Travelling to Leicester and Leicestershire

Leicestershire lies at the heart of England in the East Midlands. With excellent road, rail and air links, it is easy to reach from all parts of the UK.


Travelling by car

Leicester is 2 hours by car from London, 1 hour from Birmingham and 2 hours from Manchester. The M1 passes through Leicestershire, with Junctions 20-24 providing good access to the county. The M69 and M6 also offer easy access from Birmingham, Wales and the south west.

Leicester city car parking information 

Travelling by train

Leicester is on the East Midlands Trains line from London St. Pancras to South Yorkshire. Direct trains from London take 75 minutes. Market Harborough, Loughborough, Melton Mowbray and Hinckley all have railway stations. The nearest station to Ashby de la Zouch is Loughborough.

National Rail enquiries

Travelling by coach

National Express offer national coach services to Leicester. London to Leicester takes just under 3 hours. Ashby de la Zouch, Coalville, Kegworth, Market Harborough, Loughborough and East Midlands Airport are also served by National Express.

National Express 

Travelling by air

Visitors travelling to and from East Midlands Airport and Leicester can take the direct Leicester Skylink bus, getting you there in less than an hour. The service operates hourly, 24 hours 7 days a week.

Local travel

For information on bus services throughout Leicester and Leicestershire for the city, call the Travel Line on 0871 200 2233 see the Quicksilver website for park and ride services.

Traveline East Midlands 

Foot & Pedal Power

Leicester and Leicestershire is a cycle-friendly destination, more and more people are choosing cycling to get fit and get around. Explore the countryside by bike and take in the views of Leicestershire's rolling countryside. Follow inner city cycle-trails and linear routes through Leicester and see how regeneration has changed the city-scape.

Visit the Choose How You Move website for cycle maps and routes to help move about by foot and by cycle. To discover more of Leicester & Leicestershire, or you’re visiting for business or pleasure, the site will help you get around quickly and easily, pointing you in the direction of as many sights as you’d like.



The M1 is the eastern north-south motorway, linking London to Leeds and continuing north to the A1.Take a break from that long journey home by visiting these attractions or food and drink venues close to junctions off the motorway.

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