The fastest way to get to Manchester from London is to fly.
If you haven’t pre-booked flights to Manchester from London Heathrow (LHR) or London City Airport (LCY) for Sunday 01 October 2017 you may have problems.
British Airways Flight 1370 from London Heathrow (LHR) to Manchester (MAN) has seats at £49 and £59 one way and will get you to Manchester at 0900 but no cheap returns. Many return seats are sold out, even in Business Class.
Flybe has return flights to Manchester from Newquay, Cornwall (NQY) on 1st October but wouldn’t give much time there. There are seats from Aberdeen (ABZ) to Manchester (MAN) but the ones giving you maximum time in Manchester are almost sold out. Same story from Belfast City (BHD) and Amsterdam (AMS)
There are currently seats on Flybe 09:50 CET Dusseldorf (DUS) flight arriving 10:35 BST in Manchester (MAN) and the 17:45 BST flight from Manchester (MAN) to Dusseldorf (DUS) arriving 20:25 CET but with transfers and time allowance for security for return flight, doesn’t give much time at the event.
There are seats on Flybe flights from Edinburgh (EDI) to Manchester (MAN) and return which will give you long day, but not cheap.
Loganair has a flight from Glasgow (GLA) arriving Manchester (MAN) 11:10 BST and another returning to Glasgow (GLA) at 18:00 but cheaper seats almost gone.
If you did pre-book..
London Heathrow Airport (LHR)
London City Airport (LCY)
No flights to Manchester (MAN) from London Gatwick (LGW)
Aberdeen International Airport
Cornwall Airport Newquay
Belfast International Airport
Once you’ve landed..
There are train and Metrolink connections to Manchester Piccadilly. National Express runs airport transfers which take 20 mins by coach to the bus station and cost £4 single.