Manchester Airport car hire from Alamo, Hertz, Europcar and other rent-a-car brands – compare Manchester Airport car rental deals
Manchester International Airport –MAN is UK’s third largest airport and the busiest one outside of London area, serving over 27 million passengers per year.
The metropolitan area of Greater Manchester is one of the most important economic centres in the UK and the city itself is greatly appreciated for its diverse tourist offer, vibrant cultural scene and, not less important, sports clubs, amongst them, the famous Manchester United.
Ford Mondeo Estate often cheap to rent in Manchester Airport
For both business and leisure travellers, car hire from Manchester Airport is often a convenient solution. With a help from internet search engines, such as Cartrawler, it can also be made cheap.
Cartrawler allows a very comprehensive price comparison for Manchester Airport car rental and facilitate online booking.
Ringway Airport Manchester (MAN)
Manchester Airport was formerly known as Ringway Airport due to it location near Ringway, approx. 9 miles south of Manchester city centre.
The southern stretch of M56 motorway connects the airport to the city. With favourable traffic conditions, it is around 25 minutes drive between the airport and Manchester city centre.
Manchester Airport car hire companies
Manchester Airport offers an extremely vast choice of rental cars, available from many car hire providers, amongst them: Alamo, Europcar, Budget, Dollar/Thrifty, Hertz, Sixt, Enterprise Rent A Car, Thrifty, Avis, Keddy by Europcar, Flizzr, Arnold Clark, Easirent, Interrent and Green Motion.
Many of Manchester Airport car hire companies operate from the MAN Car Rental Village, located in a close distance from the airport, at Ringway Road. The car rental centre can be accessed from the airport via dedicated airport bus departing from every terminal every 10 minutes.
Other car hire providers deliver rental cars to Manchester Airport on a meet&greet basis.
Rent a car from Manchester Airport – cheap deals in all rental classes
The cheapest rates for Manchester Airport car hire often start from around £100 for a week car hire of a small city car, such as Hyundai i10, Fiat 500, or similar.
Given the steep competition between Manchester Airport car hire providers and often accessible prices it is worth to shop around a bit and look into car hire in higher classes as bargains can frequently be found in different types of vehicles to rent. For example, it is not unusual to find cars in economy class – VW Polo, Ford Fiesta or similar – less than a pound per day more expensive than the much smaller mini class. The same apply to cars in compact, standard and full-size classes: when comparing offers from many suppliers, you often stand a chance to find good deals, at rates inferior to the general level of prices for a given class.
A standard class Volkswagen Passat (or similar) or a Ford Mondeo Estate at weekly rate of £170-180 to be picked up and returned at Manchester Airport are rather competitive deals, not unseen on Cartrawler.
Manchester Airport minivan and minibus car hire
Also in the class of people carriers with capacity for 7 or even 9 people, Manchester Airport car hire offers several economic solutions.
Often the cheapest minivans, in a form of an Opel Zafira, a Peugeot 5008 or a similar 5+2 vehicle (5 standard seats and 2 foldable seats in the rear) can be hired at Manchester Airport from approx. £250 for a week. For more comfort of travelling and luggage space with full occupancy, consider, however, hiring a full 7-seater, a Ford Galaxy, a Seat Alhambra, or similar.
Ford Tourneo, in the fleet of for example Alamo and Enterprise Rent A Car at Manchester Airport.
SUV to rent from Manchester Airport
Most Manchester Airport car hire companies have SUV cars in their fleet.
Land Rover Freelander – find the cheapest rates for Manchester Airport SUV car hire
Toyota Rav4, Nissan X-Trail, Land Rover Fleelander, Land Rover Defender or BMW X1 are the most common models and makes. Occasionally, and when booked well in advance, the cheapest rates for SUV hire at Manchester Airport start below £300 for a 7 days rental.
Terminals at Manchester Airports
Manchester Airport comprises three passenger terminals, designated Terminals 1, 2 and 3.
See general map of Manchester Airport.
MAN Terminal 1, the largest at Manchester Airport, serves as a base for Jet2, Easyjet, Thomas Cook and Small Planet Airlines, hosting also Lufthansa, Swiss, TAP Portugal, Brussels Airlines, Turkish Airlines and Emirates, among other carriers.
Major airlines at Terminal 2 are Virgin Atlantic, Monarch, Thomas Cook. The terminal is also used by United Airlines, Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines.
Terminal 3 of Manchester Airport, also referred to as “British Airways Terminal”, is dedicated primarily to domestic traffic, serving also, on a smaller scale, some European and intercontinental routes. The main airlines operating from MAN Terminal 3 are British Airways, Ryanair, Flyby, Air France, American Airlines, KLM, amongst other.
Manchester International Airport boasts also a World Freight Terminal, dedicated to cargo traffic.
Public transportation to and from Manchester Airport
The airport is well connected to Manchester city centre by public transportation. A dedicated line of the Metrolink light rail system is one of the most convenient ways of travelling from the airport to the Greater Manchester. See map of Manchester Metrolink system.
Trains from Manchester Airport to the city (Manchester Piccadilly Station) and other locations in northern England are also available from the British Rail. Trains depart from the Manchester Airport Station, located between the Terminals 1 and 2.
Public buses and privately operated coaches also depart from the station.
Manchester Airport – the most popular destinations
Although Amsterdam is currently the busiest route, Spain is the country receiving the most passengers (in total) from Manchester Airport, being the most sought after Spanish destinations from MAN: Tenerife, Palma de Mallorca, Alicante and Malaga.
Other popular foreign destination countries for flights from Manchester are USA (with regular routes to Orlando, Washington-Dulles, New York-JFK, Chicago-O’Hare), Arab Emirates (Dubai, Abu Dhabi) and Germany (Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf).
On domestic routes, London-Heathrow is by far the most popular destination from Manchester Airport. High-frequency daily flights to London are available from BA and Virgin Atlantic Little Red short-haul brand. Other domestic destinations available from Manchester Airport include Aberdeen, Glasgow-International and Edinburgh.