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Travelling by train is fast and convenient as the airport has its own train station. Manchester Airport station is in the centre of the airport, between terminals 1 & 2. Skylink walkways connect the station with the 3 terminals. Train companies serving Manchester Airport include TransPennine Express and Northern Rail. There are frequent trains from Manchester Piccadilly train station in Manchester city centre. The journey takes just 20 minutes. Frequent trains also run from Preston. Manchester Airport has good rail links with Liverpool, Chester, and York and over 100 destinations throughout the UK, including Sheffield, Newcastle, Leeds, Blackpool, Huddersfield and Bolton. There are direct trains from Birmingham and London. Trains from London take about 3 hours. Manchester Piccadilly has excellent mainline train links nationwide.
Buses and coaches stop at Terminal 1 Bus Station and Terminal 2 Arrivals Hall. Passengers for Terminal 3 should use the Terminal 1 Bus Station. National Express coaches arrive from over 50 towns and cities in the UK. There are especially good bus and coach connections to the North and North West. There are frequent local buses to Manchester city centre and the surrounding area. Buses to Manchester city centre take about 30 minutes.
Driving is straightforward, with easy access from the M56 motorway. Manchester Airport is just 20 minutes drive from Manchester city centre. If you are using a satellite navigation system, the postcode is M90 1QX. If you are driving friends or relatives use the drop-off areas outside the terminals. If you are picking up, you must park in the short stay car parks. Detailed information regarding road works and traffic conditions is available from the AA.
Prices vary according to type of car park and length of stay. Short-stay parking is the nearest to the terminals and is recommended for stays of up to 5 hours. There is a short-stay car park for each terminal. Short stay car parks are just a few minutes from check-in. No waiting is allowed on the roads surrounding the airport so you must use short stay parking for dropping off or picking up passengers. The Manchester Airport website provides up-to-date information on road works, potential delays and full details of parking prices. If you are relying on a satellite navigation device, the postcode is M90 1QX.
Long stay car parks serve Terminals 1 & 3, and Terminal 2. A free shuttle bus runs to the terminals if you do not wish to walk. Some customers choose the Manchester Meet and Greet valet parking service. With valet parking you simply drive to the terminal and your car will be parked for you. All car parks are of a high standard and well-supervised. The cheapest parking is normally found by booking well in advance.
Some of the cheapest parking offers are found at hotels, B&B and off-site car parks in the vicinity. Prices for “unofficial” car parks offer good value and usually depend on the distance from the airport. Most arrange transfers to the terminals.
Facilities include an extensive choice of cafes and restaurants, and one of the most extensive shopping areas found in any UK airport. Up-to-date information is available at the airport website and can even be sent directly to your mobile phone. As well as live arrival and departure news, the website has timetables, destinations, new routes and details of airport parking.