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Getting to Leicester from the airport

We would strongly advise that you book your flight once you have accepted your offer and you have obtained your visa or entry clearance.

Airport Collection Service

To make your journey to Leicester as simple as possible, we offer an airport collection service that takes you direct from the arrivals lounge to your University halls of residence. The service is scheduled in advance and runs from selected airports only.

Check if you will need to quarantine

Please check your offer letter for when you need to arrive by. Before you travel you should refer to the UK Government Guidelines, as you may need to self-isolate for a period of 14 days. If you are required to quarantine you should arrive between Friday 18 December and Monday 21 December. If you are travelling from a country which is listed as in Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel corridors (for England) for England you should arrive by Monday 4 January. We recognize that the travel corridors list has been adjusted during the summer and may change again, so if you are impacted by any changes between booking your flights and arrival please email pgadmissions@le.ac.uk , and accommodation@le.ac.uk if you are in University managed accommodation, so that we can advise you.

Alternative options

If you are unable to take advantage of our airport pick-up service then there are many other options available. Please note that Friday 25 December, Monday 28 December, and Friday 1 January are public holidays in the UK, and therefore train, bus and taxi companies may not operate on these days or may operate a limited service, so please ensure that you check this before embarking on your journey.

Airport Taxi

You can also book an airport taxi, we have negotiated a set price with Airport Taxis Narborough so you can be sure that you’re paying the correct fee for your journey.

  • Heathrow Airport (Terminals 1,2,3,5) to Central Leicester = £105 plus any parking charges
  • Heathrow Airport (Terminal 4) to Central Leicester = £110 plus any parking charges
  • Birmingham Airport to Central Leicester = £48 plus any parking charges

To book, please visit the Airport Taxis Narborough website and complete their online booking form. You will need to know the airport and terminal to be picked up from, and should select “Leicester Area” from the drop off location menu. You only need to book a one-way trip.

Bus and Train

Leicester City has excellent rail and road links, so if you are arriving at a UK airport you can make use of the United Kingdom’s excellent public transport networks to get to Leicester. Each airport website has guidance on transport to and from the airport - Birmingham, East Midlands, London Stansted, London Luton, London Heathrow airports. Please note that the UK Government currently requires passengers to wear face coverings at all times whilst on public transport in England. Visit the UK Government website for more information.

Eurostar

If you are travelling to the UK on the Eurostar, you can change at St Pancras International onto a direct train to Leicester.

Getting to Leicester from within the UK

Getting to Leicester is easy because of the city’s excellent rail and road connections. Leicester Train Station is 15 minutes' walk from campus and St Margaret's Bus Station is centrally located with coach services from most major English cities including Leeds, Sheffield, Birmingham, Manchester and London Victoria. Check out our handy guide for more details.