Manchester Airport Transfer
Manchester Airport is one of England’s busiest airports and is the country’s largest outside the southeast region. Our Manchester Airport guide includes information on how to get to the airport, terminal facilities and where to stay.
A new £20 million control tower was opened in mid-2013. Construction of the Airport City project is under way, which will include the addition of business, retail and leisure facilities and new hotels upon completion in 2016. Major terminal improvements and the construction of a new tram connection are at the planning stage.
There are information desks in all terminals. Several members of staff are trained in British Sign Language.
The Skylink moving walkway system links Terminals 1, 2 and 3 via the airport railway station.
From central Manchester, take the southbound A5103 (Princess Road) and merge onto the southbound M56 motorway. Manchester Airport is located off junction 5 of the M56 motorway. Directions for all terminals are clearly signposted.
Rail: Manchester Airport’s rail, coach and bus interchange, known as The Station, is connected to all three terminals via the Skylink moving walkway system. Trains operate to Manchester Airport from many stations in northern England and the Midlands. There is a frequent service between Manchester Airport and Manchester Piccadilly Station in the city centre (journey time: 20 minutes; fare: £4), which has connections to most major destinations. For information on times and fares, contact the 24-hour National Rail Enquiries line (tel: 0845 748 4950; www.nationalrail.co.uk).
Bus: The 24-hour Skyline bus 43 operates to the city centre (journey time: 60 minutes; fare: £2.90). Manchester Airport’s bus network also provides direct services to many local areas and other major towns and cities. For local bus information, contact Traveline North West (tel: 0871 200 2233; www.traveline-northwest.co.uk).
Coach: A number of National Express (tel: 0870 580 8080; www.nationalexpress.com) services run from The Station to long-distance destinations throughout the United Kingdom. A dedicated ticket desk at The Station can provide full details of all routes and rates.
ATMs, full service banking facilities and bureaux de change are available in each terminal. Currency can be pre-ordered from Travelex through the airport’s website and collected on arrival at the airport.
Free Wi-Fi internet access (up to 60 minutes) is provided in the terminal buildings; internet booths are available for those without wireless-enabled devices. Public telephones are positioned throughout Manchester Airport. A post office is located on-site.
All terminals have a good choice of restaurants, cafés and bars; some of which are open 24 hours a day. The majority of places to eat and drink are in the departures areas, but there are some options in the arrivals and check-in halls. The new Food Quarter food court in the departures area of Terminal 1 features a range of pop-up street-food-style eateries.
Duty-free shops (for non-EU passengers) and a variety of gift shops, newsagents and fashion boutiques are available in all terminals. For those not wishing to take their purchases with them on the flight, a ‘collect on return’ service is available.
Left-luggage facilities and lost property offices are operated by Excess Baggage Limited (tel: (0161) 489 3463 or 6031) in the Terminal 1 and 2 arrivals areas. Luggage trolleys can be hired for a £1 or €2 deposit.
Other facilities at Manchester Airport include a medical centre, prayer rooms, baby changing facilities and a 24-hour children’s play area. The on-site Radisson Blu Hotel Manchester Airport (tel: (0161) 490 5000; www.radisson.com) provides shower facilities. It is also possible to take tours of the airport’s preserved Concorde aircraft in the Concorde Conference Centre.
The Radisson Blu Hotel Manchester Airport (tel: (0161) 490 5000; www.radisson.com), which is served by the airport’s Skylink covered walkway, houses conference space for up to 400 delegates. Conference facilities are also available in the on-site Concorde Conference Centre (tel: (0161 489 8299).
Servisair lounges are located in Terminals 1 and 2, while airline-specific lounges and VIP Escape Lounges can be found in all terminals.
There are accessible toilets and telephones, as well as ramps and lifts throughout the terminals. All telephones are fitted with induction loops, and the desk in Terminal 1 International Arrivals is equipped with a Minicom system. There are designated spaces in all car parks for disabled travellers, and airport buses connecting these areas are fully accessible. Passengers requiring wheelchairs or special assistance should contact their airline at least 48 hours in advance.
There are 14,000 car parking spaces at Manchester Airport. Short-stay multistorey car parks are located close to Terminals 1, 2 and 3 – discounted rates are on offer when pre-booking online. A regular courtesy shuttle bus operates from the nearby long-term and economy Jet Parks areas to all terminals. Valet parking is available on request – for more information and for rates and reservations for all parking options, contact the airport parking office (tel: 0871 310 2200).
Manchester Airport has a range of hotels of all levels and types, many of which offer courtesy shuttle services to and from the terminals.