Manchester Airport Trains

Manchester Airport trains ensure that Manchester Airport is well connected to Greater Manchester and the Rest of the UK via Train. The train station is on the airport and can be accessed by foot from Terminal 1, Terminal 2 & Terminal 3.

Train Routes

Manchester Airport to Manchester City Centre train.

Manchester Airport Train station is conveinely located on-airport, meaning commuters have easy access to all the terminals. There are travelators  throughout, so it takes between 5 – 20 minutes from the station to your flight check -in desk

Manchester airport to city centre – you will arrive at Manchester Picadilly, which then connects to the rest of the UK rail network.

Train Frequency: Every 10 minutes

Train Operator: TransPennine Express and Northern Rail.

Journey time: Between 16-25 minutes depending on the journey.

Cost: Between £3.20 and £4.40

Manchester Airport Train Station Location

The train station is located in the centre of the airport next to Radisson Blu Airport Hotel. It is very well signposted throughout the airport and you will have no difficulty finding it.

Manchester Airport Trains faq's

The train journey time from Manchester Airport to the City Centre (or vice versa) – is between 16-25 minutes.

The quickest journey is direct with TransPennine Express and that takes 16 minutes. 

The longer journey of 25 minutes is a Northern service, that stops at East Didsbury & other stations on route to Manchester Airport.

A standard off peak one way ticket costs £4.40

If you plan on a return journey from Manchester City centre to Manchester Airport, it is sometimes best to buy a return ticket.

There are also cheaper tickets available on Trainline – for these they will be valid for a specific train or operator but can be as low as £3.00 one way. These need to be purchased in advance to make the saving.


Yes! The train is the fastest and most convenient way to travel from Manchester City Centre to to Manchester Airport. It is much quicker than the bus, metro – or even car!

Yes. There are several self service ticket booths at Manchester Airport train station. You can use these machines to purchase your tickets.

You could also pay by card by booking in advance online with trainline.

There are also manned ticket booths which accept cash or card and can give you advice on trains to reach your destination.

Prices can be cheaper if you book in advance, but this also means that there is less flexibility with your ticket and you will need to travel on your booked train.

The Manchester City Centre to Manchester Airport trains can be very busy, but as they are so frequent, they are rarely completely fully booked.

You can buy tickets from the station.

Most of the trains have a dedicated section to store your luggage near the doors / exits. Be sure to keep your eye on your luggage whilst you travel and do not leave completely unattended.

The earliest train to depart from the airport to Manchester City Centre is at 04:12 although, Manchester Airport Train Station has strong connections around the UK so the first train time departure is dependant on destination. 

The final train service departing Manchester Airport leaves at 01:34am and travels to Manchester Piccadilly. Train times and services will vary depending on destination and time of travel, however the final services of the day usually run at similar times. For all train time tables, please visit Trainline. 

Manchester Airport train station has four platforms and there are huge screen prior to accessing the platform to guide you to the correct platform for your destination.

You can also travel from Manchester airport by Taxi, bus or Metro.

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