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Manchester Airport is the 3rd busiest in the United Kingdom, the largest outside the London area, and with double the number of passengers of Edinburgh Airport, the airport is known as the Gateway to the North. The airport can be found 8 miles out of Manchester city center with and has great roads to reach the city and other destinations. HAPPYCAR has a number of options for Manchester Airport so that no matter where you decide to take a journey, you can go stress-free from the onset. HAPPYCAR is a rental car price comparison site. We check the prices of international and local providers so that you don’t have to check each website to provide you with the best deals on a car hire to make your money go further on a rental car that fits your specific needs. You have the options of choosing car size, pick up location and type of insurance to ensure you get the best deal on a great car hire!. Using our simple online booking form you can have your hire car Manchester Airport booked within a few clicks.

Background information

Opened in 1938 as the Ringway Airport, within its first year it garnered over 5,000 passengers - spare change compared to what it deals with on a daily basis today. During the Second World War, the airport was closed for civilian usage and instead used as a hub for aircraft manufacturing for Avro as well as a training center for parachutists. During the war the airport expanded greatly, adding three new runways and 10 hangers, and in 1946, normal service at the airport was resumed. In the next 70 years, two new terminals opened, the runway was extended many times and an onsite train station was opened. With its great road links Manchester Airport is truly the gateway to the north and a with a hire car Manchester Airport you can make the most of these connections.

At the airport you can find a number of shops at every terminal, varying from designer shops to high street shops, as well as duty free shops where you can buy alcohol, tobacco and perfume.


Just a short drive away from the airport is the great city of Manchester, the second largest urban area in the UK, the first industrialized city in the world and home of the Manchester music scene. The city has some fantastic museums which are well worth a visit such as the imperial war museum north. Manchester is home to two of the most famous soccer teams in the world, Manchester City and Manchester United - a visit to one of these stadiums with your hire car Manchester is highly recommended. You can also take a short drive to visit another famous soccer club, Liverpool or come here to experience the . With a rental car from HAPPYCAR, you can make the most of your time by skipping the ticket lines and enjoy the English countryside from the comfort of your own Manchester Airport car hire.