Fly to the Isles of Scilly from Manchester via Exeter
Flights depart Manchester Monday to Friday at 8:50am, 4:50pm and 8:25pm, Saturday at 11:20am, except during August when they switch to 1:30pm and Sunday at 4:50pm and 8:25pm.
Flights departing Monday to Friday at 8:50am arrive in Exeter at 9:55am. The ideal Skybus flight departs Exeter at 11:25am, arriving in St Mary’s at 12:25pm.
Flights departing Monday to Friday at 4:50pm and 8:25pm will require an overnight stay in Exeter.
Flights departing on Saturday will connect with the Skybus for St Mary's departing Exeter at 4:15pm.
Flights departing on Sunday will require an overnight stay in Exeter.
At St Mary's Airport there will be transport waiting to take you to your accommodation. If you are travelling to another island the driver will drop you off at the quay to meet your boat.
Alternatively you can book a taxi privately. Details of taxis on St Mary's are in our Services listings.
When the driver drops you off it is advisable to book your return trip to the airport for your day of departure.
Return flights from Exeter to Manchester depart Monday to Friday at 7:00am and 6:40pm. There is a third midweek flight departing at 3:10pm between March and June, which switches to 2:35pm from July until October.
Saturday departures are at 12:55pm between April and July, 3:00pm during August and 12:45pm throughout September and October.
Sunday departures are 2:55pm and 6:40pm.
For flights departing Exeter Monday to Friday at 7:00am you will require an overnight stay in Exeter.
For flights departing Exeter Monday to Friday at 6:40pm you can book a Skybus flight from St Mary's at 2:45pm, which will arrive in Exeter at 3:45pm.
For flights departing Exeter Monday to Friday at either 12:55pm or 3:00pm you can book a Skybus flight from St Mary's at 9:55am, which will arrive in Exeter at 10:55am.
For flights departing Exeter on Saturday you can book a Skybus flight from St Mary's at 9:55am, which will arrive in Exeter at 10:55am.
For flights departing Exeter on Sunday you will require an overnight stay in Exeter.
The stress-free option
The frequency of flights makes trips to the Isles of Scilly from Manchester conducive to both long and short breaks. We believe the best option is to book an overnight stay in Exeter on your return journey.
Make sure you have travel insurance.
Book the 8:50am flight Monday to Friday and arrive in Exeter at 9:55am. Take the Skybus to St Mary's at 11:25am.
On your return leave St Mary's any day Monday to Saturday at 2:45pm and book an overnight stay in Exeter. In the event of bad weather or poor visibility you may have an option to transfer to the boat, Scillonian III, which usually leaves St Mary's at 4.30pm and arrives in Penzance at 7:15pm - there are slight variations owing to tides. Transport from Penzance to Exeter can be arranged in advance to ensure you make your flight home the following day.