How to Reach York - The Easiest Way to Reach York


  • By Air: Leeds Bradford airport is the closest airport to York. But lack of proper transport and fares make it an inconvenient option. Manchester airport is connected to York through an hourly direct train run by TransPennine Express. Manchester offers services to airports throughout the world. If you are trying for connections to or from Europe, you may also consider Doncaster-Sheffield and Humberside airports.
  • By Train: York has frequent train services throughout the day. It lies halfway between London and Edinburgh. East Coast trains have a train every half hour for this route. York is approximately 2 and a half hours train ride from London. Arriva Cross Country connects York to Scotland, Birmingham, Oxford and Bristol. Frequent connections are available to and from Manchester, Leeds and Huddersfield.
  • By Bus: York has frequent bus services to and from Leeds, Malton, Whitby, Scarborough and many neighbouring towns as well. You can book tickets online or at a station or at tourist information centres.
  • By Car: The city has decent connections from Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield. However, the roads can be very congested. The York city centre experiences heavy traffic especially during peak hours.


A York travel guide will tell you that the city has a wide network of roads that provide links inside and outside the city. Buses are the predominant mode of public transport, and make sightseeing in York really convenient.

  • By Foot: Most of the major tourist sites in York are within walking distance of one another. It is also a good idea to explore the city centre on foot.
  • By Bus: First York operates most of the public buses in the city. While buses connect all major areas of the city, the fare can be expensive. You can go for a one day bus pass if you will be using buses several times throughout the day. Another option is the All York Ticket which has special prices for families and younger travellers and offers free travel for a day or week, as the case may be. Open top buses and tourist buses are run by Transdev York. Long distance bus services are also available.
  • By Car: Driving will ruin your sightseeing in York. Due to the present traffic congestions and heavy parking fare, many people choose to use the ‘Park and Ride’ facility, parking own vehicles at free parking spaces and taking the bus.

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Modes of Transportation in York

Know about the preferred mode of transport, average time spent and average distance traveled for commute in York. The most preferred mode of transport in York is Car.

Average distance: 9.04 km Average time: 31.67 min

  • Car 42.86%
    Driving 36.67 min Overall average time for 13.34 kms 36.67 min
  • Bus/Trolleybus 14.29%
    Bus 35 min Walking 15 min Waiting 5 min Overall average time for 9 kms 55 min
  • Bike 28.57%
    Bike 10 min Walking 2.5 min Overall average time for 2.61 kms 12.5 min

How to Reach York from Nearby Cities

Route Distance Time
Selby to York 19.73 km 19 mins
Pontefract to York 38.65 km 38 mins
Doncaster to York 48.78 km 48 mins
Leeds to York 54.3 km 54 mins
Scunthorpe to York 64.29 km 1 hour 4 mins
Scarborough to York 84.43 km 1 hour 24 mins
Hull to York 86.74 km 1 hour 26 mins
Mansfield to York 91.52 km 1 hour 31 mins
Lincoln to York 101.8 km 1 hour 41 mins
Nottingham to York 111.96 km 1 hour 51 mins
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