Leeds is located about 200 miles north of London in the heart of West Yorkshire. The City enjoys excellent communications with the rest of the UK. The M1 motorway provides a direct road link with the Midlands, London and the South; the A1 provides access to the North East and the Eastern Counties; and the M62 links the City with Hull, Manchester, Liverpool and the North West.
Leeds-Bradford airport is about eight miles north of the city. The Bus and rail stations are connected by frequent services to all parts of the country.
Intercity trains operate frequent through services to London, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff and Newcastle; other services provide regular connections with the North West, the East Midlands, East Anglia and the South West. There is an hourly service from London Kings Cross, a journey which takes less than two hours.
On-line Railway Timetable
There are frequent long distance bus services to Leeds from all major cities in the UK. See GNER’s website.
Leeds Bradford International Airport is situated off the A658 about 8 miles north west of Leeds with flights daily from major European destinations, and a wide network of onward connections worldwide.
If you are travelling to Leeds by air we recommend that you fly to Manchester, Leeds-Bradford or one of the London airports. This page provides information to help you plan your onward journey to Leeds.
Arriving at Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA)
Leeds-Bradford Airport is 9 miles north of Leeds, is by far the most convenient airport to use. There are regular connecting flights to/from London Heathrow, Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin.
Wherever you are flying from you should be able to book your baggage straight through to Leeds/Bradford International Airport. JET2 are based at Leed/Bradford and offer flights from many European cities.
A taxi between Leeds/Bradford International Airport and the University will cost around 18 with the journey taking about 40 minutes, though this can be dramatically longer in the rush hour. See the Leeds Bradford International website or telephone (0113) 250-9696.
Arriving at Manchester Airport (MAN)
Many intercontinental flights fly directly in Manchester Airport which is about 80 km (50 miles) from Leeds. There is a train service from the Manchester airport railway station to Leeds railway station. Trains run once each hour and take about 90 minutes.
See the Manchester Airport website or telephone (0161) 489-3000
Arriving at a London Airports
From Heathrow to London King’s Cross
If you arrive at one of the London airports, we recommend that you travel to King’s Cross railway station, and then by train to Leeds. From Heathrow to London King’s Cross. Please see Heathrows website for more inforamtion.
From Gatwick to London King’s Cross
A Thameslink train will take you to King’s Cross Thameslink station, from where there is a walk of about 300m to the main King’s Cross railway station. Thameslink trains run every 20 minutes and the journey takes about 50 minutes. For more information please visit Gatwicks website
Trains from London King’s Cross to Leeds
From King’s Cross railway station there is a direct fast and at least hourly train service to Leeds. The average journey time is 120 minutes. For current timings please see the RailTrack or telephone: 08457 484950.
Please note that the full train fare is rather expensive. If you book the ticket at least one week in advance the price is substantially reduced. It is generally better to buy a “return” ticket, rather than a single ticket for the journey to Leeds and a separate single ticket for the journey from Leeds back to London.
Tickets area avaible online from GNER’s website