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How To Reach York
Placed halfway between England and Edinburgh, York was set up by the ancient Romans and most, unlike any other British city. With over 30 premium museums, one of the best race courses in the country and a flourishing cultural city, York is popular as one of the best places to live in the United Kingdom. York’s 2000-year-old history boasts of its ancient walls from the Roman era with the historic Viking ruins of JORVIK and Gregorian opulence. An insight into York’s culture will take you through some of the finest attractions on the road less traveled, with a rich food legacy and modern shopping experiences. With a diverse and pulsating calendar of festivals and events, there’s something always going in and around York! Here are some of the best ways to reach York.
Linked to the Manchester Airport with a direct train every hour, York has easy access to North England’s primary airport with flight connections to most parts of North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. The nearest airport to York is the Leeds Bradford Airport. There are no direct flights from India to Leeds Bradford, but there are roughly 5 flights with at least one stopover from New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad to Leeds, ranging between INR 84,000-1,00,000 plus. British Airways and KLM operate flights between India and Leeds and the flight duration varies between 10 ½ - 19 hours on an average.
On arrival at Leeds, there’s a bus from the Leeds Bus Point to Leeds City Centre, every half hour which would have you at the City Square in approx. 35 minutes. The onward journey from Leeds City Centre can be made on a train, with a train leaving every 15 minutes for York, costing INR 390-3,400.
The fastest way and best way to reach York from Leeds is by train. The rail route between Leeds and York is pretty accessible with over 4 train operators running trains 7 days a week, with the first train out at 6.01 in the morning and the last train at 2.05am. There’s no more than ½ hour’s waiting for a train in the Leeds-York sector. The average train journey varies from 20-40 minutes, depending on the time of the day, the train company and the time of the week you travel in.
The distance between Leeds and York is about 40 km and a train ride takes roughly 22 minutes. The usual trains operating on this route are TransPennine Express with an estimated fare of INR 800-1,100 every 20 minutes, Northern Rail with a fare of INR 700-1,000 every hour, Cross Country costing INR 2,200-3,400 five times a day and LNER with only one train in the price range of INR 390-550.
There are different ways to travel to York from Leeds, if you’d like a road trip, chiefly by bus, cab or self-driving. The Yorkshire Coastliner operates 3 buses along the Leeds-York bus route with a bus leaving from the Leeds City Centre Bus Terminal to York, Micklegate every 30 minutes in the fare range of INR 500-700. It takes about 50 minutes to cover the journey of 38 km.
Another way of reaching York from Leeds is to rideshare, a carpool platform in the price range of INR 280-480 by a car operated by BlaBlaCar every 4 hours. This is one of the cheapest ways of getting to York. There are cab operators like Royal Cars Leeds and Amber Cars with cab services in the range of INR 6,000-7,500 and then the self-drive option with a fuel cost of INR 360-550 approx. in addition to car rental fee.
The ancient city of York is best explored on foot, as it is much easier to get from one end of the city to another in under 20 minutes. With loads of picturesque cycle tracks, York is a lovely city to enjoy cycling. You can rent bikes from the York Rail Station for approx. £15 a day. Other ways of getting in and around York is by bus, cabs or driving.