinburgh, 80 miles from Birmingham and 60 miles from Leeds.

The airport is just 20 minutes from cheap Manchester city centre b&b establishments and hotels, close to Trafford Park and the home ground of Manchester United Football Club. Regarded as a dynamic city on the rise, Manchester offers visitors a rich combination of shopping, arts, entertainment and heritage.

Manchester Airport has two runways and three terminals. There is frequent public transportation to and from the airport with a choice of trains, coaches, taxis and car hire. The Skylink moving walkway system links Terminals 1, 2 and 3 via the airport railway station.

Where is Manchester Airport ?

How far is Manchester airport from Manchester city centre ?

Manchester Airport is roughly 20 minutes drive from central Manchester. The airport is 8 miles or 13 kilometers southwest of the center of Manchester.

Liverpool is located 35 miles east and central London is about 200 miles south and takes about 3 hours to drive.

How can I reach Manchester Airport by car ?

The airport is along the M56 highway (exit 5) that connects to the ring road around Manchester (M60, exit 4). The routes to the various terminals are clearly indicated on the traffic signs.

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How to get to Manchester City Centre ?

By Car :

The airport is just off the M56 motorway to North Wales and very close to the M60 (Manchester’s ring road) and the M6 towards London. Manchester city centre is well signposted from the airport if you are travelling by road.

By Coach :

There are long distance buses from National Express (tel: +44(0)8705 80 80 80) to places including London, Blackpool and Aberdeen. National Express operates directly from Manchester Airport.

Coach service are provided between Manchester Airport and Liverpool John Lennon, with stops in Central Manchester, Warrington, Widnes and Liverpool City Centre.

By Bus : Skyline buses are provided by a partnership between Manchester Airport and the bus operators Stagecoach Manchester, Trent and Arriva North West. These local buses run about every 10 minutes during the week into Manchester City Centre.

Local bus services connecting the airport with the city centre include route 18 (intu Trafford Centre), 43, 44 and 103. Bus line 43 leaves every 10 minutes to the center of Manchester, this is an express service. There are many other bus lines that have connections between the airport and Manchester.

By Train :

The airport has a combined bus and train station that is called ‘The Station’. Skylink moving walkways connects the three terminals to the upper level of the railway station. There are regular connections to/from the Airport and Manchester Piccadilly and the city of Preston.

Trains are operated by TransPennine Express and Northern Rail. They run every 10 minutes, 7 days a week, travel time is about 20 minutes.

Also direct train services operated by TransPennine Express and Northern Rail run to and from Sheffield, York, Newcastle, Leeds, Huddersfield, Bolton, Preston, Blackpool and the Lake District.

By Taxi :

Taxis are in front of all terminals.

Manchester Airport Area Information

Just a short drive away from the airport (11 miles/17.5 km) is Old Trafford football stadium, the home of Manchester United. Nicknamed the Theatre of Dreams, this impressive stadium has a capacity of over 76,000. Manchester city centre is just 8 miles (13 km) from the airport.

The city is famous for its legendary music and club scene, its excellent designer shopping, its nightlife, and the reintroduced trams. The city has award-winning museums, galleries and theatres. There are also many restaurants, stylish cafe bars and pubs with live music. Quarry Bank Mill is a National Trust property and is around 5 miles (8 km) away. Situated within the Styal Country Estate, Quarry Bank was founded in 1784. Today, the museum offers a fascinating insight into the lives of mill workers. For a variety of events and leisure activities, Tatton Park is only 12 miles (19 km) away. The Cheshire Plains and the stunning natural beauty of the Peak District are a short drive away.

In the vicinity of the airport and the surrounding area are a wide choice of excellent hotels.