Getting to Lincoln

Lincoln is within easy reach of London and a number of other major cities including Nottingham, Sheffield, Leeds, Leicester and Hull. London’s Kings Cross station is around two hours away by train and Lincoln’s central location allows for quick and easy access to a number of airports with direct links around the world.

For international students, before making your travel arrangements, it is important that you have fully completed the application and arrivals process. Find out more in the How to Apply and Enrol section. 

City Centre & Parking
Getting to Lincoln

Downloadable / Printable Maps

University of Lincoln Campus Map (PDF)
Building locations and how to get around the Brayford Pool Campus on foot.

Lincoln City Centre Map (PDF)
Transport links around our main Brayford Pool Campus, includes local parking and satnav codes.

Routes to Lincoln - East Midlands and North of England Map (PDF)
Major road routes to Lincoln. Includes international airport locations throughout the Midlands and North of England.

Routes to Riseholme & Lincoln Campus (PDF)
Road routes to Riseholme College Campus.

Riseholme Campus Map (PDF)
Building maps for Riseholme College Campus, located just north of the City.

Holbeach Campus Map (PDF)
Maps and directions to our Holbeach campus in south Lincolnshire.

Accommodation Map (PDF)
Approved off-campus accommodation located across the city.

Transport Links


Road access is via the A1 with intersections at Newark (A46) from the South and near Retford (A57) from the North. The city is 40 miles east of Nottingham on the A46 and 40 miles south of the Humber Bridge on the A15. Lincoln is less than an hour's drive from the M1.

Travelling by taxi from the airport to the University can be a convenient and comfortable choice for students travelling with a large amount of luggage. It can also be an expensive option, although discounted rates are available through the University of Lincoln’s approved taxi provider Flight Links

Parking guide


Lincoln railway station is in the city centre, just a few minutes' walk from the Brayford Pool campus. Direct trains to London King's Cross take around two hours.

There are also frequent rail connections to other major cities, including Sheffield, Nottingham, Leicester and Leeds.

Book train tickets on the National Rail website.  See information on Lincoln Central Train Station on the East Midlands Trains website.


Lincoln’s central location allows for quick and easy access to a number of airports for domestic, European and International flights. East Midlands Airport offers flights around Europe, the east coast of America, Central America and Africa.  

Direct trains to London mean it is also convenient to reach Lincoln via one of the London airports and transfer to King's Cross Station.

If you are arriving at East Midlands Airport you will need to take the Skylink from East Midlands to Nottingham Train station, and then a train from Nottingham to Lincoln Central.

The University also operates a free airport pick-up service from selected airports on selected dates for new international students. You can register for this when you complete the arrivals form.

If you are travelling by air, the UK has many different airports and you should think about which one you want to arrive at before you book your ticket. The University of Lincoln arranges a Free Airport Pick–up Service for students arriving into London Heathrow Airport at various times throughout the year.

If you would prefer to fly into a regional airport which is closer to Lincoln then you can choose Humberside Airport or East Midlands Airport. These airports have international connections through European airports such as Amsterdam, Paris or Frankfurt.

To check information about airports, visit the British Airport Authority website.

The University will run a FREE airport pick-up service for students arriving into London Heathrow Airport. This is a free service for students, but you will need to book in advance. We offer this service for PEASS [Pre-sessional English Students] students as well as for our main intake in September.

If you would like to book onto our free airport pick-up service then please fill in the arrivals form. You will need the following information to book this service:

  • UCAS or Student reference number
  • CAS number
  • Flight details - arrival date and time, flight number and arrival terminal number

Please note you must book onto our FREE airport coach pick-up service at least a week in advance of the dates which are available

Other Public Transport

Traveline can plan journeys to and from the university, display timetables and show next departures for services and stops serving the university.

Traveline provides impartial, comprehensive information for all bus, rail and coach services in the East Midlands and the South of England and is operated by a partnership of local authorities and bus operators.

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