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Manchester was hailed as the world’s first modern city in the early 19th century, and the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution...

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... still bristles with confidence and energy today. Whether you're coming for the buzzing cultural scene, one of the two huge football teams, or something else entirely, you'll be joining over 40 million leisure and business visitors a year. Manchester shows no signs of slowing down.

Flying to Manchester

Make the trip from London to Manchester double-quick by flying from London City Airport. As soon as you arrive at Manchester Airport, you’ll find yourself within easy reach of Manchester proper, as well the rest of the Northwest. If you’re travelling for work, it’s an easy journey to the city centre and the Manchester Central Convention Complex, and if you’re visiting for leisure, the airport is well-connected to both the city and surrounding areas, being just off the M56 motorway.

Flying from London City Airport to Manchester: Q&A

Got a question about flights from London to Manchester? If there’s anything you’re not clear on, from what ID you need to how long the trip takes, you might well find the answer below.

How long is the flight from London to Manchester?

It takes just over one hour to fly from London City Airport to Manchester Airport. On arrival in Manchester, you can take a train into the city centre and arrive at Piccadilly Station in around 25 minutes, or stay on until Oxford Road if you’re heading to Manchester Central for an event. Catch a cab from the airport and you can reach Salford Quays in less than half an hour.

How many flights a week are there from London City Airport to Manchester?

Flights from London City Airport to Manchester depart every Friday evening – convenient for a long weekend away. Return flights take off on Sunday afternoon and in the evening too, so you can be back in London when it suits you. Find out more in our blog post about the LCY–Manchester route.

What airlines fly most frequently between London City Airport and Manchester?

Flying directly from London to Manchester means flying with British Airways, so you can often choose between economy and business class fares. BA is the only operator on the London–Manchester route.

Practical information about flying from London to Manchester

Although you won’t be leaving the country to fly to Manchester, you’ll still need to bring your passport. If you’re planning to take luggage that needs to be stored in the hold, make sure to check your ticket for baggage restrictions to avoid any extra fees.

What to expect in Manchester

Manchester is a culture capital of the North and has a vibrant nightlife scene, with live music venues, trendy bars, craft breweries and a thriving gay village. It’s also filled with museums, monuments and places of historic interest, as it’s often considered the world’s first ‘modern city’. Manchester is, of course, home to two of the world’s most famous football teams, and if you’re planning to watch a game, make sure to visit the National Football Museum too, to find out how it all began. Just 30 miles (48km) away from the Yorkshire Dales and 35 miles (56km) from the Lake District, it’s also the perfect base to explore the best of the countryside in the Northwest. Yes, it might rain, but that’s all part of the charm. It wouldn’t be Manchester without it.