Manchester Airport Pick Up

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There are several different options available when it comes to Manchester Airport pick up, depending on the terminal you’re driving to. And while there have been a lot of recent changes the passenger drop off procedures as of late, the pick up process remains unchanged. You can meet passengers at the Arrivals Car Parks, the Short Stay Car Parks, or the Multi Storey Car Parks, at a charge of £4.50 for 30 minutes. To find out where to park up, how to pay, and everything else you need to know, check out the Parkhero guide to Manchester Airport pick up.


Picking Someone Up From Manchester Airport

If you’re picking somebody up from Manchester Airport, it pays to plan ahead. If you’re heading to Terminal 1, we advise using the T1 Short Stay Car Park or the T1 Multi Storey Car Park, which are conveniently located right next to Arrivals. For Terminal 2, you’ll need to travel to the new T2 Multi Storey West Car Park, and for Terminal 3, you should locate the T3 Multi Storey Car Park, and then follow signs on the ground floor for T3 Pick Up Zone. In short, the:

  • T1 Pick Up zone is located in the T1 Short Stay Car Park
  • T2 Pick Up zone is located on Level 0 of T2 West Multi Storey Car Park
  • T3 Pick Up zone is accessed through T3 Multi Storey Car Park

It’s worth bearing in mind that you can’t pick up passengers from outside of the Manchester Airport Train Station. The nearest car park to the station is the T1 Short Stay Car Park, which is just a few minutes away on foot. 


Manchester Airport Pick Up Charges

You can wait for your passengers to arrive for up to 30 minutes, at a cost of £4.50 for 30 minutes. After half an hour, the Manchester Airport pick up charges increase to £7.00 for an hour, and £10.00 for two hours. You can view the rates in full in the table below:



Time periodT1 Short Stay (Pick Up)T2 Pick Up ZoneT3 Arrivals (Pick Up)Multi Storey Car Parks
Up to 30 mins £4.50£4.50£4.50£4.50
Up to 1 hour£7.00£7.00£7.00£7.00
Up to 2 hours£10.00£10.00
(maximum stay)
(maximum stay)
Up to 4 hours£18.00N/AAnyone exceeding the 2 hour
maximum stay will incur a
£50 per day charge
Up to 24 hours£45.00N/AN/A£45.00


If you’re planning on staying at the airport for four hours or longer, it may be worth pre-booking your parking at one of the Multi Storey Car Parks, to secure a better rate. Advance online bookings are often cheaper than drive up rates, and guarantee you a space, even during the busiest periods. At the same time, the T1 Multi Storey Car Park and T2 East Multi-Storey Car Park are restricted to pre-booked customers only. This means that you’ll need to make an online reservation if you plan on parking there. 


Pre-Book Your Parking to Save

We found that pre-booking a full day of parking at one of the Multi Storey Car Parks through Parkhero, was significantly cheaper than the drive up charges quoted above. Turning up and paying for a day’s parking will cost you £45.00, whereas when you book in advance with Parkhero, it could cost you as little as £10.37. Take a look at the table below for example prices for advanced online bookings, calculated by booking one week of parking:


Drop off pointPrice per weekPrice per day
T1 Multi Storey£82.99£10.37
T2 Multi Storey£82.99£10.37
T3 Multi Storey£82.99£10.37

Prices accurate as of September 2020, but may change at any given time


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About Parkhero

One of the UK’s leading airport parking comparison services, Parkhero is your one stop shop when it comes to planning your journey to the airport. We can help you find the best rate on Manchester Airport parking, compare public transport options, find a great deal on long stay parking, or learn more about how the various meet & greet or park & ride services work. We regularly publish travel advice and information on our blog, so that you can enjoy a stress-free trip to the airport. Our mission is to ensure that every traveller can enjoy a stress-free trip to the airport, no matter how you plan on getting there. 


Please note that while we have made every attempt to report on Manchester Airport parking and pick up rates accurately, prices do fluctuate over time. The rates mentioned in this article were valid in September 2020. 

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