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Travelling to Nottingham

You'll find everything you need to plan your journey to Nottingham here, including details of our airport pick-up services from Heathrow and Birmingham airports. And if you need to self-isolate when you arrive in the UK you'll find the information you need on this page.

Arriving in Nottingham

Planning your journey

We're getting ready for the start of the new term, and you should plan to arrive in good time for your course start and induction week.

Bookings for our airport pick-up services have now closed.

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

Full details of all options are given in the pink sections below.

If you need any help planning your journey please get in touch at international@ntu.ac.uk so we can advise you.

Select from the following travel options...

Airport pick-up services, Heathrow and Birmingham

Bookings for our airport pick-up services have now closed.

You can get to Nottingham by coach, train or taxi from all UK airports, full details are given for each airport below.

Travelling by taxi

We 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

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 airport 

Travelling by National Express coach to Nottingham

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

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

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

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

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

Gill Street South external

Self-isolation accommodation and support

The UK government currently requires all people travelling from a country not listed as a travel corridor country to self-isolate on arrival in the UK for fourteen days.

It is your responsibility to ensure you have these arrangements firmly in place before arriving in the UK.

If you've booked NTU accommodation (Brackenhurst, College Drive or UPP halls of residence), we are offering, subject to availability, two weeks free accommodation to self-isolate.

If you have booked private accommodation please contact your provider first to enquire about self-isolation options. We are working very closely with our private partners to make sure there are appropriate self-isolation arrangements in place.

Please read this important information on support for students who need to self-isolate on arrival in the UK.

Airport arrivals

Arriving in the UK

The UK has measures in place to deal with the Covid 19 pandemic.

Please see our information on travel and self-isolation on arrival, which includes details of information you need to provide before arriving in the UK. For example, you'll need to complete a form 48 hours before your travel to the UK with information about your journey.

Going through Immigration control

When you arrive at the airport there are usually two main queues: one for European Economic Area and Swiss nationals, and one for everyone else.

If you are a registered traveller you will be able to enter through the UK and EU passport entry lanes or through the eGates if your passport has a ‘chip’. Since 20 May 2019 citizens of Australia, Canada,  Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the USA can also use the eGates.

For more information and advice please visit the UKCISA website.

Your immigration documents

When you arrive at the airport, you’ll need to show the following documents in order to pass through UK border control:

*            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.

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

Arriving at NTU

How much luggage?

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 a useful packing list in the International Welcome Guide.

Still need help?

International Development Office
+44 (0)115 848 8175