Cheap Flights to Manchester

Manchester overview

When is the best time to fly to Manchester?

Peak Season: 

In terms of attractions, there are plenty of reasons to take cheap flights to Manchester. The third largest city in the United Kingdom, Manchester is the home of the Industrial Revolution and has a large number of regeneration projects from those days dotting the cityscape. It is the base of Manchester United, the world's most popular football club, and music fans will know Manchester as the place where bands Joy Division, New Order, Buzzcocks, The Smiths, the Stone Roses and Oasis hail from.

The warmer months from May to September are peak season for travellers to arrive on flights to Manchester. Summer temperatures are moderate and not too hot (averaging 16 C), with a touch of humidity. A number of festivals and outdoor events take place during this period with some popular festivals hosted by the city including: The Eurocultured Street Festival (June), Manchester International Festival (July), Manchester Jazz Festival (July) and Manchester Pride (August). December is also a busy period for Manchester, so expect flight prices to be considerably higher in the lead up to Christmas.

Off Season: 

Manchester’s colder and wetter months between December to February are considered the city’s off season. Winter temperatures hover between 3 and 6 degrees and there is usually snowfall in the roads and hills that surround the city, if not in the city itself. Winter is a good time to pick up accommodation bargains once you’ve booked your cheap flights to Manchester.

When is the best time to book a flight to Manchester?

Manchester can be visited all year round, however the shoulder months of spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are pleasant times of year to visit as they’re outside the main tourist season. They also tend to be the best time to find the cheapest flights to Manchester.

How long is the flight to Manchester?

Flights from Sydney to Manchester – 21 hrs 45 mins

Flights from Melbourne to Manchester – 21 hrs 30 mins

Flights from Brisbane to Manchester - 23 hrs 35 mins

Flights from Perth to Manchester – 20 hrs 10 mins

Which airlines operate flights to Manchester?

There are several airline options if you want to bypass London and fly direct to Manchester from Australia. Routes will generally have one or two stopovers in Asia, Europe or the Middle East, depending on who you fly with. Search for cheap flights to Manchester from Australia’s major cities flying with airlines such as: Etihad Airways, Qantas, Emirates, Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa and Cathay Pacific.

How to get from the airport to the city centre?

Manchester Airport (MAN) lies around 14 km south west of the city. There are three terminals, with Terminals 1 and 2 handling the majority of international flights. Passengers can use the moving walkway along the Skylink to transfer between terminals. The quickest way to reach Manchester city is by train from The Station to Manchester Piccadilly which takes around 20 minutes. The Station is the airport’s transport hub which also has bus and coach services. Taxis are located at all terminals and there are car rental desks available.

Manchester insider information

  • Manchester is one of the UK's most musical cities and the roster of bands to hail from the city is long. They include Joy Division, New Order, Buzzcocks, The Smiths, the Stone Roses, Oasis and the Ting Tings. 
  • If you're taking cheap flights to Manchester to catch a soccer game, take a tour of Old Trafford (also known as the Theatre of Dreams). Manchester United's glorious history and unrivalled collection of silverware is on display. You could also take a tour of Manchester Stadium. That ground belongs to Manchester's other team, Manchester City. 
  • Painter LS Lowry took his inspiration from the streets of industrial Manchester. His style of drawing - the "matchstick" men - has been criticised as naive, but his paintings capture the ordinary men, women and children as they went around their business or played in the streets. The Lowry Galleries in Salford display his work in regularly changing exhibitions. 
  • Shopping is a passion among Mancunians. The Trafford Centre has more than 200 shops, from high-end to High Street. 
  • China Town is great for Chinese food and the Curry Mile is the only place to go for a decent curry. Other, renowned, eateries include the Lowry Hotel, Harvey Nicholls, Market Restaurant and Soup Kitchen. 

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How much do things cost in Manchester?

Petrol (1 litre)
$ 2.26
Taxi - fixed fee
$ 5.69
1 km taxi journey
$ 2.53
One-way ticket (local transport)
$ 5.08
Clothing & Shoes
Pair of jeans
$ 126.59
Pair of Nike shoes
$ 123.19
Bottle of wine
$ 12.19
Loaf of white bread
$ 1.75
Pack of Marlboro cigarettes
$ 18.29
Large bottle of water
$ 1.97
Small bottle of water (0.33 litre)
$ 1.89
$ 4.94
Cheap meal
$ 22.35
3 course meal for 2
$ 91.43
How much does a beer cost in Manchester?
Local draught beer (0.5 litre)
$ 7
Bottle of local beer (0.5 litre)
$ 2
Bottle of beer (imported beer)
$ 2
Imported beer (0.33 litre)
$ 8

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More information about Manchester

  • Dine on international cuisine in Deansgate or enjoy Indian feasts in the restaurants of Manchester’s Curry Mile.
  • Click on the link above to select your preferred departure airport and find latest flight deals to Manchester.
  • Big nights out happen in the hip Northern Quarter – the city’s liveliest nightlife area packed with clubs and bars.
  • Cultural attractions include the celebrated Lowry Centre, Manchester Art Gallery and Urbis Exhibition Centre.
  • Book return flights to Manchester with major airlines including BA who offer a wide choice of flight options.
  • Football fans can walk the hallowed turf of Old Trafford on a guided tour of world famous Manchester United FC.
  • Working your way around Britain? Consider booking one way fights to Manchester if you want to extend your trip.
  • Snap up last minute flights to Manchester – many airlines regularly offer fantastic money-saving deals.
  • Shop ‘til you drop at The Trafford Centre or splash out in the designer fashion boutiques in King Street.

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