Travelling to Nottingham

You'll find everything you need to plan your journey to Nottingham on this page, including details of our airport pick-up service from London Heathrow.

Planning your journey

You can travel by coach, train or taxi to Nottingham from UK airports.

We also offer a free airport pick-up service from London Heathrow that you can book on to.

Check the information in the pink sections below to find the best way for you to travel to your new home.

And if you need any help please get in touch at international@ntu.ac.uk so we can advise you.

Travel information from UK airports

  • Airport pick-up service

    We offer a free airport pick-up service for international students from London Heathrow. Staff from the NTU International Development Office will meet you at the airport and travel to Nottingham with you on a coach.

    We will be offering this service on Friday 11 January 2019, 2pm and Friday 18 January 2019, 2pm.

    Please note that you must book your accommodation before you can use this service.

    Complete this booking form to reserve your place.

  • Travelling by taxi

    We also offer a taxi pick-up service from UK airports to Nottingham.

    We’ve negotiated set prices with the company so you can be sure that you’re paying the correct fee for your journey. From Heathrow airport, for example, the cost will be approximately £120.

    If you're planning to use this service you need to book the taxi at least 7 days before you travel.

    When you have your flight information you can book your taxi through NTU

  • London Heathrow airport

    Travelling by National Express coach to Nottingham

    *Recommended*

    Journey time 3 - 5 hours.

    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 Heathrow Airport Central Bus Station so that they can arrange the next available bus.

    Terminal 1 and 3 Coaches leave from the Central Bus Station which is a 5 minute walk from the terminals.

    Terminal 4 You can use a free bus transfer service to the Central Bus Station from stop 7 outside Arrivals.

    Terminal 5 The coach services for Nottingham depart from bus stops 11-15 outside the terminal building.

    London Heathrow airport

    Travelling by train to Nottingham

    Journey time 3 hours 30 minutes approx.

    Take the London Underground to Kings Cross/St Pancras station. You can then catch a direct train from St Pancras train station to Nottingham.

    Tickets costs approximately £50.

    The company you need to book a train is National Rail.

    Costs are for day of travel. It is cheaper to buy your ticket in advance online.

    London Heathrow airport

  • London Gatwick aiport

    Travelling by National Express coach to Nottingham

    *Recommended*

    Journey time 4 - 5 hours.

    Tickets cost approximately £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.

    North terminal Coach services depart from the lower level outside international arrivals.

    South Terminal Coaches depart from the lower forecourt at bus stops 1 - 5.

    London Gatwick airport

    Travelling by train to Nottingham

    Take a train to London St Pancras Station.

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

    Journey time 3 hours 30 minutes approx.

    Tickets costs approximately £30 - £70.

    The company you need to book a train is National Rail.

    Costs are for day of travel. It is cheaper to buy your ticket in advance online.

    London Gatwick airport

  • London Stansted airport

    Travelling by National Express coach to Nottingham

    *Recommended*

    Journey time approximately 4 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.

    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 £60-£80.

    The company you need to book a train is National Rail.

    Costs are for day of travel. It is cheaper to buy your ticket in advance online.

    London Stansted airport

  • Birmingham airport

    Travelling by National Express coach to Nottingham

    *Recommended*

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

    Tickets cost approximately £15 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 bus stop G in front of 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.

    The company you need to book a train is National Rail.

    Costs are for day of travel. It is cheaper to buy your ticket in advance online.

    Birmingham airport

  • Manchester airport

    Travelling by National Express coach to Nottingham

    *Recommended*

    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 approx.

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

    The company you need to book a train is National Rail.

    Costs are for day of travel. It is cheaper to buy your ticket in advance online.

    Manchester airport

  • Nottingham East Midlands airport

    Travelling by Skylink coach to Nottingham

    *Recommended*

    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 per person and you can buy your ticket from the bus driver as you get on the bus.

    Nottingham East Midlands airport

How much luggage?

Try not to bring too much heavy luggage.

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 a useful packing list in the International Welcome Guide.

Still need help?

International Development Office
+44 (0)115 848 8175