Trains to Manchester Airport

Getting a train to Manchester Airport is simple. The airport is well-connected by train, with Manchester Airport train station being situated within the airport itself.

How to get to Manchester Airport by train

If you're already in Manchester, you can catch a train to Manchester Airport from several mainline stations. These include Manchester Piccadilly and Victoria.

These stations have frequent and reliable services. Piccadilly, in particular, even has two designated platforms and a waiting area, tailored for people with luggage.

Opting for the train to Manchester Airport is a cost-effective option, especially if you book train tickets in advance.

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Top routes to Manchester Airport

Milton Keynes Central to Manchester Piccadilly 1h 42mins £24.30
Crewe to Manchester Piccadilly 34mins £15.50
Stockport to Manchester Piccadilly 8mins £4.60
Stoke-On-Trent to Manchester Piccadilly 37mins £11.10
London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly 2h 10mins £32

What to do at Manchester Airport

There's plenty to keep you occupied as you wait for your flight at Manchester Airport. With a wide range of shops offering travel essentials, clothing items, and souvenirs. Duty-free shopping is also available for international travellers.

Manchester Airport has a variety of food and drink options. When you get hungry, explore the diverse dining options available, from traditional English pubs to global eateries.

If you’re someone who enjoys an infamous “airport pint” before leaving, there’s plenty of opportunity for that, with The Lion and Antelope and The Grain Loft.

There are also the Escape Lounge and the 1903 Lounge for those looking for extra comfort. These offer bespoke food menus, comfortable seating and speedy WiFi.

Families will appreciate the baby-changing facilities, children's play areas, and family-friendly dining options available to make your journey smoother.

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Ways to save on your train ticket to Manchester Airport

There are a number of ways you can save money on your train to Manchester Airport. This includes booking in advance, travelling off-peak where possible, and taking advantage of railcard discounts.

Use Avanti's Best Fare Finder to plan your travel ahead of time, where you can get the best deal on your tickets. You could also set up Advance Train Ticket Alerts to help with this.

If you’re catching a flight during the day or at the weekend, you could travel off-peak. This involves travelling between 10:30 and 14:30 or after 20:00 on Monday to Thursday, or any time on Friday or at the weekend.

For those going to Manchester Airport Train Station as a family, you can also save with Family Tickets, child tickets for those aged under five, or a Family & Friends Railcard. These give discounts of up to 60%.

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Get the Avanti app

If you want the freedom to pick your own seat, keep in tune with train times and generally make your life easier when travelling with us, download the Avanti West Coast App.

Get other special benefits such as making changes to your route, tracking your train, and buying tickets with your payment method of choice. The app also allows you to store all your tickets in one place, all with zero booking fees.

It’s essential when knowing train times are crucial, like when you need to catch a plane.

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Manchester Piccadilly Station