Manchester Airport - will we encounter commute traffic?

My husband and I flying out of England back to the US from the Manchester Airport. We plan on driving to Manchester Airport from Ambleside in the Lakes District on a Monday morning, and need to be at the airport by 8:30 or 9am. The drive is technically 2 hours, but will we encounter additional commuter traffic on a Monday morning, coming from the Lakes District?

Posted by Suz
Denver, USA
223 posts

If you don't get an answer here, you could try the Manchester forum at - - which seems to be active and perhaps more likely to generate current information about traffic. Good luck!

Posted by Ed
9110 posts

I've never seen traffic problems on the ring road. Allow a bit of time to top off the tank, turn in the car, and get to the terminal - - they're not all together. The actual drive is a bit less than two hours, but I'd want three to make sure it all gets done. Pop a tire at two and you're screwed.