With a major international airport on its doorstep, strong road links to the M1 and a compact city centre serviced by a new network of trams, getting around Nottingham couldn’t be easier.
Getting around Nottingham
30 minutes from the city centre is East Midlands Airport, a major international airport that’s a hub for low-cost airlines including Jet2 and Ryanair. Flying to domestic and short-haul European destinations, the airport welcomes around five million passengers each year. The Skylink bus service runs every half hour, taking around 30 minutes into the city centre, and is a dedicated route with plenty of room for suitcases and passengers.
Alternatively, you can get the train to East Midland Parkway (four miles away), which can take as little as 10 minutes, with a dedicated shuttle bus service running directly to the airport. If you’d rather stay near the airport overnight, we have five hotels near East Midlands Airport for you to choose from.
A 10-minute walk from the city centre, Nottingham Train Station is a Grade II listed building that dates back to 1848. It comes with parking for nearly 1,000 cars and has seven platforms including an integrated tram stop.
There are hourly services to London, Leicester, Sheffield and Leeds and every two hours to Birmingham, with up to eight trams per hour at peak times. There are several cafés and shops in the main reception, as well as a First Class Lounge on Platform 5.
Opened in 2004, the Nottingham tram network – or Nottingham Express Transit (NET) to give it its full name – is a 20-mile travel network spread over two lines and nearly 60 stops. There are seven park and ride schemes running, allowing car-free access to the city, with trams running from 6am until midnight during the week and every three to five minutes at peak times. There are dozens of stops across the city centre and near our hotels, meaning you’re never far away from a ride.
Another new travel initiative is Citycard Cycles, a network of 17 cycle hubs across the city. With long-term or day hire available, you can simply grab a bike and go explore the city from as little as £1 an hour.