Airport Name

Manchester Airport

Airport Location

The airport is located 17km (10 miles)
southwest of Manchester.






+44 (0)161 489 3000


Airport Overview

Manchester Airport is the UK’s third busiest airport in terms of passenger numbers, serving around 22 million passengers each year. It serves more destinations than any other airport in the UK (225), and currently houses about 70 airlines including cargo and freight airlines.


Most Popular Airlines


Most Popular Routes



Manchester Airport lies about 10 miles outside of the city, and can be accessed by all major forms of public transport.

Rail: The airport has a British Rail station located between Terminals 1 and 2, from where passengers can reach Manchester Piccadilly Station. Trains run every 19 minutes and the journey into town takes 20 minutes. An off-peak ticket can cost around £4.70, and slightly more during peak.

Bus and Coach: National Express offers services to major centres such as Birmingham, Liverpool, London, Edinburgh and Glasgow. You can determine departure times and fares, and also pre book by using this online tool. A thirty minute journey into town may cost around £4.10.

Taxis: A number of cab companies serve Manchester Airport with regular service. Expect to pay a fare of around £28 for a trip from the airport into the city centre.

Parking Fees: If you plan to drive to the airport, there is a selection of private lots where you can leave your car. Long stay prices in an area about 5-15 minutes away by foot can go as low as £45.99 per week. Manchester Airport also offers multi-storey parking facilities immediately opposite the terminal for £59.99 per week. Passengers can use the online form to determine their fee.

Nearby Hotels

Manchester Airport has arrangements with 11 nearby hotels. Each hotel has the option of booking online, and you can also select room type, parking, check in time and date, and see specific services offered by the facility including conference facilities, spa, pool or restaurant etc.


Checking in

The airport offers an Express Check-In Service as well as self-service check-in machines located throughout the terminals. Information screens give airline-specific details about the check-in desks for your flight. You can also check-in online, although note that on some airlines, online check-in is only available to passengers with hand baggage. Please check with your airline for further information.

Find out which terminal you need to go to for your airline.


Liquids may only be carried in containers holding 100ml or less. They must be carried separately in a single bag which is:

  • Transparent and resealable
  • No larger than 20cm x 20cm (8in x 8in)
  • Able to close properly with all the items inside

Liquids in containers over 100ml will not be permitted through security. You will need to pack them in your hold baggage instead.

Baby milk and medicine

If you are travelling with a baby or infant, an exception to the above rule will apply, but you can carry only what you need for your journey. The same applies to liquid medication – you can only carry what you need during the course of your flight. All medication should be accompanied by documentary proof of authenticity, such as a prescription or letter from a doctor. Liquid medication that is not required on the flight should be carried as hold luggage. If your child needs medication while you are at the airport or if you need ready to drink infant milk for your holiday, you can pre-order it before you travel and collect it from Boots after security check-in.

Electronic passport exit

If you have a new biometric ‘chipped’ passport, you can use the automated ePassport gates instead of having your passport checked by a Border Force officer. This means you can avoid the queues and get through passport control more quickly. You can use the gates if you are a passport holder of a country in the European Economic Area (EEA) – including the UK – or Switzerland; and if you have the EEA chip logo on your passport, and if you are over 18. You cannot use the gates with a national identity card. Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway are not members of the European Union (EU) but citizens of these countries have the same rights to enter, live in and work in the United Kingdom as EU citizens.



Internet and Wifi
Plug stations and charging
Cafés, Restaurants Bars
Smoking lounge
Prayer rooms
Shopping and duty free
Sleeping pods


Internet and Wifi

Free Wifi access is available up to 60 minutes in any 24-hour period. It can be used on all media devices within all terminals at the airport, lounges & Manchester’s Runway Visitor Park.

Network instructions are as follows:

  • In the airport – look for an SSID called ‘spectrum’ or ‘MAG Airports Wifi’
  • BA lounge – look for an SSID called ‘BA lounge Wifi’
  • Servisair lounge – look for an SSID called ‘Servisair’


Plug stations and charging

Live sockets are available in the toilets and some cafés. They are compatible with UK and European plugs and are free to use.


Cafés, Restaurants Bars

Eateries can be found in all terminals. Find more information on dining and drinking at Manchester Airport.



The airport has three lounges, one in each terminal, which can be booked in advance. Access on the morning of your flight is charged at £40.98 if paying by credit card. Note that children under 6 are not allowed in the lounges.



There is a soft play area located in Terminal 2 that has a dedicated toddler section suitable for child under 3 years, plus a zone for slightly older children. The area is located in the Departures Lounge next to Gate 213.


Smoking lounge

Manchester is a smoke-free airport, although smoking is permitted in designated areas outside the terminal building. The use of electronic cigarettes indoors is also prohibited.


Prayer rooms

Four multi-faith prayer rooms serve Manchester Airport and remain open 24 hours a day. Christian, Jewish, Muslim and other sacred texts and prayer books are provided by the Chaplaincy and prayer mats are available for Muslims. A book for comments and prayer requests is provided in each of the prayer rooms.

  • Daily Prayers (Christian) are held in the Terminal 1 Prayer Room
    Monday – Friday at 08:30
  • Jummah Prayers (Islamic) are held in the Terminal 3 Prayer Room
    Friday at 13:00 GMT, 13:30 BST


Shopping and duty free

Dixons Travel, Kurt Geiger, Biza Tax & Duty Free plus many more stores are open for business. Find a full list of Manchester Airports shopping opportunities.


Sleeping pods




Assisted travelling through terminals
Lost and found



Toilets are available in the concourse. Check the signs for locations. Baby changing facilities can be found across all three terminals, either inside or nearby ladies’ toilets. As a piece of trivia – the airport was also voted winner of the 2009 Loo of the Year Award!



Radisson Blu Hotel Manchester Airport offers shower and changing facilities at the airport for a fee of £6.50 per person. The hotel is located in Terminal 2, and connected to all terminals by elevated walkway. Please note this facility is not available to all transfer passengers.


Assisted travelling through terminals

Manchester Airport assists passengers with reduced mobility (PRM) by helping them from the car park to the gate, with check-in and screening procedures, baggage retrieval, customs and immigration procedures. In order to request PRM services, passengers are requested to notify their airline when booking the flight or at least 48 hours ahead of departure. Assistance will then provided by the service provider OCS.


Lost and found

If you left some property on your flight, you should initially contact the airline you flew with. If you lost your items in Manchester Airport, the service provider “Excess Baggage Limited” should be contacted on the following numbers (open daily 8am to 8pm):
Terminals 1/3: 0161 489 3463
Terminal 2: 0161 489 6031

Click here for further information and contact numbers for lost property services at each terminal.

About the author

Oonagh ShielContent Manager at Cheapflights whose travel life can be best summed up as BC (before children) and PC (post children). We only travel during the school holidays so short-haul trips and staycations are our specialities!

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