is home to one of Britain’s – and the world’s
– leading airports that connects the North of England
with global destinations, including Washington and Singapore.
The airport, which is just ten miles from the city
centre, is easy to get to. It is well signposted on
all major roads over a wide area and even has its own
junction off the M56, which leads directly to all three
Inside the airport there are a wealth of facilities for business travellers and tourists alike, including
some well established eateries, such as Caffe Ritazza
and Harry Ramsden’s.
It also offers a number of executive lounges, such
as Escape, which is designed to meet the needs of all
passengers who want time to relax or grab a bite to eat
before their flight. This lounge is separated into three
zones, one of which is dedicated to business travellers,
with desks, Internet facilities and telephones so you
can clinch the deal before taking to the skies.
There is also a children’s Playcare Centre,
which is situated in Terminal 1 and allows youngsters
to play or watch TV. It is open 24 hours a day and parents
should supervise their children at all times.
With more than 20 million passengers from across
the world using the airport every year, there is plenty
of cultural and religious diversity to be seen. To accommodate
this the airport has two Multi-faith Prayer Rooms that
are open 24 hours a day for people of any religion to
have a quiet place for contemplation or prayer.
Getting to and from the airport…
There are a number of taxi firms that provide a service
from the airport to Manchester city centre and surrounding
towns and villages. Fares for journeys inside the Manchester
Licensed Area are priced on the taximeter, while journeys
outside Manchester, have a tariff of maximum fares. These
are displayed at the taxi ranks, and your driver will
advise you of the fare before beginning the journey.
For further information call +44 (0) 161 489 2313 or +44
(0) 161 499 9000.
The airport also has a taxi-bus service, Airportcarz,
which runs from outside Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. Taxi-bus
journeys must be pre-booked at the Airportcarz desk inside
the arrivals hall at Terminal 3.
For further information call Airportcarz on +44 (0) 161
Stagecoach, Trent and Arriva bus companies together provide
the Skyline bus service from the airport’s
station to Manchester, Altrincham and Stockport.
The buses operate every half hour from early in the morning
to late at night on a daily basis, including weekends
and Bank Holidays. Some services start as early as 3am,
and finish as late as midnight to suit the travelling
needs of a 24-hour airport.
Stagecoach also operates a Number 43 service, which runs
every ten minutes between the airport and the city centre.
For further information of these service call GMPTE
Information Line on +44 (0) 161 228 7811 or Travelline
on +44 (0) 870 608 2608, or log on to www.gmpte.com
Manchester Airport is connected directly to over 50 towns
and cities in the UK by National Express coaches.
Services run daily, and all coaches arrive and depart
from the airport’s bus station. Coach tickets can
be bought from the tourist information centres in the
arrivals halls in Terminals 1 and 2, and from the First
Option desk in Terminal 1 arrivals.
For more information contact National Express on
+44 (0) 8705 80 80 80 or visit www.nationalexpress.com
Rail services from Manchester Airport run to over 100
UK destinations including many tourist ares such as the
Lake District and York. There are direct, night service
trains to and from Sheffield, Leeds, Huddersfield, Manchester,
Bolton, Preston and Blackpool. Many other direct services
are hourly from Monday to Saturday and most run a Sunday
During the day there are six trains an hour into the city
centre and up to four through the night. Trains to Manchester
Piccadilly Station take around 15 minutes, and many continue
onto Oxford Road, Deansgate and Salford Central stations.
From Manchester Piccadilly you can connect to rail services
Tickets can be purchased at the airport’s rail station
from self-service ticket machines or the ticket office.
For more information contact National Rail Enquiries on
08457 48 49 50 or visit www.firstnorthwestern.co.uk or www.nationalrail.co.uk