Flying to Manchester airport in England, UK

Manchester airport (IATA Code: MAN), located 14 kilometres to the south-west of the city centre in the small village of Ringway, consists of three passenger terminals. Its Skylink system connects the buildings to one another as well as to the airport’s train station, from which arriving travellers may commute to central Manchester and cities within the United Kingdom. If you have already booked accommodation close to the terminals, we advise you to check whether your hotel near Manchester airport provides guests with complimentary shuttle transfer service.

Terminals of Manchester airport

TERMINAL 1. The largest terminal building is T1, which serves as operational base for Easyjet and Thomas Cook. If you have booked a flight with Aer Lingus, Brussels Airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Swiss, Tap Air Portugal or Turkish Airlines, it is very likely that you will land and depart here.

TERMINALS 2 and 3. While most chartered and some scheduled flights are operated from T2, Terminal 3 of Manchester is home to all British Airways operations and those of its codeshare partners that are members of the OneWorld Alliance.

Should you need to transfer between buildings to catch a connecting flight, use the moving walkways and allow from 10 to 15 minutes to arrive in the adjoining terminal. Also, bear in mind that you may have to go through security again if you have plane tickets booked with different airlines.

Travelling from MAN airport to Manchester city centre

The various public transportation options from Manchester airport offer several fast and hassle-free ways to reach the centre upon arrival.

-To take a train from the airport, get on the Skylink to reach the platforms. Once there, you may purchase tickets from the Northern Rail or Transpennine Express companies, both running direct services to Manchester Picadilly Station. This route is covered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with trains departing every 10 minutes and a journey that lasts about 20 minutes.

*If your final destination is not the city, other trains depart from Manchester airport railway station to Liverpool, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Birmingham, among others, and if you commute to Manchester Picadilly, you can change trains there and go from Manchester to Chester and North Wales.

Bus services from MAN airport in England include the Shuttle Bus operated by National Express, which takes 25 minutes to get to the downtown, and the round-the-clock local bus number 43 (Skyline), which takes an average of 40 minutes to travel to central Manchester and has the lowest fare of all.

Shopping at Manchester airport

Your trip to Manchester would not be complete without some retail therapy before boarding. Some of the brands you will find across the three terminals are as popular as Accessorize, Biza Duty Free, Dixons Travel, Bobbi Brown, Clarins, Hugo Boss, Lacoste, Pandora, The Body Shop, Timberland and Victoria’s Secret. Know that you may reserve your purchases online and then pay and collect them once you have cleared security on the day you travel or after your return flight.

Where to eat in MAN airport in the UK

Exhausted and hungry after so much shopping? If boarding time approaches and you are in a hurry, stop by SPAR and grab a bite to eat while on the go; otherwise, spend some time at your favourite café or restaurant in Manchester airport, which will probably have something to suit your taste, no matter if you travel with kids, lead a vegan lifestyle or look for gluten-free options. Delice de France, Pret A Manger, Costa Coffee, Starbucks, Caffe Nero, Trattoria Milano, Upper Crust, Joe’s Kitchen and Mi Casa Burritos are just some examples.

Airport lounges of Manchester airport

Regardless of the airline you are flying with and the category of your plane ticket, travellers may get a day pass to enjoy their waiting time before boarding. There are three Escape lounges in Manchester airport (one in each terminal building), and each access costs 30 euros at the door or 18,99 euros when purchased in advanced through their website, granting the right to relax, work, have a drink and eat inside this exclusive area until the moment to depart comes.

Terminal 3 also features the 1903 lounge, providing travellers with complimentary fine champagne and unlimited tea and coffee to accompany the wide array of choices at the buffet and the premium cuisine ready to be served from their a-la-carte menu.

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