Meet and Greet
Arrivals and Meet & Greet
The Meet and Greet service is now finished for the 2023-24 academic year. Information is available below on travelling to Liverpool from Manchester Airport, Liverpool John Lennon Airport or the London Airports.
We always recommend flying into Manchester Airport for ease of transfer into Liverpool, but there is also a small international airport in Liverpool (Liverpool John Lennon Airport) and this airport has flights from Europe as well as some long haul connections via Lufthansa.
Please see more information below for transport options depending on your specific circumstances.
Planning your journey
When planning your arrival, you should think about when and how you can check into your accommodation in Liverpool. If your flight arrives late in the evening and you cannot check into your accommodation at that time, you should consider booking a hotel at the airport so that you can travel to Liverpool the following day. Please click here for details of airport hotels.
Please ensure you make arrangements in advance to collect your keys and check-in to your accommodation and ensure you have contact details and hours of operation. Remember to keep these details to hand for easy reference.
Transport options can be booked in advance, but please remember that it may take some time to clear immigration and collect luggage, so if booking in advance, please take this into consideration or book flexible tickets.
I am arriving at Manchester Airport
The suggested options for your journey from Manchester Airport to Liverpool are either by private taxi, which is the more expensive but quickest option, or by train which is cheaper but the journey is likely to take longer.
Travelling from Manchester Airport to Liverpool by Taxi
If you would prefer to take a taxi from Manchester Airport to Liverpool, either as an individual or a group of students, this will cost around £90. You would be able to get a taxi on the day, outside the Arrivals hall of the terminal building, with the taxi company Street Cars, Manchester Airport’s main taxi provider. It is also possible to book your taxi with them in advance at the following website: https://streetcarsmanchester.co.uk/airport/
Travelling from Manchester Airport to Liverpool by Train
Trains from Manchester Airport depart from “The Station” which can be found easily by following signs within the Airport. The station is located at the heart of the airport and should take no more than 5 - 15 minutes to get to from the Airport terminals.
There is a direct train link from Manchester Airport Station to Liverpool Lime Street (the main train station in Liverpool). You can check the train timetable for this service at https://www.thetrainline.com/. The train leaves every hour and the journey takes just over 1 hour, tickets usually cost £10-15 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the Manchester Airport Train Station from the ticket counters or self-service ticket machines.
Depending on which accommodation you will be staying in, you may be able to walk from Liverpool Lime Street train station, or you could get a taxi from the station to your accommodation which will only cost approximately £10. Please remember to have your accommodation address with you, to show the driver.
I am arriving at Liverpool John Lennon Airport
Liverpool John Lennon Airport is eight miles from the city and is best reached by taxi or the express bus which is the 500 service, directly outside the entrance to the airport terminal. You can also get buses 80A, 82A and 86A to Liverpool city centre.
I am arriving at one of the London Airports
We suggest that you book your flight to Manchester Airport rather than London if possible for ease of transfer to Liverpool, but please find some information below on travelling from London to Liverpool if you have already booked your flight.
Travelling from London Airports to Liverpool by Train
There is a direct train from London Euston to Liverpool Lime Street. You can find more information about train times at https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/
The quickest way to get to London 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.
Remember to allow yourself enough time to collect your luggage, pass through immigration and travel across London. 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.
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 first have to 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 could take a taxi from there to your accommodation. If you decide to travel via London, remember to allow yourself enough time to collect your luggage, pass through immigration and travel across the city.
Information on transport in the London area can be found on the Transport for London website.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much luggage can I bring?
We recommend you check the luggage allowance with your airline. Often this will be 2 large wheeled cases and 1 small case. We advise that you only bring as much luggage as you can manage by yourself for your onward journey to Liverpool.
How long is the journey from Manchester Airport to Liverpool?
The journey takes 1 hour on the train.
Please ensure that you check and follow the latest Government rules for entering England.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of the team will be happy to help.
More information on travel options is available on the University of Liverpool website Getting Here pages.