Manchester vs London flights from the US

Jan 14th, 2015, 04:57 AM
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Manchester vs London flights from the US

My husband and I are planning a trip this summer. We plan to fly to England (either Manchester or London), then take a train to York for a day/night, and then on to Scotland (Edinburgh). We have already been to York, we just love it so we wanted to stop in again. A friend from Scotland suggested we fly in to Manchester rather than London since we would be going North. In the bit of research I have done so far, it looks like a lot of the flights to Manchester have a layover in Amsterdam. This makes me wonder if it wouldn't be easier just to fly in to London and then get on a train to York?
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Jan 14th, 2015, 05:34 AM
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Where are you flying from? And are you doing anything in England other than York?
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Jan 14th, 2015, 06:05 AM
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We won't be doing anything in England other than York. We will be flying out of Dallas Fort Worth airport.. So we will have a layover somewhere in the states most likely.
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Jan 14th, 2015, 06:06 AM
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There are nonstops from several US cities to Manchester (off the top of my head, JFK, Chicago, Newark, Dulles, Atlanta, probably more) all of which would be easy places to change planes.

MAN is quite convenient for the north of England. There's a train station right in the airport, from which a direct train to York takes around 90 min. It would be much faster and cheaper than going from Heathrow into central London then having to make your way to Kings Cross for a train to York.
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Jan 14th, 2015, 06:08 AM
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Thanks so much Gardyloo. I will have to do more research on flights to Manchester it looks like.
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Jan 14th, 2015, 06:15 AM
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From DFW I'd jump on AA to Chicago and connect to their 767 to Manchester. Piece of cake.
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Jan 14th, 2015, 06:21 AM
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Awesome. We will probably book our flights next month, so that gives us time to look around for cheaper flights.
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Jan 14th, 2015, 09:09 AM
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I'd fly into MAN even IF you have to change planes to get there. Flying into LHR and immediately taking a train to York is not all that easy since you have to cross all of central London to get to Kings Cross. The tube will take an hour (plus waiting for luggage and immigration at LHR). A car service would be easier, but take longer.

If you had to change at Amsterdam -- your bags would go through to MAN and it would just mean a change of plane.

Direct to MAN would be better of course, but having to change wouldn't be bad.
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Jan 14th, 2015, 09:26 AM
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Wanted to mention, if you loved York, see if you can't spare the time to spend a couple of hours in Durham, just up the line on the way to Edinburgh. IMO Durham cathedral is the most impressive church in the UK, the old town leading up to the cathedral and castle is picturesque, and the town is wonderfully historic.
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Jan 14th, 2015, 09:33 AM
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Thank you all for the suggestions. Janisj that is good information. It has been a while since we went to London, so I had forgotten it takes a couple of different lines to get to King's Cross. And changeovers at Heathrow can be nightmarish. Gardyloo I will definitely look into Durham. We might make a stop there on the way back to Manchester!
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Jan 15th, 2015, 06:45 AM
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Agree that DFW-MAN via ORD is a piece of cake. But is going straight to Edinburgh and taking the train down to York an option? Since you aren't doing anything but York?
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Jan 15th, 2015, 08:18 AM
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Well frankly, depending on time, I'd take the train to York, then when you're done, pick up a car and drive to Edinburgh via Durham and the Northumberland coast - Alnwick, Bamburgh, Holy Isle... gorgeous scenery, easy driving, inhale history with every breath. Take the outer ring road and drop the car at Edinburgh airport (then the trolly into town) if you don't want to drive in the city.
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Jan 15th, 2015, 08:28 AM
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>>drive to Edinburgh via Durham and the Northumberland coast - Alnwick, Bamburgh, Holy Isle… << plus Hadrian's Wall.
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Jan 15th, 2015, 04:57 PM
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Gardyloo may well be right, but I couldn't find any nonstop flights Chicago > Manchester when I was searching in December. Most common connections were LHR or Amsterdam.
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Jan 15th, 2015, 05:22 PM
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Some flights are seasonal, including AA's ORD-MAN.
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Jan 16th, 2015, 06:46 AM
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Good to know ~ thank you!
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Jan 19th, 2015, 10:56 AM
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If you fly via AMS (or any other mainland airport) you won't pass through UK immigration until MAN. Means you can have a shorter connection
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Jan 24th, 2015, 03:53 PM
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USAirways does direct PHL to MAN. I liked getting the train right at Manchester airport to York. Painless compared to LHR to King's Cross.
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Jan 24th, 2015, 04:26 PM
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Painless except, of course, for flying Allegheny!
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Jan 25th, 2015, 02:39 PM
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NoFlyZone: I so have to disagree. I think US Airways has been just fine for several years. Their transatlantic service is my favorite of those I have flown. The aircraft, the entertainment system are better than several out there. I just hope that the US management team does as much for American as they have done for US Airways.
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