Favourite airline: Aer Lingus
The majority of passengers on the route London – Manchester prefer to fly with Aer Lingus.
Aer Lingus
19 %
flybe
11 %
British Airways
3 %
Tip: book 8 weeks before departure
The best time to buy tickets is 8 weeks before the flight. Pay only £58.00.
56 days before departure
Stopover flights are the cheapest connection
Compared to direct flights, flights with a stopover on this route are on average 42 % cheaper.
non stop flight
1 stop
2 stops
01h 00min
05h 10min
14h 00min
£88
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Favourite connection: via Dublin
On this flight route, flights with a stopover in Dublin are the most popular.
Route
bookings
1 stopover Dublin
05h 10min, from £62
33 %
1 stopover Amsterdam Schiphol
05h 10min, from £146
16 %
1 stopover Guernsey
07h 00min, from £338
14 %
Return from £62.00
Currently, flights on this route are cheapest departing on 16/01/20 and returning on 19/01/20.

£62
Cheap
£62
Expensive
£391

Manchester: Innovator and world-shaper

Affectionately nicknamed "Ironopolis", Manchester had a huge impact on the modern world. This city is currently considered to be Britain's new cultural centre. 

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Best time to visit for Manchester events

Manchester is an interesting city to visit, for its wide selection of events occurring all year round. The most popular is the magical Manchester Jazz Festival, which starts at the end of July and continues into the month of August for over 10 days. Attendees can experience various concerts, spread over a range of venues. The Manchester Food and Drink Festival is held in September, and the Manchester Literature Festival falls in September and October. In January and February, the city is brought to life with an explosion of colour and festivities by way of the Chinese New Year celebrations. 

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Things to consider before you travel

The cost of living in Manchester is about the same as any other major UK cities, aside from London, which is more expensive. Visit the Manchester Information Visitor Centre at Piccadilly Plaza for advice on tourist attractions.   

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Transportation and accommodation options 

Travelling from the Manchester airport railway station to Manchester Piccadilly takes around 15 minutes and costs about £4.50. The Metrolink also provides services to central Manchester. Fares cost around £4.50 and the journey time is approximately 35 minutes. The number 43 bus also travels to the city centre and taxis take about 25 minutes. Taxi ranks are situated at terminal 1 and prices cost around £18. 

If on a budget, you should be able to find accommodation for around £15 a night per person, although you'll be sharing a room. With a little more to spend, you can book a 3 star hotel, for approximately £60 a night per person.

Most of the city's sights can be explored on foot, although public transport in Manchester is reliable and efficient. The Metroshuttle bus provides services across three major central areas, free of charge. Stagecoach buses cost around £1.50, and all day tickets for the tram cost around £5. The "any bus day ticket" and "system one" ticket can be purchased from TfGM and are both valid on all of the buses, irrespective of the operator. Taxis in Manchester are a lot cheaper than those in London, although traffic in the city centre is slow moving.

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