When is the best time to visit Goa?
If you’re planning a trip to Goa, it’s worth thinking carefully about the month you travel in. Winter – between November and March – is the best time to visit this slice of western India, because the weather is at its best. But it’s also the most popular time to go. Visitor numbers peak in winter, and flight prices are at their highest around January. That said, if you shop around you’ve still got a great chance of finding a cheap flight from Manchester (MAN) to Goa (GOI). If you really want to bag a bargain, though, consider booking a flight in May instead. Flights to Goa are often cheaper at this time, as the higher temperatures and often wetter conditions can put some visitors off.
How many flights are there from Manchester Airport to Goa International Airport a week?
There are around five weekly flights from Manchester to Goa.
Which airlines fly from Manchester Airport to Goa International Airport?
British Airways, Qatar Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines, Emirates and Oman Air all fly from Manchester to Goa.
Which airlines have the cheapest flights to Goa?
For the cheapest flights, try Thomas Cook Airlines – or try Oman Air if you’re happy to fly indirect.
Can I fly direct from Manchester Airport to Goa International Airport?
Yes – you can fly direct from Manchester to Goa with Thomas Cook Airlines.
How long is the flight from Manchester Airport to Goa International Airport?
The shortest flight time is around 9 hours and 30 minutes.
What time should I arrive at Manchester Airport?
You should aim to get to Manchester Airport at least three hours before your flight is scheduled to depart, but always check with your airline.
How do I get to Manchester Airport?
You can travel by train direct to Manchester Airport – the train station is in the airport campus, and you can then walk to the terminals. There’s also a 24-hour Stagecoach bus service from the city centre to the airport. If you’d prefer to drive, the airport is next to the M56 and has good links to the M6, M60 and M62. Use the postcode M90 1QX for your sat nav.
How do I get into Goa from Goa International Airport?
You can take a pre-paid taxi from the airport, and fares to Panaji start from around INR 870 – the journey takes between 45 minutes and an hour. You can also take the shuttle bus with Goa Tourism – there are two trips a day and the fare to Panaji is INR 100. Check first if there’s a transfer included with your holiday package or hotel accommodation, though, as this is often factored in. You can also hire a car at the airport, although bear in mind most hire cars in India come with a driver, which will cost you around INR 200 per day.
Do I need a visa to travel to Goa?
Yes – you’ll need to get a visa before travelling to Goa, and you can find out how to apply via the Indian High Commission.
Flying from Manchester Airport
There are three passenger terminals at Manchester Airport. Emirates flights operate from Terminal 1, so if you’re flying direct to Goa you’ll be flying from there. You can walk between each terminal easily – there’s a skylink connecting Terminals 1 and 2, which are about a 15-minute walk away from each other. There’s a covered walkway between Terminals 1 and 3, which are only five minutes apart. In terms of facilities, there are plenty of shops in Terminal 1 as well as the Escape Lounge, which you can pre-book. There are Travelex UK currency exchange services in all three airport terminals.
Landing in Goa Airport
Goa Airport’s terminal building is split into a domestic terminal and an international terminal, both in the same building. There’s an ATM machine here as well as a bureau de change. There’s also a tourist information desk outside International Arrivals if you need help planning your visit. Plus, you’ll find all the usual shops and restaurants, and there’s Wi-Fi available for a fee.