This page updated 2nd August 2010

The following information may be useful to delegates planning their travels:

  • The easiest international airport to get in and out from is Manchester Airport. There is a direct train from the airport to York. The train takes around an hour and 45 minutes (they leave every half hour, at peak times, and every hour at other times. More or less)
  • Less easy is Leeds Airport. It is closest (a 50 minute drive), but there is no direct service between the airport and York; one has to take a regular bus to the train station in Leeds, and then a train to York. It’s probably no quicker, therefore, than Manchester airport. Leeds primarily serves European destinations.
  • London is served by three airports (Heathrow, Gatwick, and City - the latter is a commuter airport that serves Paris and Amsterdam, amongst others). There are frequent connections into London by train or underground. One has to get to King’s Cross railway station to then get a train to York (which takes around 2 hours).

More detailed information about travel to and from UK airports:

York can be reached from the following airports

Airport (airport code)

Travel time to York
Approximate Cost

Birmingham (BHX)

2.5 -3 hr by train
£ 50
Edinburgh (EDI)
2.5 – 3 hr by train
£ 80
Leeds/Bradford (LBA)
1.5 hr (bus and train)
£ 20
London Heathrow (LHR)
1 hr on the Tube + 2 hr by train
£ 90
London Gatwick (LGW)
3-4 hr by train, Tube and train again
£ 90
London Stansted (STN)
2.5-3 hr by train
£ 70-100
Manchester (MAN)
~2 hr by train
£ 30

1. The Edinburgh Waverley rail station is not in the Edinburgh airport but can be reached by taxi or shuttle bus. According to the airport site it can be reached in 25 to 30 minutes from the airport.
2. The Leeds rail station is 1 hr by bus from the airport. There is no transport directly from the airport to York.
3. Trains to York from London leave from Kings Cross station. This can be reached from the London Underground (Tube). If you purchase rail tickets from any of the London airports to York, the price of the ticket includes travel across London on the Underground to Kings Cross station. Alternatively you can get to Kings Cross on your own and purchase a ticket from there. Trains to York will be announced as going to Newcastle or Edinburgh.
4. Connections from Stansted to York do not normally go via London. You will probably have to change at Peterborough.
5. Trains from Manchester to York will be traveling to Scarborough. Manchester International is a separate station from Manchester Piccadilly (in the city) so be careful when booking tickets in advance that you choose Manchester International.

Traveling By Rail
Getting to York by train is fairly straightforward as it is well connected with major cities in the UK. From London the journey time is under two hours; Edinburgh is only two and a half hours from York and there are also direct services from Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham and the South West. Journeys can be planned using the National Rail Enquiries website (

Traveling By Coach
National Express ( operate services from York (Rail Station) to destinations throughout the UK and most airports. See their website for full details. For all further information on local bus timetables and other public transport, call traveline on 0871 200 22 33 or visit their website at

Traveling By Car
Situated midway between Edinburgh and London, just 20 minutes from the M1/M62 motorway network, York is within comfortable travelling times of most regions in the UK. Detailed route directions can be obtained through Google maps or transport direct ( You should note that space for parking in York is limited, and the city centre is largely pedestrianized, so you may find public transport more convenient.

Local Taxis
Station Taxis - 01904 623332
Streamline Taxis Ltd - 01904 638833
Fleetways Taxis (York) Ltd - 01904 645333
Ebor Cars - 01904 641441
Six Five Nine Taxis - 01904 659659