Travelling to Leeds.
Leeds is the epicentre of the modern North, at the heart of an easily accessible network of road, rail and air transport. We’re at the crossroads of the M1 and the M62 motorways, connecting north and south, east and west.
We’re an easy train journey from the capitals of London and Edinburgh, with regular intercity connections to all corners of the country meeting at the busiest station in the north of England. Flights arrive at Leeds Bradford Airport from over 70 overseas destinations, with the international hubs of Dublin and Amsterdam Schiphol an hour away. Flying into Manchester Airport is just as easy, with swift train links taking you straight into the heart of the city of Leeds.
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Leeds is currently undergoing a period of development of its public realm to create a more sustainable and pedestrian friendly city centre. Plans to transform City Square and the area surrounding the railway station – already well underway – will give visitors a modern gateway into our city with wider pavements and cycleways, outside dining spots and improved transport connections.Read More
Arriving by air.
Landing at Leeds Bradford Airport leaves travellers with just an 8 mile journey to the city centre, accessible by the regular Flyer Bus, by taxi, or hire car. Within 30 minutes, you’ll be at your destination, ready to check in, drop your bags, and head out.
Or you might choose to fly into another UK destination such as Manchester which is less than an hour away or Heathrow, just an hour’s flight. You’ll be in your hotel, with your conference on your doorstep, before you know it.
Check out our guide to arriving by air, with details for Leeds Bradford, Manchester and Heathrow airports.
Arriving by road.
Our accessible position on the UK motorway network makes reaching Leeds by car or coach so simple. The M1 links our city with London and the south, with the M62 stretching across the region to connect Leeds with the port of Hull in the east, to Manchester and Liverpool in the west. Further north, the A1(M) passes Newcastle, and on to Edinburgh.
Arriving by rail.
Leeds is the busiest station in the north, and a major hub for national rail transport. Frequent inner city routes connect us to nearly every major UK city, including speedy services from London run by LNER, linking with the Eurostar at St Pancras to bring the continent within reach. Brussels and Paris are five hours away.
The First Transpennine Express service provides excellent links to Manchester, Newcastle, Liverpool, York or hourly to Edinburgh, and Cross Country trains connect other cities like Birmingham and Bristol with all the excitement and energy Leeds has to offer.