Visiting Leeds on a city break? You’ll be pleased to discover just how easy it is to get around. Although fabulously well-connected by public transport, the centre itself is compact - and mostly pedestrianised. So strike out on foot if you want to explore the main shopping streets, wonderful architecture and cultural hot spots. You might miss some hidden gems if you fly past on the bus!
During the day, catch the LeedsCityBus which loops around the outer city centre. It runs every six to seven minutes and only costs 50p. It’s best to get on either at the bus or rail station as it does fill up quite quickly.
Leeds Station, one of the busiest in the UK, is the main rail connection to the city, but there’s a suburban train service which can get you from Leeds station to tourist attractions like Headingley Stadium and Kirkstall.
With such a compact city centre, exploring on foot is a perfect way to see the sights. There are walking tours available, but if you wish to go it alone, pick up a free map at the Trinity shopping centre, or just look at the street maps dotted around the city centre.
Leeds is an easy city to cycle around. Head to the CyclePoint at Leeds Station where, in addition to providing secure storage for up to 300 bicycles, you can rent a bike from as little as £3.80 per day and pick up local cycling information to plan your route.
Grab the free water taxi service that meanders between Granary Wharf and Leeds Dock.
An excellent way to see the historic waterfront area, it runs every day and takes between 12 and 20 minutes.
From the city centre to its leafy suburbs and beautiful surrounding countryside, you'll find lots of great hotels in Leeds. If you need to be central, try the First Direct Arena Hotel and Trinity Leeds Hotel, or Leeds City West for Elland Road. For those jetting in, check out Leeds/Bradford Airport hotel.