With three terminals handling over 22m passengers each year, Manchester Airport is the global gateway to the North of England, and the third largest airport in the UK. More than 60 airlines ensure Manchester is directly connected to over 200 destinations around the world including the new direct routes for 2017, San Francisco and Boston.

Manchester Airport offers a whole host of facilities and services to help ensure hassle-free travel. These include tax and duty free savings, free WiFi for up to 60 minutes and Escape Lounges in all three terminals.

Manchester Airport offers excellent connections to the city centre and beyond with a regional railway station and Metrolink station onsite.


Transport to and from Manchester Airport

By car

Manchester Airport is located via the M56 at Junction 5. The M56 provides direct links to the M6 and the M60, ensuring ease of accessibility whether travelling from the North or South.

If travelling to the airport from local areas or Manchester city centre itself, follow signs for the A34 or A5103.

Terminals are clearly signposted on approach, while the postcode for the airport is M90 1QX if wishing to use satellite navigation. 

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By train

Train services run frequently 7 days a week through national train operators TransPennine Express and Northern Rail. Trains run every 10 minutes to or from Manchester Piccadilly, with an average journey time of 20 minutes, while there are dedicated lines running to other major cities through the UK. 

Download the rail route map or visit National Rail to plan your journey.

By bus and coach

Bus and coach services run to and from Manchester Airport via The Station.

By Metrolink

Trams run direct from the airport through the city centre to Victoria, where you can connect to national rail services. From Cornbrook, a stop just outside the centre of the city, there are frequent connections to the rest of the network, with trams heading towards Altrincham, Bury, Ashton, East Didsbury, Eccles, Rochdale and The Trafford Centre. For information on Metrolink click here to visit the Metrolink website.

Trams run every 12 minutes at all times except outside the hours of 9:00am - 5:30pm on Sundays and public holidays when they run every 15 minutes. To check the first and last tram times click here.

Tickets are available from machines on every platform of all stops, but not on board trams so please make sure to buy a ticket before you travel. Alternatively, you can tap in on every platform using your contactless card or device, make sure to tap out when finishing your journey. For those visiting a number of destinations, travelling over a whole weekend, or with your family Travelcards offer great value.

Download the Metrolink route map


Private Hire Taxis

StreetCars private hire have booking offices at the airport, so you can step off the plane and book a car to your destination seamlessly. Alternatively, pre-book your transfer ad StreetCars will monitor your flight and adjust your booking accordingly at no extra charge.




Manchester is well connected to the rest of the UK via excellent motorway links. The M60 ring road connects the city to motorways north, south east and west.



There are three main stations in the city centre: Piccadilly, Oxford Road and Victoria. With direct rail services from across the country, getting here is easy. Operators include: Avanti West CoastTransPennine ExpressTransport for Wales Rail LimitedNorthern Rail, CrossCountry Trains, and Great Western Railway.

Train journey times from:

  • London - 2hrs 7mins
  • Edinburgh - 3hrs 15mins
  • Birmingham - 1hr 28mins
  • Manchester Airport - 14mins
  • Liverpool – 34mins
  • Sheffield – 52mins
  • Newcastle – 2hrs 25mins
  • York - 1hr 20mins



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