Travel to Nottingham

Intercontinental Arrivals
Most travellers arriving in the UK on long haul flights arrive at London Heathrow airport as this takes the most direct flights from around the world. Options for getting you out of Heathrow to Nottingham:

  1. You can then get a coach to Nottingham, or to the nearby East Midlands Airport and a bus from there into Nottingham, using National Express coaches. They have a travel office at the Central Coach Station at Heathrow: just follow the signs from the arrivals gate. You can also book online prior to travelling.
  2. Taxi will cost around £170 to Nottingham. You can book through www.airporttaxis-uk.co.uk. If there are three or more of you travelling together, this is a cost effective option.
  3. To take the train, follow the signs from the arrival desks for the Heathrow Express. This will take you into Central London to Paddington Station. You then need to negotiate the London Underground Tube system to Kings Cross/St. Pancras station. From here you can catch a train to Nottingham.

If you do not want to arrive at Heathrow, there are other options:

  1. Most long haul operators will be able to fly you to Birmingham International airport, and from there you can travel easily by train or taxi to Nottingham. To do this, you often have to break your journey by flying into another major European hub such as Paris, Frankfurt or Amsterdam, and then flying a second short haul flight either with the same operator or as a code share. However, this can be (a) considerably cheaper and (b) just as quick, once transfer times getting out of Heathrow are factored in.
  2. If travelling from the US, Continental flies overnight (7pm departure) from Newark, New Jersey, directly to Birmingham airport daily. You will arrive at around 7 am UK time. If there is a sufficient number of people arriving for either the workshop on Sunday the 12th or the conference on Tuesday the 14th on these flights then it is recommended that you share a taxi up to Nottingham as with three or more of you, this is a cost-effective option. Taxis will cost in the range of £70 to Nottingham. Book online through www.airporttaxis-uk.co.uk.

Domestic and European Air Travel
The nearest airport is East Midlands Airport, which receives domestic and European flights. Timetables and operators can be found at www.eastmidlandsairport.co.uk. A range of bus and taxi options are available at the airport. There is a 24 hour Skylink bus service from East Midlands Airport to Nottingham City Centre. The journey takes 45 minutes and buses are every 30 minutes untill 11pm, then hourly until 4am when the half hourly service resumes. The Nottingham City Centre Station (at Friar Lane) is a block from the Park Plaza Hotel.

Birmingham International Airport is about 55 minutes from Nottingham and it also accepts arrivals domestically, European and Intercontinental Long Haul. To get to Nottingham from Birmingham airport, there are several options:

  1. A taxi will cost in the range of £70 to Nottingham. Book online through www.airporttaxis-uk.co.uk
  2. Train from Birmingham International airport. Change at Birmingham New Street. You can then get a direct train to Nottingham. Other trains are also available, but you may have to change at Derby.

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Arrival by train
Regular trains can be taken from London St. Pancras station to Nottingham. Timetables and prices are found at www.nationalrail.co.uk. Please note, it is significantly cheaper to book in advance than buy the tickets at the station on the day.

Driving from M1 North (Junction 26):
Leave the M1 at Junction 26 & follow the A610 all the way into Nottingham city centre (4.7 miles). At junction with A609/A6200 bear left onto A610 Wollaton St and keep in the right hand lane. Bear right at the bottom of the hill, A610 Tollhouse Hill (signposted Loughborough, Grantham, Melton). At the roundabout take the 2nd exit A6008 Maid Marian Way. Park Plaza Nottingham is situated on the left hand side. To enter either NCP car park drive past the hotel and turn right at the traffic lights onto Friar Lane. Follow the road to the right, the entrance to St James Street is immediately on your right. For Mount Street continue to follow the road, after the right hand bend take the first left turning and the car park entrance is on the right.

Driving from M1 South (Junction 25):
Leave the M1 at Junction 25 and take the 4th exit at the roundabout signposted A52 Nottingham. At the roundabout take the 2nd exit A52 (signposted Ilkeston, Beeston). At the next roundabout take the 2nd exit A52 Nottingham. At the roundabout take the 2nd exit A6200 City Centre. Bear left (one way) onto A610. Keep in the right hand lane and bear right onto the A610 City Centre. Bear right at the bottom of the hill, A610 Tollhouse Hill (signposted Loughborough, Grantham, Melton). At the roundabout take the 2nd exit A6008 Maid Marian Way. Park Plaza Nottingham is situated on the left hand side. To enter either NCP car park drive past the hotel and turn right at the traffic lights onto Friar Lane. Follow the road to the right, the entrance to St James Street is immediately on your right. For Mount Street continue to follow the road, after the right hand bend take the first left turning and the car park entrance is on the right.

Driving from the East (A46, A606, A52, A6011):
Enter Nottingham City Centre over Trent Bridge on the A60 London Road. At the roundabout (Shell petrol station) take the 1st exit onto the A6008 Canal Street. At traffic lights (one way) continue straight on. At the lights turn right onto A6008 Greyfriar Street then immediately left onto A6008 Maid Marian Way. (The hotel is located just past the lights on the right hand side). To enter either NCP car park drive past the hotel and turn right at the traffic lights onto Friar Lane. Follow the road to the right, the entrance to St James Street is immediately on your right. For Mount Street continue to follow the road, after the right hand bend take the first left turning and the car park entrance is on the right.

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