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How to get from Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL) to Manchester

Manchester is a bustling city located in the Northwest of England. Filled with many amazing museums, including the fascinating Museum of Science & Industry, world-class shopping and dining options, the newly revitalised Salford Quays cosmopolitan hub and the impressive Spinning fields cultural area, there’s so much to enjoy in Manchester.

To get from Liverpool airport to Manchester, you can take either a taxi, the public bus or a train, though the last option isn’t direct. Taking a Liverpool Airport taxi will take around 50 minutes and will cost approximately £70 (€85). Taking the National Express bus will take 1 hour and 30 minutes at just £3 (€3.50) per traveller. Last but not least, as there’s no direct train, your third alternative will take the longest at 1 hour and 40 minutes and will cost a total of around £10.10 (€12.50).

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €85 50min 24/7
Bus €7 90min 03:00–19:50
Train €25 100min 06:34–23:53

How to get from Liverpool Airport to Manchester by taxi

Taking a taxi from Liverpool airport to Manchester is the quickest and most convenient transfer option. You can make your way to the door of your hotel in just 50 minutes and a Liverpool Airport taxi costs around £70 (€85), depending on a few factors, i.e. the time of day you’ll be travelling.

Cost of a taxi from Liverpool Airport to Manchester

The local black cabs at Liverpool airport don’t charge a set fare for the journey into Manchester. Instead, they will calculate your fare based on a taximeter which takes into account things like the journey time and the time of day you’re travelling. The average cost of a taxi from Liverpool airport to Manchester is £70 (€85).

Cost

£70 (€85)

Trip Duration

50 Min.

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Liverpool Airport.

Where do I find an airport transfer from Liverpool to Manchester
?

The official black cabs of Liverpool can be found just outside of the Terminal exit doors at the designated taxi rank.

Convenience

Taking a taxi from Liverpool airport to Manchester is the only way to get directly from the door of the airport to the door of your hotel. You can enjoy a private transfer in a temperature-controlled vehicle that will transport your loved ones and personal belongings in complete safety and comfort.

Editor’s Note

If you want the convenience of a taxi transfer from Liverpool airport to Manchester but want to save money, you can split the fare with a group of 5 people or book in advance with Welcome Pickups.

Useful Tips

Liverpool black cabs can fit up to 5 people as standard.
Ensure your driver resets the taximeter before you begin your journey.
Seatbelts must be worn at all times when inside a Liverpool taxi by law.

How to get from Liverpool Airport to Manchester by bus

A great budget transfer option from Liverpool airport to Manchester is the public bus. The National Express coach runs a few times a day to Manchester airport, with one stop in Liverpool city centre. The total journey time is 1 hour and 30 minutes and the cost is around £3 (€3.50) one-way.

How much is the Liverpool Airport to Manchester bus?

The cost of a one-way ticket on the National Express bus depends on how far in advance you book your ticket. The average fare is around £3 (€3.50), but if you book online in advance, you can save money.

Cost

£3 (€3.50)

Trip Duration

1 Hr 30 Min.

*There's a waiting time of up to 4 hours for the bus.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The National Express bus runs from 03:00 to 19:50

Where do I find an airport transfer from Liverpool to Manchester
?

The National Express coach can be found at the bus station at Liverpool airport. To get there simply follow the signs for “Ground Transportation” from inside the terminal building until they lead you outside to the many bus stops.

Convenience

As the bus runs almost directly from Liverpool airport to Manchester, it’s a fairly convenient transfer option. However, there could be up to a 4-hour wait for the bus and once you reach Machester’s Coach Station, you will need to find another mode of transport to your hotel.

Editor’s Note

There's luggage storage below the bus, so if you're looking for a budget transfer option but have lots of luggage, this is a good choice for you.

Useful Tips

Book your tickets in advance to save money.
There's ample luggage storage below the bus.
Be sure to arrive at least 15 minutes before the bus departs and show your ticket to the driver.

Welcome Pickups transfer

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Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Liverpool. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Prices

DAYTIME
€75.0
NIGHTTIME
€90.0
Same price as a regular taxi from the line

PRICES FOR

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4 pax, 4 pieces of luggage

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How to get from Liverpool Airport to Manchester by train

Unfortunately, there’s no direct train from Liverpool airport to Manchester. You must first take the 80A or 86A public bus to Liverpool South Parkway Train Station and then take the train from there to Manchester. The total journey time is 1 hour and 40 minutes and the cost is around £10.10 (€12.50) per tarveller.

What's the cost of a train from Liverpool Airport to Manchester?

The cost of the 80A or 86A bus to Liverpool South Parkway is £2.10 (€3) and the average cost of the train from there to Manchester is £8 (€9.50). Although you can save on your train ticket if you book in advance, the average cost of the whole journey is £10.10 (€12.50).

Cost

£10.10 (€12.50)

Trip Duration

1 Hr 40 Min.

*There's a waiting time of up to 20 minutes for the train.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The train from Liverpool South Parkway to Manchester runs from 06:34 to 23:53.

Where do I find the train transfer from Liverpool airport to Manchester
?

No trains leave from Liverpool airport. You will need to take the public bus from there to Liverpool South Parkway train station and then take a train from there to Manchester.

Convenience

As there’s no direct train from Liverpool airport to Manchester, the train is the slowest and least convenient transfer option. You will first need to take a bus and then carry your luggage from the bus stop through the train station which can be stressful and cumbersome.

Editor’s Note

If you're looking for a budget public transfer option, taking the bus is cheaper and much more convenient than the train.

Useful Tips

You can book your train tickets in advance to save up to 43%.
Be sure to keep your train ticket while on the bus and the train as there are random checks throughout the journey.
The train leaves from Liverpool South Parkway, not directly from the airport.

Frequently asked questions

How much is a taxi from Liverpool airport to Manchester?

The local black cabs at Liverpool airport will use a taximeter to calculate your fare. The exact cost will depend on the time of day and the length of your journey, but it will be around £70 (€85). If you’d prefer to have a set-rate fare you can rely on, we recommend booking your transfer from Liverpool Airport to Manchester in advance with Welcome Pickups.

Can I get from Liverpool airport to Manchester by train?

There’s no train that runs from Liverpool Airport to Manchester. You will first have to take the public bus 80A or 86A to Liverpool South Parkway train station, and then take the train from there to Manchester. The total journey time will be around 1 hour and 40 minutes and the average cost is £10.10 (€12.50).

Can I get from Liverpool airport to Manchester by bus?

Yes, the National Express bus runs from Liverpool Airport to Manchester from 03:00 to 19:50 daily. The cost is just £3 (€3.50) one-way and the journey time is around 1 hour and 30 minutes depending on traffic.

How far is Liverpool airport from Manchester?

The distance from Liverpool Airport to Manchester is around 55 km. Taking a Liverpool Airport taxi will take 50 minutes to reach Manchester, the National Express bus will take around 1 hour and 30 minutes and taking the train will take approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes, as this option isn’t direct.

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