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Manchester Intl (MAN):
Location:
16 km/10 Miles S of the City centre.
Airport Overview:
There are 3 terminals: T1, T2 & T3 (for domestic & British Airways). They are all joined by covered walkways to The Station - a combined train and bus station with some shops too. All public buses run from here. To walk from T3 to T2 takes about 15-20 mins.


Airline Locations:
Terminal 1: Aer Arran, Aer Lingus, Air Baltic, Air Berlin, Air Canada, Air Transat, Cyprus Airways, Etihad, Euromanx, Icelandair, Jet2, Lufthansa, Monarch Scheduled, Olympic, Ryanair, SAS, Swiss, TUIfly & Turkish.
Terminal 2: Adria, Air Malta, Continental, CSA, Emirates, Delta, First Choice, Flyglobespan, KLM, PIA, Qatar, Saudi Arabian, Singapore Airlines, Thomsonfly, US Airways & Virgin.
Terminal 3: Adria Airways, Air France, American, bmi regional, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, City Jet, Eastern Airways, Flybe, KLM & Ryanair.

By Taxi & Limo:
General: Taxis wait outside the arrivals level of each terminal. Several taxi companies have desks in arrivals.
Regular Airport Taxi: 16-8/25-45 mins to the City Centre depending on time of day.
AirportCarz: Run a 24 hr taxi or minibus service door to door. Desks in all terminals. Cost: Prices are pre-quoted rather than by the meter. Contact: Tel 0161 945 8000.
British Airport Cars: Tel +44 (0)1634 309660.
Arrow Cars: Arrow Cars have a desk in arrivals. Tel +44 (0)161 489 8899.
Limos.com: Find limo service, click here. Click here to find a locally based limousine company.
Taximatch.net: If you are planning ahead, submit your journey details with Taximatch.net and receive quotes from taxi companies who pass your location on their way to or from the airport.

By Local Bus: 
General: The coach and bus station is located in The Station, a central bus & train station, connected to all terminals by a covered walkway. The train station is also here. Some hotel buses pick up outside Terminal 2, lower level, but most stop at The Station. Bus enquiries +44 (0)161 228 7811.
Arriva Bus #18 to Altrincham & Trafford Centre: Route: Altrincham - Hale Road - Hale Barns - Cargo Terminal - Runger Lane - Airport Station (stand D or K) - Ringway Rd - Shadow Moss Rd - Portway - Ruddpark Rd - Wythenshaw Bus Station - Simonsway - Newell Green - Firbank Rd - Floatsmoor Rd - Baguley Tesco - Northern Moor - Sale Rd - Sale Moor - Sale - Stretford - Park Rd - Barton Dock Rd - Trafford Centre. Timings: Buses leave the airport heading for the Trafford Centre Mon-Fri every ~30 mins 0545-1755, 1830, 1920 then hourly until 2120. Later buses terminale at Sale. Saturdays at 0550, 0650, 0750, then every 30 mins until 1820, then every hour until 2120. Later buses terminale at Sale. Sundays every hour 0820-2120. Later buses terminale at Sale. Travel Times: To Trafford Centre 45-60 mins. To Altrincham 30 mins. Cost: 1.30-3.20.
Arriva Bus #19 to Altrincham 24 hr Bus: Route: Cargo Terminal (early morning only) - Airport Station (Stand G or K) - Selstead Rd - Portway - Ruddpark Rd - Wythenshawe Bus Station - Gladeside Rd - Wythenshawe Hospital - Baguley Tesco - Moor Rd - Northern Moor - Sale Rd - Sale Moor - Sale - Ashton-upon-Mersey - Firsway - Woodhouse Lane - Woodheys - Manchester Rd - Altrincham. Timings: Buses leave the airport heading for Altrincham every hour 0020-0520, 0608, then every 15-30 mins until 2320. Saturdays every hour 0020-0520, 0608, then every 15-30 mins until 2225. Sundays every hour 0020-0520, 0608, then every ~30 mins until 2320. Travel Times: To Altrincham 33 mins.
Arriva Bus #20 to Altrincham & Bowdon: Route: Airport Station (Stand G or K) - Runger Lane - Cargo Terminal - Halebarns - Well Green - Timperley Village - Timperley Grange - Altrincham Interchange - Rosehill - Bowdon. Timings: Buses leave the airport Mon-Sat at 0642, 0712 (not Saturdays), 0742, then every 30 mins until 1742, 1815, 1915, 2015 & 2115, 2220 & 2320. Sundays at 0812, then every hour until 1712, 1815, 1915, 2015, 2115, 2220 & 2320. Buses leave Altrincham Interchange Mon-Sat at 0659, 0729, 0759, then every 30 mins until 1759, 1816, 1830, 1913, 1930, 2013, 2030, 2113, 2130, 2213 & 2230. Sundays at 0729, then every hour until 1829, 1913, 1930, 2013, 2030, 2113, 2130, 2213 & 2230.
Skyline Bus #43 to central Manchester 24 hr Bus: Route: Airport Station (Stand E) - Selstead Rd - Portway - Ruddpark Rd - Wythenshawe Bus Station - Brownley Rd - Shartson - Northenden - West Didsbury - Withington - Fallowfield - Wilmslow Rd - Rusholme - Manchester (Piccadilly Gardens). Timings: Buses leave the airport: Mon-Sat at 0006 then every 30 mins through the night until 0436, then every 10-30 mins until 1909, then every 30 mins until 2339. Sundays every 20-30 mins all day and night. From Manchester Mon-Sat every 10-30 mins all day and night. Sundays: every 20-30 mins all day and nighty. Cost: To the city centre 2.40.
Skyline Bus #105 to central Manchester: Route: Airport Station (Stand F) - Selstead Rd - Woodhouse Park - Simonsway - Wythenshawe Bus Station - Broadoak Rd - Benchill - Sharston - Northenden - Southern Cemetery - Princes Rd - Moss Side - Manchester (Piccadilly Gardens). Timings: Buses leave the airport: Mon-Fri every 30-40 mins 0607-1909 then every hour until 2209 & 2325. Saturdays: every 30 mins 0601-0900, then every 30 mins until 1909 then every hour until 2209 & 2325. Sundays every ~hour 0609-2209 & 2325. From Manchester Mon-Sat every 30-60 mins 0302-2302. Sundays: every hour 0302-2302. Travel Times: To Manchester 50-55 mins.
Skyline Bus #199: Route: Airport Station (Stand J) - Stockport Bus Station - Stepping Hill (Hospital) - Hazel Grove (Rising Sun) - High Lane (Horse Shoe Inn) - Disley (Rams Head) - Newtown (Swan Hotel) - Furness Vale - Whaley Bridge Train Station - Tunstead Milton - Chapel-en-le-Frith (New Inn) - Dove Holes (Trent Barton Garage) - Peak Dale Institute & Buxton Market Place. Timings: Buses leave the airport: Mon-Sat at 0445 (terminates at Stockport), 0515, 0545 (terminates at Stockport), then every 30 mins until 1915. Thereafter, buses leave every 30 mins, but those leaving at 45 mins past the hour terminate at Stockport. Last bus 2315. Sundays at 0445 (terminates at Hazel Grove), 0545 (terminates at Hazel Grove) then hourly until 2245. Buses leave Buxton Mon-Sat every 15-30 mins 0430-2125. Sundays at 0330, then ~every hour 0630-2125. Travel Times: To Buxton ~1 hour 40 mins. To Stockport ~20 mins. Contact: Trent Barton Buses 0871 200 2233 or 01773 712265 or www.trentbarton.co.uk.
Bus #200 to Wilmslow Route: Airport (Stand H) - Ringway Rd - Moss Nook - Hollin Lane - Styal - Wilmslow. Timings: Regular departures 0900-2100. Travel Times: To Wilmslow 20 mins.
Bus #201 & 202: Runs to the airport viewing park (where several aircraft including a Concorde are preserved) from Stand J or K at the station. Timings: Runs weekends and bank holidays only. Takes 8-10 mins.
Skyline Bus #369 to Stockport: Route: Airport Station (Stand H) - Ringway Rd - Shadow Moss Rd - Portway - Ruddpark Rd - Wythenshaw Bus Station - Simonsway - Atlas Busniess Park - Heald Green Train Station - Cheadle Hulme - Adswood - Edgeley - Stockport Bus Station. Timings: Buses leave the airport: Mon-Fri every ~30 mins 0510-1945, 2045, 2115, 2215 & 2315. Sundays & Holidays every ~30 mins 0510-2315. Buses leave Stockport Mon-Fri every 25-30 mins 0610-2030, 2130 & 2230. Saturdays every 25-30 mins 0705-2030, 2130 & 2230. Sundays: every 30 mins 0700-2300. Travel Times: To Stockport 37 mins. Contact: Tel 0161 367 8588 or 0161 273 3377.
Skyline Bus #X69: Route: Runs on a similar route to the 369, but runs only from Stockport to the airport, not back to Stockport. Stockport Bus Station - Edgeley - Adswood - Cheadle Hulme - Heald Green - Airport. Timings: Buses leave Stockport Mon-Fri every 30 mins 0420-0550. Weekends & Holidays: every 30 mins 0420-0620. Travel Times: To the Airport 27 mins. Contact: Tel 0161 367 8588 or 0161 273 3377.
BusyBus to the Aviation Viewing Park: Route: Airport - Airport Business Centre - Cargo Centre - Aviation Viewing Park (for Concorde Exhibit). Timings: Buses run every 20 mins 0730-1800.
Styal Shuttle 2000: Runs every hour on the route: Wilmslow - Quarry Bank Mill - Styal Village - Aviation Viewing Park (weekends only).
Airport Night Link: A bookable bus that runs 0300-0530 to the Wythenshawe area only. Cost: 1.50. Contact: Call 08456 055505 to reserve a place.
Courtesy Buses: Hotel and Car Parking Courtesy buses call at the terminals themselves.

By Long Distance Bus: 
General: The coach and bus station is located in The Station, a central bus & train station, connected to all terminals by a covered walkway. The train station is also here. Some hotel buses pick up outside Terminal 2, lower level, but most stop at The Station. Bus enquiries +44 (0)161 228 7811.
Bus #707 to Aberystwyth: Route: Manchester (Stephenson Square) - Manchester (Portland St/Chorlton Sq) - Manchester (G-Mex) - Manchester Airport (The Station) - Chester (Lower Bus Exchange) - Wrexham (Bus Station) - Welshpool (Church St) - Newtown - Machynlleth (Clock) - UCW - Aberystwyth (Bus Station). Timings: Buses run once a day on Thursday and Saturday. Buses leave the airport heading for Aberystwyth on Thu & Sat at 1616, arriving at Aberystwyth at 2010. Buses leave Aberystwyth on Thu & Sat at 0740, arriving at the airport at 1135. Note: Reservations are required for travel to and from the airport. Contact: Tel 0845 3700 180.
National Express coach services operates buses from Manchester airport and city all over the UK.
National Express buses to London: Route: Various routes - some are non-stop to London (Marble Arch) & London Victoria bus station while others stop in Milton Keynes & Golders Green. Timings: Buses leave the Airport (The Station) daily at 0100 (Sat-Tue only), 0705, 1140, 1440, 1840 & 0035. Travel Times: To London 4-5 hrs. Contact: Tel 08705 80 80 80.
National Express all over the UK: Operate direct buses to and from many UK cities including: Aberdeen 9 hrs 20 mins, Banbury, Bangor 4 hrs, Birkenhead, Birmingham 2:30, Blackburn 1:45, Blackpool 2:40, Bolton 1 hour, Bournemouth 8-9 hrs, Bradford 1:45, Bristol 4:15, Burnley 2:20, Cambridge 7 hrs, Carlisle 3:45, Chester 55 mins, Clacton 12 hrs, Colchester, Coventry 3 hrs, Darlington 4:30, Durham 5 hrs, Dundee 8 hrs, Edinburgh 6 hrs 40 mins, Ellesmere Port, Exeter 6 hrs, Glasgow 5 hrs 30 mins, Hamilton 5:40, Harrogate, Hull, Inverness 11 hrs, Ipswich 10:45, Lancaster 2 hrs, Leeds 2:10, Leicester 4-5 hrs, Liverpool 45 mins, Manchester 35 mins, Middlesbrough, Milton Keynes, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 370 mins, Newquay 555 mins, Newton Abbot, Nottingham 4 hrs, Oldham 60 mins, Oxford 3:30, Penkridge, Perth 8 hrs, Pitlochry, Preston 75 mins, Ripon, Rochdale 85 mins, Sheffield 2:45, Stirling, Stockton-on-Tees, Stoke-on-Trent 1:10, Sunderland 5 hrs, Torquay 6 hrs, Warrington 35 mins, Wetherby, Wolverhampton 2:10, Yeovil & York 4 hrs. Contact: Tel 08705 80 80 80.
UK Express Coaches EX01 to Glasgow & London: Route: Edinburgh Bus Station - Manchester Airport - London (Greenline Coach Station, Bay 3, across from Victoria Coach Station). Timings: Buses leave Edinburgh at 1000 & 2200, stop at Manchester Airport at 1400 & 0200 and arrive in London at 1900 & 0650. Buses leave London at 1000 & 2200, stop at Manchester Airport at 1430 & 0230 and arrive in Edinburgh at 1900 & 0650. Cost: To London 25 one way, 35 return. To Edinburgh 25 one way, 48 return. Contact: UK Express Coaches Tel 07949 423358.
UK Express Coaches EX02 to Newport & Edinburgh: Route: Newport, South Wales - Birmingham Intl Airport - Manchester Airport - Edinburgh. Timings: To be advised. Cost: To be advised. Contact: UK Express Coaches Tel 07949 423358.

By Shuttle Van:
resorthoppa.com: resorthoppa.com runs shuttle vans and private cars from this airport to various locations. Click here to make a reservation.

By Train:
General: A moving walkway links all terminals with the Rail Station. There is a downloadable National Rail Map available.
Routes: Direct services from the airport station run to Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Victoria, Blackpool, Bolton, Crewe and Newcastle. Change at Piccadilly for other destinations. There is a direct London Euston service 4 times per day. Journey time is ~3 hrs.
Manchester Services: Timings: The Manchester Piccadilly service has 8 trains per hour during the day Mon-Sat (4-5 on Sundays), 3-5 trains per hour in the late evening (4 per hour on Sundays) plus a limited overnight service (1-2 trains per hour not between 0130 and 0330). Journey time is 20 mins. Cost: 3.20 one way (3.80 between 0130 and 0930 Mon-Friday); 3.30 cheap day return (6.40 between 0130 and 0930 Mon- Friday); open return 7.60 (double the most expensive single fare). After 1830 a half-price evening day return may be cheaper (available between any stations in Greater Manchester; Airport to Manchester would be 1.65). Contact: For National Rail Enquiries +44 (0)8457 48 49 50.
Northern Trains to Bolton: Route: Manchester Airport - Manchester Piccadilly or Victoria - Salford - Bolton. Timings: Trains run frequently.
Transpennine Express: South Route: Manchester Airport - Heald Green - Gatley - East Didsbury - Burnage - Mauldeth Rd - Manchester Piccadilly - Stockport - Chinley - Dore - Sheffield - Meadowhall - Doncaster - Scunthorpe - Barnetby - Habrough - Grimsby Town - Cleethorpes. Timings: Trains run every hour or so during the day and once or twice overnight.
North Route: Manchester Airport - Heald Green - Gatley - East Didsbury - Burnage - Mauldeth Rd - Manchester Piccadilly - Route splits going either to Liverpool or - Stalybridge - Huddersfield - Dewsbury - Leeds - Garforth - Route splits again going to either Selby, Brough & Hull or York and onwards to Scarborough, Malton, Darlington, Middlesborough, Durham & Newcastle.
Northwest Route: Manchester Airport - Heald Green - Gatley - East Didsbury - Burnage - Mauldeth Rd - Manchester Piccadilly - Bolton - Chorley - Preston - Route splits with trains going either to Blackpool or Lancaster, Carnforth, Arnside, Ulverston, Barrow-in-Furness, Oxenholme, Kendal & Windemere. Timings: Trains run frequently to Blackpool.
To Scotland: Manchester Airport - Manchester Piccadilly - Manchester Oxford Rd - Bolton - Chorley - Preston - Lancaster - Oxenholme Lake District - Penrith - Carlisle - Lockerbie. After Lockerbie the route splts, some trains continuing to Motherwell & Glasgow Central, while others run to Edinburgh Haymarket and Edinburgh Waverley. Timings: Every hour or so 0545-2030. See Transpennine Express Website here. Travel Times: To Glasgow 3:30 & Edinburgh 3:40.


Rental Cars:
On-Airport Rental Car Providers: ALAMO/National, AVIS, Budget, National, Hertz, EUROPCAR & eSixT are available in each terminal. In Terminals 2 & 3, the rental desks are outside the terminal, across the road in the car park.
Weblinks: Click here to book -----> Car Trawler Car Hire.

Car Parking:
Multistorey Short Stay: 30 mins 2.30, 1 hour 3.30, 2 hrs 5, 3 hrs 7.30, 4 hrs 9.80, 24 hrs 26.50.
Terminal 2 Short Stay: 30 mins 1.80, 1 hour 3.50, 2 hrs 5.10, 3 hrs 7.50, 4 hrs 10, 6 hrs 15, 16 hrs 21.90, 24 hrs 26.50. Each extra day 26.50.
Long Stay Perimeter: 1 day 19, 2 days 29.40, 3 days 39, 4 days 42.50, 5 days 44.50, 6 days 47, 7 days 50, each extra day 7.
Weblinks: Click here to book ----->  

Airport to Airport: Coaches run to most other major UK airports. Taxi to Birmingham Airport 142, to Liverpool Airport ~55. Airport by Coach Bus to Liverpool Airport, see above.
Baggage Storage:
Left luggage facilities are available in terminals 1 & 2, operated by the Excess baggage Company. 5.50 per item per 24 hrs. They are in the main concourse of each terminal and are open Mon-Sat 0800-200 and Sunday 0800-1600.
Currency Services:
ATMs/Cash machines & Bureau de Change/Currency Exchange available in all terminals.
Notes:
For Greater Manchester travel enquiries by bus, train or tram call the Travel Info line:+44 (0)161 228 7811. 7 days a week 0800-2000 or www.gmpte.gov.uk. Hairdresser in Terminal 3. Hotel booking boards in arrivals. Luggage trollies/carts are available for 1 or 2. Free wifi available.
Airport Hotels: Radisson SAS
+44 (0)161 490 5000, is at Terminal 2, Crowne Plaza & Bewleys Hotels +44 (0)161 498 0333 are within walking distance of the terminals. Manchester Airport Marriott (off site) +44 (0)161 904 0301, Manchester Airport Hilton +44 (0)161 435 3000.

Airport Website:
www.manchesterairport.co.uk
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Airport Tel No:
+44 (0)161 489 3000.
Updated Mar14 ADV. Last Visit Feb14.
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