Manchester Airport Train Station

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Heading to Manchester Airport soon? If you’re planning on catching a train, bus, or even a tram, you’re likely to alight at Manchester Airport train station. The station itself is located within the airport zone, and offers passengers easy access to all three terminals. Trains from the airport station run to Manchester Piccadilly every ten to twenty minutes during peak periods, connecting passengers with much of England, Scotland, and Wales. 

To help you plan your journey, no matter which method of transport you choose, the team at Parkhero has collected plenty of information about Manchester Airport Train Station, and compiled it into this short guide. Here you’ll find resources concerning how to reach the airport, train station facilities, route information, ticket prices, and more. We’ve also included several helpful links to services that can make your trip to the airport a little easier. 


Can You Get a Train from Manchester Airport?

Yes! There are frequent trains running from Manchester Airport to Manchester Piccadilly, as well as to other regional destinations. Passengers can access the train station from any terminal, via the Sky Link. Please consult the table below for more information about ticket prices. 



RouteSingle ticket priceReturn ticket priceJourney time
Manchester Airport to Manchester PiccadillyFrom £3.50From £7.0017 minutes
Manchester Airport to Manchester VictoriaFrom £3.50From £7.0036 minutes
Manchester Airport to LeedsFrom £16.50From £33.001 hour, 30 minutes
Manchester Airport to YorkFrom £20.65From £41.301 hour, 55 minutes
Manchester Airport to DoncasterFrom £17.35From £34.701 hour, 50 minutes
Manchester Airport to SheffieldFrom £16.65From £33.301 hour, 22 minutes
Manchester Airport to Blackpool NorthFrom £11.10From £22.201 hour, 33 minutes


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Where Can I Buy a Ticket?

You can pre-book your train tickets online on the official Manchester Airport website, or purchase one from the ticket machines located on-site, or at the information desk at the Manchester Airport train station.


National Rail Services 

There are currently nine trains per hour to the Manchester Airport train station from the city, including services from Northern, TransPennine Express and Transport for Wales. There are services between Manchester Airport and Crew, for connections to the south, and Manchester Piccadilly, for connections to the north. The most frequent services are between Manchester Piccadilly to Manchester Airport, followed by regular trains to Leeds, York, Doncaster, Sheffield, Blackpool North, and Scotland. 


Manchester Metrolink

The Manchester Metrolink is a light rail network which was extended from St Werburgh's Road to Manchester Airport. The Metrolink station was built adjacent to the Manchester Airport train station, and serves as the terminus of the Airport Line. Trams run between Manchester Airport and Victoria tram stop every 12 minutes. An early morning service runs from 3:19 – 6:00 am every 20 minutes.


HS2 Services in Manchester

Although not yet available, plans are in place to build a HS2 station at Manchester Airport, which will improve the airport’s accessibility. The Greater Manchester Combined Authority redevelopment plans around the airport include high speed rail networks which will significantly shorten journey times and help reduce overcrowding. 

HS2 will be integrated into existing rail networks at the airport, as well as Northern Powerhouse Rail. In addition, two new HS2 tracks to Manchester Airport and Manchester Piccadilly will create space for additional train lines to Crewe and Stockport, providing options for more frequent local and regional services.


About Manchester Airport Station

Manchester Airport train station is almost 10 miles south of Manchester Piccadilly, at the end of a short branch from the Styal Line. Accessible via a triangular junction located between Heald Green and Styal, and connected to a branch of the Manchester Metrolink, the station is colloquially known  as "The Station" and often signposted as such. The station platforms are connected to the airport terminal buildings and a manned ticket office by escalator, lift, ramps, and a covered walkway known as the “Sky Link”. 


Facilities at Manchester Airport Train Station

Travellers will find a range of facilities at Manchester Airport Station, from ATMs to post boxes, shops, baby change rooms and more. You can consult the full list of facilities below for a more inclusive guide:

  • Accessible public telephones
  • ATMs
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Bureau de Change
  • Left luggage
  • Pay phones
  • Photo booth for passport pictures
  • Post box
  • Public WiFi
  • Refreshment facilities
  • Shops 
  • Taxi stand, for journeys to/from the airport
  • Toilets, including National key toilets


Home Bag Check-in Service

Did you know that you can check your bags in, without having to lug them onboard the train? Instead of struggling with your suitcase, you can use AirPortr, a service which will come to your house, collect your luggage at a time that suits you, seals your cases in front of you, and then takes them to the airport on your behalf. You’ll be able to travel to the airport hassle-free, safe in the knowledge that your luggage is already checked-in and ready to go. 


How Far is Manchester Airport From the Train Station?

If you take advantage of the Sky Link walkway, you can reach your terminal in 5 to 15 minutes. Unless you have heavy luggage or reduced mobility, you should not need to use a transfer service or shuttle bus. 


Which Terminal is the Train Station at Manchester Airport?

Manchester Airport Train Station is located between Terminal 1 and Terminal 3, however it is within easy walking distance of all three terminals. There are lifts, escalators, and moving walkways which all connect the train station to the terminal buildings. It takes between 5 and 15 minutes to get to and from the terminals, depending on where you’re flying from. In addition, you’ll find signage overhead that will help guide you through to the airport.



About Parkhero

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Making your booking is simple and straightforward. After you’ve selected the car park that’s right for you, you;; simply need to enter in your personal details, and then make your payment using our secure online checkout. A copy of your booking confirmation will then be emailed to you within minutes. And should you have any questions or need to modify your booking, our customer service team are on hand, Monday to Friday to help. 



All train prices mentioned serve as a guide only. Travellers should ensure that they check the price of their proposed journey with the service provider before booking. Please note that the information above is provided for reference only, and does not constitute as travel advice. For the most recent and relevant information about Manchester Airport, you should check the official website at:

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