Travelling to Leicester

How to reach your new home in the UK safely and in time for your studies to begin

About Leicester

Thanks to its central location, there is a variety of ways to travel to Leicester, whether nationally or internationally. This also makes the city a great starting point for exploring the rest of the UK and Europe.

There are two international airports nearby as well as direct rail/coach links to all three of London’s main airports. Trains from Leicester to London connect with the Eurostar, which takes you directly to France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Arriving by air

The closest airports to Leicester are East Midlands Airport and Birmingham International Airport, which welcome multiple international flights per day. For more arrival options, there are London’s three international airports – Gatwick, Heathrow, and Stansted – which are only a short train journey away.  

Here are a few examples of flight durations to airports near Leicester:  

  • Amsterdam > East Midlands Airport: 1hr 25min (direct)
  • Berlin > East Midlands Airport: 2hr 5min (direct)
  • Dubai > Birmingham: 7hr 45min (direct)
  • New Delhi > Birmingham: 9hr 25min (direct)
  • Istanbul > Birmingham: 4hr (direct)

To help you get to Leicester as simply as possible, the University of Leicester offers a scheduled collection service operating from Heathrow Airport running directly to our halls of residence.

Other ways to arrive

Leicester Railway Station is conveniently located in the centre of the city. You can walk straight out of the station and into the main shopping area of the city within five minutes. You can travel by train to Leicester from anywhere in the country, with trains from London only taking around 70 minutes.

There is also a coach station, St. Margaret’s Station, located in the centre of the city. 

Coaches are a cheap and easy way to travel, especially if you have large luggage with you as this can be stored for your entire journey. However, travelling by coach is often slower than by train. There are direct bus services from Heathrow and Gatwick Airport to Leicester.