Manchester Airport Terminal 2 drop-off changes

If you’re dropping a family member or friend at Manchester Airport Terminal 2, then you’ll need to know where you’ll be going. Following a £1 billion renovation, –a few changes have been made to where passengers can drop off, pick up and park.

Manchester airport terminal 2

Manchester Airport Terminal 2 forecourt – image credit: Manchester Airport

As part of the £1 billion redevelopment of Manchester Airport, changes in and around Terminal 2 will be ongoing for the next couple of years. These changes include alterations to passenger drop-off and pick-up and come into force from Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 00.01.

Drop-off changes at Manchester Airport Terminal 2 explained

The departures forecourt at Manchester Airport Terminal 2 will no longer be accessible for passenger drop-off. If you’re dropping off family or friends, you’ll now be directed to a new departures forecourt which will be located on the ground floor of the multi-storey car park.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Manchester terminal 2 parking layouts, there will be plenty of signage to direct you to the drop-off area and disabled bays, which are located on levels 1,2 and 3 for Blue Badge holders – the postcode for sat-navs remains M904ZY.

Please note: There is a height restriction for the drop-off facility of 2m. Vehicles exceeding this can use the over-height car park.

APH Manchester Terminal 2 Parking

We offer a range of airport parking options at Manchester Airport, from meet and greet to APH Park & Ride.

Our off-airport park and ride facility is located just five minutes from the airport via round-the-clock transfer buses. APH Park & Ride Manchester provides a fast, simple, safe and friendly parking solution for travellers flying from any of the three terminals.

If you need car parking at Manchester airport, then booking online with will provide the ideal package for you. Our fully automated online booking system is available 24 hours a day and takes just minutes to complete.

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Pick-up and drop off location at Manchester Airport’s Terminal 2

As part of the £1 billion Manchester Airport Transformation Programme*, travellers commuting to Terminal 2 can expect alterations to their journey over the next couple of years including changes to the passenger pick-up and drop-off locations. To help holidaymakers avoid any potential delays on their way to the airport or in the terminal itself, APH has put together a table highlighting these changes and has also created a handy infographic sharing top tips when travelling through the Manchester airport.


Manchester Airport Drop-Off

If you’re dropping someone off at Manchester Terminal 2 Departures, you can use the free drop-off area which is located directly outside the terminal building at the departures level.

All passengers can use the drop off area, where a shuttle bus will transport you free of charge to Manchester Terminal 2. Alternatively, you can choose to be dropped off directly outside the terminal. The charge for this is £5 for five minutes and £6 for 10 minutes and is payable at the exit barrier. An overstay charge of £25.00 will apply after 10 mins.

• New T2 departures forecourt located on the ground floor of the multi-storey car park


• T2 short stay multi-storey car park
Manchester Airport Drop Off Charges::
• £6.00 for up to 30 minutes
• £12.00 for up to 1 hour
• £15.00 for up to 2 hours
• £20.00 for up to 4 hours
• £55.00 for up to 24 hours and for each 24 hours thereafter

Manchester Airport Pick-Up

If you’re picking somebody up Manchester Airport Terminal 2 Arrivals, we recommend using the T2 Multi-Storey car park, which is conveniently located right next to the terminal.


• The location of the Manchester Terminal 2 short stay multi-storey car park has now moved to a new car park called T2 Multi Storey West. Please follow signs for ‘P T2 West Pick Up Zone’ which can be found on the road network surrounding the airport.
• There is no quick pick-up arrivals zone available therefore drivers must park in the multi-storey car park
• £6.00 for up to 30 minutes
• £12.00 for up to 1 hour
• £15.00 for up to 2 hours
• £20.00 for up to 4 hours
• £55.00 for up to 24 hours and for each 24 hours thereafter

Manchester Terminal 2 Parking

There are a few options when thinking about Manchester Terminal 2 parking. At APH, we have a range of packages to suit all budgets, and your car will be kept in a secure, CCTV controlled car park which is fenced off and operated by our expert security team. With our free airport shuttle, you can be at Manchester Terminal 2 in a matter of minutes, and rest assured that your car is safe and sound.

If you need to be closer to the action, you can park up at T2 Multi-Storey East or T2 Multi-Storey West, but we’d suggest pre-booking in advance. The on-the-day price for Multi Storey West is £360 for 8 days, so make sure you’re prepared!

You could also opt for Manchester Terminal 2 Meet and Greet Parking, which is ideal when travelling with family, heavy luggage or if you simply want to make the journey as smooth as possible.

• £32.00 for up to 24 hours
• £52.00 for up to 2 days
• £62.00 for up to 3 days
• £72.00 for up to 4 days
• £82.00 for up to 5 days
• £92.00 for up to 6 days
• £102.00 for up to 7 days
• £10 for every 24 hours thereafter

Manchester Terminal 2 Roadworks / Diversions

Terminal 2 Transformation Programme:
• New departure forecourt located on the ground floor of the multi-storey car park
•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.


Manchester Airport Dop-Off

Travelling to Manchester Terminal 2 by bus? The bus station at Manchester Airport is located in the airport train station, and all three terminals are located within a 10-minute walk.

Manchester Airport Pick-Up

Similar to the drop off process, all buses to Manchester Airport arrive at and leave from the main train station. It’s open 24 hours a day linking trains, coaches and buses into one building, and it’s connected to all terminals by the Skylink moving walkways, lifts and escalators.


Manchester Airport Drop-Off

• Drop-off via coach is not affected and will continue to drop-off at the airport station
• All three terminals can be accessed via the Skylink travelators or by the airport’s free shuttle bus
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Manchester Airport Pick-Up

If you’re travelling by coach, your journey won’t be affected by the changes. Coach services operate daily from Manchester Airport Station. Manchester Terminal 2 is easily accessible using the covered Skylink walkways.

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Manchester Airport Terminal 2 quick guide

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6 comments for “Manchester Airport Terminal 2 drop-off changes

  1. wilf beaumont says:

    I took my disabled wheel-chair bound grandson to Manchester Airport for a flight and I fail to understand why the idiotic airport staff don’t understand someone who is disabled will take longer to get from point A to point B at the ‘drop-off’ point

  2. Kevin Hindle says:

    So after the last bit of public transport has left for the night passengers have to relay on friends or family to pick them up. The prices are to say the least daylight or nighttime robbery, even Dick Turpin wore a mask when he robbed people. But not Manchester Airport they do it quite openly. Might I suggest that prices are reduced after the public transport has finished or do you intend to squeeze every penny you can from travellers who have no choice. Personally I try to give the penny pinching Manchester Airport as little money as I can when having to use it.

    • Jhilton says:

      I’m with you, it’s just that disgusting that you can’t be collected outside terminal 2.

  3. David Brown says:

    Is the over height drop off and pick up point still at the side of the multi story at T 2 as last time i went it was closed except to builders.

  4. John says:

    Will this now require a payment to get out of the car park when previously dropping off was free ?

  5. terry Smith says:

    where will private coaches be dropping off for terminal 2

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