When is the Cheapest Time to Fly to Manchester?
Flights to Manchester from other parts of the United Kingdom (UK) will never break the bank, but generally cheap flights to Manchester can be found between February and May. Flight prices will increase if there are big sporting or cultural events in the city, and so it is often best to look for cheap flights to Manchester on weekdays rather than weekends.
When is the Best Time to Book your Flight to Manchester?
Book flights to Manchester about two months in advance to get the best deals. If you are heading up to the city for any sporting events at Old Trafford or the Etihad stadium, then book as far in advance as possible. There might be the chance to get deals on last-minute flights to Manchester outside of these times; be flexible with travel dates to get cheap Manchester flights.
Flying to Manchester Airport (MAN)
MAN is 13 kilometres from the centre of Manchester. It is the third-busiest airport in the UK, serving more than 27 million passengers a year.
There are daily direct flights to Manchester from a number of UK cities and airports. Flybe offers Manchester flights from the following cities: Belfast, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow Airport, Isle of Man, Jersey and Southend. British Airways has Manchester fights from London Heathrow and London City, while Ryanair and easyJet fly from Belfast. Loganair has flights to Manchester from Inverness and Norwich and seasonal service from Kirkwall, Stornoway, Sumburgh. You can take an indirect flight to Manchester from any UK airport.
On Arrival and Getting Around the Airport
There are three terminals at MAN, which are connected via covered walkways. It takes about 10-15 minutes to walk between them. The walkways also connect with the airport hotel and train station. Most domestic flights arrive in Terminal 3, but some airlines use the other two terminals. Free Wi-Fi is available at the airport. There are several food and drinks shops as well as duty-free shopping. ATMs are available in each terminal. Business lounges are also available.
Getting to the City from Manchester Airport (MAN)
It is easier than ever to get into Manchester from the airport. Trains leave the airport station every ten minutes and arrive in Manchester Piccadilly (central Manchester) after a 20-minute journey. There are a number of bus routes connecting the airport with various parts of the city and the wider region, which leave regularly seven days a week. Trams run every 12 minutes and connect with different areas of the city. Taxis can be booked in advance or picked up at the airport. Several car hire agencies can be found at MAN as well.
Why Visit Manchester?
When you hear Manchester, you often think of one of the following: great sporting rivalries, a generation-defining music scene and industry. Home to two of the world’s most famous football teams – Manchester City and Manchester United, the city also gave us The Smiths, The Stone Roses and Oasis among many others. The city’s swagger is as famous as its weather. The central shopping area has been extensively redeveloped since the IRA bombing of 1996.
The city also has a vibrant culinary scene, ranging from high-class restaurants in the Curry Mile; the hipster Northern Quarter area hosts independent boutiques, edgy bars and coffee houses galore. The Lowry – named after Manchester’s most famous artist, L.S. Lowry – in Salford features a permanent exhibition of his work, and its theatre holds touring plays, comedies and operas. If you just fancy some shopping, the Trafford Centre and the Arndale have hundreds of stores.