Getting to East Midlands Airport

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East Midlands airport is perfectly situated to reach in time for your Flybe flight. Approximately 14 miles from Derby and Nottingham, and 19 miles from Leicester, the airport lies in Castle Donington on the borders of Leicestershire and Derbyshire. Car drivers should set their sat navs to DE74 2SA. There is a range of short and long stay parking options, including a drop off option. There are a wide range of bus routes calling at the airport from the neighbouring cities and towns.

If you’re travelling to East Midlands airport from one of the nearby cities or towns, find all you need to know in our guide below. For information on reaching the airport, see our East Midlands Airport Arrivals page, and for ideas on how to spend your time in the area, browse our Visiting Leicestershire and Business in Leicestershire pages.

Car parking at East Midlands Airport

East Midlands airport has a selection of long and short stay car parking options, including a Meet & Greet service where a friendly airport official will park your car for you! Depending on your requirements, there are parking options close to the terminal or a shuttle bus away, with distance affecting costs.

We would recommend booking your car parking option in advance for the cheapest prices – just add a car parking option when you come to book your Flybe flights. The airport also operates a drop off and pick up option, including a 10 minute stay for £2. Whatever parking option you choose at East Midlands airport, all are accessible for anyone requiring special assistance, with disabled parking bays and help points.

Public transport

Reaching East Midlands airport is easy via public transport. Bus routes call directly at the airport from the neighbouring cities and towns with services also running from several surrounding rail stations.

By bus

Various surrounding cities and towns are linked to the airport via bus routes, with Skylink bus services linking the airport to various surrounding rail stations, with East Midlands Parkway the closest.

For up to date prices, routes and timetables, see East Midlands airport’s to and from the airport page.

By train

Although the airport is not on a direct train route, Skylink bus services link the airport to a host of surrounding stations, with East Midlands Parkway the closest rail station to the airport.

For more information on trains to East Midlands airport, including booking seats for travel, see the National Rail website.

By coach

East Midlands airport is linked via a coach service to Leeds, Sheffield, Luton, Heathrow and Gatwick. You can also travel to the surrounding cities via National Express from a host of destinations across the UK, and then take a Skylink bus service from the city to the airport itself.

For all details on coach prices, timetables, routes and to make your booking, visit the National Express website.


East Midlands airport has an official taxi provider in Arrow Cars, dropping off directly outside Arrivals. They operate a range of vehicle sizes to suit all parties and requirements. To ensure your taxi meets your needs, we would recommend booking in advance via the airport’s taxi page.

Other taxi operators are able to drop travellers off a short walk from the terminal.