Getting around

Things to do in Northampton | Getting around

Just a few miles from the M1 and just a short hop to Birmingham and London, plus fast connections from Northampton train station and bus station, this East Midlands hub is a well-connected town boasting strong rail, road and air travel networks.

Airport transfers

Handily placed around 40 miles from Luton London Airport, which operates dozens of domestic and international flights a day, there are several easy ways to make the journey. The fastest is a 40-minute car journey from our closest Northampton hotel and with plenty of long- or short-term parking at the airport and early bird online booking discounts saving you up to 50%. Alternatively, you can catch a train to Milton Keynes and then bus to Luton Airport, or you can catch the X7 or X4 bus to Milton Keynes before boarding the hour-long 99 bus to the airport bus station, which runs every 30 minutes. There are plenty of hotels near Luton Airport if you’re flying out in the early morning. Alternatively, Birmingham Airport is slightly further away at 45 miles, but offers direct bus (80 minutes) and train (50 minutes) services.

Airport transfers

Public transport

With a designated town-wide travel card and bus routes that will take you across town or country, getting around in Northampton is as easy as catching route A, B or C.

If you’re doing a lot of travelling around the town centre or the nearby region, invest in a Northampton Buzz card. With affordable rates for an adult pass, it’ll give you unparalleled access to dozens of routes across the majority of bus services, letting you explore the region to your heart’s content. The main bus depot is the North Gate Bus Station off main artery Greyfriars, which operates services to nearby towns like Towcester and Leicester as well, with dozens of bus stops across town.

Public transport

Train stations

A well-connected town, Northampton’s strong rail network makes light work of commuting to Birmingham and London.

As part of the West Coast Main Line, the Northampton Train Station offers good network connections north and south, with trains every 20 minutes to London and Birmingham. Used by over three million travellers each year, the station is a busy hub and was redeveloped in 2015, creating a stunning two-storey glass and steel structure. There are over 800 parking spaces – just a short drive from our Northampton West (Harpole) hotel – with affordable daily rates, while there’s an on-site WHSmith, several coffee shops and cycle storage for up to 85 bikes.

Northampton station

Looking for a hotel in Northampton?

With its array of historic buildings and tempting shopping opportunities, Northampton is definitely worth a visit - and we have five Northampton hotels to choose from.