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.
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.
Buses run every 10-30 minutes, cost £2.40 and take up to an hour to reach the city centre. Look for numbers 43 (24 hours a day), 44 and 105.
Trams run every 12-15 mins into Cornbrook, just outside the city centre. From here, jump on a tram into town. It’ll cost you £4.20 from the airport to Manchester Piccadilly.
Trains run every 10 minutes and take around 20 minutes to Piccadilly. Tickets cost £2.90.
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.
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.