Before You Go to Manchester
Before You Get on the Plane
If you’re new to the UK, make sure that you’ve gotten all the proper documentation and you are aware of what you need to bring and what’s expected of you. For visitors from outside the EU, you’ll need a visa to work in the UK. For more information on how to obtain this if you have not been sponsored by your company, check the official website of the UK government.
If you are coming from within the EU or the UK, we still advise that you do a check-up with your local doctor & dentist just to see if there is anything that should be prescribed or treated before you go. If you have insurance in your country, check and see if it’s applicable in Manchester.
It’s a good idea to arrange short or medium term accommodation before you arrive in Manchester - that way you have a place to call home as soon as you land. Staying in a neighborhood where actual people in similar situations to yours live is a good idea - find a medium term 3 - 6 month let on FlatClub to get acquainted with the city of Manchester.
There is only really one airport in Manchester - you may be landing via Heathrow depending on where you are coming from. If you are flying into Manchester directly, here is how you can get from the airport to the city center:
Train - Take the train originating from Manchester Airport into Manchester city center. There are various stops that will take you into the city including Manchester Oxford Street & Manchester Piccadilly.It’s a cheap way to get into the city, costing just about £5 for the journey, and lasting about 20 minutes.
Car - If you happen to drive, there are lots of options for car rental at the airport once you arrive. It’s a short drive into Manchester city proper, as well, on the M56. It will take just about 30 minutes driving at a decent rate of speed.
Coach - This is a very ‘British’ way of getting into Manchester. It will take about 30 minutes and costs £4.00. You’ll be in a relaxed setting and be able to take in some of the views of Manchester. This is also a very good choice if you are going further away than Manchester city proper, as the cost stays low even as you travel further afield.
- The emergency number for the police, fire brigade and ambulance service is 999.
- Be aware at cash machines – shield your PIN and make sure no one is standing directly behind you.
- Do not use unlicensed taxis – only black cabs can be hailed legally from the street, all other taxis must be pre-booked.