Travelling to Leeds
Please always check your travel plans before you begin your journey to Leeds. Covid-19 restrictions mean there is a reduction in the timetable of all transport providers including trains, flights and coaches. If you are using public transport you must wear a face covering. The Government has advised against all non-essential international travel, with some exemptions. View the latest Government guidance on safer travel for passengers here.
Leeds is perfectly located for those visiting from the UK and abroad. Leeds is one of the most easily accessible cities in the UK and is ideally positioned in the heart of the country with direct rail links from across the country. Leeds Bradford Airport welcomes visitors from 70 destinations and the port of Hull is just over an hour away by car. Once in the city, local transport information can be found on the WYMetro website. First Leeds operate the buses within the city while the Arriva bus service offer buses out of the city to nearby towns and villages throughout West Yorkshire. Northern Rail and TransPennine Express provide local train travel for the Leeds city region.
Our station is one of the busiest in the country, and services bring in eager visitors from inbound arrivals at hubs like London Heathrow or Manchester airport. Leeds is well served by national rail operators and getting to Leeds by train is quick and easy. LNER run direct trains into Leeds from London with most journey times taking just over two hours, while Edinburgh is only three hours away. TransPennine Express run direct train services from Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Scarborough, and Hull. There are also direct services from Birmingham and Bristol via CrossCountry. Top tip: booking your train tickets in advance and direct with the train company can result in saving on the ticket price.
Mini guide to the quickest direct trains to Leeds:
York 22m | Sheffield 40m | Manchester: 49m | Newcastle: 1h 24m | Hull 58m | London: 2h 16m | Derby: 1h 15m | Nottingham: 1h 43m | Scarborough | 1h 22m | Liverpool: 1h 24m | Birmingham: 1h 57m | Carlisle: 2h 48m | Edinburgh: 2h 54m | Bristol: 3h 26m | Glasgow: 4h 07m
Walking through the arrivals gate at Leeds Bradford Airport will find you just 8 miles from the city centre. Hop onto a regular Flying Tiger 757 shuttle bus, jump in a taxi, or hire a car from one of several international firms. 30 minutes later, you’ll be stepping into your hotel, or out into our busy, welcoming city. Serving 70 direct destinations; a well connected welcome to Leeds.
Leeds is also within easy travelling distance of three more international airports: Manchester, Humberside and Robin Hood Doncaster/Sheffield.
Our accessible position on the UK motorway network makes reaching Leeds by road so simple. Leeds is situated in the heart of the UK, equidistance between London and Edinburgh, with cities such as York, Sheffield, Hull and Manchester close by. The M621 runs close to the city, providing direct access to the M1 and M62 and the A1 accessible to the North of the city centre. Leeds is within comfortable driving times of most regions in the UK. To make your trip to Leeds even more convenient, two Park & Ride sites currently operate in Leeds complete with electric vehicle charging points. They allow you to travel to Leeds by car, park for free in the Park & Ride car parks and complete your journey into the city centre by bus at £3 per Day ticket or just £2.70 each when you bulk buy 20 on a smartcard . For details of car parking in Leeds, you can find the car parking and disabled parking map here.
If you come to Leeds by car the approximate journey times and distances are:
London: 3h30m (194 miles) | Edinburgh: 4h10m (219 miles) | Manchester: 1h (44 miles) | Sheffield: 47m (35 miles) | Cardiff: 4h (240 miles) | Glasgow: 4h (220 miles) | Newcastle: 1h48m (100 miles) | Nottingham: 1h21m (72 miles) | Bristol: 3h40m (210 miles) | Liverpool: 1h34m (74 miles) | Derby: 1h19m (75 miles) | Carlisle: 2h23m (126 miles) | Birmingham: 1h57m (120 miles)
With so much to see and do in Leeds, hiring a car can make it much easier to explore the city. Car hire companies such as Avis, Enterprise and Europcar are conveniently located near the city centre and also have branches at Leeds Bradford Airport making it quick and easy to begin your visit in Leeds.
By bus & coach.
Leeds City Bus and Coach Station is conveniently located in the city centre with National Express and Megabus operating regular coaches from destinations across the country direct into Leeds. Travelling by coach can often be a lower cost means of transport.
For coach parking information, the coach parking map can be found here.
Hull is the nearest port for European ferry services and it is just over one hours’ drive to Leeds. Alternatively, catch a bus from the P&O Ferries terminal into Hull train station and catch a train to Leeds from there. P&O Ferries have daily overnight services from Rotterdam and Zeebrugge to Hull.
You can bring your bike to Leeds by train. Local Northern Rail services accept bikes on a first come, first served basis, subject to space. Long distance operators require advance bike reservation. You can also cycle here on the National Cycle Network with route 665 and the Trans Pennine Trail both running through Leeds. Find out more information about cycling in Leeds here.