Getting here couldn't be easier. Most visitors from abroad will fly to the region. Yorkshire has its own international airport - Leeds/Bradford. It has scheduled links to Amsterdam, Brussels, Dublin, Barcelona, Malaga, Palma, Alicante, Murcia, Venice, Prague, Geneva, Cork, Nice and Paris together with many domestic services. Many foreign visitors can utilise the many charter flights that cover the whole of the Meditteranean and North Africa. In addition if a suitable flight is not available (non European) Manchester International is only an hour away by car or train.
Cheap flights are always available from JET2 to Leeds Bradford and their service is excellent. They were winners of the most punctual airline at Amsterdam Schiphol last year!
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Train services are frequent and link all regional centres. Road connections are excellent via the M1 and M62.
Link to Leeds Bradford International Airport http://www.lbia.co.uk/
The Leeds CityBus links the city's railway and bus stations, universities and colleges, hospitals, shopping and business districts. It's a handy way to get about in the city especially if you need to get from one end to the other end of the city.
It used to be free! It's ludicrous that we now have to pay 50p per journey compared to similar services which are without charge in different UK cities! However if you have a travel card (for example, a metrocard) or concessionary pass it's still free of charge.
East Yorkshire busses do a £7.50 return (adult) over the winter to Leeds, when I tried to book (during the half term) there wasn't enough bookings so I had to use the other company, Stagecoach.
This was the X62 "Ridings Express" service from Jameson Street (the side of BHS) stopping at Hull Royal Infirmary, KC Stadium, Fiveways roundabout, Darleys roundabout, Brough Welton Road, Goole Airmyn Road, Castleford Outlet and Leeds City Bus Station. It took about 1.5 hrs and cost £8.50 adult return, not bad as the train is about £20.
This is Leeds main bus station situated in the city centre and the first point of call if one travels by bus and coach to Leeds. Buses arrive and depart serve the Leeds and Bradford Districts, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and East Riding of Yorkshire.
Bus and coach services are operated by First Group, Arriva , Trans Dev Keighley & District , Trans Dev Harrogate & District, Trans Dev Yorkshire Coastliner, Stagecoach in Hull , Yorkshire Line and National Express (for nationwide destinations). There are smaller operator but these are the main ones.
As well as a travel shop, there are toilets, newsagents, cafe, taxi ranks and Information Help Point.
If you would like to explore from Leeds by train the North East Rover may be of use. This ticket offers 197 miles of travel on the East Coast Mainline from Retford to Berwick on Tweed. The area covered is bounded by Newcastle - Carlisle - Settle - Bradford - Halifax - Huddersfield - Sheffield - Retford - Cleethorpes - the North Sea coast plus Newcastle and Berwick on Tweed. Leeds falls within this area. Harrogate line included from 2013.
Any 4 days in 8 - £88, child £44.00 and with a railcard £58.10. Not valid on Hull Trains or Grand Central trains and only after 08.45.
Any 7 days £102, child £51.00 and with a railcard £67.35.
This ticket is available from Skipton station and gives unlimited travel on the Settle/Carlisle line.
1 day adult £28, railcard £18.50 and child £14.00. (2012 prices).
Concessions - 16-25, Senior and Disabled Railcard holders £18.50
Where conditions are met Family & Friends Railcard Adult 34%, Children 81% discount, subject to minimum of £1·00.
You would need to buy a Leeds to Skipton ticket to gain the actual rover ticket.
Note - this card not available in 2013. Now covered by the North West Round Robin which now includes Leeds.
Running every few minutes from 06.30 to 19.30 Mon to Sat, the stops are-
Bus & Coach station (stop 3)
City Rail Station
Park Lane College
Clarendon Rd./Maternity Hospital
Leeds General InfirmaryLeeds Metropolitan University
Update April 2011: member Nemorino (thanks Don) told me that Metro is now charging 50p for this service (the council pulled out of half-funding the service); which is still very reasonable....for the time being at least!
They still offer free bus services in Bradford, Dewsbury, Huddersfield & Wakefield.
Jet 2 is a lesser known low-fare carrier based at Leeds/Bradford airport. It flies Boeing 737-300 aircraft to many airports in the UK and western Europe. Many flights are cheaper than travelling by coach or train within the UK.
This is the mainline railway station in the city centre where number train companies operate services across the country such as Virgin Cross Country, Northern Rail, Transpennine Express,East Coast and East Midland Trains.
Click onto the highlighted companies for more information on the services including rail fares.
I took a first class rail trip from Kingscross Station in London to Leeds. The rail was no different to the coach class (I think) except maybe they served drinks in the ticket. One good thing is that free wifi was available in the car so you can surf the net while waiting to get to your destination
Situated off the A658 about 8 miles north west of Leeds City Centre Leeds Bradford International Airport continues to grow and facilities now include
High tech check in area
Larger security area
Nursing parents facilities
The Woolpack Pub, Take Off Cafe and O'Briens Irish Sandwich Bar
New international departure area incorporating the White Rose Cafe, the Yorkshire Hero pub, a Children's Play Area, Duty Free, Delice De France and Books Plus Outlet
Domestic Departures lounge incorporating the Ridings Bar
The Yorkshire Executive Club which offers priority parking and full use of the Executive lounge facilities for members. Short and long stay car parking. Short stay up to 30 mins £1.30. Long stay rates are £28.00 for 8 days and £52.50 for 15 days
Category III Instrument Landing System to enable suitably equipped aircraft to land in nil visibility
LBA Airlink coach service operating from the airport to the centre of Leeds at £1.60 per single journey and £4 for a family ticket.
Leeds has good bus services (there are about 90m trips a year) and is also linked into long distance services from the rest of West Yorkshire. The city is one of the first in the country to implement a trial of guided bus routes which allow buses to travel along specially converted central reservations to help reduce and avoid traffic congestion.
Leeds city bus station is located on New York Street, LS2 7HU. A new National Express coach terminal has been built adjoining the bus station. This has 10 stands and a waiting area with a small buffet bar. The passenger concourse area for the coach terminal is fully integrated with the new bus station. National Express Coaches have around 100 departures a day from Leeds, serving more than 1200 destinations.
Extensive refurbishment has taken place to provide a combined central bus and coach station with new facilities. The new layout is designed for maximum safety. It offers total segregation of vehicles and passengers with 26 bus stands leading directly on to a new concourse designed to provide a full range of amenities. There is a new Metro / City Council Travel and Information Centre, toilets with baby care facilities, a cafeteria and a range of shops.
Leeds is an important rail travel centre and Leeds City Station, which is within the central business area, has the highest number of passengers of any station outside central London. There is an hourly service to London via the electrified East Coast Main Line.
Local Rail Services
Leeds is the hub of the local West Yorkshire rail network which contains 65 local Metro Train stations. The majority of these have direct services to Leeds. About 7,000 people arrive at the City Station in the morning peak period.
METRO (West Yorkshire Traffic Service) aims for half hourly or better services all day on all lines, and this is achieved in Leeds.
There is an airport for Leeds/Bradford but many international flights would come to Manchester. There are good rail liks from Leeds to most parts of the country ,Buses provide the main form of internal communication although there are several train stations within the city boundary.
The website below is for local buses. It would be nice but quite untrue to say that they keep to time - but the timetables at least terll you what ought to happen!
I arrived in Leeds by train after almost missing the train in Luton due to my flight from Amsterdam being late. When I finally made it to Leeds the station was very quiet as it was 9pm on Easter Monday, hardly a soul around. I was the last person off the train so my uncle thought I had missed it! How close he was to being right, I made it with 5 minutes to spare.
The train station is in the city centre, within walking distance of a lot of attractions. Taxis are usually sitting outside to take you to where you want to go.
I tend to use The Trainline for booking train tickets.
See the website below for all kinds of transport information about arriving in and travelling around the Leeds area.
You will need a car to explore the lovely countryside. There are a lot of towns that it would be just too difficult to get to without your own private transport. Plus you can stop at will and go wherever you fancy. We stopped a lot for lamb pics :)
Leeds has its own airport. However, whichever way u enter Leeds city centre from, you will find the city centre loop. Major attractions and car parks are identified on the loop signs. National Express brings u straight into the city centre.
It's best to go by foot so u can see more things and stop anytime u wish! So walk away...!!!
From the Midlands take the M1 North and then the M621. Elland Road is one of the easiest football grounds to get to as it is situated right next of the motorway. There is plenty of cheap parking around the ground and it doesn't take too long to get back onto the main road once the game has finished.