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We have some great and up to date information on airport transfers and useful advice on travelling around your city!
Click below to find out more information on Self-Transfers, EP Transfers and Travel in Your City:
London
Manchester
Leeds
Birmingham
Dubai

London

These days it is very easy to book an airport transfer! It is almost always cheaper to book the transfer directly yourself than through a third party. We have put together some options below for you!

• Heathrow to Central London from £50
• Gatwick to Central London from £65
• Stansted to Central London from £65

You have more than one option for this service. There are different companies (and different fares) you can choose from. As for the aeroplane ticket, if you book them before your arrival in the UK is going to be cheaper. You could even benefit from special offers.

Airport Transfer are one of them, and they are also officially licensed from Transport of London (https://www.airportstransfer.com)

Covid -19 Update: Each company has a Terms and Conditions section dedicated. Please check it out before proceeding with your booking.
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National Express coach
The National Express coach service runs broadly every 30 minutes running 24 hours a day. Journey time is around 90 minutes. From £20.
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Gatwick Express train
The Gatwick Express train services are scheduled to depart every 15 minutes between around 5am and midnight.
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If you do not feel comfortable booking your own transfer, then our friendly team will be happy to help. Just speak one of our team and they will add it to your booking. Below you can find a list of costs from all the major UK airports direct to your accommodation!
To benefit from the service, please forward the request along with the Booking form.
We will need your flights details before we can book your transfer.
Check our terms and conditions for full information, click here.

Airport Single Passenger Additional Passenger*
Heathrow£90£15
Gatwick£110£15
Stansted£115£15
Luton£110£15
City£80£15
Railway Stations£70£15
Southend£120£15
Travelcard and pay as you go rates (Underground)
For the public transportation in London the main card used is the Oyster card. You can buy it in every tube or railway stations, and it costs £5. You can top it up as a Pay as you go card (you can choose the amount, starting from £5) and you pay for the ticket with the regular fares.
The ticket fare starts from £2.90 per ride.
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You can also use it as a travel card, and you can pay weekly, monthly, or yearly fares. The cost of the Travelcard depends on the Zone you are travelling through (our London Campus is in Zone 4).
You can search for all the fares on www.tfl.co.uk

Zones Peak* Off-peak 7 Days 1 Month 1 Year
Zone 1-2n/an/a£37.00£142.10£1480
Zone 1-3n/an/a£43.50£167.10£1740
Zone 1-4£13.90£13.90£53.20£204.30£21.28
Zone 1-5£19.60£13.90£63.30£243.10£2532
Zone 1-6£19.0£13.90£67.70£260.00£2708
*Peak fares apply for any travel made Monday to Friday before 9.30am. All other travel is off-peak.
Children under 11 travel free on the Underground, DLR and buses. Between 11 and 15 years and with an Oyster 11-15 Photocard they travel free on the buses.

Children Travelcards are half the price of the adult rates shown above. Children need an Oyster 11-15 Photocard to obtain these child rates. Children under 11 free on buses, Underground, DLR and Overground.

Those aged 16 or 17 can apply for an Oyster 16+ Photocard to obtain these child rates on7 Day, 1 Month and Annual Travelcards.
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BUS
You can use the Oyster card for the bus too. For your information, the bus tickets are cheaper than the tube ones.
Usually from Zone 1 to 2 is around £1.50 per ride.
We recommend using the Oyster card just in case you need to take different public transportation. Otherwise, you can pay with your debit/credit card contactless.
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UBER
Uber is a good alternative. The fares are cheaper, and you can also have discounts quite frequently (they usually are between the 25% and the 50%). Same for Bolt.
To use Uber, you can download the app from the Apple Store or Google Play Store.
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TAXIS
The cost per ride really depends on the time you get one. Usually, they are more expensive over the weekend, due to increased demand.
Distance Approx
journey
time
Monday to Friday
05:00 - 20:00
(Tariff 1)
Monday to Friday
20:00 - 22:00
Saturday and Sunday
05:00 - 22:00
(Tariff 2)
Every night
22:00 - 05:00
Public holidays
(Tariff 3)
1 mile6 - 13 mins£6.20 - £9.60£6.20 - £9.60£7 - £9.60
2 miles10 - 20 mins£9.40 - £15£9.80 - £15£10.60 - £15
4 miles16 - 30 mins£16 - £24£18 - £24£18 - £28
6 miles28 - 40 mins£25 - £31£31 - £34£31 - £34
Between Heathrow and Central London30 - 60 mins£49 - £92£49 - £92£49 - £92

There is a minimum fare of £3.20 at all times.

All taxis must have a working fixed card payment device in the passenger compartment and accept payment by contactless card. There is no extra charge when paying by credit or debit card.
Please follow the link for more information: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/taxis-and-minicabs/book-a-taxi.

Official London Bikes (Santander)

To hire a Santander Cycle simply download our app or go to any docking station terminal with your debit/credit card and touch the screen. The cost is £2 for unlimited journeys up to 30 minutes, within 24 hours period. For periods longer than 30 minutes, you pay £2 for each additional 30 minutes.
https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/cycling/santander-cycles

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Catching the train is the quickest way to Cambridge from London with hourly services from London Kings Cross or London Liverpool Street into Cambridge Station.

Train services are operated by Great Northern and take just about an hour to reach London.

The National Express operates coaches from London to Cambridge. Tickets typically cost between £6 and £22 each way.

The quickest way to get from London to Oxford is to train which costs £24-£30 and takes 53 minutes.

There is a direct bus departing from Victoria Station Oxford Tube station and arriving at Oxford City Centre. The buses depart every 30 minutes and operate every day.

The journey takes approximately 1h43min. The fares are between £13 and £18. Stagecoach.

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The cheapest way to get from London to Brighton is to bus (National Express). It costs £6-£8 and it takes 2h50min.

The fastest way is to train (Southern Railway): there is a direct train departing from London Victoria every 15 minutes, and the journey takes 58min. The cost of the ticket is £15-£45.

Manchester

  • There are several transfer options to reach central Manchester:
  • A taxi takes around 30 minutes and costs £30. Taxi ranks can be found near the exit of each terminal.
  • The airport shuttle bus takes around 25 minutes and costs £5. The buses depart from Manchester Airport Train Station, which is easy to reach from each terminal.
  • The 24/7 Skyline bus takes around 50 minutes and costs £3. The buses depart from Manchester Airport Train Station.
  • A train takes around 30 minutes and costs £5.
  • The Metrolink tram takes around 25 minutes and costs £5. The tram stop can be found in the Manchester Airport Train Station.

If you do not feel comfortable booking your own transfer, then our friendly team will be happy to help. Just speak one of our team and they will add it to your booking. Below you can find a list of costs from all the major UK airports direct to your accommodation!
To benefit from the service, please forward the request along with the Booking form.
We will need your flights details before we can book your transfer.
Check our terms and conditions for full information, click here.

Manchester Transfers One way transfer fee
Manchester Airport to Manchester£60
Birmingham to Manchester£195
Heathrow Airport to Manchester£400
London Gatwick to Manchester£465
Train

Manchester has two main train stations: Piccadilly and Victoria. There are also other smaller sta-tions within the city centre, including Manchester Oxford Road, which is just a ten-minute walk away from both the Oxford Road and Sackville Street areas of the campus.
There are numerous bus links between stations, some of which are free.
Train operator: nationalrail.co.uk

BUS

Manchester has an extensive bus network with many routes terminating at Piccadilly Gardens bus station.

The System One AnyBus ticket costs £6 and is good for one day unlimited travel on most buses within Manchester.

There are other options: the Arriva Day Saver ticket (£4.70) for travel on Arriva buses, the FirstDay ticket (£5) for travel on First buses and the Stagecoach Manchester Dayrider (£5) for travel on Stagecoach buses.

There is also a network of three free bus routes that run through Manchester city centre. The three free bus routes (formerly known as the Metroshuttle bus routes https://tfgm.com/public-transport/bus/metroshuttle) are the most useful bus routes for most visitors to Manchester as they cover most points of interest in the city centre.

Manchester Transfers
Bus Only All day £6
Bus and Tram Off- Peak £7.50
Bus and Train Off- Peak£7.70
Bus, Train and Tram Off-Peak£10
TRAM
The Metrolink tram network provides good coverage in the city centre and extends out to some suburbs. The cheapest single ticket for a bus or tram ride costs £1.50. A 1-day System One Card for the use of any bus and tram costs £5.
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COACH
The main companies are National Express and Megabus (They offer services in London too).
The fares start from £7.50 From London Victoria to Manchester for the National Express.
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BIKE
Mobike is the name of Manchester’s bike-hiring system. To hire a bike, you download the app and pay a deposit of £49. The price for using a bike is 50p per 30 minutes.
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The Manchester to London train travel time is normally about 2 hours. The company is Avanti Train. Starting from £19.

The quickest way to get from Manchester to Liverpool is to catch a taxi, which costs £75-£95 and takes about 40 minutes.
By bus the journey takes approximately 1h 30 min from Manchester Picadilly station .
There is a train departing from Manchester Oxford Road and arriving at Liverpool Lime Street. Services depart every 15 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 51 min. From £3.50.

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Fast trains from Manchester Airport to Leeds take around 1 hour and 7 minutes. Prices starting from £21.

This journey in a taxi in normal traffic conditions should take about 1 hour and the costs is about £68.

The Megabus sets off from Bus Station Stand A/B/C and drops you off at Kirgate. The cost is from £7.50.

Leeds

Leeds is served by two airports, Leeds/Bradford and Manchester.
Leeds Airport

The A1 flyer bus takes 40 minutes to reach Leeds city center, costing £5.00 per journey. Tickets can be bought on the link below:
https://www.transdevbus.co.uk/flyer/buy-tickets

Taxis take approximately 30-45 minutes and cost between £25.00 to £30.00.

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MANCHESTER AIRPORT

There are several options to reach Leeds from Manchester Airport:

  • Fast trains from Manchester Airport to Leeds take around 1 hour and 7 minutes. Prices starting from £21. - raileurope.com
  • This journey in a taxi in normal traffic conditions should take about 1 hour and the costs is about £68. - manchesterairporttaxi.com
  • The Megabus sets off from Bus Station Stand A/B/C and drops you off at Kirgate. The cost is from £7.50. uk.megabus.com

If you do not feel comfortable booking your own transfer, then our friendly team will be happy to help. Just speak one of our team and they will add it to your booking. Below you can find a list of costs from all the major UK airports direct to your accommodation!
To benefit from the service, please forward the request along with the Booking form.
We will need your flights details before we can book your transfer.
Check our terms and conditions for full information, click here.

Leeds Transfers One way transfer fee
Manchester Airport to Leeds£115
Heathrow Airport to Leeds£410
BUS
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Leeds has fantastic bus routes not only around the city, but further beyond too. First Bus have a very useful app which makes getting around simple, and you don't need to worry about change.
You can buy the Pink MCard and buy day, week or month saver tickets for just buses, or buses and trains within West Yorkshire.

See fares below:
Ticket Type
Countywide Bus only
Price
DaySaver tiket£5.50
DaySaver tickets, multiples of 3£15.90
DaySaver tickets, multiples of 5£26.00
DaySaver tickets, multiples of 10£50.00
Weekly ticket£24.90
Monthly ticker£92.00

The most affordable way to get from Leeds to London is to bus, which costs £8-£22 and it takes approximately 4h - nationalexpress.com

The quickest way, instead, is to train. It takes 2hrs and 15 minutes. Tickets start from £21 - LNER | London North Eastern Railway

There 3 options to get from Leeds to Manchester: by bus, train or taxi.

The quickest way is to get a taxi, it takes about 48 minutes and it costs £90-£120.

The bus takes 1hr and 40 and it costs £5-£7. nationalexpress.com

There is a direct train departing from Leeds to Manchester Victoria every 20 minutes, every day. The journey takes approximately 52 minutes. From £16. northernrailway.co.uk

To get from Leeds to York the best way is to train. It takes approximately 22 minutes and the price range is £3-£100.
northernrailway.co.uk

Birmingham

by train
There are plenty of trains running each hour during the day, with services from Virgin Trains, Arriva, National Rail and Cross Country.

To get from Birmingham Airport to the City Centre, it’s a 10-15 minute journey from Birmingham International rail station to Birmingham New Street station. National Express. The National Express from the airport to Birmingham Coach Station takes just 25 minutes, with fares costing around £4.10.
TAXI
The official Birmingham Airport Taxi rank sits outside arrivals, operating a 24hr service. Estimated fares:

If you do not feel comfortable booking your own transfer, then our friendly team will be happy to help. Just speak one of our team and they will add it to your booking. Below you can find a list of costs from all the major UK airports direct to your accommodation!
To benefit from the service, please forward the request along with the Booking form.
We will need your flights details before we can book your transfer.
Check our terms and conditions for full information, click here.

Birmingham Transfers One way transfer fee
Birmingham Airport to Birmingham£50
London Gatwick to Birmingham£310
Heathrow to Birmingham£240
Manchester to Birmingham£190
bus
The main bus company in Birmingham is National Express West Midlands.
nxbus.co.uk/west-midlands
TAXI
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The Cycle hiring system if offered by West Midlands Cycle Hire.
Bikes are available 24/7, with docking stations at major bus and train station, visitor attractions and city centres. It costs £1 to unlock a bike and 5p per minute after that (E.g. 20 minutes= £2.00).
wmcyclehire.co.uk
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The most affordable way to get from Birmingham to London is by bus, which costs £10-£15 and takes 2hrs 45 min.
flixbus.co.uk

The quickest way is by train. It takes 1hr 26 min and it costs £40-£120.
www.avantiwestcoast.co.uk

The best way to get from Birmingham to Bristol is to train. It takes about 1hr and a half, and the tickets’ fares start from £18.
nationalexpress.com

The cheapest way is to take a bus, which takes 1h and 50 min and costs £6-£15.
uk.megabus.com

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The quickest way to get from Birmingham to Liverpool is to train: it takes 1h 39min and it costs £33-£36.
londonnorthwesternrailway.co.uk

The cheapest way is to take a bus from Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth station. The journey take 2h and 20min, with departures 3 times a day, and it costs £6-£9.
nationalexpress.com

Dubai

There are several options to reach Dubai city center from the airport:

  • It takes 24 minutes via metro, and it costs from AED 4 ($1.09) to AED 8.50 ($2.31).
  • The bus takes approximately 1.15 hr and it costs AED 5 ($1.36)
  • The taxi takes between 13 and 15 minutes. You have to pay a AED 25 ($ 6.81) fee for getting into a taxi from the airport, and AED 1.96 ($0.53) for each kilometre. The ride in total will be approximately AED 53 ($14.43).
TRAVEL CARD
NOL Card is a kind of prepaid smart cards introduced by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). It’s necessary to buy one because cash payments are not accepted in Metro, buses, and water buses.
The Silver Card and Red Ticket are the most suitable options for visitors.
The Silver Card costs AED 25 ($6.81). This card allows you to enjoy the rides on all modes of transport.
The Red Ticket is available at any ticket vending machine at a very cheap price – AED 2 ($0.54), but you have to buy different Red tickets to use on different vehicles.
METRO
Riding metro is a fast, convenient and affordable way to get to central Dubai. The metro has 2 lines Red line and Green Line.
WATER BUS
Dubai Water Bus is also a boat service but using bigger sized and air-conditioned vehicles.
A water bus ride is also a great chance for sightseers to take in great views and sights on both sides of the creek. One-way trip costs just AED 2 ($0.54); round trip costs AED 4 ($1.09).
BUS
Dubai’s public bus network is extensive, and all the vehicles are new, modern, and clean.
Bus fares vary, depending on the count of zones. It can cost from AED 1-4 ($0.27-1.09) for an in-town trip.

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