Meet and Greet: Airport Transfer Service

In accordance with government guidelines, the airport transfer service from Manchester Airport in September and October 2021 will primarily be a taxi-booking service to transfer University of Liverpool students from Manchester Airport to your accommodation in Liverpool. However on peak arrival days the service may default to coach transfers. 

This service is available for students staying in both University and private accommodation and will be available from 3rd September until 15th October to accommodate your arrival date.

Students eligible to book onto the airport transfer service will receive an email with a link to a registration form in order to book onto the service.

University staff will be available to make bookings in advance on behalf of students and to help with queries or questions.

Taxis can be arranged for students travelling independently or for a group of up to 4 students – whilst adhering to the latest UK government guidance on using private transport. The cost of a taxi via the airport transport service from Manchester International Airport to your accommodation in Liverpool for 1 student or 2 students sharing a taxi will be between £80 and £90 total (£40-£45 each, if sharing), and a taxi for 3-4 students sharing will cost between £120 and £130 (£32.50-£43 each), which is payable on arrival to the taxi provider.

 

Students travelling from China will also receive separate information by email as soon as we have any news regarding the proposed charter flights from China to Manchester Airport with Hainan Airlines.

Students travelling from red list countries into airports in London and Birmingham, who must book hotel quarantine, will need to make their own way to Liverpool once the quarantine period is completed.  Please see information about travelling to Liverpool from London in the FAQs below. 

You can find more information about travelling to the UK on our website.

If you have any questions or concerns that are not answered in the FAQs below, please email meetandgreet@liverpool.ac.uk and a member of the team will be happy to help.

We look forward to welcoming you soon!

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the service run from Liverpool Airport?

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide a transfer service from Liverpool John Lennon Airport. Students can use local taxi companies such as Delta Taxis or ComCab. The cost for students arriving at Liverpool Airport will be between £15 and £25 per taxi total (£7.50-£12.50 each, if 2 students sharing).

 

Does the service run from London Airports?

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide a transfer service from London.

Travelling from London airports to Liverpool by train

Trains from London to Liverpool leave from Euston Station in central London. The quickest way to get to Euston from any of the London airports is to take the tube (underground train). We advise against travelling through London on the underground with lots of luggage because of the difficulty of navigating tube stations, which don't usually have lifts, and busy tube services with limited space.

If you would prefer to travel to Euston Station by taxi, details of taxi services from London Heathrow can be found here.

Remember to allow yourself enough time to collect your luggage, pass through immigration and travel across London to the station.

Information on transport in the London area can be found on the Transport for London website. The train from London Euston arrives at Liverpool Lime Street station and usually takes just over two hours. You can find information on train times and book train tickets on the National Rail website or on Trainline. The cost of train tickets vary from around £25 to over £100 depending on the day, how far in advance you are booking, and the time of travel.

In-line with the UK government’s advice, we strongly recommend that face masks be worn on all public transport and in crowded areas.

Travelling from London airports to Liverpool by coach

If you arrive in London by plane and are travelling to Liverpool by coach, in most cases you will travel by underground train (tube) to Victoria coach station in the centre of London. You should be aware that most tube stations don't have lifts and some have lots of stairs. As well as this, space on trains can be limited and services are often very busy, especially in central London.

If you decide to fly into London Heathrow and travel to Liverpool by coach, you can book a coach ticket from Heathrow to Liverpool, but this won’t usually be a direct service. The journey takes around six hours, but can be longer depending on traffic. You can find information and book tickets on the National Express website.

The National Express coach station is in Liverpool One Bus Station, Canning Place, in the centre of Liverpool. You will be able to take a taxi from there to your accommodation.

If you decide to travel to the UK via London, remember to allow yourself enough time to collect your luggage, pass through immigration and travel across the city to the coach station.

Information on transport in the London area can be found on the Transport for London website. In-line with the UK government’s advice, we strongly recommend that face masks be worn on all public transport and in crowded areas.

Further guidance

Further details on travelling to the University of Liverpool are available here: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/maps/visiting/

A campus map is available here: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/maps/university-map/

Please ensure you follow the Government guidance about travelling within the UK: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers#private-cars-and-other-vehicles

 

How much luggage can I bring?

There is no limit on the amount of luggage you can bring however you need to ensure that you can manage all your luggage within the airport and  throughout your onward travel to Liverpool (if you are arriving in London).  We recommend the maximum you should bring is 1 large case and 1 small case.

 

How long is the journey from Manchester Airport to Liverpool?

The journey takes between 50 minutes and 1 hour.

 

Do I need to wear a face mask in the taxi?

Yes. The UK Government currently recommends wearing a face mask in all enclosed spaces: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers#private-cars-and-other-vehicles

 

Is there a deadline for booking?

We would encourage you to complete the registration form as early as possible to allow time for the booking to be made.  However, taxis can be booked up to 48 working hours before your flight departure. Please note bookings will take longer outside of working hours (Monday to Friday 9-5pm).

 

Can my family come in the taxi with me?

Yes, as long as they took the same flight and you are happy to pay any additional costs.

 

Can I use public transport instead of a taxi?

If you are coming from a country which requires you to quarantine when you arrive in the UK, the UK government advises that you should “only use public transport if you have no other option.” As you are able to take a taxi in most circumstances this means that you should not use public transport.

You can read the government guidance here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-how-to-self-isolate-when-you-travel-to-the-uk/