Transfer to/from - Manchester airport (MAN)


Public transportation services, licensed taxis and rideshare, private transfer companies and car rental services in Manchester airport (MAN)


There is an area in the airport called The Station, accessible through any of the terminals via Skylink walkways. Trains and buses serving the site converge here.


Uber services available. Pick-up points are subject to change, so follow instructions directly from the app to find your driver.


A local bus service provided by Stagecoach (Tel +44 345 241 8000) runs daily to and from the airport, reaching several nearby towns and central Manchester (journey time: 66 minutes; fare: £2.00).

Alternatively, National Express (Tel +44 871 781 8181) provides transport to various destinations in the region and the country, including Birmingham, Liverpool, London, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Tickets can be purchased from the ticket office inside the airport station.

Local buses

18 - Wythenshawe, Sale, Trafford Park, Eccles.
43 - Operates 24 hours a day to Piccadilly Gardens via Wythenshawe, Sharston and Rusholme.
103 - Manchester city centre via Peel Hall, Wythenshawe, Sharston, Northenden and Moss Side.
130 - Wythenshawe Hospital, Wilmslow, Alderley Park and Macclesfield.
199 - Heads to Stockport station, continuing to Hazel Grove, High Lane, Newtown, Dove Holes and Buxton.
288 - To Hale Barns and Altrincham.
368 - To Stockport via Wythenshawe, Heald Green, Cheadle Hulme and Edgeley.


There are frequent TransPennine Express (Tel +44 345 600 1671) and Northern (Tel +44 345 748 4950) services to and from the airport, connecting it to several cities in the north and centre of the country: Birmingham, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Sheffield, York, Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool, Huddersfield, Bolton, Preston, Blackpool, Lake District, Chester and North Wales (the latter two via interchange at Manchester Piccadilly). Trains also run every 10 minutes from 4:12 am to 1:34 am between the venue and Manchester Piccadilly station in the city centre, with a 20-minute journey time and a fare of £3.20-4.60.


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Metrolink (Tel +44 161 205 2000) operates direct services every 12-15 minutes to Victoria, and from there to the rest of the network, with destinations including Altrincham, Bury, Ashton-under-Lyne, East Didsbury, Eccles and Rochdale. They run from 5:50 am to 11:15 pm (Sundays from 6:50 am to 11:00 pm). Fares cost £1.40.


In addition to the characteristic black cabs, StreetCars (Tel +44 161 228 7878) has vehicles outside all terminals. Journey time to Manchester city centre is 25-45 minutes and the fare is around £26.00-32.00.

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Latest updates: April 17, 2023

Transportation Tips to/from the airport

Although there are issues that seem more than obvious, it is always advisable to take them into account when moving to or from the airport, and especially if we go by public transport.
 1- To the airport - It is convenient to leave with a little more anticipation than what is commonly suggested. If you choose a taxi or a private car service, always take into account peak traffic times, demonstrations, strikes or events that may delay the journey to the airport from where you are. It is always good to be informed about what is happening.
If you contract a shared transfer service, have a contact telephone number handy in case of any delay by the company. In these cases they usually already have a scheduled collection time.
If you use public transport (collective, train) take into account the schedules (weekends and holidays tend to have less frequency), if you have to change and also how to board (if you need a card or paying the driver or motorist at the moment ). These are details that seem obvious, but it is advisable to know so as not to have surprises and suffer a delay that could cause complications.
If you rent a car to get to the airport, check where to leave the vehicle. At some airports, there is an exclusive parking lot for rental cars.
 2 -From the airport- Here it is a little less stressful since you don't have the pressure of missing your flight. In the worst case, you will arrive later at the place where you are going to stay or at the meeting point where you are trying to arrive.
Once you leave the plane, look for your suitcase and finish with the arrival procedures that are required. Then, follow the directions for public transportation or ask the airport staff.
It is very useful to find out in advance the schedules of the buses or trains in case you arrive late at night. Not all work 24 hours. The same goes for taxis. In case of using an Uber-type service, have the mobile application handy to contact the driver.
On the other hand, if you booked a private transport service, it is likely that they will have a person waiting for you, identified with a sign. If you rent a car to go from the airport to your final destination, for greater peace of mind it is advisable to book it in advance. Rental counters are usually available in the arrivals hall.
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