Leeds’ central position in the country makes it easily accessible by both road and rail, and Leeds-Bradford airport makes air travel a viable option as well.
Leeds’ mainline rail station is served by LNER from London, CrossCountry from Wales, Bristol and the West Country through the Midlands, and up to Scotland (Edinburgh, Glasgow and some services through to Aberdeen). Transpennine run services from Newcastle via York, Hull, and west of the city to Manchester and Liverpool. Local train services are run by Northern, across Yorkshire and south to Sheffield and Nottingham. Local trains from Harrogate, and the slow service from York, also stop at Burley Park station, which is approximately a 30 min walk from the main conference venue.
Leeds is easily accessed by road from all directions, located at the intersection of the M62 and M1, and with easy access across to the A1. Parking in the City Centre is challenging however, so you are advised to check with your accommodation. The conference team cannot arrange parking within the University for you, and while there is visitor parking on campus, please be aware that this is not voluminous. There are two park and ride sites, at Elland Road and Temple Green. Both services drop passengers at stops on Boar Lane, in the city centre near to the train station.
Road travel via coach is also easily accessible. Both National Express and Megabus services run regularly to the Coach Station (on the east side of the City Centre) from a variety of destinations nationally.
Leeds is well served for air travel by Leeds-Bradford Airport, located approximately 8 miles north-west of the city. Flights operate domestically, and to a number of short-haul destinations internationally directly, and connections to other destinations can be made via connections at Heathrow through a regular British Airways shuttle. More information can be found on the Airport’s website.
Getting from the airport is easily done via a taxi, and a regular public bus, the 757 ‘Flying Tiger’, which picks up and drops off at a number of places in the City Centre.
Travelling around Leeds
Leeds is less well serviced by public transport within the city, but the bus infrastructure from the City Centre to the conference venue is reliable, and from Headingley. The new LeedsCity buses routes 1, 6, 28 and 97 operate a frequent service (every 10 mins) between Headingley, the University, the station, and Leeds Dock, and tickets can be bought more cheaply via a mobile app.
Green Hackney Carriages can be flagged down easily in the city centre, and there are a number of cab ranks in strategic locations, including at the train station (New Station Street exit).
There are a vast number of mini-cab services in Leeds which can be pre-booked (and from the station will collect you at the Princes’ Square exit). Some suggestions are: