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Cheapest flights to Manchester airports

Find the cheapest flights to these Manchester airports from your nearest city or airport
London Heathrow Airport
Manchester

CHEAPEST ROUTE FROM London TO Manchester

London (LON) to Coventry (CVT)

Typically, flights to Manchester from London are cheaper when flying from London to Coventry Baginton, which has an average price of £73

CHEAPEST MONTH TO FLY TO MANCHESTER FROM LONDON HEATHROW AIRPORTApril11% cheaperFlying from London Heathrow Airport to Manchester costs on average just £88 in April
MOST EXPENSIVE MONTH TO FLY TO MANCHESTER FROM LONDON HEATHROW AIRPORTDecember32% more expensiveIt costs about £130 for flights to Manchester from London Heathrow Airport in December
MOST POPULAR MONTH TO FLY TO MANCHESTER FROM LONDON HEATHROW AIRPORTSeptember328% more users visitedMore momondo users searched in flights to Manchester from London Heathrow Airport in September than any other month

When is the best time to fly to Manchester?

Manchester is known for experiencing all four seasons. However, the weather is never extreme. Depending on what brings you into this iconic city, the best time to travel to Manchester could be anytime you please! Manchester sits in the North West of England, but has temperatures that average a few degrees cooler. You could even see elements from all four seasons in one day, but rainfall is quite common throughout the year. Manchester hits its peak in the summer, but it is also the season that brings along an abundance of outdoor activities, events, and festivals, for example, the Manchester Jazz Festival in July. Also, Manchester Pride, which is held every August, brings a massive crowd to the area.

If you are visiting in the summer, you must book your tickets to Manchester early before prices increase due to the demand. From September to December, you will see a drop in the average temperature. However, with that cooler climate comes the football season. Also, autumn and winter brings in the Manchester Food and Drink Festival (September), the Literary Festival and Comedy Festival (October), and Christmas Markets (running from mid-November into the end of December).

  • What is the absolute cheapest flight to Manchester?

    £18 is the cheapest deal found on momondo in the last two weeks for a flight to Manchester. This flight is from Porto and is 93% cheaper than most flights to Manchester. To find the cheapest price to Manchester from your area, use momondo’s Airport-to-Airport Pricing Tool.

  • What is the cheapest month to fly to Manchester?

    In general, April is the cheapest month to fly from United Kingdom to Manchester. Due to it being the ‘off-season’ during this time, you can expect flight prices to be around £87. If you aren\u2019t able to travel to Manchester during the month of April, then flying in May is also cheap. Prices for this month can be found on momondo for an average of £88.

  • How far in advance should I book a flight to Manchester?

    Most flyers found that booking tickets 52 days in advance of their planned departure date is the best time to get cheap flights to Manchester. During this timeframe, flight prices are around £97. Don’t hesitate to check prices now though, because momondo users recently found tickets for as low as £35.

  • What is the cheapest day to depart on your flight to Manchester?

    The cheapest day to depart from United Kingdom to Manchester is on a Tuesday. Travellers who choose to depart for Manchester on a Tuesday will often find tickets for as low as £99. If your travel schedule is flexible, try to avoid departing on a Monday because tickets tend to average around £111. These prices are subject to change though, so be sure to set up a Price Alert for flights to Manchester.

  • What is the cheapest time of day to depart on your flight to Manchester?

    The cheapest time of day to fly to Manchester is in the afternoon when flights can be purchased for as low as £100. Flights to Manchester are more costly at midday, with an average ticket price of £113. Departure times at midday fall within the peak daily travel times, which is why tickets can be more expensive.

  • Is there a good place to hike near Manchester?

    Hikers looking for a more family-friendly day in the great outdoors would be best suited to plan their flight to Manchester for May, June, and July, when they can visit Heaton Park and enjoy all that the park has to offer.

  • Is there an alternative airport near Manchester?

    Finding an alternative and possibly cheaper destination airport near Manchester is possible. If you are planning a flight to Manchester, consider booking flights to Liverpool J. Lennon Airport (27 mi from Manchester city centre), Leeds/Bradford Airport (36 mi from Manchester city centre), Blackpool Airport (38 mi from Manchester city centre), Doncaster Sheffield Airport (50 mi from Manchester city centre) or Birmingham Airport (74 mi from Manchester city centre).

  • Is there a cheaper alternative to flying into Manchester?

    Doncaster Sheffield Airport has an average price of £188 per person and is typically the cheapest airport to fly into when visiting Manchester. This average price does vary based on departure city. Try momondo’s Airport-to-Airport Pricing Tool to find the cheapest flight.


What are the current travel restrictions for Manchester?

Currently, United Kingdom travel restrictions include travel to Manchester.

The United Kingdom has not implemented any entry restrictions, but is monitoring direct flights into the country from certain areas. Several airports have suspended certain services, closed terminals, and reduced transportation schedules, so check the details of the specific airport in advance. Additionally, many airlines have grounded their planes. The United Kingdom has announced a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all travelers will be in effect starting on 8 June. Freight workers, medical professionals traveling to help with the fight against coronavirus, and travelers arriving from Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are exempt from the quarantine requirement.
If you are planning to travel to Manchester at this time, it is recommended that you stay up to date on current restrictions and follow proper safety measures while in public.

Manchester flight deals found on momondo

Check out some of the best fares from airports in United Kingdom to Manchester found recently by users on momondo
Ryanair
4 Aug
STN05:35London Stansted
13h 00m
1 stop
MAN18:35Manchester
8 Aug
MAN13:50Manchester
19h 50m
1 stop
STN09:40London Stansted
Ryanair
7 Aug
STN07:45London Stansted
11h 55m
1 stop
MAN19:40Manchester
8 Aug
MAN08:50Manchester
9h 10m
1 stop
STN18:00London Stansted
Ryanair
6 Aug
STN03:00London Stansted
17h 35m
1 stop
MAN20:35Manchester
8 Aug
MAN13:50Manchester
19h 50m
1 stop
STN09:40London Stansted
Ryanair
1 Aug
STN02:45London Stansted
6h 15m
1 stop
MAN09:00Manchester
1 Aug
MAN13:50Manchester
19h 50m
1 stop
STN09:40London Stansted
Ryanair
5 Aug
STN08:50London Stansted
10h 45m
1 stop
MAN19:35Manchester
12 Aug
MAN03:20Manchester
15h 55m
1 stop
STN19:15London Stansted
Ryanair
7 Aug
STN07:30London Stansted
13h 05m
1 stop
MAN20:35Manchester
8 Aug
MAN13:50Manchester
19h 50m
1 stop
STN09:40London Stansted

Find the cheapest one-way flights to Manchester

If you're looking for one-way flights from United Kingdom to Manchester, view some of our deals below provided by British Airways and Ryanair
British Airways
14 Aug
LHR15:00London Heathrow
1h 00m
MAN16:00Manchester
British Airways
6 Aug
LHR04:00London Heathrow
1h 00m
MAN05:00Manchester
British Airways
11 Aug
LHR10:00London Heathrow
1h 05m
MAN11:05Manchester

Which airlines fly to Manchester?

Here you can see a selection of the most popular and cheapest airlines for flights to Manchester

Direct flights to Manchester are available from cities like London, Glasgow, Belfast, Castletown, Edinburg, Exeter, Newquay, Aberdeen, Inverness, Jersey, Norwich, and Southampton. From other locations in England, you may experience one-stop flights. Connecting Manchester to the rest of the United Kingdom are British Airways and Flybe. Flybe also connects to smaller airports, like Exeter and Bristol, while EasyJet takes passengers from Belfast International into Manchester. Other domestic flights include Aer Lingus, SAS, Air France, and KLM. Depending on when you book your Manchester flights, domestic flights may average a price of £123 GBP. While there are cheap flights to Manchester, some of these flights do not include baggage or food. Therefore, do make sure that you read the fine print before taking advantage of a heavily discounted ticket.


Airports near Manchester

Below you will find all the airports in Manchester along with their distance from the city centre

From Manchester Airport, you can expect a 30-minute drive into the heart of the city.

Trains

Manchester Airport offers The Station, which is the airport rail service. Trains run every 10 – 12 minutes between the airport and the downtown area. They also connect to other stations like the Manchester Piccadilly. Travel time is approximately 20 minutes and a one-way trip may cost between £4 – £5 GBP.

Trams

Manchester Airport also has trams that run from the airport to Cornbook. Cornbook is located just outside the city centre. Trams operate every 12 minutes and run from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm. In the evening, trams are available every 15 minutes. To ride the tram, purchase your tickets on the platform at the airport. A ticket is required to board.

Buses

Buses and coaches are also available from private services like Megabus, Go Euro, and National Express. They run through the Station and take passengers from the airport to city centre.

Taxis

At the airport terminal, you may find a black cab taxi. The average fare for taxis to the city centre is £34 GBP, and the taxi accepts up to 6 passengers per ride. No prior booking is required.

Rental Cars

At Manchester Airport, you can also rent a vehicle from one of the car rental desks, but a prior reservation is often best to ensure that you get a vehicle when you need it. If you book early, you may find the best deals for car rentals with momondo.


Popular routes to Manchester

Most frequently searched flights to Manchester along with the cheapest price and shortest flight duration
London to Manchester Flights
Fastest flight time5h 30m
Cheapest price£35
Edinburgh to Manchester Flights
Fastest flight time5h 15m
Cheapest price£40
Belfast to Manchester Flights
Fastest flight time0h 55m
Cheapest price£42
Cardiff to Manchester Flights
Fastest flight time3h 55m
Cheapest price£48
Aberdeen to Manchester Flights
Fastest flight time1h 15m
Cheapest price£48
Birmingham to Manchester Flights
Fastest flight time9h 15m
Cheapest price£48
Nottingham to Manchester Flights
Fastest flight time27h 25m
Cheapest price£51
Glasgow to Manchester Flights
Fastest flight time8h 00m
Cheapest price£53
Bristol to Manchester Flights
Fastest flight time3h 30m
Cheapest price£55
Liverpool to Manchester Flights
Fastest flight time9h 45m
Cheapest price£56
Newcastle upon Tyne to Manchester Flights
Fastest flight time18h 00m
Cheapest price£58
Newquay to Manchester Flights
Fastest flight time1h 10m
Cheapest price£63
Exeter to Manchester Flights
Fastest flight time1h 20m
Cheapest price£82
Inverness to Manchester Flights
Fastest flight time1h 15m
Cheapest price£127
Southampton to Manchester Flights
Fastest flight time1h 05m
Cheapest price£129
Norwich to Manchester Flights
Fastest flight time12h 25m
Cheapest price£160
Leeds to Manchester Flights
Fastest flight time4h 05m
Cheapest price£241
Doncaster to Manchester Flights
Fastest flight time10h 30m
Cheapest price£296
Wick to Manchester Flights
Fastest flight time5h 50m
Cheapest price£309

How to get around in Manchester?

Manchester is a great walking city. You will notice that most attractions are within walking distance from your hotel. For those areas that require more than a good pair of walking shoes, Manchester’s transportation options are abundant.

Trams

Metrolink trams are available throughout Manchester. There are six lines that cover a total of 76 stops and all are within walking distance to major attractions. A single-use ticket offers 90 minutes of travel time. With a Day Travel Card, you can use Metrolink unlimited for £5 – £7 GBP depending on what time of the day your card is valid for. All weekend day travel cards are £5.80 GBP for adults.

Buses

Metroshuttle buses run through the city centre during limited hours of 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. They run every 6 to 10 minutes Monday to Friday, but have reduced hours on the weekend. Nightbus offers various routes throughout the city from midnight until 3:30 am – catering to the nightlife crowd in the city. Nightbus runs every 30 minutes and a one-way ride costs £3 GBP.

Taxis

City Council-regulated taxis are an option as well, but they are the more expensive option for travelling around downtown.

Coaches

Private coach services help you go outside of Manchester to explore, and each coach operates on its own network. FirstGroup, for example, has unlimited day passes at £4.2 GBP, while Stagecoach has a one-week pass for £13.50 GBP.


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Additional info and tips about visiting Manchester

Things to do and places of interest in Manchester

Manchester is rich in cultural activities, sights, and art galleries. While visiting, there are several notable attractions to put on your top must-see list, including:

Manchester Museum of Science and Industry

See multiple floors of exhibitions and displays, including mammals from around the world, birds, and collections from South America. Fossils and different minerals are also on display, and it is a child-friendly attraction.

Manchester Art Gallery

If you have an eye and passion for the arts, the Manchester Art Gallery is the perfect site to stop and visit. Located on Mosley Street in the city centre, you see a collection of fine and decorative art with a free admission ticket.

Urbis

Also located in the city centre, Urbis hosts exhibitions that include everything from art, fashion, urban lifestyle, and live talks. Also, Urbis is the home of the National Football Museum.

Museum of Science and Industry

Located on the site of the world’s first passenger railway, here you learn about the industry and science behind Manchester with exhibits teaching you about technology, communications, and transportation.

Other Notable Attractions Include:

  • Manchester Town Hall
  • Manchester Cathedral
  • Victoria Baths
  • Manchester Shopping Malls
  • Salford Quays
  • The Imperial War Museum
  • Old Trafford
  • Castlefield Urban Heritage Park
  • The Greater Manchester Police Museum

Tips and tricks for visiting Manchester

Hail Black Cabs

Private taxis are uninsured if they pick up a passenger that has not booked in advance. Fares for the Manchester Licensed Area are shown on the meter inside the cab, while destinations outside the licensed area will incur fees decided by the driver.

Watch Football without the High Prices

Watching football at Old Trafford is expensive. Look for charity, friendly, and open training session matches instead to save on ticket prices.

Tipping in Manchester

To tip a waiter or waitress, you should generally offer to leave 10 to 15 percent of the bill total. When using a credit card to pay, make sure the staff receives the gratuity and not the restaurant.

Parking in the City

Parking for paid parking spaces is expensive, but after 6:00 pm and on Sundays, parking is free.

26 and Under Discounts

To see a show at the theatre, you may qualify for the “A Night Less Ordinary Initiative discount that gives you free tickets if you are under 26.