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Travel Info. How to Get to York.

York is easily accessible from anywhere in the UK and with an abundance of travel routes on offer, it is actually much closer than you think.

Centrally located on the UK rail network, York is equidistant from London and Edinburgh and by road York is well served by both the M1/A1 and M62 motorways.  For international travellers York is within easy reach of six international airports with direct flights from London Heathrow to Leeds Bradford Airport. 

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

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Travel by Air

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


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/A1 and M62 motorway network, York is within comfortable driving times of most regions in the UK. To make your trip to York even more convenient, six 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


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

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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