If you plan to visit Manchester from overseas, the best way to get there is by air. Manchester International airport is only 14.5 kilometers away from the city center and it only takes about 25 minutes to get there by taxi or car. It takes even less when using the dedicated express train service which runs every half an hour or so. The train only takes about 20 minutes and costs between 3 and £4 for a single fare.
Manchester airport is served by around 200 flights per day worldwide, including nine daily direct flights to and from the United State. The airport is also served by flights from London and other major European airports, including Amsterdam, Paris, Barcelona, Frankfurt and Brussels – amongst others.
If you are already in the United Kingdom, one of the easiest ways to get to Manchester is by train and there are direct routes to most major cities and towns while there are numerous connections to other departure points which do not have a direct route.
London is usually the preferred point of departure and trains take about two hours to get to Manchester if there are no delays. Once in Manchester, there is a Metrolink tram network that offers connections to other parts of the city and the outlying suburbs.
Other popular routes into Manchester include Newcastle (2hrs 30 mins), Edinburgh (3 hours 30 mins), Birmingham (1hr 30 mins) and Bristol (3 hours). The United Kingdom has an extensive motorway network and it is very easy to drive into the city. A GPS system is recommended, but the M60 ring road motorway allows for access from virtually every direction.
It takes about three hours and 40 minutes to drive from London to Manchester on the M40 motorway on a day with light to moderate traffic.