Trains to East Midlands Airport

Transfers from Derby, Nottingham and more

East Midlands Airport connects the Midlands to destinations across Europe and all over the world. You can easily travel to the airport by train thanks to regular transfer services from four nearby stations.

You can reach East Midlands Airport via Nottingham, Long Eaton and Derby stations using skylink bus services, which run 24/7. Or take the railink shuttle service to the airport from East Midlands Parkway station.

You can buy combined rail and skylink or railink tickets to East Midlands Airport in advance or on the day at any station ticket office.

Getting to East Midlands Airport by train

Derby station is 15 miles from East Midlands Airport. Catch the skylink Derby bus service at Derby station every 20 minutes during the day, and hourly at night – seven days a week. The journey to the airport takes around 35 minutes.

You can buy a combined rail and skylink bus ticket to East Midlands Airport via Derby at any station ticket office.

If you don’t book the bus transfer as part of your train journey, a single adult skylink Derby ticket costs £4.70 and you can buy from the bus driver.

Nottingham station is 13 miles from the airport. Catch the skylink express coach daily from Nottingham train station direct to East Midlands Airport from 04:00-22:00.

The Skylink Express takes 30 minutes and runs every half an hour during the day, with an hourly service in the early mornings and evenings. A single adult skylink express ticket costs £6.60 if you buy on the bus.

Alternatively, the skylink Nottingham bus service departs from Broadmarsh Bus Station, which is just a five-minute walk from Nottingham train station. You can catch a bus there every 20 minutes during the day, and hourly at night – seven days a week. The journey takes around 55 minutes. A single adult skylink Nottingham ticket costs £5.30 if you buy on the bus.

You can buy combined rail and skylink bus tickets to East Midlands Airport via Nottingham at any station ticket office.

Long Eaton station is seven miles from East Midlands Airport. The skylink Nottingham bus calls at Long Eaton train station on route to the airport and takes 20 minutes.

Skylink services run up to every 20 minutes during the day, and hourly at night – seven days a week.

You can buy a combined rail and skylink bus ticket to East Midlands Airport via Long Eaton at any station ticket office.

If you don’t book the bus transfer as part of your train journey, a single adult ticket costs £3.40 and you can buy it from the bus driver.

East Midlands Parkway is five miles from the airport.

There is a taxi rank outside the station where Elite taxis are based. Customers are strongly advised to pre-book their taxi in advance. Tickets will no longer be available to purchase from a booking office.

If you require a return journey outside the regular timetable hours please ensure you have booked your taxi in advance.

Ticket types

Book early and keep the cost of your train journey down with our Advance tickets.

For more flexible travel options, you can buy our Anytime and Off-Peak fares up until just before you travel.

How to buy tickets

You can book train tickets online or at the station. Buy combined train and bus tickets from the ticket office at any station.

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