Manchester Airport, sometimes referred to by locals as Ringway, is the UK's largest airport outside London. It offers direct flights to cities across Europe and farther afield to America, Africa and Asia.
The airport has three terminals. Terminals 1 and 2 deal with the majority of flights, including domestic, short-haul and long-haul international flights. Terminal 3 mainly deals with flights in the UK and to other areas of Western Europe. The three terminals are just a short distance from each other. Terminal 1 is connected to T2 and T3 by a Skylink, as well as a covered walkway.
Airlines stick to their designated terminals:
· T1 hosts Emirates, Etihad, Lufthansa and half a dozen more carriers.
· T2 includes Qatar Airways, United and Virgin Atlantic among its airlines.
· T3 has the likes of BMI, Flybe and Ryanair.
Many of the higher-end airlines have lounges in their designated terminals, while passengers of other airlines can pay to use the Escape Lounges which are found in all three.
Each terminal offers chain store eateries and coffee shops for last-minute refuelling, as well as a selection of duty-free shops. Travellers can also shop for electronics, pharmaceuticals and ties while they wait to board their flights.
The airport offers a strong phone signal for all UK carriers, and payphones are available if you don't have a local mobile. Complimentary Wi-Fi is provided for 30 minutes, or you can pay for a higher quality internet service.
Getting to Manchester city centre
A train station can be found between terminals 1 and 2 that takes passengers into the centre of Manchester. These run up until midnight, with a journey to Manchester Piccadilly or Oxford Street costing £4 and likely to take 20 minutes.
Trams are also available from the airport. Getting into the centre of Manchester requires one change, with a journey time of close to an hour. Trams do offer an advantage if you're going to suburbs south or west of the city centre, but they are generally less efficient than trains for getting into the centre itself.
A number of buses depart from Manchester Airport to the city centre and other cities across the UK. National Express coaches leave from stands A, B and C across the country, while local buses run from stands D upwards. These end at various locations, including Manchester Piccadilly, the Trafford Centre shops and nearby towns like Altrincham and Stockport.
Taxi stands are found outside the terminal. A ride to the city centre takes a quarter of an hour and is likely to cost around the £30 mark.
There are eight car hire options at Manchester Airport, all located in the dedicated Car Rental Village. Courtesy shuttle buses leave from the airport every ten minutes, taking you to the company counters.
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Please note: all information is correct as of December, 2016.