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Flying into Beautiful Manchester

England’s second largest city dates back to Roman times. Manchester’s urban population exploded during the Industrial Revolution, and it is still a phenomenally popular place to live, work, and play. It is also home to the world’s most famous soccer team, Manchester United. Manchester is the United Kingdom’s third most popular tourist destination, after London and Edinburgh, so competition for flights and hotels is fierce in peak season.
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Looking for cheap flights to Manchester to join in the fun? Want a recommendation for a hotel conveniently located for an early flight? This article will help you on your way.

Where is Manchester Airport?

Manchester Airport is conveniently located in the town of Ringway, eight-and-a-half miles southwest of Manchester, which is a major city in northwest England toward the border with Scotland. Manchester has strong transport links across the U.K., so it is a convenient place to start your vacation, especially if you plan to visit destinations in both England and Scotland. Local transport and accommodation options in this area are substantially cheaper than those around London, which is certainly worth considering if you're traveling on a budget.

Where Can I Fly to Manchester From?

Manchester Airport is the third busiest airport in the U.K., and the largest outside of London. It is a regional hub, as you can fly to Manchester from more than 220 domestic and international destinations. 

Flights from Ireland to Manchester are particularly numerous. There are more than a dozen daily flights from Dublin to Manchester with EasyJet, Flybe, and Ryanair, and also with British Airways, Virgin, or Aer Lingus. Prices start from $70 return, and the flying time is just 55 minutes.

If you want to fly from the United States to Manchester, there are plenty of direct flights available. United and Delta both fly from New York, with return fares available from $738. The journey takes seven hours. US Airways also has several direct flights each week from Philadelphia, with return ticket prices costing around $2,700. Other competitively priced options route via Dublin, London, or Frankfurt. Booking one to two months ahead will secure you the best prices.

What Facilities are Available at the Airport?

Manchester Airport’s three terminals are equipped to make the time spent waiting for your flight as enjoyable as possible. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, you can check into the Escape Lounge, which has free WiFi and snacks, or enjoy a light bite and a drink at one of the many cafes and bars. Shops include all the big name designer brands as well as high street stores, with plenty of options for cosmetics, perfumes, and travel accessories, so if you’re flying long-haul, don’t forget to pick up some bargains in Duty Free.

How Do I Get From the Airport to Manchester City Center?

Getting from the airport into the city center is fast and cheap, however you prefer to travel. The airport has its own train station inside the terminal with direct railway links to central Manchester, and you can also take a bus or coach. The buses run 24/7. Europcar, Avis, Budget, and Enterprise offer car hire, and there is ample parking if you need to leave your own car on site. There is a black cab rank immediately outside the arrivals hall, and you can also pre-book minicabs, or for a special occasion, an upmarket chauffeur-driven car.

Can I Check Into a Nearby Hotel Before my Flight?

There are a large number of cheap hotels near Manchester Airport where you can have a comfortable night’s sleep before your flight. The Best Western Cresta Court Hotel, De Vere Venues Cheadle House, and Premier Inn Manchester are the best three budget accommodation options, offering spacious, comfortable rooms for around $70 per night. If you are prepared to pay a little more, you should also consider Village Urban Resort Manchester Cheadle, a large country house hotel with its own indoor pool situated close to Didsbury Golf Course. Many hotels near the airport offer shuttle service.

With numerous inbound flights from around the world, easy transport connections to Manchester city, and convenient, affordable hotel options nearby, Manchester is an attractive airline hub that is definitely worth considering if you plan to visit the north of England rather than the south. Mancunians are known for their happy-go-lucky attitudes, friendliness, and love of all forms of culture, so if you fly into Manchester, you are in for a fabulous time!