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Checking In

Before Leaving Home

Checking In

Depending on your airline there will be several options to check in for your flight. Please follow the instructions given to you by your airline.

Always follow your airline’s guidance on how early you need to be at the airport before your flight.

 As a general guide, you will need to have checked in and be ready to go through security at least 2 hours before your flight departure time.

Express Check In

Our Express Check In Service at Manchester Airport allows you to beat the queues and check in faster.

Self-Service Check-In

The distinctive lime green self-service check-in machines are located throughout the terminals, offering you a hassle free way of checking in, at no extra cost. The quick and easy to use machines help to eliminate queues, allowing you to confirm your booking and print your boarding card in no time at all!

If you have baggage, you can take it to a bag drop or if you only have hand baggage you can proceed straight to security control.

Check-In Desks

Please check the information screens, on arrival at the airport, to find out which check-in desks you need.

After you’ve checked in, it is advisable to go to security control straight away, leaving you plenty of time to relax and explore the many shops and restaurants in the departures lounge.

Online Check-In

Online check-in offers you the ability to check yourself in and print your boarding passes in the comfort of your own home or at the office (a printer is required).

Once you get to the airport if you have baggage* you can take it to the bag drop, or if you only have hand baggage you can proceed directly to security control.

* On some airlines, online check-in is only available to passengers with hand baggage. Please check with your airline for further information.

Which Terminal

There are three terminals at Manchester Airport – you’ll find details of your terminal on your ticket or itinerary. See which terminal an airline departs from.


Travelling with €10 000 or more (or equivalent in other currencies or assets)? No problem, but declare it to customs before entering or leaving the EU.

More information


Travel to and through the airport with ease with our dedicated maps, for Terminal 1, Terminal 2 and Terminal 3. You can also check out car parking facilities at the airport.

If you are dropping someone off at the airport then see our new video directions for Pick up & Drop off.

Public transport

Make getting to the airport as easy as getting through the airport. 

Plan your journey from start to finish with Transport Direct.

Refer to our To & From Airport section for further details and maps for onward travel.