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Trains to and from Manchester Piccadilly take just 20 minutes, with 6 trains an hour. Piccadilly is a great transport hub itself with train connections to other parts of the UK, including Liverpool, Leeds, Edinburgh and Newcastle.
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 12-minute walk.
A regular shuttle bus operates from outside the train station and the arrivals hall of Terminal 3.
The first train from Manchester Airport to Manchester Piccadilly leaves at around 04:20 with the final train departing at around 01:30. The first direct train from Manchester Airport to Liverpool Lime Street leaves at 04:20 with the last leaving at 22:48. Direct trains from Manchester Airport to Leeds with TransPennine Express run from 05:39 in the morning. You can see further details on the first and last trains from Manchester Airport below.
If you’re travelling to Manchester Airport from Manchester Piccadilly, you can hop on a train and be at the airport in just 20 minutes. There are also 6 trains an hour. A tram ride from the city centre to the airport will take much longer at around 50 minutes. Getting a taxi from the centre of Manchester to Manchester Airport will also be much more expensive at around £45 – this will of course depend on the time of day you travel.
Manchester Airport is a major international airport and the second largest in the UK. You’ll find all the amenities and facilities you’d expect from an international travel hub, whether shopping or food and drink. The newly refurbished Terminal 2 is home to many fantastic shops, restaurants and bars to enjoy before you fly.
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.
If you’re travelling to Manchester Airport by train and then staying overnight or you’re planning a night in a hotel at Manchester Airport on your way home, you’ll find plenty of choice. The Radisson Blue Manchester Airport is just a 5 minute walk from the train station and has easy access to all three terminals via the Skylink walkway. The Clayton Hotel is 350 yards from both Terminals 1 and 3, whilst the DoubleTree by Hilton is a short walk or a 5-minute drive. Other options close by include the Holiday Inn Manchester Airport and Ibis Budget Manchester Airport.
You’ll find plenty of fantastic shopping to enjoy before your flight at Manchester Airport. You can browse the latest fashion from brands including Lacoste, Hugo Boss, Next or JD Sports, or you can check out top of the range technology from InMotion.
If you need to stock up on toiletries before your flight, Boots has you covered. Hamleys is an essential stop for that pre-flight toy, whilst WHSmith stocks reading material to keep you entertained no matter how long your flight. And at World Duty Free you can purchase tax and duty free fragrances, cosmetics, wines and spirits.
If you need some quick refreshments when you get off your train at Manchester Airport, the facilities at the train station will cover you for food and drink on the go.
For something a little more substantial before your flight you can head to one of the many restaurants in the terminals. Burger King, KFC, Pret and more.
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