Transportation to and from Manchester Airport


What is the distance from Manchester Airport to the centre of Manchester?

By car, it takes at least 25 minutes to get from the airport to the centre of Manchester (Albert Square), the intermediate distance is 14 kilometres / 8.7 miles.

From MAN Airport to Manchester City centre by Car
14 km
25 min

Public transport

Train to Manchester

Manchester Airport has its own railway station, known as The Station. The railway station is located between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, easily accessible from all terminals via the Skylink moving walkways. At least every 10 minutes a train (TransPennine Express / Northern Rail / Arriva Trains Wales) runs to and from train station Manchester Piccadilly, the journey takes 15 minutes.

Train tickets
A ticket for a single journey is called Anytime Day Single and costs £ 5.20 for adults and £ 2.60 for children from 5 up to 15 years. Off Peak Day Single tickets are slightly cheaper, respectively £ 3.90 and £ 1.95. If you want to go to the stadium of Manchester City (Etihad Stadium), you have to change to tram 7 to Etihad Campus at Piccadilly. Travel time from Manchester Airport to the stadium is about half an hour. Please consult trains to and from Manchester Airport for more information.

Tram to Manchester

Since January 2018 there is a direct connection between the airport and train station Manchester Victoria in the north of the city centre. In the past, tram 6 (Airport Line, Metrolink Manchester) from Manchester Airport drove no further than Cornbrook and later Deansgate-Castlefield. The journey time between the airport and Manchester Victoria is quite long because of the many stops, namely 59 minutes. Other stations in the city centre are St Peter’s Square (52 min.), Market Street (55 min.) and Shudehill (57 min.).

Tram tickets
The price for adults is £ 4.40, children up to 15 years, students aged 16 to 19, and seniors aged 60 and over get a discount. A single ticket is valid for 120 minutes. If you want to go to the stadium of Manchester United (Old Trafford), you must get off at Trafford Bar after 43 minutes. From Trafford Bar Metrolink station it is a 10-minute walk to the stadium. Tram 6 runs every 12 minutes from 6 AM to midnight (Sunday to Thursday) or 1 AM (Friday and Saturday). Please consult website Metrolink for more information.

Public transport in Manchester

Buses (Metroshuttle), trams (Metrolink) and trains run in Manchester, there is no tube. Relatively economical day tickets exist for public transport in Manchester, the so-called Day Saver tickets cost £ 7.00 (Bus and Tram), £ 8.60 (Tram and Train) and £ 9.30 (Bus, Tram and Train) respectively. You can also buy and use these for the journey from the airport to the city, which is very handy if you want to make use of public transport on the day of arrival.

The Day Saver tickets are valid from Monday to Friday from 9:30 AM and Saturday and Sunday all day. Manchester has a compact city centre, you can walk or take the free Metroshuttle services routes 1, 2 and 3 that operate in the centre. Please consult website Transport for Greater Manchester for more information.

“Manchester is served by two major train stations, Piccadilly in the southeast and Victoria in the north of the city centre. In general, Piccadilly is used for long-distance trains and Victoria for regional trains.”

It is a lot of fun to discover Manchester from the water! Take a cruise on the Manchester Ship Canal and River Irwell.

Train to Sheffield

Sheffield is less known, but still one of the largest cities in the United Kingdom. Fortunately, there is a direct train connection between Manchester Airport and Sheffield. Every hour a train of TransPennine Express departs from Manchester Airport (The Station) to the main railway station of Sheffield, travel time is 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Train tickets
The price of an Anytime Day Single ticket is £ 29.00 for adults and £ 14.50 for children from 5 up to 15 years. If possible, you can travel outside peak hours and save money. Off Peak Day Single tickets can be purchased for £ 26.00 and £ 13.00. However, single tickets (Airport Advance) are the cheapest if bought well in advance through the website of TransPennine Express. Please consult website and timetable TransPennine Express for more information.


Manchester United Museum and Stadium Tour

£ 25

Immerse yourself in the history of Manchester United and obtain behind the scenes access to the dressing room, tunnel, players' dugout and exclusive areas. Explore the museum and learn everything there is to know about your heros.

Etihad Stadium: Manchester City Stadium Tour

£ 25

Walk in the footsteps of your favorite players on this fascinating behind-the-scenes tour of the Etihad Stadium. You’ll experience all of this with one of the expert professional guides, who will bring each area to life with interesting stories.

From Manchester: Derbyshire and Peak District Day Trip

£ 39

Experience the delights of Derbyshire on a full-day tour from Manchester. See the rolling hills of the Peak District, taste the traditional treats of Bakewell, and journey into the natural wonder that is Poole’s Cavern.


From Manchester: North Wales, Snowdonia, and Chester Tour

£ 41

Explore the mountains, marvels, and myths of North Wales and Chester. Set off on a journey through the best of the must-see sights with an expert guide. Enjoy a lovely mixture of stately castles and beautiful landscapes.

From Manchester: Lake District, Windermere, and Lancaster

£ 44

Take a journey through the exciting landscapes of the Lake District. Learn the tales of Windermere, the largest lake in England. Admire Wordsworth’s cosy Dove Cottage. Marvel at the medieval architecture of Lancaster.

Manchester: Secrets of the City Bus Tour

£ 12

See the most famous sights of Manchester. Listen to unusual tales and quirky facts as you travel through Manchester’s streets aboard your tour bus. Discover the city's heritage as the birthplace of new ideas, innovation and great inventions.

Tours and transport

Manchester: 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

£ 12

Explore Manchester at your own pace with a 2-day ticket for the hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus. Learn about the city's industrial past from the recorded commentary and avail of 15 strategic stops in the city center and Salford Quays.

Manchester: 60-Minute River Cruise

£ 9

Take a 60 to 70-minute cruise along Manchester's historic Ship Canal and River Irwell on board a boat from central Manchester. Venture through the industrial heartland of the north of England and see historic monuments such as Stephenson's railway bridge.

Welcome to Manchester: Private Tour with a Local

£ 26.05

Experience Manchester like a local with a private host from the city. Learn the top tips to make your stay as interesting and easy as possible. Get familiar with your local neighborhood, and discover the best places to eat, buy groceries or play!


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