Getting from Manchester Airport to the City Centre

Date: 15 NOV 23

Train: Quick and Easy


Manchester Airport train station is located in the heart of the complex and easily accessible from any of the terminals via a short walk through the walkways. The trains are frequent and cheap to use. The train from the airport to the city centre only takes 20 minutes and runs every 15 minutes.


You can get to Manchester Aiport on the train from a number of destinations from as far as Edinburgh with regular direct services from locations such as London, Birmingham, Liverpool, Blackpool and more.


The cost of an adult single ticket from the airport to the city centre costs between £4 and £6.


Metrolink: The Fast Track


Metrolink, Manchester's light rail system, stands out for its efficiency and speed. With services connecting the airport to various parts of the city, it's a popular choice for many travelers. The convenience and rapid transit times make it an appealing option for those looking to reach Manchester City Centre.


Navigating the Metrolink system from the airport is a breeze with the station just a short walk from the terminal. With well-defined routes and frequent services, passengers can easily choose the most convenient line for their destination. The interconnected network ensures a seamless journey throughout Manchester. You can get to Manchester City Centre in around 1 hour and using the connection network can get to Altrincham, Ashton, Rochdale, Bury and Eccles easily.

Trams leave every 14 minutes Monday - Saturday till midnight and every 24 minutes between midnight and 1am on Friday and Saturday


While Metrolink offers a quick commute, it's essential to understand the fare structure. The costs vary based on the destination and the zones crossed. The cost for an adult single from Manchester Airport to Manchester City Centre costs £4.60.

Taxis: A Personal Ride


For those seeking a more personalised travel experience, taxis provide door-to-door service, ensuring a hassle-free journey. Timeliness is a significant advantage, especially for those with tight schedules or multiple stops in the city. Taxis are available directly outside the terminal and are either black cabs or operated by StreetCars private hire. Cabs can easily carry 5 people and their luggage and most accept credit cards.


Taxis may be perceived as more expensive, but when you are travelling in a group the cost can be mitigated when factoring in the cost per person of using alternative modes of transport. The cost of a black cab to Manchester City Centre is approximately £25.

Bus: Budget-Friendly Travel

Bus Services

Budget-conscious travelers often turn to buses for affordable transportation. The availability of various bus options from the airport provides flexibility and accessibility to different parts of the city. The bus from Manchester Airport to Piccadilly Gardens is the number 43. The journey will take approximately 45 minutes.


Bus fares are typically budget-friendly, making this mode of transport attractive to many. The cost for a single ticket is only £2. Buses run 24 hours approximately every 30 minutes.

Tips for a Smooth Journey

Planning Ahead

Regardless of the chosen mode, planning ahead is key to a stress-free journey. Checking schedules and anticipating travel times can help in avoiding last-minute rush and uncertainties.

Considering Luggage Requirements

Different modes of transportation have varying policies regarding luggage. Consider your luggage requirements and choose the option that aligns with your needs, avoiding any inconvenience during the journey.


In conclusion, the journey from Manchester Airport to the city offers diverse options catering to different preferences and budgets. Train, Metrolink, Taxi, and Bus services each have their advantages, providing travelers with the flexibility to choose based on individual needs. By considering factors such as time, budget, and personal preferences, passengers have an array of options for a comfortable and efficient journey.

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