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Holidays from Manchester Airport

Manchester Airport

Manchester Airport, is an international airport in Ringway,  Manchester, England. In 2012 it was third busiest airport in the United Kingdom in terms of passenger numbers, and the 21st busiest airport in Europe.

Code: MAN,  Elevation: 78 m, Phone: 0871 271 0711, Address: Manchester, Greater Manchester M90 1QX

Our Facilities

At Manchester Airport, we’ll take the stress out of millions of journeys every year, making the whole experience easy and comfortable. As one of the UK’s leading domestic and international gateways, you’ll find a huge array of services thoughtfully designed to make travelling with us a positive pleasure.

Travel essentials
Your travel essentials don’t panic we are here to help. From car rental, travel money that you can order online and collect in the terminal to airport hotels and worldwide hotels we really do have everything covered. Another essential that can be last on your list is travel insurance, don’t leave home with it!

Reduced Mobility
We’re proactive about accessibility and work hard to look after passengers with reduced mobility and those travelling with babies and children.
Check out our new Friendly Guide service for Terminal 2

On business
De-stress in one of our Airport Lounges or get thoroughly revitalised in the Radisson SAS Hotel’sShower & Change and leisure facilities. Our business facilities are second to none, with free wi-fi access in all terminals!

There are places for prayer and quiet reflection away from the bustle of the main terminals.

And, of course, a mouth-watering wide range of places to eat and drink not to mention the Tax-Free shopping

Manchester Airport is where your holiday begins.

Arriving and Departing

 Welcome to Manchester Airport – where the world comes to the North-West. Whether you’re getting away or coming home, we have a whole array of services to make your journey even easier.

Arriving Passengers

Customs & Immigration

If you are arriving at Manchester Airport, find out all you need to know about ground transportation to speed you on your way.

Please note all passengers are required to pass through Customs and Immigration. Customs and Immigration are there to ensure that only the appropriate and agreed items can be brought into the UK. Your co-operation is greatly appreciated. All checks are done to maintain the maximum safety of all.

To contact Immigration please call 0161 489 3576.
To contact Customs please call  0161 261 5904

Travelling with €10 000 or more (or equivalent in other currencies or assets)?
No problem, but declare it to customs before entering or leaving the EU. More information

Passport Control 

Tips to make your journey easier;

  • You will be faced with 2 options EU or NON EU
  • No mobile phones are allowed in this area
  • Please have you passport open at the photo page ready for scanning. Please note that due to tighter restrictions all passports need to be scanned at the desks, which may take a few minutes.

Biometric passport

If you are travelling into Terminal 1 or 2 and you are British, from the EEA, Switzerland or Liechtensteinand have a new biometric passport, instead of queuing to go through passport control you can make your journey easier by use one of the ePassport gates – simply follow the instructions at the gate. Please note, you must be over 18 to use these gates and if you are travelling with children you will need to use the regular manned immigration desks.

Onward Travel

Our integrated public transport hub, The Station, is a state-of-the art interchange for rail, tram and bus services across the North West and beyond.

See our onward travel maps

If you’ve parked at the airport, check how you need to pay. Do you need to visit a pay station before you leave the car park, or have you pre paid?

Courtesy buses to our car parks are signposted outside the terminal buildings.

Read our comprehensive guide to getting from the airport and download a range of useful maps.

Onward Travel Kiosks
When you next arrive back into Manchester Airport next look out for our new onward travel touch screen kiosks. They have been designed to give directions for all your onward travel options and hotel options at the airport.

Departing Passengers

If you are departing from Manchester Airport we’ve got everything you need, from shops to self-service check-in, to make your getaway an easy one.

Checking In
Make sure you leave plenty of time to check in. Check in times can usually be found on your ticket or itinerary, or by contacting your airline. As a general guide:

  • Long-haul flights – check in three hours prior to departure
  • European flights – check in two hours before departure
  • UK and Ireland flights – check in one hour prior to departure

Self-Service Check-In

The distinctive lime green self-service check-in machines are located throughout the terminals, offering you a hassle free way of checking in, at no extra cost. The quick and easy to use machines help to eliminate queues, allowing you to confirm your booking and print your boarding card in no time at all!

If you have baggage, you can take it to a bag drop or if you only have hand baggage you can proceed straight to security control.

Click here for airlines offering self-service check-in.

Check-In Desks

Please check the information screens, on arrival at the airport, to find out which check-in desks you need.

After you’ve checked in, it is advisable to go to security control straight away, leaving you plenty of time to relax and explore the many shops and restaurants in the departures lounge.

Online Check-In

Online check-in offers you the ability to check yourself in and print your boarding passes in the comfort of your own home or at the office (a printer is required).

Once you get to the airport if you have baggage* you can take it to the bag drop, or if you only have hand baggage you can proceed directly to security control.

Find out which airlines offer online check-in

* On some airlines, online check-in is only available to passengers with hand baggage. Please check with your airline for further information.


See the last security procedure.

Which Terminal

There are three terminals at Manchester Airport – you’ll find details of your terminal on your ticket or itinerary. Our online helper can also help you check.


Travelling with €10 000 or more (or equivalent in other currencies or assets)?
No problem, but declare it to customs before entering or leaving the EU.More information


Travel to and through the airport with ease with our maps and check outcar parking facilities at the airport.

If you are dropping someone off at the airport then see our new maps forPick up & Drop off

Public transport

Make getting to the airport as easy as getting through the airport. Plan your journey from start to finish with our online Journey Planner > 

Important Passenger Notice
The Department for Transport
 has issued revised security measures relating to cabin baggage with immediate effect.

Check the security rules

At Manchester Airport, we make the safety and security of customers and staff our absolute priority. To make your journey as smooth as possible and avoid unnecessary delays, we ask that you pay special attention to our security procedure.

To ensure your journey is a smooth one, please ensure that you read the latest regulations about what you can and cannot take on board the aircraft.

Hand baggage

Manchester Airport have lifted the 1 bag per passenger rule.

We would remind all passengers that each airline has their own policy regarding the amount of hand baggage allowed on their aircraft and we strongly recommend that information regarding this is sought directly from the Airline before travel.

The current restrictions on the size of hand baggage taken into the restricted area of the airport remain in place with no bag larger than 56cm x 45cm x 25cm being permitted.


Passengers will be allowed take liquids, gels and pastes of 100mls or less in their hand baggage. These items must be contained within a small, transparent re-sealable plastic bag, which will have to be removed from their hand baggage and x-rayed separately.

To save time and expense please come prepared with your own correct sized plastic bag, however you can purchase plastic bags in the terminals.

Plastic bags are sold in all Terminals with two bags available for £1, if you forget to bring your own. Plastic bag dispensers are conveniently located in multiple sites around check-in and security alongside coin change machines.

The new rules stipulate that the plastic bag must not exceed one litre capacity per passenger – that’s around half the size of a standard A4 piece of paper and it must be sealable. The bag can contain two or more items of less than 100mls/100g each but must not be cluttered to allow security officers to carry out thorough checks.

Liquids include:
Water and other drinks, soups, syrups
Creams, lotions and oils
Gels, including hair and shower gels
Contents of pressurised containers, including shaving foam, other foams and deodorants
Pastes, including toothpaste
Liquid-solid mixtures
Any other item of a similar consistency.

If you are in doubt on any of the liquid, gels or pastes restrictions then pack them into your suitcase when you check-in your hold luggage.

Hold and Hand Luggage

Hold and hand luggage must be below a certain weight and size. Please check with your airline for more information.

  • Do not pack sharp objects
  • Do not carry items for other people
  • Do not leave your baggage unattended at any time

It is an offence to carry any of the following items into the aircraft cabin:

  • Toy or replica guns (plastic or metal)
  • Knives with blades more than 6cm
  • Zippo/refillable lighters or lighters with windproof flames. (Passengers are allowed to carry one disposable lighter in a clear re sealable plastic bag).
  • Razor blades
  • Scissors -with blades more than 6cm
  • Hypodermic syringes (unless supported by medical evidence)
  • Builder’s tools
  • Hammers, nails, screwdrivers
  • Darts
  • Sporting bats
  • Billiard, snooker or pool cues
  • Catapults and slingshots
  • Umbrellas – unless foldable
  • Acid
  • Explosives
  • Gas cartridges or refills
  • Paint
  • Lighter fuel
  • Mercury
  • Restraining Items – handcuffs, fishing line, restraining tape.

Large electrical items / Laptops

Laptops and other complex items of electrical equipment have to be removed from hand luggage and screened separately.

Medicines and Baby Foods

Passengers will also be allowed to carry in their hand luggage medicines and dietary requirements including baby foods, for use during the flight. This includes sterilised water (this must be in a baby bottle).

A passenger may take prescription medication in containers over 100ml through security, provided that they have a prescription or doctors note for the medication. The passenger may only carry through security the quantity of liquid medication that is required for their journey.

Passengers will be able to buy liquids including drinks and perfumes either in an EU airport shop after security control, or on board an aircraft operated by an EU airline. If they are sold in a special sealed bag, passengers must not open them before they are screened otherwise the contents may be confiscated at the security checkpoint. Parents WILL be asked to sample baby milk and food and also those people with dietary requirements (these can be any size).

Multi Storey Car Park


Terminal 1

  1. Leave the M56 at Junction 5.
  2. Keep in the right hand lane and follow the signposts for Terminal’s 1 and 3. You will see the Hilton Hotel, followed quickly by Bewleys Hotel, on your left hand side.
  3. Take the ramp to the left and enter the car park under the sign short stay on the right hand side.

The Terminal 1 multi storey car park can be found at:
Latitude 53.362515 Longitude -2.271900

Terminal 2

  1. Leave the M56 at Junction 5, stay in the left hand lane following signs for Terminal 2.
  2. At the first roundabout, take the 2nd exit, signposted Terminal 2.
  3. Come down the hill and at the next roundabout, with the Radisson Hotel in front of you, take the 2nd exit and pass Valet Parking on your left hand side. The Multi storey car park is located on your left hand side.

Latitude 53.367987 Longitude -2.278114

Terminal 3

  1. Exit the M56 at Junction 5.
  2. Keep in the right hand lane and follow the signposts for Terminal’s 1 and 3. You will see the Hilton Hotel, followed quickly by Bewleys Hotel, on your left hand side.
  3. Shortly afterwards you will reach a roundabout. Take the first exit at this roundabout and go straight ahead.
  4. At the next (mini) roundabout, take the third exit. The Multi storey car park is located on your right hand side.

Latitude 53.362564 Longitude -2.268221

Entry and exit procedure

  • Entry Procedure
    To enter Multi Storey Parking, at the barrier control panel simply take token from slot. The barrier will lift automatically. If a token is not present scan the QR code on your booking confirmation. If the QR code is not recognised or you do not have a QR code, please press the intercom button. Please be sure to bring a copy of your booking with you.
  • Exit Procedure
    At the barrier, insert the token used on entry. If prompted for overstay payment use integrated chip-and-pin device.

Additional information

Minimum Stay

  • Must be pre-booked for a minimum stay of 2 days.

Height Restriction

  • Maximum vehicle height 2.0 metres (6 feet 6 inches)


  • Trailers are not permitted

Disabled Drivers

  • Parking bays are available for disabled drivers in all of our car parks.

If you arrive or depart outside your booking period, you will incur an additional charge based on Manchester Airport’s standard short stay tariff, which is published on this website.

Shops & Services

Accessorize    Add+   WHSmith    Zoodle    Boots    Broderick's    Bobbi Brown     Broderick's

Burger King    Caffe Ritazza   Costa Coffee   Dixons Travel      Fat Face    Frankie & Benny's    Greggs       Giraffe

Jo Malone    Joe's Kitchen and Coffee House        Kurt Geiger TAX FREE    Lonely Planet        Medlock Bar    Monsoon    Real Food Company    Rolling Luggage

Runway Brasserie    SPAR    Starbucks Coffee    Swatch    Temptation    The Body Shop    The Bollin River Café    The Grain Loft

Tie Rack     Timberland    Trattoria Milano    Clancys Cafe    Delice de France    Bar 08    Soho Coffee    The Observatory Bar

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