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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 distance is 14 kilometres / 8.7 miles.

From MAN Airport to Manchester City centre by Taxi
14 km
25 min
£ 39.-

Public transport

INFO: Manchester Airport railway station (The Station) between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 has six platforms, four for trains and two for trams (Metrolink). You can buy train tickets online or at the station from the ticket desk and ticket machines. To get to the train station you need to scan your ticket at the entrance gates. At the station you can see on the screens when the next train leaves for Manchester Piccadilly. Tram tickets can be purchased from the ticket machine on the Metrolink platform, which can be reached by elevator and stairs. The vast majority of travellers heading to the centre of Manchester take the train (or taxi), not the tram.

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 ‘Skylink moving walkways’. At least every 10 minutes a train (TransPennine Express / Northern Rail / Transport for Wales Rail) runs to and from train station Manchester Piccadilly, a train ride takes approximately 20 minutes.

Train tickets
A ticket for a single journey is called Anytime Day Single and costs £ 7.10 for adults and £ 3.55 for children from 5 up to 15 years. Off Peak Day Single tickets are slightly cheaper, respectively £ 5.10 and £ 2.55. If you want to go to the stadium of Manchester City (Etihad Stadium), you have to change to tram Blue Line 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. Tram Navy Line is operated by Metrolink and runs from Manchester Airport via Trafford and the south west of Manchester to Manchester city centre. 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 an adult ticket valid for 120 minutes is £ 4.60, children from 5 up to 15 years pay half the price and children up to 4 years can travel for free. 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 Navy Line runs every 12 minutes from 06:00 hours to 00:00 hours (Sunday to Thursday) or 01:00 hours (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 metro. Relatively economical day tickets exist for public transport in Manchester, the so-called ‘System One Travel’ tickets cost £ 7.50 (Bus and Tram), £ 8.20 (Bus and Train) and £ 10.40 (Bus, Tram and Train). 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 ‘System One Travel’ tickets are valid from Monday to Friday from 09:30 hours and Saturday and Sunday all day. Manchester has a compact city centre, you can walk or take the free bus 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 Liverpool

You can easily get from Manchester Airport to Liverpool by train. From the airport there is an hourly direct train to Liverpool Lime Street Station operated by Northern Rail. The journey time to Liverpool Lime Street Station in the centre of Liverpool is 1 hour and 25 minutes. If you miss the train, you can take a train to Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Oxford Road or Manchester Victoria and change there for a train heading to Liverpool, which will also take you about an hour and a half. Tickets are available at the train stations and online. The price of an Anytime Day Single ticket is £ 17.30 for adults and £ 8.65 for children from 5 up to 15 years. Tickets are more economical if you book online early in advance. Liverpool also has its own airport: Liverpool Airport. Please consult website National Rail for more information.

Train to Sheffield

Sheffield is not well-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. The price of an Anytime Day Single ticket is £ 35.40 for adults and £ 17.70 for children from 5 up to 15 years. 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.

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Manchester: National Football Museum Admission Ticket

Explore 150 years of the world's greatest game and find out how English soccer has influenced the globe. See incredible artifacts and relive the emotions, memories, and drama of famous matches.


Old Trafford: Manchester United Museum and Stadium Tour

Immerse yourself in the history of Manchester United. Get behind the scenes access to the dressing room, tunnel, players' dugout and exclusive areas.


Etihad Stadium: Manchester City Stadium and Museum Tour

Walk in the footsteps of your favorite players on this behind-the-scenes tour of the Etihad Stadium and Museum with an expert professional guide, who will bring each area to life with interesting stories.



Manchester: Coronation Street Tour

Discover the story behind life on Coronation Street on a guided tour. Explore the live working production set where the show is filmed and walk in the footsteps of some of your favorite characters.


From Manchester: Lake District and Windermere

Take a journey through the exciting landscapes of the Lake District, and learn the tales of Windermere, the largest lake in England.


From Manchester: North Wales, Snowdonia, and Chester Tour

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.

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Manchester: City Center Canal Cruise

Take a scenic cruise along Manchester's historic Ship Canal and River Irwell. Discover the industrial heartland of the north of England and see historic monuments such as Stephenson's Railway Bridge.

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Manchester: Salford Quays River Cruise

Enjoy a 60 minute cruise departing from Salford Quays taking in Media City, the Imperial War Museum, and Old Trafford.

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From Manchester: Lake District Tour

This tour gives you a day to explore the Lake District National Park, from Manchester. It's an ideal way to see the villages, market towns and scenery associated with this stunning National Park.


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