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Arriving at a different UK airport

Arriving at a different UK airport

Sheffield is conveniently located in the centre of the UK, and there are good transport links to all major cities and airports. You can often get cheaper flights to some of the smaller airports near Sheffield. However, it may be more difficult and expensive to travel from these airports to Sheffield.

We recommend you fly to Manchester Airport as we can meet you and bring you to the University. We can also give you directions from other UK airports. 

*Please tell us when you are arriving by filling in this form.

*Due to the COVID-19 Health & Safety measures, please ensure you familiarise yourself with the red, amber and green list rules for entering England, and the safer travel guidance for passengers.

UK passport control

When you arrive at the airport in the UK, head to passport control. If you are a national from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea or the USA, and are staying in the UK for over 6 months, you can use the automated eGates

If you are a short term student (up to 6 months) or from a country not listed above, you must not use the eGates, as you need to see an officer to get a stamp in your passport. This stamp gives you the permissions needed for your studies. To assist with this, download this document and present it to a Border Force Officer. This can be presented to staff either printed or shown on a mobile device.

Quarantining on arrival

Most international students arriving in September 2021 will need to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival in the UK. Find out what support is available here.

You can find more information about what you'll need to do before and after arriving in the UK on the UK Government’s website, and we will keep our FAQs updated with the latest information too.

London Heathrow Airport

It is easiest to take a National Express coach to Sheffield. The direct route costs approximately £44 and takes 4-6 hours. Cheaper fares are available in advance.

If travelling by train you should take the London Underground Piccadilly Line to King's Cross St Pancras station and follow the signs to St Pancras International. From here you can get a train direct to Sheffield, but prices vary greatly so we strongly recommend booking in advance. Visit National Rail for current information on train times and fares.

Gatwick Airport

One option is to take a National Express coach to Sheffield. You would have to change at London Victoria Coach Station and it costs approximately £35 for a 6-7 hour journey. Cheaper fares are available in advance.

If travelling by train you should take the Thameslink train to St Pancras International (the direct route costs approximately £10 - £15 and takes approximately an hour). From here you can get a train direct to Sheffield, but prices vary greatly so we strongly recommend booking in advance. Visit National Rail for current information on train times and fares.

Manchester Airport

If you are arriving at Manchester Airport, please click here.

Robin Hood Airport (Doncaster Sheffield)

Take the 57a or 57c bus from the Airport to Doncaster Frenchgate Interchange. Bus tickets costs approximately £5 and the journey takes approximately 45 minutes. Follow the signs from Doncaster Frenchgate Interchange to Doncaster rail station. Services are frequent so please check National Rail timetables to get to Sheffield Train tickets costs approximately £6 and the journey takes approximately 45 minutes. 

A taxi from Robin Hood Airport to Sheffield will cost approximately £40.

Birmingham Airport

You can take a National Express coach to Sheffield, changing in Birmingham City Centre (approximately £27) - this would take approximately 4 hours. Alternatively you can get a train, changing at Birmingham New Street. Prices vary greatly (£10 - £30) so we strongly recommend booking in advance. Visit National Rail for current information on train times and fares. 

A taxi from Birmingham to Sheffield will be very expensive and is not advisable.

Leeds Bradford International Airport

Take the Leeds Flyer A1 to Leeds Bus Station (approximately £5) and then travel by train (approximately £15) to Sheffield. Approximate journey time is 2 hours.

A taxi from Leeds Bradford International Airport to Sheffield will cost approximately £65.

Liverpool John Lennon Airport

Take a 80A or 500 bus to Liverpool South Parkway station (approximately £5) and then travel by train (approximately £35) to Sheffield. 

A taxi from Liverpool to Sheffield will be very expensive and is not advisable.

Nottingham East Midlands Airport

You can take the Skylink bus to Derby (approximately £8.50) and then travel by train (approximately £12 - £25) to Sheffield. Approximate journey time is 1 hour 30 minutes.

A taxi from Nottingham to Sheffield will cost approximately £60.

London Stansted Airport

You can take a National Express coach to Sheffield, changing at Coventry, London or Milton Keynes (between £25 - £50) and takes 5 - 7 hours. It is possible to get a train from Stansted to Sheffield but it can be complicated and expensive - visit National Rail for current information on train times and fares. 

A taxi from Stansted to Sheffield will be very expensive and is not advisable.

Other UK airports

You can often get cheaper flights to some of the smaller airports near Sheffield. However, it may be more difficult and expensive to travel from these airports to Sheffield, and your total travelling costs may be more than paying for a more expensive flight to Manchester. Please read the information below before booking your flight. More detailed travel instructions can be requested by completing our arrival information form.

All prices correct at June 2021. Please visit the websites of the airports above, National Express and National Rail for up to date information and to book.

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