Cheap Flights to Manchester

Manchester overview

Whether it’s a small music festival or a Premiership football match, there’s constantly something breaking on the Manchester scene. The ‘Original Modern City’ has a somewhat contagious vibe, cultural diversity that’s almost captivating, and architectural marvels, which simply refuse to be ignored. If you’re taking a cheap flight to Manchester for the first time, you’ll revel in the fact that this city always promises its visitors a one-of-a-kind adventure to be had!

When is the best time to fly toManchester?

Peak season:

In terms of weather and outdoor entertainment, the best time to fly to Manchester would probably be between the months of June and September. If you’re planning on flying to Manchester for the Great Manchester Run, keep in mind that you’ll have to make your bookings well in advance, and you’ll also be paying a lot more for flights and accommodation in order to see this event. If you’re okay with some light rain showers, then you may want to consider spring and autumn for flying to Manchester, since these seasons are known for their pleasant weather and the accompanying cheaper flight prices.

Off season:

From mid-June through the end of December, Manchester has its off season with regards to tourism. This means that from the end of autumn through spring you’ll be capable of finding the cheapest flights to Manchester. Book early enough and you might just be able to get away with an absolute steal of a deal. Just keep in mind that the Manchester Literature Festival runs during the month of October, and if you’d like to attend it, you’d be doing yourself a favor by booking your flight tickets and accommodation well in advance in order to avoid overpaying for late bookings.

When is the best time to book a flight toManchester?

In general, flight prices to Manchester are at their lowest during the months of December through April, steadily increasing as spring sets in. The prices of flight tickets are bound to go up over the Christmas and New Years’ period, so if you’re keen on booking a festive celebration’s flight to Manchester, be sure to book well in advance.  The best way to find the cheapest flights to Manchester, however, is by being flexible with your travel dates, which may even see you scoring some great deals around the peak season!

How long is the flight toManchester?

Johannesburg to Manchester 13 hours, 15 minutes
Durban to Manchester             16 hours, 15 minutes
Cape Town to Manchester      14 hours, 30 minutes

Which airlines operate flights toManchester?

Etihad Airways, Emirates, Royal Air Maroc, British Airways, and Air Berlin are among some of the most popular airlines which operate cheap flights to Manchester. Some of these airlines offer direct flights to Manchester while others require you to take a connecting flight to your destination. British Airways, for instance, provide their passengers with complimentary food and drinks on board their flights to Manchester, but you may find that flight prices are more affordable with airlines that do not provide these luxuries. Keep in mind that there are plenty of cheap flights to Manchester, so compare the airlines which resonate with your needs and then play around with dates, you may just find one day to be a lot cheaper than the other in terms of flight prices.

How do you get from the airport to the city center?

Visitors that wish to make their way to the city center from the Manchester airport can make use of the central Trainline, which runs straight to the city center. You can also use one of the coaches, which run from the airport to Manchester’s city center. The tram is a good alternative for getting from the airport into the heart of the city, but you can also opt to use one of the many taxis parked outside of the arrival terminals.

Manchester insider information

  • For a little retail therapy, try heading down to the Old Trafford Center, boasting over 200 shops, ranging from high-end to the quaintest souvenir outlets!
  • Foodies should try swinging by the Lowry Hotel, Harvey Nicholls, the Market Restaurant, and the Soup Kitchen in Manchester for some of the best eats in town.
  • Castlefield, designated as an ‘Urban Heritage Park” showcases some of the most beautifully restored Victorian houses along the old canals. You’ll also be able to view the reconstructed Roman Fort while you’re here. Other great sites include the Bridgewater Canal, sitting quietly alongside the other old warehouses which have been restored and revamped into restaurants, hotels, and offices.
  • To escape the hustle and bustle of the city, visitors can explore some 600-acres of greenery in Heaton Park, the biggest one of its kind in Manchester and one of Europe’s largest municipal parks. You may also want to consider seeing Fletcher Moss Botanical Garden, renowned for great picnic spots.

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How much do things cost in Manchester?

Pack of Marlboro cigarettes
R 164.09
A dozen eggs
R 30.08
Bottle of wine
R 123.07
Bottle of local beer (0.5 litre)
R 24.89
Cheap meal
R 213.32
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litre)
R 19.58
R 45.13
Small bottle of water (0.33 litre)
R 14.66
Clothing & Shoes
Pair of Nike shoes
R 931.85
Pair of jeans
R 966.00
How much does transport cost in Manchester?
1 km taxi journey
R 25
Taxi - fixed fee
R 42
1 hour taxi waiting fee
R 328
One-way ticket (local transport)
R 46

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