Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA)
Leeds Bradford is a local airport around 12km (7 1/2 miles) from the University of Leeds. Flights can be booked with several major airlines routed through Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, and other major European hubs.
The 757 bus runs from the airport to Leeds Railway Station and Leeds City Bus and Coach Station. Taxis can be booked in advance, or from the booking office outside the main terminal.
Leeds Bradford Airport website
Telephone: +44 (871) 288-2288
Manchester International Airport (MAN)
Approximately 90km (60 miles) from the University, Manchester is a major airport with direct lights from nearly 200 international airports.
A train station at the airport offers direct services to Leeds Rail Station, a journey of 1hr 15mins.
Manchester Airport website
Telephone: +44 (871) 271-0711
Leeds Railway Station offers direct services to London King’s Cross, Manchester, Liverpool, Hull, Birmingham, Newcastle, Edinburgh and across the UK. London King’s Cross is around 2 1/4 hours away by rail.
The station is approximately 1.6km (1 mile) from campus, a 20-minute walk. The 1 bus provides a frequent service between the station and Woodhouse Lane, outside the Parkinson Building, and taxis are available outside the main entrance.
A meet and greet service for IMC delegates will run on Sunday and Monday. If you arrive at the station on these days, IMC staff will be available on the main concourse to help you find your way to your accommodation.
Buying train tickets
These websites will guide you through buying tickets for the UK rail network.
Leeds City Bus and Coach Station is 2km (1 1/4 miles) from campus, a 30-minute walk. Public buses 6, 28 and 97 offer a frequent service stopping outside the Parkinson Building. Tickets can be purchased from the driver by cash or contactless card payment.
Buying coach tickets
The UK has an extensive network of coach services, and Eurolines offers services to cities throughout mainland Europe. These websites will guide you through buying tickets on the major coach operators:
We encourage all delegates to use alternative methods of transport where possible.
A very limited number of blue badge parking spaces are available on campus. Due to University of Leeds policy, all drivers need to pay for their parking space whether they have a blue badge or not. These must be pre-booked during registration.
There is no parking available on campus for non-blue badge holders.
Public and private multi-storey car parks are within easy walking distance of the University, on Woodhouse Lane and at the Merrion Centre. You will need to pay for these when you arrive using the machines in the car parks.
Getting around Leeds
Leeds has an extensive network of local buses, with routes across the city and West Yorkshire. Tickets can be purchased from the driver in cash, while many buses also accept contactless card payments.
Frequent services run from Leeds Bus and Coach Station (6, 97, 28) and Leeds Rail Station (1) to just outside the Parkinson Building.
West Yorkshire Metro provides information and a personal journey planner to help you find your way around.
The railway station, bus and coach station, and all IMC accommodation are within walking distance of the University campus.
The University has designated cycle parking where you can secure your bicycle. You will need to bring a bike chain or lock.
Find out more about cycling on campus at the University of Leeds Sustainability website
Two types of taxi operate in Leeds, black-and-white taxis and private hire cars. Taxis ranks are located at:
- the main exit of Leeds Rail Station
- the Dyer Street exit of Leeds Bus and Coach Station
- outside The Light shopping centre
- outside the Parkinson Building on campus.
Staff at the Information and Payments Desk in Leeds University Union can also provide contact details for Amber Cars, the University’s recommended taxi operator.
A taxi from campus to the bus and coach station can range from £6-12 depending on the day and time.
Private hire cars must be booked in advance. In 2019, we agreed fixed rates with local firm Amber Cars:
- Leeds Rail Station: £4.50 from campus, £5.50 from Devonshire Hall
- Leeds Bus and Coach Station: £5.00 from campus, £6.00 from Devonshire Hall
Prices for 2020 will be confirmed closer to the IMC.
To book directly with Amber Cars, call +44 (113) 231-1366 or book via the Amber Cars website.