Trains to East Midlands Airport

Getting a train to East Midlands Airport is simple, with convenient links from Leicester, Derby and Nottingham.

How to get to East Midlands Airport by train

Although there is no dedicated East Midlands Airport train station, there are four train stations nearby. Which station you go to depends on where you’re travelling to and from.

East Midlands Parkway train station is the closest station to East Midlands Airport, just five miles away. Once you arrive here, the Nottsbus On Demand service is on hand to take you to East Midlands Airport.

Long Eaton train station is seven miles from the airport. Meanwhile, both Derby and Nottingham train stations are 12 miles away. For each of these stations, the Skylink bus connects you to East Midlands Airport. It runs 24/7 from each site.

From Derby and Long Eaton, this bus takes 20 minutes, while from Nottingham it’s 30 minutes. Make sure you factor these times into when booking your East Midlands Airport trains. We always recommend being extra safe when it comes to aligning with your flight time.

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Top routes to East Midlands Airport

London Euston to Tamworth 1h 07mins £11
Stafford to Tamworth 22mins £8.80

What to do at East Midlands Airport

At East Midlands Airport, you'll find plenty going on to keep you entertained while keeping an eye on that departure board.

First up, you’ve got shopping. East Midlands Airport offers everything from Accessorize for fashion accessories to Boots for any late travel essentials.

For food, you’ve got classic quick options like Greggs and Burger King. If you’d rather more of a sit-down option, the Three Shires food market serves a variety of foods and cuisines, all made using quality local ingredients.

For a more sit-down setting, the Three Cities Bar has beers, wines, and simple food options like sandwiches. There is also The Bar, which is perfect for pre-flight drinks.

Finally, it’s important to mention that the East Midlands Airport has The Escape Lounge. This is a comfortable and quiet place to wait, away from the main court.

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Ways to save on your train ticket to East Midlands Airport

If you’re looking to save money on your train to East Midlands Airport, see below for some advice.

The first thing we recommend is to set up Advance Train Ticket Alerts. This allows you to book to secure the lowest price ahead of time, ensuring you get the best deal possible.

INext, travel off-peak if you can. While some flight times may not allow it, if you’re able to travel in off-peak times, this could save you a lot of money. This would mean travelling between 10:30 and 14:30 or after 20:00 in the midweek, or any time on Friday or the weekend.

If getting tickets as a family, we suggest checking out our Family Tickets. This tells you everything you need to know about child tickets and Family Railcards, which is another way to save big on your train tickets.

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Get the app

If you want the freedom to pick your own seat, keep in tune with train times and make your life easier when travelling by train, download the Avanti West Coast App.

Alongside the obvious booking feature, the app comes with plenty of extra benefits. This includes making changes to your route, tracking your train live, and buying tickets with a payment method of your choice.

The app also allows you to store all your tickets in one place, all with zero booking fees. We understand that travelling by plane can be stressful, so we want the train part to travel as simple as possible for you.

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Tamworth Station