Should You Hire a Car in Manchester?
Home to UK's second largest airport, Manchester is an ideal starting point to explore most of North England, with sites like Liverpool, Leeds, the Peak District, the Lake District, and UK's best zoo - the Chester Zoo - all an hour or less away by car.
Car Hire at Manchester Airport
There are several major car hire operators based at Manchester Airport, including Avis, Alamo, Budget Rent-A-Car, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt, and National. Comparing rental car brands is quick and convenient as they are all based out of the airport's Car Rental Village.
The Car Rental Village is located at Ringway Road, and is accessible via the dedicated Manchester Airport Buses. These are courtesy buses that depart each terminal every 10 minutes and are absolutely free of charge. Location of the shuttle bus stop is clearly indicated on each terminal map here.
Address: Car Rental Village at Manchester Airport Ringway Rd, Manchester Airport M22 5WH, UK
Driving from Manchester Airport
Manchester Airport is situated via the M56 at Junction 5, with direct links to the M6 and the M60 (otherwise known as the Manchester Outer Ring Road). Note that parking can be expensive. Avoid multi-storey car parks as much as you can and stick to the open-air car parks.
Manchester Airport is only about 18 minutes away from central Manchester, thanks to how much time you can save by hiring a car before you arrive at the airport. Travel the A5103 to enjoy your journey in utmost comfort.
Places to Visit by Car From Manchester Airport
Metropolitan Borough of Tameside
Tameside is a metropolitan borough named after the River Tame in North West England. The western border of Tameside is about 6.4 km east of the city centre of Manchester. Its landmarks include three Grade I-listed buildings: St Anne's Church in Haughton, St Michael and All Angels' Church in Ahston-under-Lyne, and the 17th-century farm building Fairbottom Farm Barn. It also contains three of Greater Manchester's Sites of Special Scientific Interest, namely the Hollinwood Branch Canal, Boar Flort, which is part of Dark Peak, and the Huddersfield Narrow Canal. In addition, Tameside is home to three Scheduled Ancient Monuments.
From Manchester, take Chorlton St and Fairfield St to Ashton Old Rd (A635). Continue on A635 to Cavendish St (A627) in Ashton-under-Lyne. Stay on A627, then drive to Park Rd (B6445) in Dukinfield to reach Tameside District.
The large town of Stockport is located 11 km southeast of the city center of Manchester. The town used to be famous as the centre of the hat-making industry. Today, it contains Hat Works, the only museum in the UK dedicated solely to the hatting industry, hats, and headwear. The town also features a restored 1930s cinema where films and theatre productions are still featured.
Stockport is located on the A6, with two entry points to the M60.
Oldham was once regarded as one of the most important centres of cotton and textile industries in England. However, this fell into decline in the mid-20th century. The town still has interesting places though, like the Oldham Coliseum for a full programme of repertory theatre, or the Oldham Museum and Alexandra Park. The two main shopping centres are Town Square Shopping Centre and The Spindles.
The town centre of Oldham is 15 minutes away from the M60 and M62 motorways. It can be accessed via J22 (A62 Hollinwood) and J21 (A663 Brodway). Oldham is linked to Manchester by the A62, and is only a 25-minute drive away.
This information is correct as of June 2018