Trains from East Midlands Airport to Manchester run from East Midlands Airport Bus Station. The train is normally quicker than taking the bus but slightly more expensive. The Train service between East Midlands Airport and Manchester runs regularly up to 17 times a day. The first Train leaves East Midlands Airport at 05:45 and the last Train departing at 08:28. The journey time on the Train is 2hr 43 mins.
There is no direct rail service from East Midlands Airport. You need to take the airport bus from the airport to Derby Train Station and change here to a train for Stoke Train Station. At Stoke change to your final connection to Manchester Piccadilly
It is advisable to book train tickets in advance online as they are cheaper. You can travel from East Midlands Airport to Manchester for just 25.30 GBP if you book in advance online compared to 53.50 GBP if you just turn up at the station. Strange as it may seem you may also find it cheaper to book two single tickets rather than a return.
To check train times and prices from East Midlands Airport to Manchester click on the button below.
If you are arriving or departing from Manchester by Train, you will be using Manchester Piccadilly Train station on London Road. Manchester Train station is a 10 minute walk from the city centre and provides a good service to all national destinations. For more detailed information, including maps, national and local trains see our guide to Manchester Piccadilly Train Station.
If you are travelling to or from Europe you can connect by booking Eurostar tickets online from Paris or Brussels to London.
The Bus service between East Midlands Airport and Manchester runs 5 times a day. This service is run by NationalExpress with the first Bus starting at 02:35 and the last bus is at 22:35. You can book a return fare from 42.90 GBP. To get cheap fares you need to book in advance and travel at off-peak times afer 09:00. The Bus to Manchester runs from East Midlands Airport in East Midlands Airport to Manchester Coach Station in Manchester. Manchester is 91 miles (146.51Km) from East Midlands Airport and the journey time on the Bus will take 4hr 25 mins.
There is no direct service, you will need to change at Leeds Coach Station onto a connection to Manchester
Buses can be very crowded and there is no guarantee of a place unless you book in advance, to check times and prices of buses from East Midlands Airport to Manchester click the button below.
If you are arriving or departing from Manchester by coach or public bus you will almost certainly start or finish your journey in the city centre at Manchester Central coach station, on Chorlton Street. The bus station is a 5 minute walk from Manchester City Centre. More detailed information on stops on this route can be found on this map. For more detailed information on national and local buses in Manchester see our guide to Manchester Bus Station.
Manchester is 91 miles (146.51Km) from East Midlands Airport. If you are travelling to Manchester by car, you have several options on what to do with your car when you get there. If you are only visiting for the day then it is best to use the Manchester Park and Ride facilities located North, South, East and West of the city centre.
If you are just visiting for a few hours then you might want to use one of the car parks located near the City Centre. For more detailed information including maps see our guide to parking in Manchester. If you need to book a rental car when you get to Manchester there are several places to pick up a car.
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Mancester International Festival
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