Getting around Leeds

Things to do in Leeds | Getting around

Whether you choose to take public transport or use your own two feet, there are plenty of ways to explore Leeds. A small and friendly city centre makes it easy to navigate your way to whatever attraction takes your fancy. Arriving by plane? Touch down in nearby Leeds Bradford airport and you’ll find taxis, trains and buses ready to take you from arrivals to your Premier Inn Leeds hotel in no time at all. And, if it’s an early or late flight, we’ve got a hotel near Leeds Bradford Airport ready to make sure your trip gets off to a good start.

Airport transfers

The largest airport in Yorkshire - and one of the fastest growing in the UK - Leeds Bradford helps 3.5 million passengers get their holidays off to a flying start each year. Serving 74 destinations, it’s only seven miles from the city centre. Early flight? Our hotel near Leeds Bradford Airport is just a seven-minute walk (or two-minute taxi ride) away.

Step out of the airport and hop onto the Flying Tiger bus. Service 757 takes around 30 minutes, drops you at the bus station right in the centre of town and has free Wi-Fi and charging points.

Expect to pay around £6 for a return, and about £4 for a single.

Leeds/Bradford Airport

Want to drive? Four national hire car services operate from the airport’s dedicated Car Rental Centre. To get there, take the free shuttle bus just opposite the Arrow Cars cabin. Make sure you tell the driver where you want to get off - it’s the first stop, so won’t take long.

Or hop in a taxi. Outside International Arrivals you’ll find the Arrow Cars cabin - they’re the official airport taxi company and the only cars able to pick you up from the terminal forecourt. A single fare to the city centre costs about £25.

Public transport

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.

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!

Going further afield? 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.

Public transport

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. Brought your own two wheels? You’re in luck, because all of our Leeds hotels are bike-friendly - you’re even allowed to keep them in your room.

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.

Train and tram stations

Leeds Station, one of the busiest in the UK, is the main rail connection to the city. You’ll find it on New Station Street to the south of City Square, at the bottom of Park Row.

It’s served by London North Eastern Railway, TransPennine Express, Northern and East Midland Trains. You can catch services to places like London King’s Cross and London St Pancras, Bradford, Manchester, Blackpool and York.

There’s also suburban train service which can get you from Leeds Station to tourist attractions like Headingley Stadium and Kirkstall.

Leeds Station

Arriving by train? Booking into our hotel near Leeds Station means you won’t have far to trundle your wheelie suitcase. It’s just a ten-minute walk away.

Looking for a hotel in Leeds?

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.