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About Manchester Airport

Manchester Airport is an international airport located in Manchester city of England. The airport located 14 km southeast of the city center is the third most visited airport of the United Kingdom in terms of the number of passengers according to the data of 2016. Manchester Airport, which has three flight terminals and a cargo terminal, has nearly 200 flight destinations. The airport, which was put into service on June 25, 1938, was known as Ringway Airport at the beginning. The airport served as a base for a very long time for the Royal Air Force. Manchester Airport, which welcomes more than 3 million passengers each year, will gain a new architectural style with the restoration works in the coming years.

Getting to the City Center from Manchester Airport

Manchester Airport was ranked the 3rd busiest airport in the UK, in terms of passenger traffic, in 2015. It is a major international airport operating both domestic and international flights out of 3 passenger terminals. The airport offers a range of services aimed at meeting passengers’ pre-flight and post-flight needs.

There are a variety of transportation alternatives to get to the city center from Manchester Airport, including taxi, bus, train, tram, bicycle, and rental car. The airport is located 15 km from the city center, so any method you choose will be a convenient and quick option.  

Taxi

Taking a taxi from the airport to the city center is quite convenient and fast. Taxis are readily available outside of the terminal exits once you land. A taxi to the city center from the airport should take less than 30 minutes, under normal traffic conditions, and cost around 20-30 pounds. The airport also features private hire taxis through the company Arrow Cars. This service can accommodate up to 8 passengers and provides comfortable and reliable transportation to the city.

Bus

Another transportation alternative to get to the city center from Manchester Airport is by bus. Buses depart from The Station, Manchester Airport’s ground transport interchange. Buses are an affordable and convenient way to get to the city. There are 9 different bus routes that operate between the airport and the city. The bus you need to take will depend on your destination in the city.

Train

Trains are another affordable and convenient method of transportation to get to the city from the airport. Trains depart from the Manchester Airport railway station, which is located at The Station. Trains operate every day of the week and run every 10 minutes. A train from the airport to the city center takes about 20 minutes.

Tram

There is a Metrolink station at the airport for those who want to take the tram to the city center. The tram is accessible from The Station and provides convenient transportation to the city. Trams operates every day of the week and run every 12-15 minutes and provide comfortable transportation to many parts of the city.

Bicycle

Manchester Airport places great emphasis on the use of bicycles as an environmentally friendly transportation alternative. There are designated bike paths between the airport and the city center and special parking areas for bicycles at the airport. Thanks to these paths and cycle bays passengers can ride their bikes to and from the airport.

Rental Car

Another transportation alternative to get to the city is by rental car. Renting a car is also a great way to get around in the city and explore the surrounding areas during your trip. There are various rental car offices located at the airport. Since the airport is located 15 km away, you can enjoy a comfortable drive to the city center. Rental car companies that you can choose from include Avis, Europcar, Enterprise, Hertz and Sixt.

Last Updated: June 10, 2019
Getting to Manchester Airport from the City Center

Manchester Airport is located about 15 km from the city center and is accessible by a variety of transportation alternatives. You can to Manchester Airport by taxi, bus, train, tram, bicycle, and rental car. The airport also contains parking areas that offer long-term and short-term parking options, so driving your own car is another option.

Taxi

Taxis are a fast and comfortable transportation alternative to get to the airport. You can find a taxi in every part of the city or have the hotel you are staying at help arrange one for you. Since the airport is located in relatively close proximity to the city center the total fare will cost between 20 and 30 pounds. A taxi to the airport from central Manchester should take less than 30 minutes under normal traffic conditions.  

Bus

Another transportation alternative to get to the airport is by bus. Buses are accessible from every part of the city and provide quick and affordable transportation to the airport. There are a total of 9 buses that offer service to the airport from various parts of the city. Taking the bus is a cheaper option when compared to taxis. Buses run to The Station, the airport’s ground transport interchange.

Train

Taking the train is another method of transportation to consider. The train is accessible from every part of the city and provides transportation to Manchester Airport railway station, which is located in The Station that is connected to the terminals via a Skylink. There are also regional trains that operate to the airport, making the airport accessible from different parts of the country as well. Trains are an affordable and quick transportation alternative.  

Tram

Manchester Airport is also accessible by tram. You can get on the tram from the city center or other areas and enjoy a comfortable ride to the airport. The Metrolink station is located in The Station. Trams are an affordable transportation alternative to get to the airport although they are a bit slower compared to other options.

Bicycle

Manchester Airport features special parking areas for bicycles for those passengers who want to access the airport by bike. The airport places great emphasis on the use of bicycles as an environmentally friendly transportation alternative. Passengers can ride their bikes to the airport and securely park them at one of the various cycle bays.  

Rental Car

One of the most convenient ways to get to Manchester Airport is by rental car. There are various rental car companies located throughout the city. You can rent a car in the city and enjoy a comfortable drive to the airport. Driving from the city center to the airport should take less than 30 minutes under normal traffic conditions.

Airport Information

Manchester Airport is located in Ringway, Manchester, about 15 kilometers from the city center. The airport operates both domestic and international flights and was ranked the 3rd busiest airport in the UK in 2015. Every year the airport handles millions of travelers.

The airport contains 3 passenger terminals that offer various services including a baby care room, health center, lost and found, ATMs, currency exchange services, free Wi-Fi for 1 hour, lounges, meeting rooms, restaurants, cafes, bars, and a variety of stores.

Stores where passengers can go shopping include Accessorize, Attitude, Biza, Bobbi Brown, Boots, Boux Avenue, Clarins, Claire’s, Cloud, Dixons, Dune, Fat Face, Jo Malone, Next, JD, Rolling Luggage, Swatch, Temptation, The Body Shop, Timberland, BB, Spar, WHSmith, Victoria’s Secret, William Henry’s, Zoodle and Lacoste.

Restaurants, cafes, or bars where passengers can get a bite to eat or something to drink include Bar MCR, Burger King, Caffe Nero, Cafe Balzar, Caffe Ritazza, Costa, Delice de France, Frankie&Benny’s, Giraffe, Greggs, Joes Kitchen&Coffee House, Micasa, The Observatory Bar, The Pasty Shop, Pork Pickle, Soho Coffeeco, Spar, Spinning Jenny, Starbucks, Grain Loft, Spud Factory, Lion Antelope, Upper Crust and Take Off.

Last Updated: June 10, 2019
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