Last updated on April 27th, 2013 | Written By Darren
How to get to Leeds
So we’ve convinced you that you’ve just got to visit Leeds, so the next question is, how do you get here? Well rest assured there are plenty of ways; in fact all roads lead to Leeds. The cheapest option is by bus, or coach, and train. If travelling here from abroad, you could choose to fly to Leeds Bradford airport.
How to get to Leeds by train
All you train spotters, train anoraks, or even just train travellers will be pleased to hear that Leeds is a mere two and a half hours away from London Kings Cross, just under two hours from Birmingham New Street, and a 53 minute hop across the Pennines from Manchester Piccadilly.
If you are coming from Scotland it’s less than three hours from Edinburgh, and four hours from Glasgow. If you’re coming from Hull, then it’s just under an hour to Leeds by train. Hull has ferry links to Zeebrugge and Rotterdam, so if you are coming to Leeds from mainland Europe, going via Hull is the best route.
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East coast trains
East Coast trains run regular services from London, Edinburgh, York and other UK cities to and from Leeds. Whenever I am travelling by train I try and book in advance, and compare the price of two single tickets to a return ticket, to receive the cheapest rates.
How to get to Leeds by coach
If the train seems a bit pricey then National Express is usually cheaper. Leeds is just under four hours away from London Victoria Coach Station, three hours from Birmingham, an hour from Manchester, just under two hours from Hull, nine hours from Edinburgh, and seven and a half hours from Glasgow. The National Express coaches come into Leeds city bus station, just behind Kirkgate market.
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How to get to Leeds by bus
If money is tight then you can travel to Leeds from Manchester, Newcastle and London using Megabus, which is incredibly cheap with fares starting from £1. The Megabus stop is situated on Kirkgate between the railway bridge and opposite Harper Street. It is close to the Kirkgate Market and the bus station.
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How to get to Leeds by air
Or if air is more your thing, then point your plane in the direction of Leeds Bradford International Airport. There are regular bus services from the airport into Leeds City Bus Station that take just over forty minutes. Manchester Airport is further away but there is a direct train service from Manchester Airport to Leeds which takes about ninety minutes.
So, however you get to Leeds, you’ll be sure of a warm welcome and a good time.