Manchester Airport Taxis and Transfers
Welcome to your complete taxi guide for Manchester Airport.
- Browse for your ideal Manchester Airport taxi
- Find where the nearest taxi rank is to your terminal
- See how much it will cost
- Top Tips for catching a cab
- Things to visit from Manchester Airport
Browse Manchester Airport Taxis
These cab firms are active around Manchester so even if you’re not travelling to or from the airport, they are useful contacts to have when looking for a Manchester taxi service. Browse our recommended firms…
Manchester Airport Taxi Ranks
Terminal 1 – Directly outside the terminal building, opposite the arrivals car park.
Terminal 3 – Next to entrance door 1 at arrivals.
Taxi prices from Manchester Airport to Picadilly, Central Manchester*
10 miles away from Picadilly – you can save time and money by pre-booking your Manchester Airport taxi with one of the providers listed at the top of this page. Here are some estimated costs:
|Vehicle||Single Trip||Return Trip|
|Saloon Car (up to 4 passengers)||£35||£55-70|
|Estate Car (up to 4 passengers)||£44||£70-80|
|Executive Car (up to 4 passengers)||£42||£80-95|
|People Carrier (up to 6 passengers)||£40-50||£80|
|8 Seater Minibus (up to 8 passengers)||£45-55||£80-95|
|Executive People Carrier (up to 6 passengers)||£60||£90-115|
|16 Seater Minibus (12, 14 or 16 passengers, depending on luggage)||£80-100||£140-165|
* Please note that these prices are estimates. Fares can vary depending on routes, taxi firm rates and time of journey. Please contact a firm directly for a quotation.
How do I get from the airport to the city centre with a Manchester Airport taxi?
Manchester’s International Airport is located beyond the city limits, about ten miles from the city centre so you’ll need to get public transport or a private-hire taxi to get there. A taxi from Manchester Airport to Piccadilly – the ‘beating heart’ of Manchester – should cost around £30 for a single journey. Prices are arranged before departure, but a surcharge may be added to compensate for flight delays or any unnecessary waiting. See our Travel Disruption Advice for help you deal with flight delays and travel disruption when getting to the airport.
Larger vehicles are, of course, more expensive than smaller ones, ranging from around £40 – £60 for a minibus (6-8 seats) to about £70 or more for a larger, multi-purpose taxi, capable of holding up to 14 people. If you’re looking for return tickets, the costs are doubled, but be warned that prices can change without notice, and are unlikely to be the same with different companies throughout Manchester taxi ranks.
Hackney carriages or black cabs can be found near popular nightspots and transport interchanges. They are made to be easy to catch, especially for tired travellers, a trip to the city centre can cost up to 30% more than the fares offered by a specialist firm. Local minicab firms can be expensive and unreliable at peak times so it is always best to pre-book.
Elite Firms: Why pay more for an executive service?
Many Manchester Airport taxis offer a premium service, complete with a chauffeur-driven supercar and a variety of perquisites, ranging from in-car entertainment and free newspapers, to meet-and-greet services. Executive cars can sometimes be expensive, however, but there are companies who pride themselves on offering executive and luxury cars at standard taxi prices, so don’t be put off as it is always worth asking how much is charged by companies with luxury cars. While you may pay more for these services, you’ll get more for your money.
Premium chauffeurs will monitor your flight details, ensuring that your taxi is on time even if your flight isn’t. The service is designed with foreign business travellers in mind, helping nervous executives get to grips with the local area.
Parking Restrictions and pick-ups
Before departure, it is worth getting to know the parking restrictions in place at Manchester Airport. Drop-off and pick-up must be conducted within the short stay parking area, regardless of duration. A 30 minute stay at the terminals costs £3, increasing to £5.40 for an hour.