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Maps & Travel

Getting to York and travelling around the city is easy. York is just two hours from London by train. Please use the links below to download our maps of York City Centre, the York City Area and the Surrounding Area. Also find details out how to get to York by rail, air, car and ferry.

York City Centre

York City Centre MapDownload your free PDF map of York City Centre.

York City Area

Map of York City AreaDownload your free PDF map of the Greater York area.

Surrounding Area

York and the Surrounding AreaDownload your free PDF map of York and surrounding area.

Rail Travel

Getting to York by train is easy and great value too. From London the journey time is under two hours; Edinburgh is less than 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 20m | 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 six international airports - Leeds/Bradford, Manchester, Humberside, Robin Hood Doncaster, Durham, Newcastle.


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, 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.

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

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

For European visitors, York is only one hour from the P&O Ferries terminal at Kingston-upon-Hull. P&) Ferries operate daily overnight crossings from Zeebrugge and Rotterdam direct to Hull with a coach link to York. Visit for more information. 

Contact the Visit York News Desk

For all press and media enquiries, please contact our Communications Team:

Kay Hyde - Head of PR & Corporate Communications
Telephone: 01904 554451 | Email:

Katie Parsons - Senior Communications Executive
Telephone: 01904 554436 | Email:

NOTE: If you are a visitor or have a general enquiry, please email or call 01904 550099.


Rail Companies

Virgin Trains

Virgin Trains: 03457 225 333

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