Travel to Sheffield

Sheffield is a city that can be easily reached via various forms of transport.

The facade of Sheffield Railway Station in the city of Sheffield, UK
The facade of Sheffield Railway Station in the city of Sheffield, UK. Author: Brendan De Souza, Source: Wikimedia Commons

By road

Located in South Yorkshire, Sheffield is easily accessed by road from other major UK cities. 

Parking on site and in the surrounding area is limited so please consider a car share or walking where possible. 

By rail

Not only is London St Pancras International the final destination for the Eurostar/TGV/Thalys/ICE/AVE network: it is also the mainline station for trains to Sheffield.

Journey times are surprisingly swift:

  • Brussels to Sheffield, 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Frankfurt to Sheffield, 9 hours 20 minutes
  • Amsterdam to Sheffield, 7 hours 30 minutes

Purchasing rail tickets online in advance can make this a very cheap way to travel. If you plan to travel for more than two days then an Interrail ticket (eg three days in one month) or a Eurail pass may well be an affordable way of attending the conference and exploring more of the UK. See here for more advice.

On arriving at Sheffield station, the conference venue is a bus ride of 20 minutes (you walk for 300 met

Sheffield also has direct links to other major cities, including: Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and York.

Booking rail travel in Britain. 

Advance tickets, which are fixed and discounted, are typically cheaper, but less flexible than the turn-up and go fares. Turn up and go fares can be economical if they are ‘off-peak’. Be careful of buying ‘anytime’ tickets, which are the most expensive of all, except on some short journeys.

Many train tickets can be purchased as e-tickets or mobile tickets with a digital code that you show on a smart-phone or printed on a pdf, which you show on the train and ticket gates in the station.

The cheapest deals may sell out, but usually further deals are available at a higher price. Two good websites for finding the right tickets are LNER (no fees included) and The Trainline (a small fee is included) seat61 provides extensive advice on ticket buying.

It is important to remember advance tickets may not be non-refundable or are changeable for an extra fee.

There are two extra special advance tickets:

- a) the Airport Advance from Manchester Airport to Sheffield if booked at least 60 minutes after landing it can be used for up to 3 more hours, if the flight is delayed.

- b) if you are arriving / leaving on Eurostar, then your onward travel to Sheffield can be on a special CIV ticket (booked through a rail agent or the Eurostar helpline) which means you can travel at any point for the same price.

By sea

Ferries from mainland Europe to the north of England arrive at Hull from Europort (Rotterdam) and to Newcastle from Ijmuiden (Amsterdam). Direct trains run from Hull and Newcastle to Sheffield. 

Rail Sail ferry tickets are available from Ireland. There are also many Channel sailing options (with trains serving almost every sea-port), plus sailings from northern Spain.

Ferries also arrive to a variety of other English, Scottish and Welsh ports, from France, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Spain.

By air

Manchester International Airport (MIA) is less than 50 kilometres from Sheffield and has a direct 80-minute rail-link to the city. Advance discount train tickets from Manchester International Airport to Sheffield are valid even if your flight is delayed as long as you get your ticket re-authorised at the station ticket office.

Other regional airports have good rail links that will deliver you to Sheffield in around two hours. These include:

  • Birmingham (BHX)
  • East Midlands (EMA)
  • Luton (LTN)
  • Leeds Bradford (LBA)

Of the four main London airports,
- London Luton (LTN) is on the rail line between London and Sheffield and the train journey is less than 3 hours (with one or two changes).
- London Heathrow (LHR), take the Underground direct to Kings Cross ( 1 hour 5 minutes), and then take the train from St Pancras International to Sheffield (2 hours 15 minutes).
- London Gatwick (LGW), take the train from Gatwick to St Pancras International (50 minutes) and then take the train from St Pancras International to Sheffield (2 hours 15 minutes).
- London Stansted (STN) you can travel by train either a) by avoiding London via Peterborough (3 hours 30 minutes), or b) train from Stansted Airport to Tottenham Hale (35 mins), and then Underground Tottenham Hale to St Pancras International (25 mins) and then train from St Pancras International to Sheffield (2 hours 15 mins).

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