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The northern powerhouse of Manchester is incredibly well-connected by regular flights from many UK airports. Whether you are looking for cheap flights to visit on business, for a conference, to explore its vibrant arts or music scene, to enjoy its legendary nightlife or take in the excitement at the stadiums of City or United, you can find some bargain deals on your airfare when you book with Expedia.
With so many varied reasons to travel to Manchester it offers a year-round destination. Prices in hotels and for flights tend to rise between June and September, when the British weather is at its most forgiving and the city hosts many outdoor festivals and events.
Outside of this season, May’s Great Manchester Run and the holiday seasons of Christmas and New Year can also cause hikes in flight prices.
For cheaper flights spring and autumn are ideal times to grab a bargain deal and avoid the coldest and wettest of the weather.
If you are not travelling for a set event then flexibility is your best bet when looking for cheap flights to Manchester. There are bargains to be found in and around the peak season if you book your plane tickets early enough: air fares from as little as £20 are not uncommon.
Using Expedia, you can select ‘Show flexible dates’ when your flight results are returned. This allows you to look at nearby dates – and often a day or two’s difference can make a very big difference to the cost of your Manchester flight.
It’s also worth checking for other airports close to you. You can use our ‘Nearby airports’ feature to do this and, if you are flying from London, you can choose to search ‘All London airports’ rather than just checking flight prices from one.
Optimal flight times from UK airports to Manchester are:
Manchester Airport is the third busiest in the UK. It offers an extensive international network, with 60-plus airlines offering direct flights to more than 200 destinations worldwide. There are excellent and regular connections to other UK airports throughout the year.
Situated just eight miles outside the city centre, getting into Manchester from the airport couldn’t be easier. It’s just a 20-minute train ride to Manchester Piccadilly Station on trains that run every 10 minutes. You can buy tickets online – and booking in advance secures you cheaper travel than buying your ticket at the airport.
National Express coaches also offer a slower but cheaper way to travel to the city from the airport, and there is also a tram service available for those heading into Greater Manchester.
If you are looking to explore the area around Manchester, as well as the attractions of its centre, then hire car options are available and easy to arrange from the airport.
Airlines offering direct flights to Manchester from the UK include:
Getting around the centre is easy thanks to the fleet of buses, trams and trains available. The best way to decide on how to get from A to B here is to use the Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) website which offers a number of journey planning tools to take the stress out of travelling.
If you purchase a System One Travelcard you can journey seamlessly on bus, train and tram – and save money on your tickets too.
Just outside Manchester’s city centre, Salford Quays is Manchester’s premier waterfront district. Stroll along here and you’ll pass the Imperial War Museum, The Lowry Arts Centre, boutique shops and a great choice of dining options.
Arts and music lovers should make a beeline for the Northern Quarter, the city’s hub for alternative arts and culture. It contains an array of quirky clothes stores, bars and clubs.
Peter’s Fields is Manchester’s civil quarter, and home to some fantastic architecture. There’s the magnificent terracotta-bricked Midland Hotel, the Pantheon-inspired central library and the neo-Gothic City Hall all on show here.
From Manchester there are excellent options to explore the surrounding canals and countryside by rail or road. Northern Rail’s frequent services, for instance, link Manchester to locations in the Peak District and Lake District National Parks.
On time, very efficient, will definitely use again.
really good apart from having to wait 45 mins for bags at Manchester. otherwise - perfect
Couldn’t book 4 seats together but otherwise excellent
All good; On time, friendly air stewardess, can't complain.
Everything was perfect until my suitcase went missing on my return flight home
Love the German hospitality. First class service😁😁😁
SAS changed my seat number to one further back. I don't understand when I was on the plane there was lots of empty seats in front of me.
I'll be back!!
Seats fantastic and staff were perfect
Quick n pleasant check iin n very helpful ground staff Will fly AF again 👨✈️ steward n pilot friendly Stewardess not friendly & uniform tatty