Leeds Travel & Transport

The transport system in Leeds offers visitors a number of ways to get around from public transport such as buses and trains to using the road with car hire and using ferries.

Local bus services are provided by Metroline, there are routes across Leeds and across Yorkshire available. There are a number of routes all over central Leeds and its districts and suburbs. Buses provide a good way for visitors to get around with services close to many tourist attractions and places of interest.

Trains in Leeds serve a number of routes across central Leeds and the outskirts. There are several mainline rail routes offering local and regional services including services to Liverpool, Manchester, Carlisle, York, Harrogate and Nottingham. Train services are provided by Metro Train. There are regular services to Leeds railway station from London Kings Cross station, the approx journey time from London is 2 hours to 2 hours 15 minutes.

For more information please see National Rail Enquiries

Leeds is located approx 65 miles from the sea port of Hull along the M62 and A63. From Hull ferry port P & O Ferries offer a range of services to Zeebrugge and Rotterdam.

Public Transport Safety Tips
Most journeys on public transport in London go ahead without incident, in order to minimise the chances of any incidents, passengers may wish to consider the following safety tips:

- Be aware of your belongings at all times.
- Do not leave your bags and belongings unattended at any time.
- Stay alert and aware of your environment and those around you.
- Do not show valuables including money and jewellery in public.
- If you are carrying a bag/handbag, ensure you use a bag that has a strong good quality strap and wear it across your shoulder (not on your shoulder), with the pockets closed facing towards your waist. Carrying the bag on your shoulder makes it much easier for criminals to snatch the bag or cut the strap.
- Be careful and cautious in crowds and beware of pickpockets, do not leave anything valuable showing in public including wallets in back trouser pockets.
- Sit in carriages with other passengers do not sit in carriages with no/fewer passengers.
- Try not to use smaller/isolated stations especially at night.
- When waiting for buses, trains, boats and taxis stand with other passengers in an area that is well lit, do not stand/wait in isolated areas.

There are a number of car hire firms in Leeds that offer car rental services for both short and longer term car hire offering a range of vehicles from small budget cars to family cars to larger mini-buses and luxury cars. Leeds does experience traffic congestion along with many other cities, the traffic is usually at its peak during the peak morning and evening rush hours however road incidents and unforeseen circumstances can create traffic congestion at all times.

Leeds is well connected to the motorway network making it relatively easy for motorists to get to the city from all major routes. The M1, M62 and A1(M) are all located close by offering good road connections in and out of Leeds.

Leeds is easily accessible by coach with coach services from a number of UK towns and cities including from London where there are regular coach services to Leeds every hour. Both National Express and Megabus offer coach services from London to Leeds and from a number of other UK cities and towns to Leeds.

The closest airport to Leeds is Leeds Bradford Airport located approx eight miles to the North of Leeds. There are both domestic flights available from cities such as London, Aberdeen, Belfast, Bristol, Southampton and more. There are scheduled flights that run between Leeds Bradford Airport and London Heathrow allowing for international flights and connections.

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