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Manchester airport information

Everything you need to know about Manchester airport

Learn about all Manchester airport has to offer to make your visit enjoyable. Shopping, eating and transport information is all covered ensuring you are fully prepared before you arrive. Read on and plan your visit - it's good to go prepared.

Facilities at Manchester - spoilt for choice

Manchester is one of the most facility-rich airports in the UK and allows you to choose from a fantastic selection of eateries and shops whilst waiting for your flight. Why not try a Manchester airport lounge to beat those airport crowds?

Getting to Manchester airport

Manchester airport is easy to access from the M56 motorway at junction 5. To reach the M56 from the south take the M6 and exit at junction 20. For detailed directions from your region take a look at our Manchester airport directions page which will provide you with all you need to know as well as the postcode to put in your satnav.


Many people make their way to the airport by car. Parking can be expensive especially if you do not pre-book. Manchester airport has both on and off airport parking options and a meet and greet service. Do you have children, heavy luggage or a disability? If so then consider how convenient each option will be for you. For a great selection of airport parking take a look at the Manchester airport parking page.


An unsavory flight time can bookend a lovely holiday with a horrible journey. You can avoid travelling tired and battling against rush hour traffic for less than you think by pre-booking one of our Manchester airport hotels in advance. Wake up at a more respectable hour, take a long shower and enjoy a lovely cooked breakfast knowing you're only a 5 minute bus transfer to the airport terminal.


Leave the car at home and make your way to Manchester airport by coach with a Manchester hotels with coach package. These offers see a National Express coach take you to your hotel allowing you to rest right before your flight and can then also drive you back after your holiday. This is a superb, convenient option, why not give it a try?


Manchester airport has an integrated transport hub linking the airport to 100 UK destinations. The airport is served by regular services operating from locations such as Sheffield, York, Newcastle, Leeds, Huddersfield, Bolton, Preston, Blackpool and the Lake District. These are operated by the TransPennine Express.

Manchester hand luggage information

  • Liquids are permitted in containers of up to 100ml
  • No more than one liquid item in the agreed container
  • Pushchairs and wheelchairs are allowed after they have been screened
  • Laptops are now allowed as hand luggage
  • Some airlines allow no more than one item
  • Dimensions no bigger than: H:56cm, W:45cm, D:25cm

For more information about baggage restrictions including hand luggage allowance and liquid containers, see our Manchester baggage and security page.