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Planning your journey to Nottingham

You'll find everything you need to plan your journey to Nottingham from all major UK airports on this page.

Page updated 15 June 2022

Before you travel

There are no restrictions for international arrivals to the UK at this time. You do not need to complete a UK passenger locator form before you travel, take any COVID-19 tests or quarantine when you arrive in England.

Other countries may have rules about what you need to do to leave the country to travel to England. You should check travel advice for the country you are travelling from.

Latest UK Government advice on travel to England.

What to pack, and not to pack!
Advice from our International Office teams

What to bring with you

Please do not bring heavy luggage with you.

You'll be able to get most things you need at the shops in Nottingham (clothes, food, toiletries etc).

Our advice would be 'think minimum' and 'think light'!

As a guide, you can bring two medium-sized suitcases (maximum 20kg) and one small piece of hand luggage (per person).

If you are not sure what to bring with you, there's some useful advice in this video!

How to get to Nottingham by coach, train or taxi...

To plan your journey, please read the travel options open to you by coach, rail or taxi from the UK airports listed below.

Select the UK airport you will be arriving at...

Manchester airport  

Travelling by National Express coach to Nottingham

Journey time approximately 5 hours.

Tickets cost approximately £20 and you can book online in advance on the National Express website.

You must print the e-ticket and show this to the driver.

Manchester airport

Travelling by train to Nottingham

Follow signs for ‘The Station’.

Journey time is 3 hours approximately.

Tickets cost approximately £20 - £40. You need to change trains so please check this and ask at the ticket office if you are unsure.

Book your journey with East Midlands Railway.

It is cheaper to buy your ticket in advance online.

Manchester airport

Your arrival into Nottingham by coach or train

Coaches and Trains arrive into Nottingham at Station Street. If you have a lot of bags/luggage you might want to pre-book a taxi for when you arrive into Nottingham. You could call a taxi using the Uber App or book a local taxi service, such as.

Please note that you will need cash in £ Sterling to pay the taxi fare.

Nottingham East Midlands airport

Travelling by coach to Nottingham

24-hour Skylink (not National Express) bus service travels frequently to Nottingham.

Journey time approx 40 minutes.

You can catch the Skylink bus directly outside the terminal building. Tickets cost £5.95 per person and you can buy your ticket from the bus driver as you get on the bus.

Nottingham East Midlands airport

London Heathrow airport

Travelling by National Express coach to Nottingham

We’re working with National Express coaches to provide free transfers for Nottingham Trent University students starting their first year of study with us. You can choose a date and time that fits with your flight arrival time using our new flexible service.

The journey to Nottingham takes approximately 3 - 5 hours (3 hours and 30 minutes direct). The Central Bus Station at Heathrow is a short walk from Terminals 2 and 3. If you need to travel between terminals for your coach please use these travel instructions.

When your place at NTU is confirmed we’ll send you details of how to book onto this service.

London Heathrow airport

Travelling by train to Nottingham

Journey time 3 hours 30 minutes approx.

You can take the London Underground direct from Heathrow to London St Pancras International train station, where you can catch trains to Nottingham.

Tickets costs approximately £60 - £100.

Book your journey with East Midlands Railway.

It is cheaper to buy your ticket in advance online.

London Heathrow airport

Your arrival into Nottingham by coach or train

Coaches and Trains arrive into Nottingham at Station Street. If you have a lot of bags/luggage you might want to pre-book a taxi for when you arrive into Nottingham. You could call a taxi using the Uber App or book a local taxi service, such as.

Please note that you will need cash in £ Sterling to pay the taxi fare.

London Gatwick airport 

Travelling by National Express coach to Nottingham

Journey time 6-8 hours.

Tickets cost approximately £25 - £45 and you can book online in advance on the National Express website.

You must print the e-ticket and show this to the driver.

Coaches leave from both North and South terminals.

London Gatwick airport

Travelling by train to Nottingham

You can take the London Underground direct from Gatwick to London St Pancras International train station, where you can catch trains to Nottingham.

You can then get a direct train from St Pancras to Nottingham.

Journey time 3 hours 30 minutes approx.

Tickets costs approximately £30 - £70.

Book your journey with East Midlands Railway.

It is cheaper to buy your ticket in advance online.

London Gatwick airport

Your arrival into Nottingham by coach or train

Coaches and Trains arrive into Nottingham at Station Street. If you have a lot of bags/luggage you might want to pre-book a taxi for when you arrive into Nottingham. You could call a taxi using the Uber App or book a local taxi service, such as.

Please note that you will need cash in £ Sterling to pay the taxi fare.

London Stansted airport 

Travelling by National Express coach to Nottingham

Journey time approximately 4- 7 hours (no direct coaches).

Tickets cost approximately £25- £40 and you can book online in advance on the National Express website.

You must print the e-ticket and show this to the driver.

The coach stop is approximately a two-minute walk from the terminal building.

London Stansted airport

Travelling by train to Nottingham

Journey time approx 3 hours and 30 minutes.

You first need to take the train from Stansted Airport to Tottenham Hale. Next take the London Underground to Kings Cross/St Pancras station and then a direct train from St Pancras station to Nottingham.

Tickets cost approximately £20 - £80.

Book your journey with East Midlands Railway.

It is cheaper to buy your ticket in advance online.

London Stansted airport

Your arrival into Nottingham by coach or train

Coaches and Trains arrive into Nottingham at Station Street. If you have a lot of bags/luggage you might want to pre-book a taxi for when you arrive into Nottingham. You could call a taxi using the Uber App or book a local taxi service, such as.

Please note that you will need cash in £ Sterling to pay the taxi fare.

Birmingham airport

Travelling by National Express coach to Nottingham

Journey time approximately 20 minutes from the airport to Birmingham and 1 hour 45 minutes from Birmingham to Nottingham.

Tickets cost approximately £15 - £20  and you can book online in advance on the National Express website.

You must print the e-ticket and show this to the driver.

Coaches leave from Terminal 1 (Terminals 1 and 2 are next to each other - it is just a few minutes walk between them).

**You need to change coaches at Birmingham Coach station, Digbeth - ask the driver if you need help with this**

Birmingham airport

Travelling by train to Nottingham

Tickets cost approximately £25.

Journey time 1 hour and 30 minutes approx.

Take the Air-Rail Link from the terminal building to Birmingham International train station. This is a free service which operates approximately every two minutes.

You will need to change trains at Birmingham New Street and get on the train for Nottingham.

Book your journey with East Midlands Railway.

It is cheaper to buy your ticket in advance online.

Birmingham airport

Your arrival into Nottingham by coach or train

Coaches and Trains arrive into Nottingham at Station Street. If you have a lot of bags/luggage you might want to pre-book a taxi for when you arrive into Nottingham. You could call a taxi using the Uber App or book a local taxi service, such as.

Please note that you will need cash in £ Sterling to pay the taxi fare.

Taxi

Advice on taxi bookings

If you plan to travel by taxi, we recommend these local Nottingham taxi companies who provide a door-to-door service from the airport to your accommodation:

Please see below for costs, how to book and the cancellation policy.

How to make a taxi booking

Cost

You should expect to pay around the following for a standard size taxi:

  • London Heathrow £140
  • London Gatwick £180
  • London Stansted £140
  • London Luton £130
  • Birmingham £75
  • East Midlands £30
  • Manchester £120

How to book

To book a journey with one of these companies, you will need to book and pay at least 5 days before you travel. You can do this online, or by calling the Nottingham taxi company directly. To book, you’ll need to give the following information:

  • your confirmed flight number
  • the number of suitcases you will bring
  • the number of passengers travelling in the taxi

Please note that the number of passengers determines the size of the taxi and there may be an increased cost.

After booking, you’ll get a confirmation email and text and the taxi company will confirm the driver’s name and contact details before you travel.

Delays and cancellations

Don't worry if your flight is delayed, the taxi company will monitor the flight arrival times so the driver will be aware of the situation.

If you need to cancel or change your booking, you’ll need to give the taxi company at least 12 hours’ notice or you may have to pay for part, or all, of the charge.

You can check the cancellation policies online:

Arriving with no taxi reservation

We highly recommend that you pre-book your taxi before you travel.

If you can’t do this, you’ll be able to hire a taxi when you arrive at the airport. Please note, however, that it is likely you’ll have to pay a higher price than a pre-booked journey with these Nottingham companies.

Airport arrivals
Going through immigration control

At the airport

All passengers arriving from the EU will be required to make a customs declaration by selecting the 'green channel' (nothing to declare) or the red channel (goods to declare) as rest of the world passengers do now.

EU citizens are able to use eGates if travelling on a biometric passport.

Citizens of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the USA can use eGates.

For more information and advice please visit the UK Government website.

Your travel documents

You should be prepared and bring the following immigration documents that you'll be asked to present:

  • your CAS statement email
  • your visa decision letter
  • your NTU confirmation email, which you'll receive when you've met all your offer conditions
  • details of your accommodation in the UK, including your full address
  • your Covid-19 documentation

You must bring printed copies of these documents. Do not rely on electronic copies.

Travelling to the UK through Ireland

If you will be travelling to the UK through Ireland you will not pass through UK immigration control.

Make sure you keep evidence of your travel to the UK as you not receive a stamp in your passport. This could be a boarding card, ticket or booking confirmation. The evidence should include your name / passport number and photocopies or screenshots of these documents are acceptable.

You must present these documents when you enrol at NTU and to your accommodation provider.

There is further information on the UKCISA website about travelling to the UK via Ireland.

Still need help?

International Development Office
+44 (0)115 848 8175