|Most popular in||December||High demand for flights, 8% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||February||Best time to find cheap flights, 3% potential price drop|
|Average price||$1,585||Price for this month|
|Cheapest price||$1,096||From Melbourne to Manchester|
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.