Manchester Airport: getting to the airport including by car, Metrolink and bus

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Getting to Manchester Airport is a vital part of your trip, and fortunately there are plenty of ways to get there

Manchester Airport is a key travel hub which is used by thousands of passengers every day. Many locations around the world can be reached from Manchester,  and it all starts on your trip to the airport. 

Manchester Airport is very accessible by either road or public transport. You’ll not be short on ways to get there, you just need to make sure you arrive on time. 

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To help you plan your journey to Manchester Airport, we’ve collected together the best ways to get there. Manchester’s Metrolink tram system is a great way of getting to the airport if you don’t want to worry about driving and parking

For reference, the address of Manchester Airport is Manchester M90 1QX. Other address and contact details can be found on Manchester Airport’s website.  


Getting to Manchester Airport via national rail services is made easy by the existence of the Manchester Airport station. A direct service on the Transpennine Express connects the airport to Manchester Victoria, Liverpool, Leeds and other towns and cities heading north up to Newcastle. The services run every 10 minutes, seven days a week. 


Manchester’s tram network is vast and a great way to get around the Greater Manchester area. One of these places you can get to is the airport. 

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Trams run direct from the airport to just outside the city, where you can change for a short tram ride to the centre. Alternatively, there are frequent connections to the rest of the network, with trams heading towards Altrincham, Bury, Ashton-under-Lyne, East Didsbury, Eccles and Rochdale. Once you are at the airport, the terminals are around a 5-15 minute walk away. 


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Manchester Airport is nine miles south of Manchester city centre and is located near to the M56. The airport also has good connections to the M6, M60 and M62. 

There is currently renovation work taking place on the M56 so it is advised that you give yourself more time for the journey. 


Multiple bus routes stop off at Manchester Airport and full details and the stops on all of these can be located through the Manchester Airport website. 

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