Manchester Airport essential travel guide
Postcode for GPS: M90 1QX

Manchester airport is the third busiest airport in the UK in terms of passenger numbers after London Heathrow and Gatwick, handling about 22m travellers every year.

More than 100 airlines provide direct services from Manchester to some 225 destinations across the globe.

How to get there

Manchester airport is situated about 14km south of the city centre and is accessible via a number of transport methods. 
 
Cars
Drivers can choose from long and short-stay parking options that can be booked online in advance, with dedicated motorcycle parking also available.
 
Public transport
The base is also home to a railway station offering connections to more than 100 destinations across northern England and further afield - including Sheffield, Newcastle, Liverpool and north Wales - with TransPennine Express and Northern Rail.
 
Airport passengers can connect to the Metrolink tram system via train services from Manchester Piccadilly and also catch National Express coaches from a number of key locations throughout the UK, including London, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The airport

At Manchester airport's three terminals, passengers will find a range of amenities to help them make some last-minute preparations for their trip or relax before catching their flight.
 
Well-known fashion brands such as Monsoon, Next and Mango provide the opportunity for visitors to pick up some new clothes and accessories for their break, while shoppers looking for a good holiday read can head to WHSmith.
 
Travellers who have some time to kill before boarding their flight can also enjoy some of Manchester airport's culinary offerings. The selection of dining venues spread across the three terminals includes the Trattoria Milano Italian restaurant andBroderick's, a European-style coffee house serving food and hot drinks.
 
Passengers with reduced mobility catching cheap flights to Paris and other destinations from Manchester can make use of the assistance service available at the airport, while families can get their holidays off to a fun start by visiting the play areas.

Other facilities

Passengers can enjoy a bit of luxury at one of Manchester airport's lounges, which are situated in all three terminals. Emirates, Etihad Airways, Virgin, bmi, British Airways and Flybe all offer passenger facilities at the base.
 
Wi-Fi services are also available, providing free access for up to 30 minutes in any 24-hour period. Premium connections can be purchased for heavy usage and special web services such as streaming.
 
Other amenities and services on offer at Manchester airport include a shower and change facility provided by the Radisson SAS hotel and two multi-faith prayer rooms that are open to all, 24 hours a day.

Other facilities

Families can arrange their trip to Manchester airport to ensure they have time to stop off at the Runway Visitor Park, a facility built around Concorde, one of the most famous planes in aviation history.
 
Guests can watch the planes take off and see onsite aircraft including Concorde and the Nimrod, a former RAF patrol and attack plane.

Hotels nearby Manchester Airport

The broad range of hotels available at or near Manchester airport provides options for travellers on all budgets. 
 
Holidaymakers willing to pay for comfort and luxury can choose from four-star properties such as the Radisson Blu, Crowne Plaza and Marriott hotels, all of which are located on site or around the perimeter of the base.
 
There are also plenty of more affordable accommodation options, such as the two-star Pymgate Lodge and the three-star Premier Inn Manchester Airport.