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.


Many international students fly to London Heathrow before making their way to Lincoln. Heathrow is the UK's main airport and is west of London. It is connected to central London by the underground Tube system. Some students also fly to other major UK airports such as Manchester or Gatwick, or arrive at regional airports such as East Midlands, which is near Nottingham.

The University of Lincoln offers new International students a free Airport Pick-Up Service.  New international students will be met at the airport and escorted to Lincoln.  To apply for the service, please complete the International Student Arrival Form here.

International students who are returning to continue with their studies who are required to self-isolate upon arrival in the UK, can also apply to be collected from the airport.

If you have any queries regarding your journey to Lincoln please email

Heathrow* Airport Pick-Up Service

2 January 2021 Saturday 2pm
30 January 2021 Saturday 2pm
13 February 2021 Saturday 2pm

*if you plan to arrive at a different airport or are unable to travel on these dates please contact before booking your ticket.

Please note that the cut-off date for booking a place on the coach on Saturday January 2 2021 was Thursday 17 December 2020. 

The University is not able to take bookings or to arrange collection for students during the holiday period from Friday 18 December to Monday 4 January.  When the University reopens on Monday 4 January 2021, the Student Support department will follow up any emails received over the holiday period to arrange for collections from the airport. The earliest this can be arranged for is Tuesday 5 January 2021.

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.


Contact the International Office

Our dedicated International Office and enquiries team are available to help answer any questions you may have about studying at the University of Lincoln.

Tel: +44 (0)1522 308108

Our telephone lines are open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.

Email: or use our online enquiry form.

WhatsApp: +44 7732708578