Travel to Leicester by air
East Midlands (now called Nottingham East Midlands Airport)
The nearest public airport to Leicester is East Midlands.
Its web site has information about the
nearest hotels and where to park. Main
telephone number for the airport is +44
(0) 871 919 9000
There is no direct rail link from the airport to Leicester. It would be necessary to travel to either Nottingham, Derby or Loughborough to catch a train.
There are direct bus
services from Nottingham East Midlands
to the surrounding cities. The Airport
is very close to the M1 Motorway.
East Midlands International Airport
Phone: 01332 852852
International: +44 (0)1332 852 852
Fax: 01332 850393
There is another web site with information on East Midlands Airport This site gives information on how to get to the airport by rail, bus and road.
Hotels in the vicinity of the airport include the Donnington Thistle Hotel
East Midlands Airport
Phone: 0332 850 700
Other airports serving Leicester
can also get to Leicester from Birmingham,
Luton, Gatwick and Heathrow airports.
Birmingham International Airport
The Airport has a train station at Birmingham International.
Local buses provide links
to Birmingham and surrounding areas. National
Express coach services provide links to
most cities and other airports via Birmingham
Digbeth Coach Station. Luton
are frequent train
services from Luton
Airport to Leicester. Coach
and bus services also run from the airport.
(Heathrow) Full details about how
to travel to and from Heathrow are given
on their website. Further information
on transfers is available from the Travellers
The rail station
is directly linked to Gatwick's South
Terminal and is just a few minutes from
North Terminal via a free transit train link. Rail
information and ticket desks are located
in the rail station and within the arrival
areas of both terminals.
You can take a train
from Gatwick to Leicester via Virgin
When you arrive at Leicester
Station there is always a plentiful supply
of taxi cabs (for more details see our
rail page.) Both Universities are approximately
10 minutes taxi ride from the station.
Leicester University Halls of residence
are about 20 minutes taxi ride from the
National Express coaches
operate from the upper terminal forecourt
(South Terminal). The
majority of services also call at the North
Terminal (on the lower level outside International
Coaches arrive in Leicester
at St. Margarets Bus Station. Taxis are
available from there at all times.
Tickets can be bought at National Express
ticket desks in Arrivals in both the North
and South and terminals. There is also
a ticket desk and covered waiting area
in the South Terminal coach station.
Tickets for a majority
of coach services to and from Gatwick can
be booked in advance via the operator's
website (see our buses page for links.)
You can link to the National
Express coaches web site from our Buses
page. You should check when purchasing
a ticket, if their are luggage weight restrictions.
most coach services are not wheelchair
accessible, but will
carry wheelchairs for passengers who
are able to board the vehicle unaided.
Baggage limit: two
medium sized suitcases per person and
one piece of hand luggage.
For more detailed information,
visit the Gatwick
There is a frequent train service between the Airport and Manchester Piccadilly
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Coventry is a small airport
handling business jets, freight and flying
schools. It is close to the M69 Motorway
which carries traffic into Leicester and
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There are bus (coach) connections between Leicester and Luton, Heathrow and Gatwick. The operator is National Express . For further information or bookings see National Express
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