East Midlands Airport is an international airport in England, located in Leicestershire, near Donington Castle. It serves as the airport for the cities of Derby (22 km), Nottingham (24 km) and Leicester (32 km). The airport is a hub for low-cost airlines such as Ryanair, Thomson Airways and Jet2.com. This is the 11th busiest airport in the UK in terms of passenger traffic. In 2016, the airport served about 4.5 million passengers. However, this is a major airborne hub, since it is the second-largest freight traffic in the country immediately after London Heathrow.
East Midlands Airport has an effective connection with the rest of the region. When it comes to public transport, you will not have problems with traveling to the airport or downtown.
Routes are available to the north and south of the country from Derby, Nottingham and Long Eaton, and buses serve each station through the regular Skilink bus routes to and from the airport.
Derby — Skylink city bus with the airport and leaves every 20 minutes, seven days a week, travel time is about 36 minutes.
Nottingham — Skylink bus connects this station with the airport every half hour, seven days a week, travel time is 30 minutes, stopping right at the station. In addition, Nottingham Skylink runs every 20 minutes, seven days a week, with a journey time of 55 minutes from Broadmarsh Bus Station, just 5 minutes from Nottingham Train Station. The bus stops right outside the terminal building at the airport.
Long Eaton — Skylink bus connects this station with the airport every 20 minutes, seven days a week, with a journey time of 20 minutes.
If you do not want to carry your luggage through the crowd and in public transport — you can find a taxi in the arrival area at the airport. The fee varies depending on your destination, but do not expect to pay less than 25-30 euros per trip.
If you do not like to use public transport and want to take a taxi, consider booking a private carriage. The driver will be waiting for you at the airport and will take you to your destination. The transfer company will send a professional driver to pick you up. You can even pre-order a child seat if you are traveling with a child. It will cost you, just like a taxi or even more, but if there are people with whom you can share your transfer, this is a better option.
For those of you who would like to get to the city and explore the surroundings on your own, the best option is to rent a car right at the airport. Major car rental companies like Hertz, National, Enterprise and Europcar offer their services there. Compare their prices and do not wait in line when booking online.
If you arrive as part of a large group of people, consider renting a bus for your trip. Try to reserve it in advance so that the company has time to prepare everything.
Question: My plane is late. Will it be a problem for me to get to the city?
- A: No, buses travel daily between the airport and the cities of the region. If you are late for the last flight — do not worry, because you have a taxi and private transfers.
Q: I have an early morning flight from the airport, are there any hotels at the airport where I can stay?
- A: Of course, there are several hotels to choose from. The cheapest Kegworth hotel for € 45 per night, 2.5 km from the airport. The hotel has great places to relax, including an air-conditioned gym. In addition, it offers a full hot and cold buffet breakfast, and a continental breakfast is served in the room from 02:00 for those who have an early flight. Another option is the Holiday Inn Express Hotel at a price of 62 € per night, with a beautiful view of the Derbyshire countryside. You can also sign up at the Jurys Inn Hotel, where you can enjoy free leisure facilities, including a swimming pool, gym, sauna and steam room. Derby, Lester and Nottingham are 15-30 minutes away.
Question: I would like to visit the East Midlands region between flights. Is it possible
- Answer: Yes, it may not matter whether you go to Derby, Nottingham or Leicester, because transportation services are provided from Monday to Sunday, and you can reach each of the cities in less than 40 minutes. Just be sure to check the timetable at the Central Station, so as not to miss your flight.
Q: Can I exchange money at the airport to pay for my transfer?
- A: Yes, you can exchange your money, but you can also withdraw money from ATMs, which are located in all terminals at East Midlands Airport and are open every day from the first to the last flight. Travelex ATMs exchange British pounds, Euros and US dollars.
Question: I continue my journey beyond the East Midlands. Are there any straight lines at other destinations?
A: Yes, you can go to East Midlands Parkway for trips to and from locations outside the East Midlands region. This station is served by Parkway Railink, open every day from 09:00 to 17:00 hourly.