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Arriving by Air

The closest major airport to York is Leeds-Bradford International Airport (LBA):  although the direct air-coach service from the Airport to York has been withdrawn, First Travel's bus no. 757 goes from the Airport  into Leeds Bus station and you can then either pick up Service No  X64 into York ( currently £4.50 single/£5 return)  or continue from Leeds centre to York  by train.

Manchester Airport and Newcastle Airport are a little further away, but direct trains travel from Manchester Airport to York taking about 1 hour and 50 minutes, and from Newcastle Airport to York taking on average 1 hour and 50 minutes.

Driving from Manchester Airport will take around the same time - if you manage a traffic-free run, which is rare indeed on the main motorway between Manchester and Leeds. Parking in York can be difficult and expensive, so you may find the train a better alternative all round.

Those flying to London's Heathrow or Gatwick airports will find more information under the arriving by rail section below. Heathrow lies to the west of London and Gatwick to the south, so in either case you will probably need to venture into central London before heading north. York is the best part of 200 miles from London and by far the most comfortable way of making this journey is by train.

Arriving by Rail

York is on the East Coast Main Line, the route between London and Edinburgh currently operated by East Coast (Formerly National Express East Coast, taken into public ownership following financial trouble). All EC trains stop at York, a journey of around 2 hours from London's King's Cross station and of about 2 hours 30 minutes from Edinburgh Waverley.  Trains from London during the week usually stop at least at Peterborough and/or Doncaster. There are two trains a day that go fast to York with no stops - the 1500 and 1700 northbound Mon-Fri. There are no services from York southbound that are fast. The cheapest fares need to be purchased online well in advance and can be picked up from "on-platform" ticket machines or printed off at home. Best deals for groups of more than 3 people can be purchased with a 33% discount on the total ticket price if purchased all together. http://www.eastcoast.co.uk/3plus

A new train company, Grand Central, has recently begun operating, running about 3 services in each direction between London Kings Cross fast to York (and then on to Sunderland), using stylish rollingstock with a very eyecatching livery. Tickets can be bought on these trains, unlike EC where you have to book in advance. However, the ticket prices for GC are usually more expensive than NXEC bought in advance, but cheaper than EC tickets bought on the day of travel, or on the train.

York is also on the Transpennine route that links Liverpool and Blackpool through Lancashire and Leeds to Scarborough, Sunderland and Middlesbrough, connecting to the historic coastal town of Whitby, although the latter typically only operates four times a day beyond Middlesbrough.  CrossCountry also links York with Birmingham, Reading and the southwest.

York's Victorian era railway station was voted the best in the UK, and is an attraction-of-sorts in itself. It is about five minutes' walk from the city centre, and has a large taxi rank. In peak times, queues for taxis can be extensive, so allow time for this. Waiting times can be as long as 15-20 minutesif you are last off the train. To visit the National Railway museum use the bridge to platform 11 - the exit from that side of the station takes you directly there in a few minutes walk. During the main tourist season a little 'road train' takes tourists directly from the museum to York Minster so you can save your legs the effort. In daylight hours there is also a new walkway from the short stay station car park (alongside platform 4) that goes directly to the River Ouse, and a short walk to Lendal Bridge will then take you into the city centre.

London Kings Cross is within easy walking distance of London St. Pancras International station for those arriving by Eurostar from France and Belgium, and is well connected by London Underground lines to other major London termini.

Arriving by Coach / Bus

National Express runs various lines through York, all of which call at Rougier Street, York's substitute for a dedicated bus station. Rougier Street is not far from the railway station and city centre.

There are also buses into York from most of the surrounding towns.  Yorkshire Coastliner provide regular buses from Leeds to York, continuing to the East Coast resorts of Whitby, Scarborough and Bridlington, with some buses passing the Flamingoland theme park.

For bus times see www.yorkshiretravel.net

Arriving by car

Do not drive down Coppergate between 7am and 7pm or you will be fined £30. Note that the new access restrictions are enforced using ANPR cameras. Also note that not all SATNAVs take the new restriction into account (although Google maps journey planner does). The restriction is in place 7 days a week. Driving in the centre of York can be difficult (other access restriction apply) and parking can be expensive. Day visitors will find Park and Ride a better option. Visitors staying over-night should check with their accommodation about where best to park.

If you are staying in the city, your hotel will be able to advise you of their parking arrangements and recommend a route. If you are visiting for the day, you may well find your best bet is to make use of the Park & Ride scheme, operating from five large car parks around the city ring road. An interactive google map is here. Up to two children (aged under 16) can travel free when accompanied by a full fare paying adult (£2.60 return as of June 2013) Note that park and ride services generally finish at 8pm except sometimes extended for late night shopping in the run up to Xmas - don't get locked in! If you use park and ride note that buses do a loop round the city centre, meaning that the stop to go back may well be the same one (not the opposite side of the road from where you got off - best to ask someone for the colour route you used if not sure)

A map of car-parking facilities in York can be found here and  http://en.parkopedia.co.uk/parking/ca...- click on a car park for more information. Possibly the cheapest long term parking is behind the station off Leeman Road at York Commuter Car Park, which is £7.50 for 24 hours on weekdays and £4 for 24 hours at weekends. This car park is ideal for the NRM. There is a residents' parking permit scheme in operation in the areas that lie close to the city centre, so free on-street parking within a short walking distance of the city centre will be hard to find and make you unpopular with residents! Check with your Hotel or B&B to see if they can provide you with a daily visitors permit to enable you to park outside of their establishment if they don't have onsite parking.

Arriving by bike

Yes, there are cyclists using the Sustrans route 65/66 or the new 658 long distance cycle route from the west coast to the east going right past York Minster. York has a good range of off road cycle routes making use of riverside paths (can be flooded at times) and routes across the 'strays' or common grazing land.You can find a map here. There is even a new cycle bridge - the Millennium Bridge that links across the river Ouse connecting the 65/66 routes and providing an off road route from the west to the University on the east side of the city. York even has an 'orbital cycle route' that starts and finishes at the Millennium Bridge (junction numbers1/26) looping through the suburbs mostly on quiet side roads or off road paths. Once in the city centre however please note that one way streets and 'footstreet' rules apply to bikes so walking may be required. Bike theft is a problem with the city having so many bikes - use a good lock or two and remove anything valuable if you leave your bike parked somewhere.  York Bike Park Map - there are plenty of bike parks dotted around the city you can use - safety in numbers is always best !

If you want to leave your bike and stuff secure while you explore the tourist attractions in the city centre, then find the Bike Hub just next to Lendal Bridge where secure parking and friendly advice is available for £1. There's even a shower if you need to freshen up and get changed.