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Drop-off areas are located directly outside the terminal building at departures level. So, you can pull up right outside, where you can touch down just long enough to unload luggage.
All passengers can use our free drop off area, from which a shuttle bus will transport you free of charge to your terminal. Alternatively, you can choose to be dropped off directly outside the terminals and train station. The charge for this is £3 for five minutes and £4 for 10 minutes and is payable at the exit barrier.
Please note, a “10 minutes - no return within 30 minutes” restriction is in operation. Please do not exceed 10 minutes or re-enter any of the drop-off areas for at least 30 minutes, to avoid an automatic £25 re-circulation fee. Should you need to return within the restricted period for any reason, we recommend use of the pick-up area. Tariffs and Terms and Conditions are available at entry to each drop off location.
From the 7th of October, access to the bridge across the Airport Spur via Thorley Lane will be limited by alternate direction temporary lights which may cause some congestion. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination if you are travelling through this area.
There are different parking options available depending on which terminal you’re visiting. Multi-Storey car parks are available at Terminals 2 and 3, or you can head straight to T1 Short Stay or the T3 arrivals car park if you’re picking someone up from Terminal 1 or 3.
The changes that have been introduced only impact those dropping off. The process for picking up passengers remains the same – passengers can be picked up in the Arrivals, Short Stay and Multi-Storey car parks with a charge of £4.50 for 30 minutes. We will have staff on hand to direct those dropping-off and picking-up to the right places.
It isn't possible to pick up outside the train station; the T1 Short Stay car park is just a few minutes' walk away and should be used instead.
Passengers who hold a valid blue badge will be able to access the forecourt areas, free of charge, for drop-off only.
From 1st April 2019, the location of the Terminal 2 Arrivals car park, i.e the area to pick up customers flying into Manchester, will move to a new car park called T2 Multi Storey West. Please follow signs for ‘P T2 West’ which can be found on the road network surrounding the airport. See updated directions below.
Passengers in need of accessibility services, while picking up and dropping off, can find everything they need to know below: