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Travel Info. How to Get to York.


Unlike lots of other UK cities , the majority of York city centre is pedestrianised and most of the attractions, shops and restaurants are easily accessible on foot from York station.

For those day delegates arriving in York by car and not wanting to drive into the city centre, a network of Park & Ride facilities are situated on the outskirts providing an efficient low- fare service.

Travel to York



Rail Travel

Getting to York by train is easy and great value too. From London the Journey time is under two hours; Edinburgh is only two and a half hours from York and there are direct services from Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham and the South West. You can obtain further details about rail travel from the following websites or you can plan your journey with National Rail journey planner. To book your train tickets to York, please use our handy search form on the right hand side of this page.

Journey Times - the approximate journey times of the quickest trains to York are as follows:
London: 1h 50m | Edinburgh: 2h 23m | Manchester: 1h 24m | Sheffield: 56m | Cardiff: 4h 35m | Glasgow: 3h 24m | Newcastle: 55m | Nottingham: 1h 58m | Bristol: 4h | Liverpool: 2h 13m | Derby: 1h 33m | Carlisle: 2h 32m | Birmingham: 2h 15m

Click here to view our special feature on Virgin Trains

Travel by Air

York is in easy travelling distance of 4 international airports - Leeds/Bradford, Manchester, Humberside and Robin Hood Doncaster/Sheffield.


York is easy to get to from Leeds Bradford International Airport. All you have to do is take the 757 bus from Leeds-Bradford airport and go to the Leeds train station where you can find frequent trains to York.


From Manchester International Airport, frequent Transpennine trains provide the city with a direct round the clock link.

Travel by Car

Situated midway between Edinburgh and London, just 20 minutes from the M1/M62 motorway network, York is within comfortable driving times of most regions in the UK. To make your trip to York even more convenient, five Park & Ride sites currently operate in York. They allow you to travel to York by car, park for free in secure car parks and complete your journey into the city centre by bus.

There is also a convenient commuter car park close to all major attractions and transport links.

For details of car parking in York, please see the City of York Council website

Approximate Journey Times and Distances - If you come to York by car the approximate journey times and distances are as follows:

London: 3h 50m / 210 miles | Edinburgh: 4h 12m / 210 miles | Manchester: 1h 34m / 73,0 miles | Sheffield: 1h 19m / 63,1 miles | Cardiff: 4h 23m / 250 miles | Glasgow: 3h 56m / 211 miles | Newcastle: 1h 47m / 87,5 miles | Nottingham: 1h 45m / 87,7 miles | Bristol: 3h 53m / 223 miles | Liverpool: 2h 01m / 102 miles | Derby: 1h 47m / 91,3 miles | Carlisle: 2h 23m / 116 miles | Birmingham: 2h 26m / 134 miles

Were you affected by the Lendal Bridge traffic trial?

Visit York would like to inform visitors that City of York Council has (on Monday 14 July) announced its decision to refund people who received a fine during the trial traffic regulation of Lendal Bridge.

This is due to the level of public concern during the trial and the Council hopes that this can be seen as a statement of goodwill. If you already appealed to the Traffic Penalty Tribunal, you will receive payment from the Council automatically and need take no further action.

If you haven’t appealed but were fined and would like to request a refund then you have to fill out an official application. An announcement as to the opening of the application process will be made through the Council website at where answers to frequently asked questions are also available.


Travel by Ferry via Kingston-upon-Hull

For European visitors, York is only one hour from the P&O Sea Ferries terminal at Kingston-upon-Hull with daily sailings to Holland and Belgium. Plus Jim Bell Coaches offer a daily connecting bus service from the port to York. +44 (0)1482 307572

Get in touch with our Conference Team

For all enquiries, please contact Steph Ward, Aimee Bennett or Laura Freer:

Steph Ward
Telephone : 01904 550080

Aimee Bennett
Telephone : 01904 554653

Laura Freer
Telephone : 01904 554453

Email :

Rail Travel Companies

Virgin Trains East Coast

Virgin Trains: 08457 225 111

Grand Central RailGrand Central: 0844 811 0071

First TransPennine ExpressTranspennine: 0844 556 5637

Northern RailNorthern Rail: 0844 241 3454

Cross Country TrainsCross Country: 08447 369 123

Car Hire

Rhino Car Hire

Rhino Car Hire: 0845 508 9845