Manchester | Plan your visit | Airport transfers

Getting to the city from Manchester Airport

Manchester Airport is one of the busiest in the UK, with transport options to match. So, if you’re flying into town, there are plenty of ways to get into the city centre. It’s about 11 miles from the airport to the heart of Manchester, which you can either drive or else ride on a range of public transport services. You might also look into buying a Travelcard or staying the night in one of our airport hotels.

Public transport

You can catch a bus, train or tram from what’s called The Station, which you’ll find through an undercover walkway leading from all three terminals. If you’re making several journeys or travelling all weekend or as a family, it might make sense to buy a 1-day or 7-day System One Travelcard.

Taxi or car

You can grab a taxi outside the terminal buildings (fares start from around £16 into the city centre) or you can hire a car through one of the many car rental companies. In clear traffic, you’re looking at up to 30 minutes’ drive, but bear in mind any taxi queue or shuttle to your hire car.

Airport hotels

If you’re really smart, you might start or end your trip with a great night’s sleep at one of our airport hotels. We have two hotels right on the doorstep of Manchester Airport, plus several more just a short drive away.