Getting around

Things to do in Lincoln | Getting around

Lincoln’s a relatively easy city to get around. Well, Steep Hill isn’t exactly a stroll in the park, but you know what we mean. The vast majority of things you’ll want to see are contained between the High Street and the Cathedral Quarter, so the issue is simply getting here. Our guide to getting around Lincoln gives you information about the city’s train and bus stations – Lincoln Central and Lincoln Transport Hub – as well as details about arriving via Humberside International Airport or Doncaster Sheffield Airport.

Train Station

Lincoln Central Railway Station is the city’s main transport hub connecting the city with the rest of the country via Virgin Trains East, Northern Rail and East Midlands Trains services.

Despite the ‘Central’ suffix, it’s the only railway station still operating in Lincoln and has been ever since St. Marks closed down in 1985. In total, the station’s five platforms serve nearly two million passengers each year, helping them get pretty much anywhere in Britain.

Lincoln Central Railway Station

You’ll find the station at the south end of the city centre, just off the High Street. As we mentioned on our Lincoln shopping page, this area of the city is in the process of being transformed into the Cornhill Quarter, with pedestrianised walkways linking the train station to Lincoln Corn Exchange and its surrounding hub of cafés, restaurants and an array of high-end shops.

Public transport

The train station is actually part of the PlusBus scheme that allows you to combine buying train and bus tickets at a lower cost.

It’s convenient because the city’s Lincoln Transport Hub can be found directly south of the train station. It’s a £30-million pound bus station that recently opened its doors to serve the Lincolnshire area.

Lincoln Transport Hub

In total, it has fourteen bus bays that see 650 buses coming and going every single weekday. Inside, head to the information centre if you need help planning your bus route. You can also grab a coffee and a quick bite to eat at the Grand Café, which is run by the same people as the popular café on Sincil Street.

Airport transfer

If you’re flying into an airport near Lincoln and want to know how to get a transfer, then you’re in the right place. Humberside International Airport is roughly 30 miles north-east of Lincoln, which equates to a 45-minute drive. At the airport, you can use well-known car rental services Avis and Europcar. Meanwhile, their approved partner taxi service is Cable Taxis. Obviously, a 45-minute taxi journey isn’t exactly going to be cheap, so you can always take a taxi to Barnetby Station, which is just three miles from the airport, where you can board an East Midlands train to Lincoln.

Airport transfers

Doncaster Sheffield Airport is roughly 35 miles west of Lincoln, which equates to around an hour’s car journey. Little Arrows are the official taxi partners, with cars of all sizes running day and night – plus, their prices are fixed, so you know exactly what you’re paying before you even set off. In terms of public transport, every half an hour you can catch the X4 bus from the airport into Doncaster train station, and then catch a train into Lincoln Central. If you’d prefer to rent a car, Avis, Europcar and Hertz all have desks in the arrivals lounge.