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Getting to the City Center from Nottingham Airport

East Midlands Airport, which is located 23 km from the city centers, offers passengers a variety of transportation alternatives to get to the city center. These options vary in pricing to suit different budgets. Taxis are readily available at the terminal exit and are an easy transportation alternative to get to the city center.

There are also many rental car offices located at the airport. You can rent a car from one of those offices or book a vehicle in advance by making a reservation online. You can also get to the city center from the airport by bus, train, car, or by bike.

Car

Driving to the city center from the airport is easy and enjoyable via the A453 and A50 roads. You can get to the city center directly from East Midlands Airport by following the Nottingham signposts.  

Those traveling from the airport to the city by car can benefit from the short-term and long-term parking options at the airport. The airport parking lots provide conveniently priced options for those who travel to and from the airport on a regular basis. There is also a short stay car park for those dropping off or picking up loved ones. The short stay car park allows you to park your vehicle for 30 minutes for 3 pounds. 

Bus

Buses are an affordable transportation alternative to get to the city center from East Midlands Airport. These buses depart from the bus stops located outside of the airport terminal. Buses provide transportation to Nottingham city center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are also buses that provide transportation to destinations outside of Nottingham such as Derby, Leicester, Long Eagon, and Coalville. You can get more detailed information on bus routes and ticket prices from the bus driver. Bus tickets can also be purchased from the bus driver when on board.

Airport Shuttles

Unfortunately, airport shuttles do not provide direct transportation to Nottingham city center. These shuttle services provide transportation to Sheffield and Leeds. You can also use these airport services to get to Luton, Gatwick, and Heathrow airports in London. For more detailed information about National Express services please call 08717 818181.

Taxi

Taxis to the city center are a convenient method of transportation. Taxis are readily available in front of the terminal exit. The on-site licensee airport taxi company at East Midlands airport is Arrow Cars. Most of these vehicles are equipped with a credit card payment system. 

As with many airports, the taxis at East Midlands Airport operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Taxi fares in the city are quite reasonable. However, if you want to know the average fare before heading out you can always ask the taxi driver beforehand.

Train

The airport isn’t directly served by train, however the railway station is located very close by. Buses to the station depart from in front of the terminal and run every 20 minutes. The bus service to the station takes about 40 minutes. Here you can transfer to the train and travel to other areas surrounding the city.

Once you arrive at the train station, you can easily transfer to one of the trains that travel to Birmingham, Sheffield or Chesterfield.

Once you get to the station in Nottingham from the airport by bus you can easily transfer to one of the trains that provide transportation to Lincoln and other cities in the eastern part of the United Kingdom. Nottingham buses depart from in front of the terminal every 30 minutes and take 30 minutes to get to the station.

The Long Eaton buses depart from in front of the terminal every 20 minutes and head to the station. From this station you can easily travel to the capital city of London or other cities in the south of the country.

Trains at Long Eaton Station travel to the south. The bus from East Midlands Airport takes 20 minutes to get to Long Eaton Station.

Bicycle

Another unique way to get to the city center is by bike. The bicycle parking areas located close to the terminal exit and the designated bike paths make biking to the city center easy and convenient. Bicycles are a very popular method of transportation in Nottingham city center. Locals and airport employees tend to bike between the airport and the city center but it could be a exceptional experience for visitors as well, especially if you don’t have excess luggage.

Rental Car

Renting a car is another convenient transportation alternative to get to the city center from the airport. There are many well-known international rental car companies located at East Midlands Airport, making it even easier to rent a car.

Rental car companies that you can choose from include Hertz, Enterprise, Europcar and National. You can also book a vehicle in advance and get more information by calling one of the rental car offices. To contact Enterprise call +44 (0)1332 812 828 and to contact Europcar call +44 (0)1332 853 679.  

Last Updated: November 17, 2016
Getting to Nottingham Airport from the City Center

There are a variety of affordable transportation alternatives to get to East Midlands Airport, which is located 23 km from Nottingham city center. The airport is accessible by bus 24 hours a day. If you prefer a more convenient method of transportation then consider taking a taxi to the airport from the city center.

If you are traveling to the airport from cities surrounding Nottingham then the most practical way would be to take the train to the station and transfer to a bus to the airport. Other alternatives to get to the airport from Nottingham is by rental car or bicycle.

Car

East Midlands Airport is easily accessible by car from the city center via the A50 and A453 roads. Before leaving the city center we would recommend getting a map of the city or a GPS device to help navigate your way to the airport. The airport features parking lots where you can park your vehicle. The fee for short-term parking is 3 pounds. The airport also offers long-term parking options for those who want to park their vehicle for a longer period of time.  

Shuttles

There is no direct shuttle service from Nottingham to East Midlands Airport. However, you can use other transportation alternatives to transfer to shuttle services. The airport is accessible from cities like Leeds and Sheffield via coach services. These coach services also provide direct transportation to East Midlands Airport from Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton airports that are located in the capital city of London.

Taxi

One of the most convenient and fastest methods of transportation to get to the airport is by taxi. Taxis are easily accessible in the city center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also have the hotel you are staying at help arrange a taxi for you. It takes about 20 minutes to get to the airport from Nottingham city center by taxi. If you are traveling from other areas surrounding the city or traveling during peak hours then the total travel time can take up to 40 minutes.

Train

Another transportation alternative to get to the airport is by train via a bus transfer because East Midlands Airport isn’t directly accessible by train. Trains traveling in the Lincoln direction provide transportation to East Midlands Parkway, which is located in close proximity to the airport. The station is located about 6 km away and is linked to the airport via bus services. By transferring to the bus from the station you can get to the airport in about 20 minutes. Buses from the station to the airport run every 30 minutes and the fare is very reasonable.

Bicycle

Like many other cities in the country, Nottingham is a bike-friendly city. East Midlands Airport is easily accessible by bike. Designated bicycle lanes and warning signs make it even easier to bike in the city. The airport features special parking areas for bicycles, making biking to the airport an economical and comfortable transportation alternative.

Rental Car

You can easily find rental car companies in the city center and enjoy a pleasant drive to East Midlands Airport. There are many international rental car companies located in the city including Hertz, Europcar, and Enterprise. Each one offers a variety of vehicles passengers can rent. You can also drop your rental car off at the airport before your departure, just arrange it beforehand when you reserve your vehicle.

Airport Information

East Midlands Airport is located 23 km from the city center and offers passengers a variety of services to meet their pre-flight and post-flight needs. You can spend time at the airport by visiting shops such as Boots, Cloud Spa, Dixons, Wh Smith and Superdrug.

If you want to get something to eat or drink at the airport there are a rich selection of options including Casstle Rock, Flat White, Burger King, Frankie&Benny’s, Leon and Grab and Fly. The airport contains a passenger lounge that offers passengers a relaxing environment to make their wait at the airport a much more enjoyable experience. The Escape Lounge offers passengers alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, delicious complimentary snacks, daily newspapers and magazines, and free internet access. The private passenger lounge offers passengers services and solutions to meet their needs at the airport.

East Midlands Airport also has a children’s play room offering families with children a unique experience and areas designed for those who wish to pray or meditate. The Aeropark displays various aircrafts, including cargo-type aircrafts, which is a great activity especially for young children.  

Last Updated: November 17, 2016
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