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Travel Information to Manchester from Belfast

distanceDistance167 miles (270 km)
modeAvailable travel modesFlight, coach, ferry or train
priceTicket price range£23 - £69
fastestFastest modeFlight • £69 • 55 min
carriersPopular travel companieseasyJet, National Express, Stena Line or First Transpennine Express

Take a flight, coach, ferry or train to travel 167 miles (270 km) between Belfast and Manchester. The most popular travel providers which serve this trip are easyJet, National Express, Stena Line or First Transpennine Express among others. Travellers can even take a direct flight or coach from Belfast to Manchester.

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How to Travel from Belfast to Manchester?

Travel from Belfast to Manchester is easy, as it is just a short flight across the Irish Sea. There are a couple of in-flight services that are available during your flight. You may have access to a free in-flight snack, or there may be a trolley from which you can buy food. Belfast to Manchester is a popular route, as Manchester Airport is the closest major international airport in the United Kingdom.

As the travel time from Belfast to Manchester is short, it is possible to make a day trip to Manchester; this is great if you are travelling for business. There are a couple of direct flights from Belfast to Manchester each day. These range from early morning, afternoon, and evening flights. It is possible to travel from Belfast to Manchester all week long; however, the number of flights may differ during the week from the weekend and bank holidays.

What is the Cheapest Way To Get from Belfast to Manchester?

The cheapest way to get from Belfast to Manchester is to take a flight. Cheap tickets from Belfast to Manchester are easy to get if you book an EasyJet flight. A flight from Belfast to Manchester takes 55mins. The departure airport for EasyJet is Belfast International Airport (BFS), and the arrival airport is Manchester Airport (MAN). EasyJet usually has 3 or 4 flights a day that go from Belfast to Manchester. The tickets from Belfast to Manchester cost less if you book well in advance. It is also recommended that you book a flight in the middle of the day or late at night, as these are the least popular flight times.

What is the Fastest Way to Travel from Belfast to Manchester?

EasyJet Belfast to Manchester is the fastest route that you can take. The Belfast to Manchester travel time is only 55min, or 1h if you travel to Manchester in the morning. Your EasyJet trip also happens to be the cheapest way from Belfast to Manchester. The departure airport is Belfast International Airport, and your arrival airport is Manchester Airport. Be aware that you need to get to the airport at least an hour before your flight to check-in yourself and any baggage you may have. Getting to the airport early is always the best idea, just in case your flight time changes at the last minute.

Manchester Centre. Source: Shutterstock

Find the best tickets from Belfast to Manchester and book with Omio

Omio is an online booking platform that allows you to compare different modes of transport. Omio finds the best routes for you to get from Belfast to Manchester and all the available options. Omio enables you to scan through many different options quickly and is an easy platform to use. Booking with Omio allows you to book both round-trip tickets and one-way tickets.

If you need to use Omio in a different language, changing the site's language is possible. Customer service can also help you in multiple languages. You can access your tickets via your mobile, so you do not need to go through the hassle of having a printed ticket. Our Omio magazine has many valuable tips on travelling. You can access the online version here.

Flights from Belfast to Manchester

EasyJet and British Airways operate the route from Belfast to Manchester. The EasyJet flights are direct flights to Manchester, while the British Airways flight have one change. The British Airways Flights leave from Belfast's George Best Belfast City Airport (BHD) to Manchester; however, it first stops over at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) and then lands at Manchester Airport (MAN). The fastest route is the direct route from Belfast International Airport, with easyJet. Getting from Belfast to Manchester cheap is easy when you take an easyJet flight. Manchester Airport has many direct routes to the city centre. There are many bus routes and train lines that can take you there.

Manchester Canal. Source: Shutterstock

Flying from Belfast to Manchester with British Airways and easyJet

British Airways offers a route to Manchester that has one stopover in London. British Airways is a top-rated airline that flies around the world. The flight from Belfast to Manchester offers in-flight food, comfortable seats, and customer-orientated staff. The British Airways flights always come into London Heathrow Airport. There are different tickets with different lay-over periods.

If you want a day out in London, there is the option to fly into London in the morning and fly onto Manchester in the evening. If you will stay in the airport while you wait for your next flight, there are various amenities at London Heathrow Airport to keep you busy. The airport has many restaurants, bars, shops, banks, and VIP Lounges for you to enjoy at all hours of the day. The airport also has duty-free shops where you can get a discount on some of the world's favourite brands. easyjet offers tickets from Belfast to Manchester priced to go, as their tickets are very affordable. easyJet offers a quick, direct flight from Belfast to Manchester.

When you arrive at Manchester airport, you always recommend that you organise your transport out of the airport before you arrive. Manchester airport is the second busiest airport in The United Kingdom; therefore, many passengers go through the airport each day. If you take a morning easyJet flight from Belfast to Manchester, you should expect it to be jam-packed, as most flights come in in the morning. Belfast International Airport has a variety of amenities to enjoy while you wait for your flight. There is a duty-free shop in the airport where you can buy high-end brands at an affordable price.

To Manchester by flight—travel tips

Manchester is a beautiful city to visit in the north of England. Manchester is a bustling university city with a vast history and a large pop-culture scene. The city has many historical sites for both the family and the solo/business traveller. Some of Manchester's best attractions are, the Etihad Stadium, The John Rylands Library, Manchester Art Gallery, and the Manchester Cathedral.

If you are looking for historical tourism in the area, there are a variety of museum's to visit within the city. Some recommended museum's are, The Science and Industry Museum, The Manchester Museum, the National Football Museum, the Peoples History Museum, and the Greater Manchester Police Museum. Manchester has a variety of restaurants that cater to everyone's tastes. If you are looking for some great restaurants to visit during your stay you should try out are, Albert Square Chophouse, Bombay to Mumbai, Fazenda, Jerk Shack, Oast House, and Slattery's. All these restaurants each offer different cuisines, as well as, some that offer traditional British food.

If you are looking for a city with a lot of night-life Manchester is definitely the place to visit. Being a university city there are many clubs and pubs to visit. If you are looking for a fun night out, you should check out The Northern Quarter, Oxford Road and Spinningfields. Manchester hosts many festivals throughout the year. Some recommended festivals are, Manchester International Festival, the Parklife Festival, Manchester Pride Festival and Sounds of the City. Manchester is a highly recommended city to visit, and you will not be dissapointed with your stay.

Buses from Belfast to Manchester

Two bus services run from Belfast's Europa bus centre and Manchester's coach station. The first leaves at 6:00 am and has one change, and the second leaves at 6:30 pm and is a direct service. Both services take around nine hours and thirty minutes.

Trains from Belfast to Manchester

There is one Arriva train service between Belfast and the city of Manchester. The train leaves Belfast's central station at 4:15 pm and arrives at Manchester's Oxford Road station at 7:41 am the next morning. There are four stopovers, and tickets cost just under £50.

Flights from Belfast to Manchester

Several airline companies provide flights to Manchester from Belfast, including Easy Jet, British Airways, and Flybe. Direct services take around three hours, and journeys with stopovers can take up to nine hours. Journey times often include a short train or bus ride from Manchester airport to the city centre. Ticket prices are reasonable, starting from £56.89, and planes depart throughout the morning, afternoon and evening.

Travel Tips

Travel from Belfast to Manchester
Travel to Manchester easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Belfast to Manchester.
How do you get from Belfast to Manchester?

There are 4 ways that you can travel from Belfast to Manchester. You can take a flight, coach, ferry or train.

What is the cheapest way to travel from Belfast to Manchester?

A ferry service offers the cheapest way to travel from Belfast to Manchester, which costs on average £23.

This is compared to other ways of getting to Manchester:

A ferry is generally £46 less than a flight for the same journey. A flight costs on average £69 from Belfast to Manchester.

A ferry journey is usually £24 less than a journey to Manchester by coach, which costs on average £47 for the same trip.

A ferry is £30 less than a train for this route with tickets for a train from Belfast to Manchester costing on average £53.

What is the fastest way from Belfast to Manchester?

The fastest way to get to Manchester from Belfast is by flight with an average travel time of 55 min.

There are alternative travel options to Manchester that can usually take longer:

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How many miles from Belfast to Manchester would I travel?

The distance between Belfast and Manchester is around 167 miles (270 km).

Where do people depart from and arrive in when travelling from Belfast to Manchester?

These are the most popular departure and arrival points when travelling from Belfast to Manchester:

  • Most travellers board their plane from Belfast International Airport and arrive in Manchester Airport.
  • Most travellers board their coach from Belfast, Stena Line terminus and arrive in Manchester, Shudehill Interchange.
  • Most travellers take a train from Belfast Central to Manchester Piccadilly.
Who can get me from Belfast to Manchester?

If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from Belfast to Manchester, then we'll help you find the best value travel companies for you:

  • Travel with easyJet to go to Manchester by plane. For a good deal on tickets, you can find easyJet Belfast to Manchester tickets on Omio for £69.
  • National Express can get you to Manchester by coach. You can find a good deal for coach tickets with National Express from Belfast to Manchester for £47 on Omio.
  • Travel with Stena Line to go to Manchester by ferry. For a good deal on tickets, you can find Stena Line Belfast to Manchester tickets on Omio for £23.
  • Travel with First Transpennine Express to go to Manchester by train. For a good deal on tickets, you can find First Transpennine Express Belfast to Manchester tickets on Omio for £53.
Can I travel directly to Manchester from Belfast?

Yes, there are direct routes from Belfast to Manchester with the following travel companies:

  • You can find direct flights to take to Manchester with easyJet.
  • You'll find direct coach services to Manchester with.

As you won't need to change at another stop in between, direct services to Manchester tend to save you time and add more convenience, so it's worth paying attention to before you book tickets for this journey.

What other popular destinations should I add to my itinerary for my trip to Manchester from Belfast?
Many of our customers travelling from Belfast to Manchester don't make Manchester their final stop. Some of the destinations worth visiting after are London, Liverpool or Edinburgh, either of which you could add to your Belfast and Manchester trip itinerary. Check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel from Manchester to any of these top destinations today!
How early should I purchase tickets to Manchester from Belfast online for the best deals?

When planning your trip to Manchester from Belfast, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to buy and their prices in the next 7 days:

  • Plane tickets are costing on average £69 one way.
  • Coach tickets are costing £47 one way on average.
  • Ferry tickets are costing £23 one way on average.
  • Train tickets cost on average £53 one way.

However, we recommend buying tickets to Manchester from Belfast online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.