The closest and cheapest airport to transfer from is East Midlands Airport, one of the UK’s fastest growing airports. A number of budget airlines run services from East Midlands, which is around 55 minutes from Nottingham city centre on the 24-hour Skylink bus service. Other airports such as Birmingham, Manchester, Stansted, Luton or Heathrow are all accessible to Nottingham, and may be more suitable to fly into from certain international countries.
From East Midlands Airport:
From East Midlands Airport you can take the Skylink bus to Nottingham. Buses leave from outside the Airport Arrivals hall. There is a 24 hour Skylink bus service from East Midlands Airport to Nottingham City Centre. This runs every 20 minutes during the day and every hour during the night, with tickets costing around £5 one way. Nottingham Train Station is a 5 minute walk from Nottingham Broadmarsh Bus Station.
Arrow Cars are the airports official taxi partner and therefore predominantly operate in the taxi rank. Taking a direct taxi to the University will cost approximately £25-£30 (booked in advance). Booking directly at the airport, especially at night, may cost significantly more.
From Birmingham International Airport:
From Birmingham International Airport, you can take the rail service with National Rail to Nottingham train station. Passengers would need to change at Birmingham New Street station first, before catching a direct train to Nottingham station. Train tickets cost around £25 with an open return, with the journey lasting under 2 hours each way.
From Manchester Airport:
From Manchester Airport, you can take the rail service with National Rail to Nottingham train station. Passengers would need to change at Manchester Piccadilly station first, before catching a direct train to Nottingham station. Train tickets cost around £50 with an open return, with the journey lasting under 2.5 hours each way. For cheaper tickets, it is recommended to book in advance.
From Stansted Airport:
From Stansted Airport, you can take the rail service with National Rail to Nottingham train station. Passengers will need to change no more than 3 times for this journey. Please look at individual train journeys to see what stations to change at. Train tickets can vary from £60-£90 with an open return, with the journey lasting approximately 3 hours.
From Luton Airport:
From Luton Airport, you can take the rail service with National Rail to Nottingham train station. Passengers will need to take a 10 minute Bus Shuttle to Luton Airport Parkway, where they can then catch the direct train to Nottingham station. Ticket price can vary from £50-£80 with an open return, with the journey lasting approximately 2 hours.
From Heathrow Airport:
From Heathrow Airport, the easiest route to Nottingham train station is with National Express. Direct coach services depart from Terminals 2,3 and Terminal 5. Please ensure that you are in the right terminal for your coach journey. Free terminal transfers operate within the airport and uniformed airport staff are available to help with information at the arrivals gate. Coach tickets cost around £100 with an open return, with the journey lasting around 3-4 hours. Passengers are recommended to book in advance for cheaper coach tickets.
Alternatively, the quickest route to Nottingham train station would be by using London Underground services and National Rail. The Piccadilly line from Heathrow will take passengers directly to King's Cross St Pancras. The journey will take approximately an hour and will cost at peak times £5.10, single fare. For more information about ticket purchases, please visit the TFL website. From King's Cross St Pancras, direct train services run to Nottingham train station with a journey time of under 2 hours. Ticket prices vary significantly with an open return between £60-£170. For cheaper tickets, it is highly recommend that you book in advance.