Transport around East Midlands Airport (EMA)

East Midlands Airport is within reach of four major towns: Nottingham, Loughborough, Long Eaton and Derby. Each of these cities enjoys convenient public transportation links to the airport as well as rail and road connections to other cities in the region.

Castle Donington, Leicestershire, East Midlands
Manchester Airports Group
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052°49'52"N 001°19'41"W


there is no dedicated rail line accessing East Midlands Airport, but that doesn't exclude travel by rail as a viable option. Passengers can take the train to and from Derby, Nottingham and Loughborough before catching a bus or taxi to the airport. Each of these cities is a major stop on the UK railway. Next to the airport information desk is a complimentary telephone booking service for the railway.


with four cities in the periphery, it's no surprise that East Midlands Airport sees a great deal of bus traffic. Shuttles and buses head to all the major cities. The Air-Line shuttle bus connects to Loughborough and Derby, stopping off at train stations along the way. The Rainbow number 5 departs twice per hour for Loughborough and Nottingham, while National Express services connect to Leeds and Sheffield. The latter provider even has services to Gatwick, Luton and Heathrow airports.


taxis are onsite to carry passengers to any destination in the region. The two biggest providers are Arrow Cars and Checker Cars. The queue is immediately outside the Arrivals hall. It's best to pre-book a taxi for service to the airport.


in many ways East Midlands Airport is at the centre of England. The major towns in the vicinity can all be reached in around 30 minutes. The facility's convenient location means travellers often drive themselves here.

Travelling in from the north, use the M1 motorway and pass Long Eaton before turning west at Junction 24. Ashby Road heads to the airport. Travellers from the south can also use the M1, but will exit at Junction 23A for access to Ashby Road. Driving from the west requires the use of the A50 until it meets the M1 and Ashby. Arriving from the east is via the A47.


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