Travelling from the airports

It is not advisable to take a taxi directly from the airport as you will be charged a very high fare. Instead, follow the instructions for travelling from the main UK airport terminals.

Gatwick

From London Gatwick airport to London St. Pancras train station

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 for approximately £10 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.

From London St. Pancras to York

  • Walk the short distance to the main King's Cross railway station directly across the road, which takes around 2 minutes.
  • Take a direct train to York railway station, which costs about £30 (up to £120 on the day of travel), and takes approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes. Book online through East Coast.
  • Alternatively, you may wish to travel by coach using the Megabus service which travels directly to the University campus.

 

Heathrow

From London Heathrow airport to York railway station

  • 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. A single fare Underground ticket to Kings Cross costs approximately £5. 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, which costs about £30 (up to £120 on the day of travel), and takes approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes. Book online through East Coast.

 

Leeds Bradford

From Leeds Bradford airport to York railway station

  • 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) and costs approximately £3. Timetable and further information is on the Metro website.
  • From Leeds train station, the train to York runs several times an hour, takes about 30 minutes and costs around £12. Find fares and times online on National Rail website.
  • Alternatively, use one of many Coastliner buses to travel from Leeds bus station to York train station. The bus takes around one hour and costs about £6. Timetable and further information is on the York Bus website.

 

 

Luton

From London Luton airport to London St. Pancras train station

  • There is a shuttle bus going from the airport to Luton Airport Parkway station. A single ticket costs £1.50 and can be purchased on the bus. The bus runs every 10 minutes from 5am until midnight and will take you to Luton Airport Parkway train station in approximately 5 minutes.
  • Take a direct train from London Luton Parkway station to London St. Pancras train station which takes about 35 minutes, costs around £14.00 and runs approximately every 15 minutes. Book online on National Rail website.

From London St. Pancras to York railway station

  • Walk the short distance to the main King's Cross railway station, which takes around 2 minutes.
  • Take a direct train to York railway station, which costs about £30 (up to £120 on the day of travel), and takes approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes. Book online through East Coast.

 

Manchester

From Manchester airport to York railway station

 

 

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 East Coast). A direct train runs every half an hour and costs from approximately £11 up to £30.00. The train will take approximately one hour and 50 minutes.

 

 

Newcastle

From Newcastle airport to York railway station

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 7 minutes. The journey takes about 23 minutes.

At Newcastle Central railway station go to the ticket office and ask to buy a single ticket to York. An open, single train ticket from Newcastle Central to York costs approximately £26.

Stansted

From Stansted airport to York railway station 

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 London and the other route will take you via Peterborough.

Route 1 (via London)

At Stansted airport train station go to the ticket office and ask to buy a single ticket to York via London King's Cross. A weekday standard open single ticket costs approximately £120. With this ticket you are able to travel from King's Cross to York on any National Express East Coast train including during peak time (3pm - 7pm).

Take the Stansted Express train from Stansted to London Liverpool Street station - the journey will take approximately 45 minutes. From Liverpool Street station take the London Underground (Tube) to King's Cross.

Travel from Liverpool Street to King's Cross takes approximately eight minutes. Using a London Underground map, you can travel on either the:

  • Pink Hammersmith and City Line
  • Or yellow Circle Line
  • Or purple Metropolitan Line (towards Uxbridge)

From King's Cross railway station take a direct train to York. Trains to York leave King's Cross approximately every half an hour between 6.15am - 10pm (Monday - Friday), between 6.15am - 8.30pm (Saturday) and 9am - 10pm (Sunday).The journey from London to York takes on average two and a half hours.

Route 2 (via Peterborough)

At Stansted airport train station go to the ticket office and ask to buy a single ticket to York via Ely. A weekday standard open single ticket costs approximately £72 but you must travel through Ely.

Take the Crosscountry service from Stansted airport to Peterborough. At Peterborough station change trains and take the National Express East Coast train to York. The train journey from Stansted to York takes approximately three hours.

From York railway station to the University campus

If you arrive at York railway station on specific days there will be a coach service to help you travel to the University. See more about the Welcome Week programme of events for postgraduates and about Freshers' Week for undergraduates.

By bus

  • Take the number 44 Unibus Transdev bus, or the number First York 66 bus from the front of the railway station to the University campus. 
  • single ticket costs £1.50 (or £2 for a return journey on the same day). Tickets are purchased direct from the driver or from the bus conductor 
  • Try to provide the exact amount in change, it is not advisable to pay using a large note

By taxi

  • Take a licensed taxi from outside the front of the railway station to the campus
  • A taxi will cost approximately £7.00
  • If the driver does not know where your college is, ask them to take you to the Information Centre on Market Square.

Where to go when you arrive on campus

Arrival information, including when and where to collect your room key, plus other information about your accommodation will be available on the accommodation website.

Please note, your room will only be available from the date shown in your offer of accommodation. Please do not arrive earlier than this date as you may have to stay in a hotel which can be expensive.

If you do not receive an email from Accommodation Services before you leave your home country to travel to York, you must contact the office before you arrive in York.

The Accommodation Services reception desk is located on the ground floor of the Information Centre and is open Monday – Friday. Opening hours are 09:00 – 17:00 every day except Thursday which is 10:00 – 17:00.

We strongly advise all students to arrive at the University campus during the daytime (10:00 – 17:00) when there will be many members of staff available to help you. However, if you have absolutely no choice but to arrive outside of these hours you must check the Accommodation Services website for key collection arrangements after office hours, especially if your University accommodation is off campus. If you have difficulty on arrival, all on campus Colleges have a red phone outside their reception area. Please use this phone to request assistance. You must have your offer letter with you to show the member of staff when requesting your keys.

Please contact International Student Support (international-support@york.ac.uk) if you have any questions, queries or problems relating to your travel arrangements.