We don't advise that you take a taxi directly from the airport as you will be charged a very high fare. 

Leeds Bradford airport
  • Use the First 757 bus service from Leeds Bradford airport to get to Leeds bus station or Leeds train station. The 757 bus operates up to every half hour (hourly in the evenings).
  • From Leeds train station, the train to York runs several times an hour and takes about 30 minutes. Find fares and times online on the National Rail website.
  • Alternatively, use National Express, City Zap or Coastliner buses to travel from Leeds bus station to York. The bus takes around one hour.
Manchester airport

Manchester airport railway station is in the centre of the airport complex. 

  • At Manchester airport follow the signs for The Station
  • Once at The Station go to the ticket office and buy a single ticket to York (or book online on the National Rail website). A direct train runs every half an hour. The train will take approximately one hour and 50 minutes.
  • Alternatively, you may wish to travel by coach using National Express.

Check to see whether we are running a Manchester Airport Collection Service on the day you arrive.

Manchester Airport Collection Service

Heathrow airport
  • From Heathrow airport take the Piccadilly Line on the London Underground (Tube) to King's Cross St. Pancras tube station (travelling towards Cockfosters station). The Piccadilly Line is dark blue on a London Underground map.
  • Underground trains leave Heathrow airport every few minutes between 5.12am and 11.48pm. You need to buy your underground train ticket from the ticket office or ticket machine before boarding the underground train. It takes about an hour to reach King's Cross.
  • On reaching King's Cross, follow the directions from the underground to the overground mainline train station.
  • At King's Cross train station, take a direct train to York railway station. It takes approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes. Book online via the National Rail website.
  • Alternatively, you may wish to travel by coach using National Express or Megabus (via London).
Gatwick airport
  • If you arrive at Gatwick North Terminal, take the free Inter-Terminal shuttle train to Gatwick South Terminal which runs every three minutes. Gatwick South Terminal is directly linked to Gatwick railway station.
  • Once at the train station, buy a single ticket to London St. Pancras railway station (or book online on Southern Railway). The train runs every 15 minutes and takes around 47 minutes to get to London St. Pancras station.
  • Walk the short distance to the main King's Cross railway station directly across the road, which takes around two minutes.
  • At King's Cross train station, take a direct train to York railway station. It takes approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes. Book online via the National Rail website.
  • Alternatively, you may wish to travel by coach using National Express.
Stansted airport

Stansted airport train station is located underneath the airport terminal building. There are two routes from Stansted airport to York - one route will take you via Peterborough (this has fewer changes and is cheaper) and the other route will take you via London. Both routes take about three hours. Find out more on the National Rail website.

Alternatively, you may wish to travel by coach using National Express (via London and Leeds).

Route 1 (via Peterborough)

At Stansted airport train station buy a single ticket to York via Peterborough.

Take the Crosscountry service from Stansted airport to Peterborough. At Peterborough station change trains and take a direct train to York. 

Route 2 (via London)

At Stansted airport train station buy a single ticket to York via London King's Cross.

Take the Stansted Express train from Stansted to Tottenham Hale station. From Tottenham Hale take the Victoria Line (Southbound, Platform 2) direct to King's Cross St Pancras underground station. From King's Cross train station take a direct train to York. 

Luton airport
  • There is a shuttle bus going from the airport to Luton Airport Parkway station. The bus runs every 10 minutes from 5.00am until midnight and will take you to Luton Airport Parkway train station in approximately five minutes.
  • Take a direct train from London Luton Parkway station to London St. Pancras train station, which takes about 35 minutes and runs approximately every 15 minutes. Buy your train ticket at London Luton Parkway station or book online via the National Rail website. 
  • Cross the road to the main King's Cross railway station and take a direct train to York railway station, which takes approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes. 
  • Alternatively, you may wish to travel by coach using National Express (via Milton Keynes).
Newcastle airport

The Metro Station is directly linked to the terminal building by a covered walkway.

Single Metro tickets to Newcastle Central railway station cost around £3 and are valid for 90 minutes from the time of purchase. A ticket can be bought at any of the ticket machines located on the Metro station. Students should select Zone 3 on the ticket panel of the machines.

The Metro train to Newcastle Central railway station leaves the airport every seven minutes. The journey takes about 23 minutes.

At Newcastle Central railway station buy a single ticket to York or book on the National Rail website.

Once in York, see Maps and directions for help in getting to campus. 

On certain days there is a discounted £1 bus fare from York railway station to campus. See information for new undergraduates or new postgraduates for more details.