How to find cheap flights to Manchester
Look for the cheapest deal on flights to Manchester with Skyscanner today. The average price of a flight to Manchester from anywhere in the UK is £123 return, but this depends on when you book.
You can find the cheapest price by using the 'cheapest month' search tool on Skyscanner – this will highlight the best times to fly to Manchester to save money on your plane tickets. If you know you would like to fly this month, select 'whole month' when looking for dates, to see the cheapest dates to fly in the next 30 days.
When to book
The best time to book a flight to Manchester from the UK is as early as possible – our best time to book tool found that the best time to book a flight was 7 weeks in advance.
If you'd like to keep an eye on the price of flights, make sure you set up a Price Alert from your home airport to Manchester. This makes sure you'll get updates when the price decreases, ensuring you get the best deal on your trip.
Airports with direct flights from the UK to Manchester
You can fly directly to Manchester from London, Glasgow, Belfast, Castletown, Edinburgh, Exeter, Newquay, Aberdeen, Inverness, Jersey, Norwich and Southampton.
You can also fly on a connecting flight from almost anywhere in the UK, including Newcastle, Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Barra, Cardiff, Dundee, Sumburgh, Stornoway, Tiree, Wick, Islay, Campbelltown, Benbecula and Alderney. Do bare in mind that it may take less time to get to Manchester via train if you are coming from Leeds, Newcastle, Liverpool or Birmingham.
Airlines that fly to Manchester from the UK
British Airways and Flybe are the 2 main airlines that connect Manchester to the rest of the UK – they cover popular routes from London to Manchester, Edinburgh to Manchester and Belfast to Manchester. Flybe connect many of the smaller regional airports to Manchester, like Bristol and Exeter.
EasyJet only cover the Belfast International to Manchester route. See all the airlines fly to Manchester from the UK here.
Manchester International Airport (MAN) is the only airport covering Manchester's city centre and Greater Manchester. This is the 3rd busiest airport in the UK, with many international connections. You can easily reach Manchester International with a train, tram or taxi from the centre of Manchester, which usually takes less than 30 minutes. The train and bus station is a 10 minute walk away from the arrivals hall for Terminals 1, 2, and 3, and it's well sign posted from the moment you touchdown in Manchester. The cheapest way to get to the city is by bus, which usually costs around £3. The easiest way to get around the UK is by car – compare car hire at Manchester Airport today.
If you are on a domestic flight, you will likely be arriving into Terminal 3 in Manchester Airport. This is a small terminal, but there's a Cafe Ritazza and WHSmith on arrival.
If you have booked your flights to Manchester airport or are planning to pick someone up, please check live Manchester Airport Arrivals information.
When to go to Manchester
If you can time your visit between May and August, you will see Manchester at it's best. Heaton Park is one of the largest green parks in Europe, and the beer gardens and bars in the centre are perfect for long, sunny afternoons. August is also the month for Manchester Pride, the festival that celebrates the best of Manchester's LGBT community. The Village and Canal Street are thriving during this time!
Football fans should definitely check out the schedule at Old Trafford to make sure they can see a game whilst they're here too.Alternatively, the Christmas Markets are hosted in Manchester city centre in December, and they're definitely worth visiting just for the apple strudel.
What the weather’s like
Visit over summer (June, July, August and September) for Manchester's driest months. January and February can be very cold, occasionally having snow showers, and Manchester's wettest months are October and November.
City guide: what to see and do
Take a walking tour: Manchester's weather might play up occasionally, but you'll get a good feel for the city if you're on your feet. The Manchester Town Hall, the recently renovated Gotham, Manchester University, the Hilton Tower, Deansgate, the John Rylands Library and Manchester's many museums all play an important part in the city's architectural scene.
Explore the Northern Quarter: The hipster bars, arty boutiques and coffee shops in the Northern Quarter could give those in Shoreditch a run for their money. Check out the Icelandic inspired Takk for coffee, Holdfast for boardgames and craft beer, and Afflecks Palace for all the trinkets you didn't know you needed.
Eat in Manchester's best restaurants: Manchester's foodie scene is growing. However, the Curry Mile in Rusholme is arguably the best known foodie haunt for it's wide array of Pakistani and Indian restaurants. Chinatown is full of hidden supermarkets and teppanyaki restaurants, and the food markets in the Northern Quarter, Altrincham and Deansgate are an excellent way to spend a few hours.
Check out the art galleries and architecture: Manchester's Art Gallery and the Lowry are just 2 of the excellent galleries on offers here – holding works from Lowry himself. The Museum of Science and Industry is better for little ones due to it's interactive tours, and Urbis, in the Millenium Quarter, is a great place to have a picnic.
Check out all of the places to eat, sleep, party and shop in our Manchester City Guide.
Here to watch the football? Check out our top 10 places in Manchester to watch the game whilst eating, drinking and being merry!
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