Manchester airport is about 20 minutes drive south of Manchester city centre, located just off junction 6 of the M56.
From the north: The M66, M61 and M62 all run to the M60 which circles Manchester City. From the M60, exit at junction 4 onto the M56 sign-posted Manchester airport. Exit the M56 at Junction 6 and follow the signs to your terminal or car park.
From the south: The quickest route is via the M6 to junction 20 and then on to the M56 towards Manchester City. Manchester airport is well sign-posted from here. Leave the M56 at junction 6 and follow the signs to your terminal or car park.
From the west: From the Liverpool or Chester direction, you can travel on the M62 until Junction 10 where it connects with the M6. Continue south on the M6 for 6 miles, then exit at Junction 20a and head east on the M56 towards Manchester airport. Exit at Junction 6 and follow the sign-posts to the airport.
Alternatively you could continue on the M62 until Junction 12 where it meets the M60. Head south on the M60 for about 10 miles and exit at Junction 4. Head south on the M56 for 4 miles to Junction 6 where the airport is well sign-posted.
http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=53.374522...isc&ct=api_logo From the east: The A628 passes through the Peak District before reaching the M67 and then the M60. Join the M60 at Junction 24 and head South for about 6 miles. Exit at Junction 4 onto the M56. Continue on the M56 for about 4 miles before exiting at Junction 6 for Manchester airport.
The M62 from the east also connects to the M60 at Junction 18, north of Manchester City. Once on the M62, you could either drive through the city centre via the A56 and then the A5103 or continue on the M60 until Junction 4 where you need to join the M56. Once on the M56 continue south for about 4 miles before exiting at Junction 6 for Manchester airport.
Manchester airport, like all other major UK airports, has strict security checks in place. Luggage size and content allowances can impede your progress if you aren't aware of the restrictions before you pack, so check our guide now to help you breeze through these checks without a problem.
Manchester airport has been conducting a trial of "imaging technology" (also known as body scanners) in Terminal 2 since the end of 2009. Following a security incident on Christmas Day on a flight to Detroit, the aviation industry and respective governments have discussed additional measures.
From 1 February 2010, additional Government legislation came into operation at this airport. Travellers should be aware that any selected passenger who refuses to use the scanner will be denied travel.
Different airlines tend to have different allowances but they will always inform you at the time of your ticket purchase. The hold allowance will also be printed on the ticket for reference. Ticket wallets also contain general information about carry on bags. On electronic tickets (e-tickets) baggage allowances are usually on the confirmation notice. You can check your airline allowance on their website or by calling their information desk.
Overweight baggage: If your hold baggage is heavier than the allowance, the airline is entitled to make an excess baggage charge. This is usually quite expensive as it is a measure taken to discourage excess weight on the flight. If your cabin luggage is overweight or too big, you might be asked to check it in to the hold. If doing so then takes your hold luggage above weight allowance, you might have to pay the excess baggage charges. The best way to avoid any problems is to confirm with your airline the allowance and then pack accordingly with a little weight to spare.
Hand luggage: Travellers are usually only permitted one item of hand-luggage through the airport search point. The maximum size of hand luggage is approximately 56cm x 45cm x 25cm. Some airlines are now allowing more, so you may wish to contact them in advance to check.
Liquid restrictions: Relaxations in security restrictions mean passengers are now able to take liquids through security check points. There are still some limitations however. Individual containers of liquids must not exceed a capacity of 100ml and all containers must be presented for examination in a 'single, transparent, re-sealable plastic bag'. The re-sealable bag must not exceed a capacity of 1 litre or 20cm x 20cm.
Liquids include: • All drinks, including water, soup and syrups. • Creams, lotions, oils, perfumes and make-up including mascara. • Sprays and other pressurised containers such as shaving foam and deodorants. • Toothpastes and other pastes. • Hair and shower gels. • Other solutions and items of similar consistency.
Please Note: Essential medicines or baby food can be carried on in larger volumes than 100ml, however, these items will be subject to authentication.
Some of the items not to pack in hand luggage:
Household cutlery Any knives Razor blades Tools Scissors Hypodermic syringes Knitting needles Corkscrews Sporting bats Manchester airport security
Checking-In: It is important to give yourself plenty of time for your check-in at the airport. For long haul flights the check-in is 2 to 3 hours prior to your flight. Tighter security means everything takes longer than it used to at the airport, particularly during peak times. You should anticipate delays and long queues for check-in and screening. We recommend you allow extra time in case of special circumstances.
Expect to have your bags searched: Carry-on and checked bags are subject to being hand-searched, particularly if the contents can't be seen by the X-ray. Don't wrap gifts until you get there. Any sharp objects in checked baggage should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and inspectors.
You can avoid setting off the metal detectors by not wearing jewellery, clothing, shoes, and accessories that contain metal. Security staff may ask to search you as well as your luggage. These searches are carried out at random so do not be alarmed or offended if you are chosen for searching. Be prepared to be selected for a bodyscan.
Locked suitcases: When you are travelling from the UK it is generally accepted that you lock your suitcase. You may be called upon to open up a bag where the contents are unclear.
If you are flying from the USA, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) asks that bags be left unlocked to make the job of security screeners easier and quicker. The TSA has recently listed on its website ( www.tsa.gov ) a number of brand names that have "accepted and recognised locks". These are locks that airport security screeners can open and relock. The list also contains the names of several makes of travel padlocks that screeners can open and relock.
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.
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?
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 directions link below which will provide you with all you need to know as well as the postcode to put in your satnav. ParkingMany 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.HotelsAn 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. CoachLeave 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 you 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 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 No more than one liquid item in the agreed container For more information about baggage restrictions including hand luggage allowance and liquid containers, see our Manchester baggage and security page.
Below is a list of all contact numbers for different departments at Manchester airport. If you have lost a piece of luggage, have queries about baggage allowances on your flight or just have a general enquiry, then give them a ring.
Manchester Airport contacts Telephone Customs and Excise +44 (0) 161 261 5904. British transport Police +44 (0)161 228 4220 Immigration Enquiries +44 (0) 161 489 2651 General Enquiries +44(0)161 489 3000 Arrivals +44(0)161 489 8000 Business centre +44 (0)161 490 5580 Baggage storage Terminal 1 +44 (0)161 489 6031 Baggage storage Terminal 2 +44 (0) 161 489 6031 Lost property Terminal 1 +44 (0) 161 489 3463 Lost property Terminal 2 +44 (0) 161 489 6031 Medical services (walk - in centre) +44 (0) 161 489 2109 Manchester Airport Information +44 (0)161 489 3000 Police +44 (0)161 872 5050 Travel contacts Telephone
National Rail enquiries +44 (0)0845 7484950 Bus Information +44 (0) 161 228 7811 Traveline +44 (0) 870 608 2608 National express coaches +44 (0) 8705 757 747 Metro Link +44 (0) 161 205 2000 Avis Car Hire +44 (0) 161 934 2300 Budget Car Hire +44 (0) 161 437 0151 Europcar +44 (0) 161 436 2200 Hertz +44 (0) 161 437 8208 National/Alamo +44 (0) 161 499 3320
For all your information on retail and shopping. food and bars
All three terminals at Manchester airport have a great selection of shops to pass the time before or after a flight. Clothes, electricals, gifts, beauty and more are available to browse at your leisure.
Shops at Manchester Airport Terminal 1
Terminal 1 at Manchester airport has a good selection of shops. The Rolling Luggage is a popular store for last minute travel purchases.
Fashion & Accessories Essentials & Beauty Technology & Entertainment Travel Books & Magasines Shops at Manchester Airport Terminal 2
Terminal 2 has the biggest choice of shops at Manchester airport including Hamleys which is perfect for childrens' gifts.
Fashion & Accessories Essentials & Beauty Technology & Entertainment Kids Books & Magasines Shops at Manchester Airport Terminal 3
Terminal 3 has the fewest shops but it does have Alpha Airport Shopping and Boots which, together, provide a good choice of essentials and browsing material.
There are plenty of options to quench your thirst and fill an empty stomach at Manchester airport. Most establishments operate their opening times around the flights so something is always available to serve you even if you have a horribly early departure.
Terminal 1 restaurants and bars
Terminal 1 has good choice available serving mostly light meals and snacks. Grab a coffee and go or take a seat and enjoy a meal while you wait.
Dining-In Light Snacks and Fast Food Bars and Coffee Houses Terminal 2 restaurants and bars
There is a selection of snacks and drinks as well as the Runways Brasserie offering some great dishes.
Dining-In Light Snacks and Fast Food Bars and Coffee Houses Terminal 3 restaurants and bars
Terminal 3 at Manchester airport has the fewest eating and drinking options with one bar, a coffee shop and a french pastry shop.
Below is a list of all airlines operating from Manchester airport and the telephone number you can contact them on. If you have any questions related to your airline, make a note of the number listed below. Most Manchester airport airlines operate similar policies and procedures but there are some variations and if you are in any doubt it is best to give them a ring.
Manchester airport Multi-storey car parks - the benefits
Not the most exciting subject, we know, but when the snow is falling, the rain is lashing and the wind is howling, multi-storey car parks can quite easily turn into your best friend.
Parking in the multi-storey is a little bit more expensive but it's worth it. You can simply park, unload your luggage and walk to the terminal. If you're travelling with your family, have lots of luggage or have a disability the multi-storey car parks at Manchester airport are perfect and hassle-free.
For all other carparking options follow the link below to compare prices.
Manchester airport's terminal 3 is the smallest with fewer shopping facilities, but it is directly linked to Terminal 1. Visitors can make use of additional shops and restaurants with just a short walk. It is due for expansion over the next year with promise of more a spacious check-in area, improved security and greater stand capacity.
Manchester airport Terminal 3 floor plan
Terminal 3 is divided over 2 floors.
Ground floor: Four entrance doors lead into the arrivals area.
First floor: The first floor contains check-in and departures.
Terminal 3 facilities at Manchester airport
Terminal 3 is the most limited of terminals at Manchester with regard to its facilities. There are still a selection of shops and refreshments and, of course, an information help desk and currency exchange outlets.
Shopping There are 6 stores at Terminal 3 including WHSmiths for essential reading material and Alpha Airport Shopping. Boots also has a range of useful travel items.
For a complete list of shops at Manchester's Terminal 3, see our Terminal 3 shopping page.
Cafés and restaurants Terminal 3 at Manchester airport has a Costa, Bar 08 and Delice de France offering a range of hot, cold and alcoholic drinks.
Bureaux de change There are currency exchange desks either side of security control in both arrivals and departures so visitors have ample opportunity to collect some holiday cash.
Internet access There is wireless access for laptop or PDA users in the cafés and seating areas. Visitors have free access to the Manchester airport website, or you can sign in at a small cost for general usage.
Information desk There are two information desks located in the arrivals area and in the departures area after security control
Terminal 2 at Manchester airport was actually the last to be built, opening in 1993. Today it handles about 8 million travelers a year but there are plans for significant expansion to increase capacity to around 25 million people a year.
Manchester airport terminal 2 floor plan
Terminal 2 is spread over two floors with the majority of services contained on level 2.
Level 1: The arrivals area is on the first floor.
Level 2: Check-in and departures are on the second floor with the majority of retail shops.
Terminal 2 facilities at Manchester airport
Terminal 2 has a good selection of facilities and services with a choice of places to eat or drink and several retail shops.
Shopping Terminal 2 has the most fashion and accessory shops at Manchester airport. It has the only Monsoon, Dorothy Perkins and la Senza stores as well as a Hamleys for children.
For a complete list of shops at Manchester's terminal 2, see our Terminal 2 shopping page.
Cafés and restaurants Terminal 2 has a choice of fast food and snacks as well as a variety of dishes in the Runway Brasserie. Alternatively you can enjoy a Starbucks Cappuccino or one of Millie's delicious cookies.
For more information take a look at our Cafés and restaurants page.
Bureaux de Change Ice and Thomas Cook provide currency exchange desks before and after security control and also in Arrivals.
Internet Access There is wireless access for laptop or PDA users in the cafés and seating areas. Free access to the Manchester airport website or you can sign in at a small cost for general usage.
Toilets Toilets with disabled access and baby change facilities are located throughout the airports in departures, arrivals and airside at terminal 2.
Information Desk The information desk is located in the main hall in Arrivals. There are also blue phones throughout the airport which connect you to the information desk.
All information related to terminal one post here.
Around 11 million people fly from Manchester airport Terminal 1 every year. Many renovations and extensions have been undertaken since it's opening in 1962 and - most recently - the security area was expanded to 14 lanes.
Manchester airport Terminal 1 floor plan
Terminal 1 is divided into two levels, segregating the arrivals and departures areas.
Level 1: The main arrivals area containing a few public facilities, an information desk and a couple of shops.
Level 2: The departures area with the main distribution of retail shops and food and drink outlets. An escalator runs up to the Mezzanine level with restaurants and a bar.
Facilities at Manchester airport Terminal 1
There are a complete range of services and facilities for the modern traveler. Information desks, currency exchange stands, food and refreshments are located throughout the terminal.
Shopping There are 13 stores at Terminal 1 including Alpha Airport Shopping which sells a wide range of tax free clothes, drinks and amenities. Other stores include Boots, The Body Shop and Dixons.
For a full list of shops, take a look at our Manchester airport shopping page.
Cafés and Restaurants There are food and drink outlets located after security control at Terminal 1. They are mostly distributed in the departures area with the Bar MCR, The Real Food Company and Giraffe found on Mezzanine Level 2.
For a table showing all the bars, cafés and restaurants at Terminal 1, view our restaurants and bars page.
Bureaux de Change There are ICE and Thomas Cook currency exchange desks at Terminal 1. ICE is located both landside and airside, whilst Thomas Cook is just landside at Terminal 1.
Internet Access There is wireless internet connectivity at cafés and seating areas in Terminal 1. There is free access to the Manchester airport site, otherwise you will need to create a payment account with T-mobile. This costs from 75p for 10 minutes.
Toilets There are 4 toilets located before security control and 2 toilets after security. Disabled toilets and baby change facilities are also available in both areas. There are showers available for a small charge.
Information Desks There are information desks in arrivals and departures. The main information desk is located in arrivals but there are blue phones throughout the terminal which connect to it, so travelers can receive help from different areas.
Prayer Room The prayer room is in the walkway between Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. Travelers are invited to visit for a quiet prayer and peaceful contemplation.
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