Travelling to Lincoln

How to Get Here

Situated in the East Midlands region of England, Lincoln’s central location allows for quick and easy access to London and a number of other major cities, including Nottingham, Sheffield, Leeds, Leicester, and Hull.

London’s King’s Cross Station is around two hours away by train, and a number of airports are within easy reach, providing direct links to locations around the world.


The University offers a free pick-up service for students landing at London Heathrow airport on selected dates.

For students arriving in early 2020, the free airport pick-up service from London Heathrow will take place on Saturday 4 January and Saturday 8 February. Students wishing to be picked-up from the airport must fill in the online Arrivals Form. This form must be completed in advance of the airport pick-up to make sure that transport is available for all students. 

The transport will leave Heathrow airport at 2pm and arrive at the University of Lincoln in the early evening, subject to traffic conditions. Students will be taken to their accommodation when they arrive at the campus.

If you would like to fly into a regional airport which is close 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.


Lincoln Central Railway Station is in the city centre, just a few minutes' walk from the University of Lincoln's Brayford Pool Campus. The station is fully accessible for wheelchair users.

Direct trains to/from London King's Cross take around two hours. There are also frequent rail connections to other major cities, including Sheffield, Nottingham, Leicester, and Leeds.

Students wishing to make their own way to the campus from Heathrow on public transport are advised to take the Piccadilly Underground line to King's Cross Station, before taking a train to Lincoln. 

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


Lincoln can be reached via the A1 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. Discounted rates are available through the University of Lincoln’s approved taxi provider Flight Links

To find information on the range of parking options available in Lincoln see Visit Lincoln's Parking Guide.