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Manchester to London

Blackpool, United...
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Manchester to London

Does anyone know how early we need to be at the airport to fly from Manchester to London? We shouldn't need to clear passport control should we?

Liverpool, UK
posts: 12,863
reviews: 23
1. Re: Manchester to London

No passport control for UK flights but some airlines do require photo ID to check in - I normally allow 2 hours for a domestic flight in case of traffic delays on the way to the airport or queues at check in or airport security.

Exeter, United...
posts: 1,186
reviews: 45
2. Re: Manchester to London

Early morning at Manchester can be very busy if your flight is at that time, as can be tea time flights.

In particular it can be busy getting through security.

2hrs is about right to make sure all is ok. During the late morning and early afternoon an hour should suffice.

Destination Expert
for Livigno, Lombardy
posts: 39,415
reviews: 159
3. Re: Manchester to London

I wouldn't risk any less less than 2 hours as you could get caught up in long security lines.

Portland, Oregon
posts: 10,552
reviews: 49
4. Re: Manchester to London

Isn't it a whole lot easier just to use British Rail?

London, United...
posts: 223
reviews: 17
5. Re: Manchester to London

British Rail is a nostalgic memory of a bygone age !

We are in the hands of Virgin Trains between Manchester and London now :-)

Chester, United...
posts: 52,052
reviews: 60
6. Re: Manchester to London

I can get from Chester to London in just over 2 hours by train and most of the time they run on time

Edited: 1:09 pm, August 01, 2013
posts: 12,088
reviews: 37
7. Re: Manchester to London

Ah, but if the OP is catching a connecting flight at Heathrow ..... otherwise, yes get the train.

Chester, United...
posts: 52,052
reviews: 60
8. Re: Manchester to London

Which carrier operates the route to either Gatwick or Heathrow as I though BA had dropped it???

posts: 2,535
reviews: 26
9. Re: Manchester to London

BA still operate Manchester-Heathrow. Virgin compete with them on this route as part of the competition ruling given when BA took over BMI

Nobody now operates Manchester-Gatwick.

Leyland, United...
Destination Expert
for Playa Blanca
posts: 24,498
reviews: 44
10. Re: Manchester to London

Virgin and BA fly to LHR. No LGW from MAN.