Getting to Manchester Airport


Manchester Airport

Getting to Manchester Airport for your flight with Flybe is easy, as the airport is well-situated with excellent public transport links and plenty of car parking options. Located 10 miles south of the city, you can reach the airport from Manchester city centre in as little as 25 minutes. All Flybe flights from Manchester Airport depart from Terminal 3.

Below you'll find all you need to know about travelling to Manchester Airport, including car parking and public transport information. If you need help on getting to Manchester city centre from Manchester Airport, take a look at our Manchester Airport Arrivals page, as well as our Visiting Manchester and Business in Manchester pages for inspiration and advice to help you make the most of your visit.

Car parking at Manchester Airport


Manchester Airport

Manchester Airport offers both short and long stay car parking, including multi-storey parking just a short walk from the terminal buildings, and great value long stay parking with a shuttle bus service to and from the terminals. To get the best price and to make driving to Manchester Airport easy, we recommend booking your parking in advance. To do so, simply add on a car parking option when you book your Flybe flights.

For an even more stress-free experience, you can also take advantage of the Meet and Greet Plus service, which makes your transfer to the terminal as swift as possible with the added bonus of FastTrack through security.

Passengers can be dropped off for free at each of the terminals. However, there is a charge of £2.50 for picking up passengers, up to a 30-minute stay.

Public transport


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You're spoilt for choice for public transport to Manchester Airport, with buses, trains, coaches and trams all serving the airport from Manchester city centre, the surrounding area, and other regions of the UK. Manchester Airport has its very own public transport hub, The Station, from which you can easily access all three terminals via the Skylink moving walkways. Just follow the signs to Terminal 3 when you arrive to check in for your Flybe flight.

By bus

Getting to Manchester Airport by bus is easy, as a number of local and regional bus services travel to the airport from early morning until late at night, including over weekends and on public holidays. These include a direct and frequent 24-hour bus service to Manchester Airport. The journey time to the airport is around 45 minutes in normal traffic, but allow longer at peak times.

For bus timetables and more information on bus ticket prices, take a look at the Transport for Greater Manchester website.

By train

Manchester Airport benefits from its very own train station, with local, regional and national services, including a round-the-clock direct train service between Manchester Piccadilly station in the city centre and Manchester Airport. The journey time is around 20 minutes. Several trains run every hour during the day on this service, with less frequency at night and weekends. Please check the timetable before you travel.

For more information on trains to Manchester Airport and to book tickets for travel, check the TransPennine Express and National Rail websites.

By coach

Taking the coach to Manchester Airport is a very affordable option, with services from Manchester city centre and other locations in the Greater Manchester area. National Express coaches take you directly to the terminal buildings.

To find more details on coach prices and timetables and to make your booking, visit the National Express website.

By tram

You can get to Manchester Airport from the city centre quickly and easily via Metrolink tram. The trams run from Cornbrook, one stop from the city centre, to Manchester Airport several times every hour from Monday to Saturday, with fewer services on Sundays and public holidays.

For tram timetable information, visit the Metrolink Airport page. It's worth remembering that you can buy tram tickets from the platforms, but not on-board trams, so make sure to get your tickets before you travel.