Travelling to the IMC

All travel details were correct as of January 2017. However, we advise people to double-check with their travel provider for up-to-date details.

Travelling to Leeds

Air | Rail | Coach/Bus | Car | Taxi | Public Transport | Cycling | Walking

By Air

Leeds is well situated between two international airports, Manchester and Leeds Bradford. Transport links from both airports to Leeds Railway Station mean that delegates can take advantage of the IMC Meet and Greet service at the railway station, or can take a public bus or private taxi to the University of Leeds campus.

Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA)

Leeds Bradford International Airport is a local airport located approximately 12 km (712 miles) from the University of Leeds main campus. Flights to Leeds Bradford Airport can be booked with a number of major airlines routed through Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, and other major European hubs. The #757 bus connects the airport to Leeds Railway Station and Leeds City Bus and Coach Station. Taxis directly from the airport to the University of Leeds campus must be booked in advance, or can be reserved at the booking office outside the main terminal. For more information see the airport website.

Airport Information

Telephone: +44 (871) 288-2288
www.leedsbradfordairport.co.uk

Manchester International Airport (MAN)

Manchester International Airport is a major airport located approximately 90 km (60 miles) from the University of Leeds main campus. Flights to Manchester can be booked from nearly 200 international airports. A train station within the airport offers direct, half-hourly services to Leeds Railway Station Monday – Saturday, and hourly services on a Sunday.

Airport Information

Telephone: +44 (871) 271-0711
www.manchesterairport.co.uk

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By Rail

Leeds Railway Station offers frequent direct services to London King’s Cross, Manchester, Liverpool, and Hull, as well as an extensive network of train services throughout the UK. The journey time from London King’s Cross is approximately 212 hours.

The railway station is approximately 1.6 km (1 mile) from the University campus, a 20 minute walk. Delegates may also takte advantage of the IMC Meet and Greet service at the train station, or can take a public bus or private taxi to the University of Leeds campus.

Train Timetables

Telephone (UK): 0845 748-4950
Telephone (Overseas): +44 (20) 7278-5240
www.nationalrail.co.uk

Buying Train Tickets

The following websites will guide you through buying tickets after you have entered your journey details.

National Rail
http://www.nationalrail.co.uk

The Train Line
http://www.thetrainline.co.uk

Brit Rail (Overseas)
http://www.britrail.net

Walking from the railway station to the Parkinson Building, 1.6 km (1 mile), 20 minutes.
Click to view a map of Leeds Train Station and a map of Walking Routes from the Train station to the Campus.

  • After going through the ticket barriers, continue ahead exiting the station by the main New Station Street exit where the bus stops and taxi rank are located.
  • Turn left and walk under the Queens Hotel towards the main road.
  • Cross the road using the pedestrian crossing and keep right onto Park Row.
  • Continue up Park Row with Mill Hill Unitarian Chapel and a number of banks and restaurants on your right until you reach The Headrow.
  • Cross The Headrow using the pedestrian crossing and continue straight ahead onto Cookridge Street.
  • Continue up Cookridge Street past the Radisson Blu Hotel and the Catholic Cathedral until you reach Great George Street.
  • Cross Great George Street using the pedestrian crossing and continue up Cookridge Street onto the pedestrianised square.
  • Continue across the pedestrianised square past Leeds City Museum on your right.
  • Continue ahead as the road curves round to the right and up to the junction with Woodhouse Lane, a busy main road, and turn left.
  • Looking up the hill, at the top you will see a tall white building with a tower; this is the Parkinson Building.
  • Follow the pavement behind the grassy bank and cross the next road, Portland Way, using the pedestrian crossing.
  • Continue up the hill for approximately 500 m (13 mile) past Leeds Metropolitan University and two converted church buildings on your left until you reach the Parkinson Building.
  • The main entrance to the Parkinson Building faces the road and is up a flight of approximately 20 steps with four columns at the top. For details of the accessible entrance see the Parkinson Building Accessible Entrance map.

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By Coach or Bus

Leeds City Bus and Coach Station is situated in the centre of Leeds, 2km (114 miles) from the University campus, a 30 minute walk. Alternatively, the public buses #6, #28 and #97 offer a frequent bus service to the University; tickets are purchased from the driver. See more detailed information on local bus services below. Delegates may also take a taxi to the University.

Coach Timetables and Buying Coach Tickets

There is an extensive network of coach services within the UK and, through Eurolines, to cities throughout mainland Europe. This method of travel is usually the least expensive, often a third of the cost of rail travel.

For more information concerning timetables and fares, or to book tickets, contact:

National Express:
Telephone: +44 (871) 781-8178
www.nationalexpress.com

Megabus:
Telephone: +44 (900) 160-0900
www.megabus.com

Eurolines
www.eurolines.com/en/about-us

Walking from the bus and coach station to the Parkinson Building
2 km (114 miles), 30 minutes. View a map of the walking routes to campus.

  • Exit the the station by the Dyer Street exit, where the taxi rank is located.
  • Turn left and continue up George Street, with a car park on your right, until you reach Vicar Lane with the entrance to Leeds City Markets on your left.
  • Turn right and continue along Vicar Lane until you reach The Headrow.
  • Turn left and continue along The Headrow, passing a number of large shops, for approximately 500 m (13 mile), until you reach The Light building.
  • Cross the road using the pedestrian crossing and continue for 50m to the next until you have the Leeds Blood Donor Centre on your left and a pedestrianised square ahead.
  • Turn right onto Cookridge Street and continue up past the Radisson Blu Hotel and the Catholic Cathedral until you reach Great George Street.
  • Cross Great George Street using the pedestrian crossing and continue up Cookridge Street onto the pedestrianised square.
  • Continue across the pedestrianised square past Leeds City Museum on your right.
  • Continue ahead as the road curves round to the right and up to the junction with Woodhouse Lane, a busy main road, and turn left.
  • Looking up the hill, at the top you will see a tall white building with a tower; this is the Parkinson Building.
  • Follow the pavement behind the grassy bank and cross the next road, Portland Way, using the pedestrian crossing.
  • Continue up the hill for approximately 500 m (13 mile) past Leeds Metropolitan University and two converted church buildings on your left until you reach the Parkinson Building.
  • The main entrance to the Parkinson Building faces the road and is up a flight of approximately 20 steps with four columns at the top. For details of the accessible entrances view a floor plan of the Parkinson Building.

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By Car

Due to the very limited number of car parking spaces available and the excellent public transport links within Leeds, we encourage delegates to consider travelling to the IMC using alternative methods.

Parking on Campus

Due to construction work taking place, a very limited number of car parking spaces are available on the University campus. Permits must be pre-booked through the IMC Online Store or paper registration and cost £7.00 per day. These permits will guarantee access to park on campus but will not reserve a specific parking space. Disabled drivers wishing to park on campus must pre-book a disabled parking permit. For more information about disabled parking permits go to Campus Accessibility.

City Centre Parking

There are also public and private multistorey car parking facilities within easy walking distance of the University's main campus. These are Woodhouse Lane Car Park and Merrion Centre Car Park. View a map of car parking locations near to the University of Leeds. Spaces for these car parks are subject to availability, must be paid for directly with the car park, and cannot be booked in advance through the IMC Registration.

Driving Directions

From the South and East (M1/M621)

  • At J43 the M1 splits off to the left. Move over to the right hand lanes and continue straight ahead onto the M621.
  • Exit the M621 at J2 and take the A643 towards Leeds.
  • Continue along this road until you reach a large roundabout.
  • Take the third exit, signposted City Centre and Universities.
  • Follow this road, the inner ring road (A58M), and cross over the river Aire.
  • Continue to follow the inner ring road for 1.4 km (0.9 miles), taking the exit signposted Skipton, A660, and Universities.
  • Keep in the left hand lane following signs for the University and turn left at the traffic lights, keeping the tall orange-coloured building on your left.
  • At the next set of traffic lights turn right onto Woodhouse Lane (A660).
  • The main entrance to the University of Leeds is on your left after 300 m (14 mile), immediately before the Parkinson Building, a large white building with a clocktower.

From the North (A64 - York)

  • Follow the A64 into Leeds onto and along the inner ring road dual carriageway (A64M).
  • Follow the inner ring road and then take the exit signposted Skipton, A660, and Universities.
  • At the junction at Woodhouse Lane Car Park keep in the right-hand lane and cross the junction to turn right onto Woodhouse Lane (A660).
  • The main entrance to the University of Leeds is on your left after 600 m (13 mile), immediately before the Parkinson Building, a large white building with a clocktower.

From the North (A61 - Harrogate)

  • Follow the A61 into Leeds.
  • Join the A58 adn follow signs for the University for 1.1 km (0.7 miles).
  • As you approach the city keep in the left-hand lane.
  • When the road forks at the HBOS (Halifax and Bank of Scotland) offices, on your left, take the left hand fork over the bridge.
  • Continue along the A58, taking the right hand lane past the Yorkshire Bank offices on your left.
  • At the major traffic lights turn right onto Woodhouse Lane (A660).
  • Follow Woodhouse Lane up the hill; the main entrance to the University of Leeds is on your left after 600 m (13mile), immediately before the Parkinson Building, a large white building with a clocktower.

From the West (M62)

  • Exit the M62 at J27 and take the M621 towards Leeds.
  • Exit the M621 after 5.6 km (312 miles) at J2 and take the A643 into Leeds.
  • Continue along this road until you reach a large roundabout.
  • Take the third exit, signposted City Centre and Universities.
  • Follow this road, the inner ring road, and cross over the River Aire.
  • Continue to follow the inner ring road for 1.4 km (0.9 miles), taking the exit signposted Skipton, A660, and Universities.
  • Keep in the left hand lane following signs for the University.
  • Turn left, keeping the tall orange-coloured building on your left, and then turn right onto Woodhouse Lane (A660).
  • The main entrance to the University of Leeds is on your left after 300 m (14 mile), immediately before the Parkinson Building, a large white building with a clocktower.

View a map of the main routes into Leeds

View a map of Leeds city centre and parking

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Travelling Around Leeds

IMC Meet and Greet Service (Leeds Railway Station)

For 2017 the IMC will once again offer a Meet and Greet service at Leeds Railway Station. IMC representatives based at the Railway Station will help you to find the best way to travel to your accommodation, whether that is by taxi or by bus, and will give you directions if you wish to walk. They can book a taxi for you, and where several delegates arrive at the same time, will organise taxi sharing to reduce individual costs. You can find the IMC Meet and Greet representatives at the desk in the central hall of the Railway Station.

The Meet and Greet service will run during the following times:

  • Sunday 02 July: 12.00 - 23.00
  • Monday 03 July: 07.30 - 12.30

View a map of Leeds Railway Station.

Taxis

There are two types of taxi in Leeds, black and white taxis and private hire cars. Black and white taxis can be hailed in the street and taken from designated taxi ranks. There are taxi ranks loacted at the main exit of Leeds railway station and at the Dyer street exit of Leeds bus and coach station. View a map of Leeds Railway Station. The taxi rank at the University of Leeds main campus is directly outside the Parkinson Building. The cost of a taxi to University campus form the bus and coach station is approximately £6-£12 depending on the day and time.

Taxis directly from the airport to the University of Leeds campus must be booked in advance, or can be reserved at the booking office outside the main terminal.

There are also private hire companies which must be booked in advance. The IMC has agreed fixed rates with Amber Cars, a local private hire firm, for all IMC delegates between Leeds railway station, bus and coach station, airport and IMC venues and accommodation. Prices are per car for up to 4 passengers.

IMC Special Rates with Amber Cars

To/From University Campus Devonshire Hall

Railway Station

£4.50 £5.50
Bus & Coach Station £5.00 £6.00

During the Congress, IMC staff will be pleased to help delegates book a taxi from the railway station Meet and Greet point, IMC accommodation, and from campus. Alternatively delegates may book directly:

Telephone: +44 (113) 231-1366
Book online at www.taxileeds.co.uk

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Public Transport

The Traveline Yorkshire website provides a postcode-to-postcode journey planner which covers all forms of public transport (including buses and trains) as well as walking routes to your final destination throughout Yorkshire.

www.yorkshiretravel.net

Local Buses from the Railway Station

The #1 bus runs from the Railway Station to the University campus. It leaves from the Z1 bus stop on Bishopgate Street.

  • On exiting the ticket barriers, continue straight towards the main exit, onto New Station Street.
  • Turn left after exiting the building and continue until you have passed under the Queens Hotel on the corner of New Station Street and Wellington Street.
  • Cross New Station Street at the pedestrian crossing and turn right down Bishopgate Street. (Note: Bishopgate Street can also be accessed by stairs from the taxi rank area via the cycle point building).

The service operates every 10 minutes between 07.00 and 18.00 Monday to Friday and thereafter every 30 minutes until 23.00. At the weekend, the service operates every 30 minutes between 07.30 and 23.00.

Local Buses from the Bus and Coach Station

The #6, #28, and #97 buses depart from the bus and coach station stands 20 and 21. Buses are available every 10 minutes between 07.00 and 18.00 Monday to Friday and thereafter every 30 minutes until 23.00. At the weekend, buses are available around every 30 minutes between 07.30 and 23.00.

Further Public Transport Information

All times were correct on January 2017. However, we advise delegates to contact the bus station's Metro Information Centre for up-to-date details:

Telephone: +44 (113) 245-7676
www.wymetro.com

Maps and Timetables Maps and timetables can be downloaded from:

www.firstgroup.com/ukbus/yorkhumber/leeds

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Cycling

The University campus has designated cycle parking where you can secure your bicycle. Please note that you will need to bring your own bike chain or lock.

The University of Leeds Sustainability website has information on cycle parking and planning cycling routes to the University.

Read more about cycling at the University of Leeds

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Walking

The railway station, bus station, and off-campus accommodation are all located within walking distance of the University of Leeds campus. In addition to the walking routes detailed on this site, alternative walking routes and maps can be found at: www.walkit.com/cities/leeds/

From Ibis Hotel/Holiday Inn Express
2km (114 miles), 25 minutes

  • From the hotel entrance turn left up the hill along Marlborough Street.
  • At the top of the hill turn right onto Park lane towards the pedestrian crossing.
  • Cross the road using the pedestrian crossing and continue to the right.
  • Turn left at the junction and with Park Lane College, onto Hanover Way.
  • Follow Hanover Way uphill as it curves to the right, past a green square called Woodhouse Square.
  • Keep Woodhouse Square on your left and continue onto Clarendon Road.
  • Continue uphill along Clarendon Road, curiving to the right with large houses on both sides, for approximately 800 m (12 mile) until you reach Leeds University Buisness School, a converted church building, on your left. This is the West Entrance to the University campus.
  • Turn right onto the University Road and continue ahead past the traffic barrier and into the University campus.
  • Continue ahead, under the archway with the University Crest above, and towards the white building ahead.
  • You will pass The Great Hall on your left and the Michael Sadler Building on your right.
  • Continue through the arches and turn left. You will see a tall white building with a tower; this is the Parkinson Building.
  • The main entrance to the Parkinson Building faces the road and is up a flight of approximately 20 steps with four columns at the top.
  • For details of the accessible entrances view a floor plan of the Parkinson Building.

From DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel/Radisson Blu Hotel
214 km (1.4 miles), 30 minutes / 1 km (23 mile), 15 minutes

  • Out of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel entrance walk right along Wharf Approach.
  • Enter the underpass on your the left and then turn right to walk over the bridge through the tunnel.
  • Exiting underneath the railway bridge, turn left onto Neville street.
  • From underneath the bridge, turn left onto Bishopgate Street and follow the pavement upwards toward the crossing.
  • Using the pedestrian crossing at the City Square, cross onto the side of the Plaza Hotel and keep left to walk up Park Row.
  • Continue all the way up Park Row, passing Mill Hill Chapel and several banking institutions.
  • Cross the Headrow to the side of the Radisson Blu Hotel.
  • From the Radisson Blu Hotel entrance on Cookridge Street, cross the road and turn right.
  • Continue up Cookridge Street past the Catholic Cathedral until you reach Great George Street.
  • Cross Great George Street using the pedestrian crossing and continue up Cookridge Street onto the pedestrianised square.
  • Continue across the pedestrianised square past Leeds City Museum on your right. Continue ahead as the road curves round to the right and up to the junction with Woodhouse Lane, a busy main road, and turn left.
  • Looking up the hill, at the top you will see a tall white building with a tower; this is the Parkinson Building.
  • Follow the pavement behind the grassy bank and cross the next road, Portland Way, using the pedestrian crossing.
  • Continue up the hill for approximately 500 m (13 mile) past Leeds Metropolitan University and two converted church buildings on your left until you reach the Parkinson Building.
  • The main entrance to the Parkinson Building faces the road and is up a flight of approximately 20 steps with four columns at the top.
  • For details of the accessible entrances view a floor plan of the Parkinson Building.

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