Trains to Manchester Airport

Updated 7th January '21

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In response to the Government's travel ban for all non-essential travel and the reduction in flight schedules, all flights from Manchester Airport will arrive and depart from Terminal 1 until further notice.  TransPennine Express will continue to run services to and from the airport on our current reduced timetable
If you have to travel to the airport please review our information regarding journeys with us Before you Travel and On the Train. Please purchase your tickets online before you arrive at Manchester Airport station. Please note you will be required to wear a face covering on our services. We are working really hard to make your journey as safe as possible with our cleaning regime and social distancing signage both in the station and onboard. 

When you arrive at Manchester Airport there will be people there providing face masks and hand sanitiser stations for you to use. There will also be a new queueing system at the airport. You should allow extra time for your journey through the airport.

If you have arrived at Manchester Airport from a country that is not exempt from quarantine and you are required to quarantine, you can travel by train to get to where you are going to self-isolate if necessary. Please wear a face covering (unless you are exempt), maintain social distance wherever possible and take the most direct route. More information is available on the website.

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Direct trains connect Manchester Airport to over 100 destinations (including Leeds, Sheffield, York, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Preston) and operate almost 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

The service to and from Manchester Piccadilly takes just 20 minutes, with 6 trains an hour and Piccadilly is a great transport hub itself with train connections to other parts of the UK.


On arrival at the train station follow signs to the terminal buildings. Lifts, escalators and moving walkways are provided.

Terminal 1 (T1): approx 5-minute walk

Terminal 2 (T2): approx 10-minute walk

Terminal 3 (T3): approx 7-minute walk. 

A regular shuttle bus operates from outside the train station and the arrivals hall of Terminal 3.

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On arrival at the airport follow signs to The Station. Lifts, escalators and moving walkways are provided. Self service ticket machines are available within the baggage reclaim areas if you haven't already purchased your train tickets.


Train tickets can be purchased in advance, from the self service ticket machines within the Airport's baggage reclaim areas or from the ticket office at the train station. Pre-booked tickets can also be collected from the self service ticket machines. The ticket office within the train station provides information on all onward train journeys and tickets.


Limited facilities are currently available – further outlets are due to open during the coming weeks.

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