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Travelling to Nottingham

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

Arriving in Nottingham

Planning your journey

If you are currently studying online outside the UK please do not book your travel until you are invited back for on-campus teaching, see the Your Experience web page for full advice and information on this.

Before you travel, here are some things you will need to consider including latest travel restrictions, quarantine or self-isolation requirements and proof of a negative test:

When you are in a position to make travel plans, please read the information below on planning your journey.

Select from the following travel options...

You can book National Express airport transfers for travel after Monday 29 March 2021.

Travelling by taxi 

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:

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.

Nottingham East Midlands airport

Travelling by Skylink 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

Journey time 3 - 5 hours (3 hours and 30 minutes direct).

Tickets cost approximately £50 and you can book online in advance on the National Express website.

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

If your flight is delayed please visit the National Express ticket office in the central bus station so that they can arrange the next available bus.

Terminals 2 and 3 coaches leave from the central bus station which is a 5 minute walk from the terminals.

Terminal 4 coaches leave from outside the terminal.

Terminal 5 coaches leave from outside the terminal.

Terminal 1 is currently closed.

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.

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.

Self-isolation requirements

Please check the latest UK Government guidance on self-isolating requirements for new or returning students arriving in the UK.

You have the option to take an accredited test from a private testing provider after five days of self-isolation, with a negative result releasing you from the need to isolate from day six.

More information on the Test to Release scheme is on the Gov UK website.

If you’re interested in this option, you can book your test and state the booking reference and name of test provider on your passenger locator form 48 hours before you travel to the UK.

When self-isolating you should complete the NTU Coronavirus tracking form on arrival, so we can support you during this time.
Airport arrivals

Arriving in the UK

UK airports have measures in place for COVID-19.

Please read our information on arriving in the UK, which includes advice on airport immigration control requirements.

What to pack, and not to pack
Advice from our regional teams (sub-titles coming soon)

What to bring with you

Try not to bring too much heavy luggage with you!

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

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 our video.

Still need help?

International Development Office
+44 (0)115 848 8175