Travel to York
Enjoying the benefits of excellent rail and motorway networks York is undoubtedly one of the most easily accessible cities in the UK. York is ideally positioned in the heart of the country with direct rail links bringing you from London, Edinburgh, Manchester in around 2 hours. Manchester, Newcastle and Leeds/Bradford airports are within easy reach and the ports of Hull and Newcastle are both within a two-hour drive.
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
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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 www.york.gov.uk 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
There are several places in York where you can leave your luggage whilst enjoying the city. The left luggage has moved from Platform 1 at the railway station to Queen Street. Lockers are also available at the National Railway Museum near the railway station and at Europcar.