Getting to Sheffield

Sheffield is located in South Yorkshire at the very heart of the UK.

The city's central location also puts it at heart of the UK's major rail and road networks, meaning it's easy to get to and is around 1 hours’ drive from 3 international airports.

Manchester Airport is the closest, with the most worldwide connections (over 200 destinations flying into Manchester from over 70 airlines). It is the 3rd busiest airport in Britain and the Global Gateway to the North. 

A map of the UK showing the major road, rail, and air routes into Sheffield.

Onward travel to Sheffield from UK Airports

Sheffield can be easily reached from UK Airports by either road, using a taxi service, or rail.  You can book your airport transfer in advance with one of the private hire taxi companies in Sheffield. Book City Taxis online, download the CityTaxis app (from the Apple Store or Google Play Store) , call them direct on 0114 239 3939 or travel using UBER

Drive time from UK airports to Sheffield

Airport Drive Time
Nottingham East Midlands 1:03
Leeds Bradford 1:11
Manchester 1:21
Birmingham 1:35
Heathrow, London 2:46

You can also connect into Sheffield from most airports by train. You can plan your journey using one of a number of travel planning sites including Omio or book tickets direct with Train Line.

Arriving via Eurostar? The Eurostar arrives into London St Pancras International where you can then catch a direct train to Sheffield (see below).  Did you know you can be in Sheffield in just 5 hours after leaving Paris, Amsterdam or Brussels?

Travelling within the UK

Arriving by train

"Sheffield: 5th best connected city by rail outside of London." -

Sheffield is just 2 hours from London and 3 hours 30 mins hours from Edinburgh,

The mainline station in Sheffield offers an impressive entry to the city, with fast direct links from London St Pancras International departing every 30 minutes from early morning to late at night.

If you are travelling from London, or on routes operated by East Midlands Railway, you'll find all the timetable and fare information you need on the East Midlands Railway website.

If you're travelling to Sheffield for a conference you might also find our special event tickets a value for money option.

There are also hourly fast trains from Manchester City Centre which connect to/from Manchester International airport.

You can find more detailed information on arriving into Sheffield from our closest airports here.

Regional rail travel

We recommend you take a look at the special offers from TransPennine Express or at the services provided by Northern Rail as great starting points to planning your visit.

Travel by rail (hours)

From To Sheffield
London 2:01
Birmingham 1:03
Manchester 0:51
Edinburgh 3:26
Manchester Airport 1:22
Heathrow Airport 2:43
Gatwick Airport 2:51

Arriving by road

Travel by road (miles and hours)

From Miles from Sheffield Drive Time
London 165 3:00
Birmingham 90 1:48
Manchester 44 1:13
Leeds 33 0:50
Edinburgh 250 5:00

Source: Google maps

Getting around the city

Our compact city centre makes walking the natural option.  For access to attractions, hotels and venues slightly further out, our state-of-the-art Supertram is visitor and delegate friendly and better still, environmentally friendly.  You can even pre-pay for delegates to travel just by flashing their conference pass. 

For unlimited travel across Sheffield on all public transport, the simple Travel Master CityWide ticket can be purchased on board buses and trams or in advance. Visit or for trams.

Car parking

Sheffield City Council operates several surface level car parks and on street parking – parking charges and maximum parking times vary – details can be found here.  Privately operated multi storey and surface level car parking is also available across the city centre to give motorists lots of choice.   Details (including up to date availability) can be found at  If you are driving into Sheffield for a conference or event, please check with your hotel or venue for any special offers.

Public electric vehicle charge points

There are new rapid electric vehicle chargers in a range of locations across the city.  You can find the SCC charge sites here or look at sites such as ZapMap for other locations of most publicly available chargers.

Clean Air Zone

Sheffield is introducing a Clean Air Zone in Sheffield city centre to help lower emissions and improve air quality. This means that taxis, coaches and goods vehicles that don't meet the emissions standards will have to pay to drive in the city centre.  Private cars and motorbikes will not be charged.

Cycle Parking

For anyone cycling into Sheffield, the city offers cycling stands, lockers and pumps across the city centre. Further details can be found here.