Before you make any travel plans, check when you should arrive in Leeds. When you plan the details of your journey and travel connections remember to allow time for any delays and queues at immigration control.

Airports

Leeds Bradford: as it is a small local airport, queues to pass through immigration are much shorter than at London Heathrow or Manchester. A number of airlines offer flights to Leeds Bradford from major European airports such as Amsterdam or Paris.
Manchester: Manchester Airport is just over 90km away making it the second closest airport to Leeds.

Transport from Manchester to Leeds
Train: you can get a direct train from Manchester Airport to Leeds Train Station. A one-way ticket will cost approximately £25 and the journey will take around one hour 20 minutes.
Taxi: the taxi fare from Manchester Airport to Leeds will cost approximately £100.
Coach: the coach fare from Manchester Airport to Leeds Coach Station will cost approximately £12. The journey will take around two hours and 30 minutes.

London Heathrow: London Heathrow Airport is around 320km away from Leeds.

Transport from London Heathrow to Leeds
Aeroplane: you can get an internal flight to Leeds Bradford Airport. This must be booked in advance.
Coach: the coach fare from London Heathrow to Leeds Coach Station will cost approximately £30 - £50.  The journey will take around six hours.
Train: there is no direct train to Leeds. You will need to change trains several times in London which can be difficult with large suitcases. A one-way train ticket to Leeds Train Station will cost approximately £55 - £140 depending on whether you book in advance or buy your ticket on the day. The journey will take around four hours.

London Gatwick: the airport is around 390km away from Leeds.

Transport from London Gatwick to Leeds
Train: there is no direct train to Leeds. You will need to change trains several times in London which can be difficult with large suitcases. A one-way ticket to Leeds will cost approximately £55 - £140 depending on whether you book in advance or buy your ticket on the day. The journey will take around four hours and 30 minutes.
Coach: the coach fare from London Gatwick to Leeds Coach Station will cost approximately £30 - £60. The journey will take seven to eight hours and may include changes.

Visit the National Rail website for information about trains, and the National Express website for coaches. If you will be traveling in London, find out about London buses and the underground. More information about UK public transport is available from Traveline

If you have a disability, it is helpful if you contact our Disability Team well in advance so we can discuss your support arrangements with you before you arrive.

Before you leave home you should know where you will stay on your first night, the arrangements for collecting your accommodation key and the 24-hour phone number for your accommodation.

It is also useful to carry the University’s Security Office contact details in case of an emergency. Check what else to bring with you and make sure to keep important items in your hand luggage.

Travelling to your accommodation

When you arrive in Leeds you may wish to take a taxi to the accommodation that you have arranged for your first night in the city. There are permanent taxi ranks at the airport, train and coach stations.

If you arrive in Leeds from 8 to 15 September 2017 at Leeds Bradford Airport or Leeds Train Station, you can choose to use our free Meet and Greet service

Many accommodation site offices are not open in the evening, so if you plan to arrive in the evening, contact your accommodation in advance to ensure you can collect your keys. Try to arrange to arrive in Leeds before 23.30.

If your journey is delayed and you arrive late unexpectedly, phone your accommodation before you leave the airport or station. If you are not able to contact your accommodation, take a taxi to the University's Security Office where staff are available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Travel safety tips

  • keep your passport safe and never give it to anyone except an immigration official
  • do not carry large amounts of cash. Do not leave your bags unsupervised during your journey
  • take out travel insurance. It will not stop something going wrong but it will protect you financially
  • for more information on how to travel safely, read the British Council safety guide Creating Confidence

Find out more about what happens when you arrive and how we can help you with settling in.