Manchester Airport Information

With three terminals handling over 27 million passengers each year, Manchester Airport is the UK’s Global Gateway for the North. Directly connected to over 200 destinations, and no more than one-stop away from anywhere in the world. Plus, enjoy a new passenger experience at Manchester Airport’s new-look Terminal 2 with state-of-the-art facilities, exclusive lounges, and Manchester favourite food & drink hotspots providing their first airport offerings.

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.

Official Manchester Airport Parking is available, with hassle free options such as Meet & Greet and Drop & Go, as well as budget options such as JetParks. Find out more and book your car park directly.

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 has 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 and StreetCars will monitor your flight and adjust your booking accordingly at no extra charge.

Black Cab Taxis

Licensed black cab taxis are available from all airport terminals for ease of travel either to or from the airport.

Fares for any journey taken inside the Manchester Licensed Area will be shown on the meter inside the taxi, while for destinations listed outside Manchester there is no requirement for the driver to use the taxi meter to determine the fare.

• No Booking Required 
• Up to 6 passengers
• Fully wheelchair accessible 

For more information

Car hire

Rent a car at Manchester Airport with a trusted provider. Renting a car for your trip allows you to easily explore the city and beyond during your trip.

Find out more about car hire

Private transfers

Book private airport transfers with a diverse selection of choices, such as minibuses, taxis, and luxury vehicles, offering flexibility and comfort for your travel needs.

Airport facilities

Whether travelling for business or pleasure, Manchester Airport offers a host of facilities and services to help ensure hassle-free travel:

Airport Shopping and dining

Join the vast number of savvy shoppers already taking advantage of exclusive tax and duty free savings at the airport. Then, make the most of the wide selection of food and drink options available across all three terminals.

Escape Lounges

For those looking to start their holiday in style, or simply some peace and quiet to complete last minute business, the Escape Lounges in Terminal 1, 2 and 3 offer a tranquil environment. Here you can also enjoy a host of complimentary refreshments and take advantage of the free Wi-Fi.

Find out more about the Escape Lounges

1903 Lounge

For those looking for a premium lounge experience, the 1903 Lounges at Manchester Airport provide premium food and drinks with unparalleled views of the runway. Perfect for those looking to relax during their airport journey.

Find out more about the 1903 Lounges


Whether arriving or departing from the airport, skip the queues either at Security or Passport Control by purchasing FastTrack tickets.

See the FastTrack options

Disabled access

A new access guide has been designed, which provides disabled customers with all the information they need to plan their journey from door to door. Learn more about accessibility.

Free Wi-Fi

Stay connected to the outside world, with free Wi-Fi across all three terminals.

Travel information

Explore Manchester easily with our travel guide on getting around. Find practical tips, transportation options, and maps for a seamless city exploration. Whether by tram, bus, or foot, our guide ensures you make the most of your visit, navigating Manchester with convenience.