I usually travel by train to a lot of destinations in the UK but on one occasion it was more feasible to travel by coach and also to mention that it's a third cheaper than the train.
I paid 6.30 gbp (May 2011) for a day return between Leeds and Sheffield on the National Express coach. The journey wasn't the most comfortable but it was punctual and the coach alights at Sheffield Interchange.
A previos review says bad things about the Northern Rail service from Hull to Sheffield, take no notice of that review. The Northern Rail service is fast, is hourly and always on time unless Goole bridge is up (not Northers fault), the train crews are very friendly,
The train is my regular mode of transport around the UK as I don't want to drive and I usually travel by train to Sheffield.
Northern Rail runs the regular local services from Leeds to Sheffield either via Castleford and Barnsley or Wakefield and Rotherham. There are also intercity trains that are run by Virgin Trains but usually I hop on the local train.
It cost me 9.30 gbp (April 2011) for an off peak day return from Leeds to Sheffield and I can get on any train except for those that go via Doncaster to both cities.
Being part of the Socialist Republic of South Yorkshire, a tram system for the proletariot was a necessity. 30kms of tracks are now in operation, with more planned in the future.
Probably most useful for the route between the Meadowhall shopping complex (free parking) and the Centre via the Don Valley Stadium / Arena it claims to be a 'state of the art' supertram.
It maybe fairly swift, but it didn't feel very 'super' when waiting ages in a chilling Yorkshire wind for one of the damn things to turn up on Castle Square. Every 10 minutes ? My arse.
At Meadowhall there were signs saying a 'dayrider' was the princely sum of One pound 80p. You can travel all-day on the system for that. Once on board (all trams have a good old-fashioned conductors) I found out it had risen to all of two pounds 70p. That is what comes with giving the operation of the service to a buch of capitalist free-marketeers like 'Stagecoach'.
Another thing I noticed. In London, you can normally hear a pin-drop on a crowded tube train. On a Shefield tram, being in the more freindly north, the tram was filled with noise of 101 conversations going on.
Well, I've had a bad experience with a taxi driver in Sheffield. I guess it can happen to you everywhere.
Well, I visited a friend in Sheffield and we went out on Saturday night. Suddenly he disapeared and my friend and I had to take a taxi back to his house. So we jumped into one that was waiting in front of the club and told him to take us to Oughtibridge. Since it was my first time in Sheffield I didn't know the way, but I thought we were at least going in the right direction. After about 30 min drive the driver asked:"Where do you want to go again?"-"Oughtibridge" I replied. "Ah, we've passed there long ago! You should have told me!" he said, and drove back the same way again for about 10 min! That was a bloody expensive taxi ride. We didn't argue with him, since my English wasn't that good at that stage and we wouldn't have had a chance.
So my tip is, when you catch a taxi, wherever you are, make sure that the driver knows where to go befor he starts driving! I'll definatley do that in the future! :)
Sheffield used to be well known for its cheap bus prices...2p a ticket not so long ago, but all that has changed. Now the public transport is quite expensive especially if there is more than one person. If it is a short journey for example from the edge of the city then into the center on a night out then the best way to travell is by taxi...for more than one person it will work out roughly the same price as taking the bus but with the added benifit of comfort and door to door service.
There are two types of taxis in Sheffield, black cabs and private hire...black cabs you can flag down in the street with out any problem....private hire you are supposed to book an appointment first. There are plenty of both taxis so catching either is not a problem.
There is a train station ( Midland Station ) in the middle of the city center that has regular services to London, Manchester Airport and near by cities and towns.
Beware if you decide to cycle here...there are cycle lanes but most get abused by cars, and like most cities there are alot of cars here.
Walking is great but be prepared for hills.
On a whole all the services are quite good and do have a large range. You will be able to go where you want at nearly the exact time you want. I believe the bus service is doing a route that goes into the Peak District that allows you to take bicycles on board the bus, this must be an excellent service and is well worth taking advantage of.
There is a small airport here but I think it is just about all closed up... not many destinations to go to and not many arrivals.
Why pay more if you can travel with EasyJet...
We flew from Amsterdam to Liverpool. On such a short flight you don't miss the free drink and mini chocolat bar.
From Liverpool Airport we had to take a taxi to the trainstation where we took the train to Sheffield.
We had to change trains once. Very confusing though with all the different railwaycompanies.
If you have a hotel in the citycentre you will find most activities within walking distance.
If you're travelling in on the train from the South of England with Midland Mainline the stop before Sheffield is Chesterfield, well known for it's crooked spire. Take a look to the left.
The legend is that the spire became bent when it heard that there was a virgin bride getting married in the church, it was so amazed that it stooped down to take a look. It will apparently straighten back up the next time another virgin marries there!
By rail from all major cities London from St Pancras on Midlandmainline, Manchester from Manchester airport on Northern spirit,
Birmingham on Virgin express. By car junction 33 is travelling from the South or Junction 36 if travelling from Barnsley the North anf from Manchester the A57 Snake Pass or the Woodhead Road. By Air
Super tram or take a Bus; Main bus company is Mainline or by Supertram
The best way to get to Sheffield is the Train. Midland Mainline provide an hourly service from London. At weekends it is possible to upgrade to first class for just £6 on any train (the picture shows the interior of a High Speed Train first class carriage). Local serivices, and also services to Leeds, Manchester and beyond, are Provided by Arriva Trains Northern, with Long Distance Trains, including serices to Edinborough and Penzance, are provided by Virgin Trains. The trains also give the opertunity to see some great sceanery, including the peak district, and the pennines.
The best way to get arround Sheffield is the Tram system. Fast, smooth and cheap, they provide regualr services in the city centre, and out into the suburbs. One route also serves the Meadowhall out of town shopping centre. £2 gets you a ticket entitling you to unlimited use of the network for the whole day. As I have already mentionned, Arriva Trains provides local rail services, including trains to Meadowhall. Mostly buses are provided by First Mainline (although they now like to be refered to as 'First'), although many other companies run routes in the city. I think it is possilbe to buy a Ticket that entitles you to unlimited travel on all trains buses and trams in the area, very useful for sightseeing.
Sheffield has it's own small airport but I don't know anything about flights I'm afraid. It is on a major rail route from LONDON though, and the TRAIN JOURNEY takes just over 2 hours (if there aren't any delays!).
BY CAR, it's on the M1 motorway at Junction 33 and it takes on average about 3 hours from London.
Sheffield is a very hilly city, so walking could be a bit tough at times if you're not too fit! It's very well served with Public Transport though, which is efficient and inexpensive. My personal favourite is the SUPERTRAM which runs at regular intervals through the heart of the city. Taxis in Sheffield are also pretty cheap compared to southern prices and you could probably get from one side of the city to the other for about 5 GBP.
Whilst Sheffield does have its own airport it is only small and does not cater for international flights. I would recommend flying to Leeds/Bradford or East Midlands Airport and taking the train there.
You have to use the SuperTram, as nothing else comes close to the puntuality, efficiency, comfort and value. It runs between all the major sites in the city and does so regularly.
Take the supertram. Stagecoach Supertram serves the city of Sheffield with three light rail routes covering 29 kilometres across the city. For more information please visit: http://www.supertram.com/.
From London: By bus or by train. Bus is much cheaper. More info: http://www.nationalexpress.co.uk
By bus or by tram. Tram goes for example to Meadowhall, which is one of the biggest shopping centers in Britain.
The tram system in Sheffield seems very good and organised,we were here on Easter sunday and saw a lot of trams about so i should imagine that the normal service is very good.