International travel

A plane taking off

The University of Sheffield is a world-leading organisation and we are committed to responding to the global climate emergency. 

Our five-year Sustainability Strategy sets out our approach to international travel which is to discourage flying and encourage remote working and surface travel where possible. 

Although it’s sometimes necessary to fly, there are other more sustainable options available to consider, especially when traveling to and from parts of Europe such as Eurostar.


The nearest Eurostar station to Sheffield is London St. Pancras. This is directly accessible from Sheffield station and can be reached in 2 hours. 

From the Eurostar terminal at St. Pancras you can travel into France, Belgium and The Netherlands.


Sheffield has a number of airports within close proximity. The nearest local airport is Doncaster Sheffield (DSA) and the nearest airport served directly by train from Sheffield is Manchester (MAN). 

Journey times for accessing airports by public transport or driving

Public transport journey times are from individual locations to Sheffield Station. Trams run directly from University of Sheffield to the Station, journeys take around 10 minutes and the trams run every 10–20 minutes.

Driving times are from the Q Park on Durham Road.

Download the travel times to airports/ferry ports (PNG, 69KB)

Birmingham Airport

  • Car – 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Public transport – 1 hour 40 minutes

Doncaster Sheffield Airport

  • Car – 34 minutes
  • Public transport – 57 minutes

East Midlands Airport

  • Car – 1 hour
  • Public transport – 1 hour 25 minutes

Humberside Airport

  • Car – 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Public transport – 1 hour 15 minutes

Humberside Ferry Port

  • Car – 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Public transport – 1 hour 15 minutes

Leeds Bradford Airport

  • Car – 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Public transport – 1 hour 30 minutes

London Airports

  • Car – 2 hours 30 minutes–3 hours 3 minutes
  • Public transport – 2 hours 30 minutes–3 hours 3 minutes

London St. Pancras International for Eurostar

  • Car – 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Public transport – 2 hours

Manchester Airport

  • Car – 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Public transport – 1 hour 15 minutes


Sheffield’s nearest passenger ferry port is located at Hull Ferry Terminal. From here you can travel to Europort Rotterdam in the Netherlands. 

Hull can be reached by rail from Sheffield in 1 hour 18 minutes, you will then need to catch a bus or taxi to complete the short journey from Hull city centre to the port. Driving from the University takes 1 hour and 25 minutes.

Sustainability and air quality

Our key commitments to sustainability

The University understands that international travel may be a requirement for some members of staff, students and visitors but we encourage the use of alternatives to air travel wherever possible including:

  • Online meetings and conferences
  • Using Eurostar and rail to travel to parts of Europe which are accessible by train. This can cut your CO2 emissions by up to 90%
  • Using rail for long distance journeys in the UK rather than internal flights

University sustainability plans and actions

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