Train - Bus Connections

With a choice of stations connected to EMA by the Skylink bus network, it’s never been easier to travel by train to any destination in the UK from East Midlands Airport, all served by East Midlands Trains.

For more information on how to get to or from any destination in the UK, and plan connections from Airport bus services for onward journeys please contact Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 or visit www.traveline.info

Train and bus ‘Add-on’ ticket
If you’re travelling via Derby, Long Eaton or Nottingham railway stations, you can connect onto airport buses by buying a combined train and bus ‘add-on’ ticket from the railway station where your journey begins or online when purchasing your train ticket.

For train timetable information and to book your train ticket please visit East Midlands Trains and select 'East Midlands Airport' from the menu.

Derby train station
Connect at Derby for journeys to and from Sheffield, Chesterfield, Birmingham and other destinations to the north and west of the UK.  The Skylink bus connects this station with the airport every 30 minutes, seven days a week, with a journey time of around 36 minutes.

Nottingham train station
Connect at Nottingham for journeys to and from Lincoln and destinations to the east of the UK.  The Skylink buses connect this station with the airport up to every 20 minutes, seven days a week, with a journey time of around 55 minutes.  Buses depart from Broadmarsh Bus Station, just 5 minutes walk from Nottingham Train Station.

Long Eaton train station
Connect at Long Eaton for journeys to and from London and destinations to the south of the UK.  The Skylink bus connects this station with the airport up to every 20 minutes, seven days a week, with a journey time of 20 minutes.  

East Midlands Parkway train station
It is possible to connect at East Midlands Parkway for journeys to and from destinations outside the East Midlands region, however this station is not served by bus.  We recommend you use Derby or Long Eaton train stations if you want to connect to EMA by bus.  If you are travelling on your own, the most cost effective way to travel between the airport and East Midlands Parkway is to pre-book the shared taxi service operated by Arrow Cars.  This service costs £6 per person each way and must be booked online at least 12 hours in advance of the taxi being required.  You will receive an e-mail to confirm your booking.  Please note that the reduced fare pre-booked service is a shared taxi scheme and therefore there may be a wait of up to 15 minutes for other passengers who have booked in the same time slot.

How to book your reduced rate seat to or from East Midlands Parkway:

  • You can book at the same time as booking your train ticket online
  • Book directly by choosing the 'Train Shuttle' option by clicking here

The taxi will pick you up outside East Midlands Parkway station from the dedicated taxi rank.  If you have booked a return journey from East Midlands Airport, please follow the signs for Arrow Cars.  

If you are traveling in groups of two or more you should pre-book a local private hire service.  Arrow Cars can be contacted on 01332 814000 for a quote.  

The journey between the station and airport takes 10-15 minutes depending on traffic.

*East Midlands Airport is not aware of the call charges for its partners; please see the appropriate website for the relevant charge.

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