Manchester Airport (MAN)

Manchester Airport (MAN)

International Airport
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    Martyn C.
    "... good facilities and nice views taking off and landing."(4 Tips)
    Eduardo C.
    "Soho cafe is good for a quick and health meal."(4 Tips)
    Helen S.
    "If you want a nice pre flight breakfast head over to Giraffe."(6 Tips)
    Janneke B.
    "Sandwich breakfast at Cafe Nero is good."(5 Tips)
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  • Ashley
    AshleyJuly 27, 2014
    The most insane security on the planet. Allow an extra 30 min for them to hand inspect everything
    Upvoted 4 days ago
  • Kemal D.heart icon on user image
    Kemal DanismanOctober 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Grim, unkempt and dated. Add insult to injury, no trains to Liverpool after 22:30 on Sunday night so plan ahead!
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • Diana D.
    Diana DomanMay 21, 2015
    The man who works in security at the flight transfer made me never want to visit this country again. Made life unnecessarily difficult for every person who passed through.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Telecastermanheart icon on user image
    TelecastermanDecember 2, 2017
    Security a shambles in T1 again! Fast lane now slowest- come on Manchester even LA beat you hands down now
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Ivor Y.
    Ivor YardJanuary 1, 2018
    Saw a comment on landing that it’s a poor airport, you don’t realise how poor until you leave. Security checking of liquids was absolute shambles, all customer felt victimised. Won’t be hurrying back.
  • Hillary L.
    Hillary LOctober 11, 2021
    Worst-designed I’ve ever flown in the w world. carry-on screening designed by a steampunk enthusiast who loves redundancy. absurd people flow design & slooow AF. Long walk to gate, no moving walkway.
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    MagDecember 30, 2016
    T3: arrive early, security check is strict and takes ages. waiting lounge is small and overcrowded, but WHSmith has a good choice of healthy-ish snacks
  • Catherine K.
    Catherine KlafferDecember 9, 2018
    Be warned! Security checks are waaaaaay up and they are confiscating anything that may ‘be’ a liquid or remotely may ‘become’ a liquid. ££££££ .
  • Roaring M.
    Roaring MooFebruary 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Such a rubbish airport. Do not go early. There is nowhere to sit. Having just flown in from Hong Kong (a beautiful airport much like Singapore) it's such a scummy aiport. Come on uk sort yourself out.
  • Johnny K.
    Johnny KoutiolasFebruary 18, 2020
    Unnecessarily lengthy security checks. Make sure you arrive well in advance and be prepared to separate all you stuff out of the luggage.
  • Michael H.heart icon on user image
    Michael HoldsworthJuly 4, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    Security can be a right pain, particularly at terminal 1. Give yourself plenty of time. On the other hand, terminal 3 is usually problem free. The scanners seem to be hyper sensitive though.
  • Ricardo Y.heart icon on user image
    Ricardo YeowartMarch 26, 2018
    Been here 25+ times
    It’s small, pokey, old fashioned and slow. Other than that it’s pleasant enough!
  • Amaury J.
    Amaury JMay 4, 2017
    Probably the worst airport I've been at. Security is so strict for no reason. They inspect absolutely everything and give you a hard time for things that no other airport would say anything about.
  • Tanya U.
    Tanya UAugust 20, 2022
    departing passengers, separate liquids in a clear container to avoid hassle. They’re really strict when it comes to this. They provide plastic bags though, but its better to have it sorted out prior.
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • Matt B.
    Matt BroadheadSeptember 10, 2022
    Been here 25+ times
    Still Europe's grottiest airport. Low ceilings, bad lighting, cheap materials and chaotic layout. Greedy owners push more passengers through than the infrastructure can cope with. Avoid.
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • Daniel J.heart icon on user image
    Daniel JamesJuly 8, 2022
    Been here 10+ times
    This airport is literally falling apart. Nothing here works properly. Depressing, woefully understaffed and awful. It’s an embarrassment to the north of England. Fly from anywhere else if you can.
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • John J.
    John JonesOctober 14, 2014
    Tip - security checks are very thorough and take a long time. Make sure you get here early
  • Wilhelm B.
    Wilhelm BrunnerSeptember 9, 2012
    Free access with your Diners Club card to escape and servisair lounges at Terminal 1. I checked out ESCAPE and it was okay. Free WIDI, Cookies and paninis are also free. Watch out - some food is for £
  • P
    PApril 26, 2014
    Allow proper time to check in T3 and to go through security. It's all very proper & tight compared to HK. This terminal is small & very busy especially AM times with high traffic.
  • Alex C.heart icon on user image
    Alex CurielJune 4, 2019
    3rd busiest airport in the UK, and the busiest outside of London. Plenty of destinations. Very clean and quite easy to go around.
  • Josef S.
    Josef SzottenOctober 3, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    There are plug sockets in T1 next to the seats in the corridor to the toilets. Usually not as crowded as the rest of the terminal
  • Oisín S.heart icon on user image
    Oisín SDecember 14, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    AWFUL airport, feels like it was once a cupboard and got haphazardly converted
  • Tom P.
    Tom ParsonsSeptember 6, 2014
    If you go to giraffe, they do sourdough bread bacon rolls for 3.50 - not on the menu!
  • Andrew P.
    Andrew PackNovember 16, 2018
    Security is strict. Your bag will get pulled even if you have a tiny lip balm in your bag. Be sure to take out everything. My bag was even pulled for stick deodorant. 20 min wait to get it cleared
  • Finn B.
    Finn BFebruary 16, 2017
    The arrival area in Terminal 1 is like being in a bunker of WWII.
  • Behrouz J.heart icon on user image
    Behrouz JafarnezhadSeptember 24, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    There are both free (with time limit) and paid wifi available. There are trains and buses (coaches) available to take you pretty much anywhere, so you don't have to pay much for taxis.
  • Paddy
    PaddyJanuary 4, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    For a major UK airport there's a striking dearth of quality food/drink options to help pass a long connection. Easily reachable from Manchester city center via metrolink (tram) or regional rail.
  • Dmitry B.heart icon on user image
    Dmitry BabinFebruary 10, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Visit Runway Park & Viewing Area (free admission). Take bus 200 from Airport Bus terminal. It goes hourly on 16th minute, takes 8 minutes and costs £2,5 for return ticket.
  • Shyan T.heart icon on user image
    Shyan TanJuly 9, 2016
    Haphazard airport. Confusing and always crowded. Restaurants always fill to the brim at departure lounges.
  • Bianca L.heart icon on user image
    Bianca LeeJanuary 1, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Get your Boots meal deal for £3.79 (one main, one snack, one drink) before boarding. Much better than airplane food!
  • Matt L.
    Matt LeechMarch 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best value food is the Boots meal deal. A triple chicken sandwich, blueberry/pistachio yoghourt bar and Green Machine Naked drink, all for £
  • Martin D.
    Martin DelinJune 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    There are 2 power sockets by the massage chairs next to the amusement shop. To your left as you approach the main hall! Enjoy
  • Jenners
    JennersJanuary 8, 2019
    Security is extremely strict so prepare extra time because there will be delays.
  • Nik G.
    Nik GreenFebruary 25, 2019
    Been here 25+ times
    A miserable passenger experience. From broken lifts, escalators and leaks to security who change to rules day by day, if you can fly from another airport: do so
  • Billy W.heart icon on user image
    Billy WarrilowSeptember 13, 2016
    Been many airports and Manchester is good, once through check in some good shops ect. But as with most airports can be very busy
  • Asnida A.
    Asnida AnuarJune 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    If u ride a train to get to the airport, better come at least 1/2 an hour early coz its a long walk to get to Terminal 3 from the train stop
  • Liam P.
    Liam ProvenSeptember 14, 2023
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the UK's worst airports for me. Notably they won't let you through security early, and it's the toughest security in the country... and therefore the slowest.
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • Lisa S.heart icon on user image
    Lisa StarbucksAugust 28, 2016
    I like the shops here. Looking for a nice pair of sunglasses from Ray Ban or make up articles from Mac or Bobbi Brown? You can have it all here!
  • Sarah K.
    Sarah KertonOctober 30, 2014
    Giraffe is great for breakfast. Get the Huevos Rancheros.
  • Peter P.
    Peter ParkorrDecember 29, 2018
    Been here 10+ times
    Prepare to never have been more frustrated with airport security than ever before. What a load of utter shite. And I've been to enough airports to know.
  • eDreams
    eDreamsMarch 29, 2012
    Want to get to city centre? Take the 24-hour bus service 43 leaving every 10 min by day and every 30 by night. It is the only route in Greater Manchester to operate on Christmas Day.
  • Loda
    LodaJanuary 6, 2019
    Misrable and strict. Expect long queues
  • Josh
    JoshAugust 9, 2022
    I agree with the top tip here. This is possibly the worst airport in the world.
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • Sailor
    SailorJanuary 27, 2019
    The staff here don't have initiative and everything is broken or out of service, it's massive and awkward without a lot of food options and far too many shops.
  • Halley W.heart icon on user image
    We flew with Thomas Cook, the booking staff were very rude. But apart from that the rest of the experience at MAN was good. This airport makes it easy for traveling with children.
  • Nino M.heart icon on user image
    Nino MannNovember 12, 2017
    Been here 50+ times
    Sadly very little. Obvious that no real money has been spent for ages. It looks tatty, gets patched up rather than updated. Arrived from AMS. From plane wherls doen almost 1 hour. Not good enough.
  • A K.
    A KMay 26, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    T3: the worst airport terminal I've ever been in. Very long queue at the security, tiny lounge area, at least 15 min queue for an average sandwich. I'd say arrive early but there's no place to sit!
  • Bora D.
    Bora DemiralanDecember 24, 2018
    Been here 25+ times
    I think the security is very strict therefore I’m happy BUT, the airport staff is shit at organising queues therefore allow an extra 15-30 minutes just to be at the safe side.
  • Marek
    MarekAugust 24, 2018
    Another UK airport where you are forced to wait in the lounge before they announce gates at last minute. With the lounge full of loud tourists and screaming kids this airport was terrible experience.
  • Graham B.
    Graham BirdMarch 26, 2014
    If you are cutting it close for your flight speak to the staff at security as the have a express lane you can use if you have under an hour for your flight (terminal 3)
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