Manchester is an exciting city to visit in the UK. It’s youthful, diverse, energetic and bursting with character. Manchester city centre is packed with unique restaurants, bars, shops, museums, galleries and places to stay. Sports fans must visit the Manchester Football Club, those who love the outdoors should wander through Haigh Woodland Park and with a great choice of shopping centres and boutique stores to charming pubs, there is something for everyone in Manchester.
Flights from Auckland (AKL) to Manchester (MAN)
Reasons to fly with Qantas
Visiting from Auckland to Manchester (UK)
When to visit
Manchester has a generally mild climate. The warmest months are July and August with an average temperature of 20°C, which is the best time visit for outdoor activities. Canoe or kayak on the Bridgewater Canal in Sale, jump on a Manchester river cruise or take a walking tour of the Northern Quarter. The coldest months are December, January and February with an average temperature of 4°C. During the winter, it’s a great time to visit stately homes such as Ordsall Hall and museums. Pack and umbrella, as on average there are 152 days per year with rain.
What is the main airport called?
Manchester Airport (MAN).Opens external site in a new window It is the UK’s global gateway for the North of England. Manchester Airport is an international airport at Ringway, Manchester, England and located 12 km south-west of Manchester city centre.
Arriving in Manchester
The helpful staff at Manchester Airport will be waiting to greet you when you land and assist with your travel needs. Once you collect your bags from the arrivals area, there are various transport options available to get you on your way.
Getting into Manchester from Manchester Airport
Getting into Manchester city from Manchester Airport is easy, with many transport options available. It’s convenient to hire a car from the airport taking 25 minutes to get into the city centre. Train services run frequently through national train operators TransPennine Express and Northern Rail. Trains run every 10 minutes to Manchester Piccadilly, with an average journey time of 20 minutes. Bus and coach services run to and from Manchester Airport via The Station. The MetroLink tram is another public transport option, that runs direct from the airport to Cornbrook, a stop just outside the centre of the city. From Cornbrook there are frequent trams into the city centre. Black taxi cabs are available from all terminals for an easy trip to town. Uber and ride share services are also on offer.
Getting around Manchester
Getting around Manchester city and surrounding areas is easy once you arrive with a range of buses, trams and trains available. The compact nature of the city centre also makes walking a popular choice. Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is the official public transport body for the city and is helpful to plan your trip. Within the city centre, free bus provides a free hop on, hop off service linking all of the main rail stations, shopping districts and business areas. Bus services run right across Greater Manchester helping you get around. The Metrolink tram network or a train ride is one of the best ways to sightsee. Manchester is a bike-friendly city with many marked cycle lanes and dedicated routes throughout the city centre and walking tours or a boat tour are popular way to explore.
Fly from Auckland
Once you’ve purchased your tickets from Auckland, there are a few things you should know to ensure you’re as prepared as possible for your upcoming trip.
What is the main airport called?
Auckland Airport (AKL).Opens external site in a new window The airport is a major airline hub in New Zealand and there are many domestic and international destinations for visitors to continue on to. The airport is located near Mangere, 21 kilometres south of the Auckland city centre.
Passengers on Qantas flights from Auckland are allocated checked baggage. If you need more luggage, you can purchase an additional baggage allowance online prior to departure.
The benefits of flying Qantas
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