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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...

Please note that the National Express coach service is closed until March 2021 in line with current COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in the UK.

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

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.

As a guide, you should expect to pay:

  • £145 Heathrow
  • £75 Birmingham
  • £30 East Midlands
  • £120 Manchester

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 (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.

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 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.

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- 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.

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 - £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.

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 £20 - £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

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