York flights

By David Cawley, your York expert

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Flying to York

York has no airport to call its own but is within the catchment area of six international landing fields.

Durham Tees Valley, Doncaster/Sheffield Robin Hood, Newcastle and Humberside are all relatively nearby. But it's Leeds Bradford Airport and Manchester Airport that serve the city best in terms of the number of flight services, distance away from York and the convenience of getting to and from them.

Getting to York from Leeds Bradford Airport

As the crow flies, geographically Leeds Bradford (www.leedsbradfordairport.co.uk) is the closest airport to York, though sadly there are no direct public transport options connecting the two. The two-stage journey via central Leeds is the best choice using the half-hourly bus number 757 to get to Leeds Railway Station in 30 minutes, followed by a 30/40 minute train ride with either First TransPennine Express or Northern Rail (www.nationalrail.co.uk).  A journey by car should take around 50 minutes with a pre-booked taxi currently costing in the region of £55.00 upwards.

Getting to York from Manchester Airport

Manchester Airport is further away than Leeds Bradford Airport but offers more flight choices and straight-through public transportation.

Without doubt the best way of getting to York from Manchester International (www.manchesterairport.co.uk) is by train. The airport has daily and regular direct rail connections to York with a journey time under two hours and, if you book tickets in advance, the fares can be very reasonable, starting from £8.50 for a single adult ticket. Operated by First TransPennine Express (www.nationalrail.co.uk), the airport's railway station is within walking distance of its three terminals, connected to each by its Skylink covered walkways and travelators. Alternatively, take one of the courtesy buses collecting from arrivals halls and dropping-off at the station.

If you are feeling flush, look to pay upwards of £130 for a pre-booked taxi service which should take in the region of one hour forty minutes to complete the drive. This is not a bad option if four people can share the journey.

For a more bank account friendly road journey (currently from £13.50 for an adult single ticket), book a ticket on the National Express coach service. Operating daily departures from Manchester Airport's railway station, it delivers passengers to York Railway Station in around four to four and a half hours, though more often than not a change in Leeds will be required - tiresome but cheap.

Leaving York

To avoid added stress on your return to the airport, be sure to factor in an extra hour on to your journey time to make allowances for any delays on the roads and rail network.

Getting around

Once you’ve arrived in York visit my How to get around York page for information on navigating the city.

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