How early to arrive at Manchester airport?

For parking near Manchester airport, we advise you to be at least 4 in advance at the parking lot or in the departure hall. Manchester Airport advises you to check in at least 2 hours before departure and be ready to go through security. We recommend the extra 2 hours to get from your parking lot to the airport and follow the check-in procedure.

Park and Ride 

With Manchester Park and Ride, you’ll drive to the car park where a shuttle bus will be available to take you to Manchester Airport. Most of the parking available through Parkos work with private shuttles, they will take you to the airport upon arrival. It will always be clearly stated on our website if a parking works with a driving schedule. In this case the shuttle will most likely depart every 30 minutes. Please check the information provided by the parking for your shuttle specifics.

Meet and Greet 

With Manchester Meet and Greet, you will meet your valet at the terminal. We recommend that you arrange your valet pickup 3.5 hours in advance. This way you will have enough time for the transfer of your car and check in. To avoid unnecessary stress make sure you call your valet driver to confirm your arrival time shortly before you arrive. Your valet will be waiting for you at the terminal making sure the transfer will go as smooth and quickly as possible.

International flights

Manchester airport does not make a distinction between international or domestic flights. Instead they advice to be ready to go through security at least 2 hours in advance. We therefore recommend that you arrive at the car park at least 4 hours before your flight. That way you’ll have 1 hour to get from the parking to the airport and 1 hour for check in.


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