Nottingham is easily accessible via public transport from major UK airports and cities, including London, Birmingham and Manchester, and nearby East Midlands Airport.

This page was last updated on 05 May 2022 at 14:35 (GMT)
Travelling to Nottingham from abroad during Covid-19



Plan your journey

  • If you're applying for a visa, don't make firm travel arrangements (such as booking your flight) until you have received it – unexpected visa delays could force you to change your plans
  • Look at different options for your journey – coaches (long distance buses) are usually cheaper than trains but may take longer
  • Buy your ticket online as early as possible to save money – advance tickets are usually non-refundable and valid at a fixed journey time
  • Some routes may involve changing trains or coaches – check the details of any changes when you book your tickets
  • Book your train/coach ticket for the full journey from the airport to Nottingham  – cheaper than buying separate tickets for each stage

Ticket costs vary depending on the day and time of travel, as well as the time of booking. The prices quoted here are estimated prices for advance ticket bookings and should be used for guidance only.



On the day of travel 

  • Make sure you have any documents you may need for entry to the UK – see our guidance on entering the UK
  • Bring masks or face coverings for your journey – you may need to wear this in airports and on some public transport, but it's a good idea to keep it on for the whole journey
  • Wash or sanitise your hands after touching surfaces which are handled a lot, such as airport security trays, door handles and handrails
  • Make sure you have your train or coach ticket and journey details ready – staff will need to check your ticket and may also need to refer to details of any changes you need to make
  • If you haven't booked an advance ticket, you must buy a ticket at the ticket office before boarding – most trains and coaches don't sell tickets on board and you could receive a fine if you don't have a valid ticket
  • Plan your full journey including your arrival on campus – check our campus maps and local travel connections so you know what to do when you arrive in Nottingham



Book your tickets

Search for taxi, train and coach journeys and book your tickets online.


Taxi connections

We are delighted to offer an airport transfer service, with fixed-price transfers provided by our trusted local taxi firm DG Cars, who provide a private hire service from airports across the UK to your accommodation.

If you would like to book a private transfer, please book this direct with DG Cars on +44 (0)115 911 1444 or by email at

You will need to pre-book and pre-pay for this service. You will be met at your arrival terminal by the driver with a name board for you.

Private transfer fares
Airport locationStandard car: 1 person + luggagePeople carrier: 3 people + luggage
Heathrow £150 £211
East Midlands £29.00 £51.00
Birmingham £78 £112 
Manchester £125 £168
Gatwick £185 £237.50
Stansted £148 £205
Luton £135 £184.50


Please note: Taxis are cleaned between journeys with an electrostatic spray that kills 99.99% of germs. Passengers will only be able to use the rear seats and the driver will be provided with PPE.

We ask you to wear a face covering when travelling within the taxi. 

Transport connections

The estimated journey times below are provided for guidance only, and may vary depending on the travel route and time of day. Please visit the operator websites for full details of travel connections, times, fares and bookings.

Major UK cities and airports
LocationApproximate journey timeFind out more
Central London 4 hours by coach (from Victoria Coach Station)
or 2 hours by train (from St Pancras International)
Transport for London
London Heathrow (LHR) 2 hours by train or 3 hours by coach Heathrow Airport
London Gatwick (LGW) 3 hours by train or 5 hours by coach Gatwick Airport
Stanstead Airport (STN) 3 hours by train or 5 hours by coach Stanstead Airport
Luton Airport (LTN) 2 hours by train or 3 hours by coach Luton Airport
Birmingham Airport (BHX) 2 hours by train or 2 hours by coach Birmingham Airport
Manchester Airport (MAN) 3 hours by train or 5 hours by coach Manchester Airport
East Midlands Airport
45 minutes by the Nottingham Skylink bus
arriving at University Park Campus or Nottingham city centre

East Midlands Airport


Getting to our campuses

If your coach or train arrives in Nottingham city centre, you can easily get to University Park, the Queen's Medical Centre or Jubilee Campus by taxi or on the city's buses and trams.

Taxis can usually be found outside Nottingham Station and near Old Market Square. You can also book a taxi from local taxi companies including Trent Cars, Cab-Line Taxis, DG Cars and Nottingham Cars. A journey from Nottingham city centre to University Park should cost around £10.

For Sutton Bonington Campus, we recommend travelling to either East Midlands Airport, East Midlands Parkway or Loughborough, and using local bus or taxi connections to the campus. Skylink buses from East Midlands airport run to Sutton Bonington village, but you will need another bus or taxi to reach the campus. There is also a free hopper bus for students and staff between University Park and Sutton Bonington Campus.

Public transport


Student Services

University Park

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