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How to get from Leeds Bradford Airport to York

York is a beautiful and vibrant city located about 50 km west-southwest of Leeds Bradford Airport. Within the ancient York City Walls, travellers can explore attractions ranging from cathedrals, dungeons, and ghost tours, to museums, a Viking centre, and indie bistros. With many lush gardens, moors, and a range of year-round festivals, York has something for everyone.

A private transfer from Leeds Bradford Airport to York takes just under an hour and is the only direct mode of transport. So if you want to get to your destination quickly, your best bet is to arrange a private transfer or taxi to York from Leeds Bradford Airport. You can also get to York by train or bus, but there are no direct routes available. This means that you will have to get to Leeds Railway Station or the Coach Station and catch a connecting bus or train to York from there.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €77 57min 24/7
Bus €16.14 60min 07:00–23:15
Train €12.68 40min 04:20–02:35

How to get from Leeds Bradford Airport to York by taxi

The easiest, fastest, and most comfortable way to get from Leeds Airport to York is to take a taxi or private transfer. On average, the trip takes a little less than 1 hour and costs about £65.35 (€77). A taxi or private car is also the only direct form of transport available, as all public transportation options include at least one change.

Taxi fare from Leeds Bradford Airport to York

Taxis in Leeds do not have set rates, as the fare is calculated based on a number of variables, such as your destination, your transfer’s duration and time of day, and the size of the vehicle. There are two types of taxis you might find; the official Hackney carriages that operate with regulated taximeters, and private vehicles from taxi companies. As the cost can vary depending on the operator, before your transfer begins, ask for a rough estimate for the trip and make sure that the taximeter has been reset to the starting fare. The average transfer from Leeds airport to York takes just under one hour and costs about £65.35 (€77). You can also book your private airport transfer in advance to secure a competitive set rate.

Cost

£65.35 (€77)

Trip Duration

57 Min.

*Prices vary unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Leeds Bradford airport.

Where do I get a taxi from?

At Leeds Bradford Airport, the taxi stands for both drop-offs and pick-ups can be found on the terminal front. You can also call a taxi by using the touchscreen kiosk located in the International Arrivals hall.

Convenience

Taking a taxi or private transfer from Leeds Bradford airport to York is the fastest and most convenient way and is also the only direct transportation option. With a private transfer, you won’t have to wait for the various buses and trains needed to get to York with public transportation, and instead, you’ll get dropped off right outside your hotel door. For a quick and comfortable transfer from Leeds airport to York that is hassle-free and easy, we recommend booking your private transfer in advance.

Editor’s Note

A private transfer or taxi to York from Leeds Bradford Airport is the only direct transportation option available.

Useful Tips

Most Leeds taxis accept all major credit and debit cards with no additional charge.
You can tip your driver by adding 10-15% or by rounding up the fare to the nearest pound.
Always check that the taximeter has been reset to the starting fare before you set off.

How to get from Leeds Bradford Airport to York by bus

Taking a bus to York is a budget-friendly option, with a single ticket costing £7 (€8.07) but it is also the slowest mode of transport available. Though the exact trip duration depends on the service, most National Express coaches from Leeds Bus station to York take about 1 hour. Some coaches can get you to York as quickly as 40 minutes, and others take an hour and a half. Coaches run from around 7 am to 11 pm, with 2 or 3 services per hour up until 9 pm when there is one coach per hour. However, no direct routes go to York from Leeds Bradford Airport, which means that you will have to get from the airport to Leeds Bus Station. This takes at least 35 minutes, so make sure to plan accordingly and consider possible delays due to traffic or roadworks so that you get there in time for your connection.

How much is the bus from Leeds Bradford Airport to York?

The tickets for a coach from Leeds Bus Station to York are usually priced at £7 (€8.07), but you may be able to find a slightly cheaper fare depending on the service you choose. You can buy your tickets online and, since there are limited spots, we recommend booking them in advance.

Cost

£7.00 (€8.07)

Trip Duration

60 Min.

Information relates to the Leeds-Manchester coach and does not include getting to Leeds Bus Station from the airport. Cost and trip duration can vary depending on the bus service.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

On most days, the buses to York run from 07:00-23:15, and the waiting period ranges from 30' up to an hour after 21:00.

Where do I get the bus from?

To get the coach to York, you will have to make your way from Leeds Bradford Airport to Leeds city centre in order to change at Leeds Bus Station. Make sure you allow yourself enough time for the transfer, as the trip from the airport takes at least 35 minutes.

Convenience

A bus is a budget-friendly option but it is not the easiest way to get from Leeds Bradford Airport to York. There is no direct route, so you have to make your own way to Leeds Bus Station in the city centre. You will need at least 35 minutes to get from the airport to Leeds Bus Station, so make sure you take into account traffic or other delays. The waiting time between coaches from Leeds to Manchester is usually between 30’ to 1 hour, and the latest coach departs at 23:15, so the level of convenience a bus can offer you greatly depends on what time your flight gets in. The trip duration can vary, with the average coach taking an hour. However, the time you will spend waiting for each of the buses, as well as the actual transfer, can really add up. Lastly, you will probably also have to make plans for how you will get to your hotel from the bus station in York.

Editor’s Note

There are no direct buses from the airport to York so allow plenty of time in your itinerary to account for the connection at Leeds Bus Station.

Useful Tips

You may be able to find cheaper deals on tickets, so it's worth having a look at the official website.
Should you need special assistance on your trip, you can contact the Assisted Travel Team, and find more information regarding accessibility on the website.
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Prices may be subject to additional booking fees.

How to get from Leeds Bradford Airport to York by train

The train is another budget-friendly option to travel from Leeds Bradford Airport to York, especially if you choose a low-fare ticket. The average low-fare single ticket from Leeds to York is £5.50 (€6.34) but this can vary greatly depending on the time of day, the specific train service, as well as how far in advance you book your tickets. Most trains take an hour or less to reach York, but this also varies. Some trains are as quick as 22 minutes, and others can take up to an hour and a half. The trains are quite regular, so the average wait time is only 15 minutes, but this can increase considerably the later it gets. However, since there are no direct routes, you will have to get another bus from the airport to Leeds Train Station. The trip takes at least 40 minutes, so make sure you plan for that in order to get there in time to catch the train to York.

How much is the train from Leeds Bradford Airport to York?

The price of tickets varies considerably across available services. The cost of a single train ticket from Leeds to York starts at £3 (€3.46) and can go up to £12.90 (€14.87). The average low-fare ticket costs £5.50 (€6.34) and you can purchase it online through the booking platform. We recommend you book well in advance as this can also help secure a better price.

Cost

£5.50 (€6.34)

Trip Duration

40 Min.

Information relates to Leeds-York trains and does not include getting to Leeds Train Station from the airport. Cost and trip duration can vary depending on the bus service.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The trains to York run from 04:20-02:35 on most days, and the waiting period ranges from 15' up to an hour in the early hours of the morning.

Where do I get the train from?

As there are no direct trains, to get your train to York, you will have to get from Leeds Bradford Airport to Leeds Train Station.

Convenience

A train can be a good option for getting to York from Leeds. Many services are running every hour, on an almost 24-hour basis. Keep in mind that they are far less frequent in the early hours of the morning. It can also be a quick and cheap option, depending on the service and the tickets you choose. However, as there is no direct route to York, you have to first make your way from the airport to Leeds Train Station to get your train to York. The trip to the train station usually takes at least 40 minutes, so leave plenty of time in your itinerary, just in case there is traffic or other delays. The waiting period for the train to York is around 15 minutes but, the later it gets, the less frequent the trains are. You will also have to make plans for reaching your hotel from the train station in York.

Editor’s Note

There are no direct trains from the airport to York so give yourself enough time to account for the connection.

Useful Tips

Check the official website for more information as ticket prices and trip duration can vary greatly between trains.
You can pre-book special assistance, should you need it, and find out more about how accessible the platforms and trains are on the official website.
Make sure you check for any updates before your trip as train delays, cancellations, and strikes are becoming increasingly common in the UK.

Frequently asked questions

How much is a taxi from Leeds Bradford airport to York?

Taking a taxi or private transfer is the fastest, most comfortable, and only direct way to get from Leeds Bradford airport to York. The average trip takes about 1 hour in normal traffic conditions and costs about £65.35 (€77). However, as prices can vary depending on the operator, we recommend booking in advance so that you can secure a competitive set rate for your private transfer to York.

How can I get from Leeds airport to York?

You can get from Leeds Bradford Airport to York in just under an hour by taking a taxi or private transfer for an estimated cost of £65.35 (€77). You can also get to York by bus or train by first going to Leeds Train Station or the Bus Station, and then getting a second bus or a connecting train from there. The bus to York takes roughly one hour and costs £7 (€8.07), whereas the train takes about 40 minutes on average, and costs £5.50 (€6.34) for a single low-fare ticket. Keep in mind that the cost and trip duration varies greatly for both coaches and trains.

Is there a direct bus from Leeds Bradford airport to York?

There is no direct bus from Leeds airport to York. The only direct mode of transport to York available is a taxi or private transfer. All other forms of public transportation require at least one change, usually at the Leeds Train or Bus Station.

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