How to get to Sheffield: By Air

There are 4 international airports within 1 hours drive of Sheffield. It is 45 miles/80 Kms away by road. The widest range of inbound flights arrives at Manchester International Airport (iata code MAN) and this will be the designated airport for the event. More than 50 airlines land regular flights at MAN from both short haul & European destinations to long haul North American, Australasia and Asian destinations.

Airports within 1 hour of Sheffield include:

  • Manchester (MAN) 45 miles/80 kms
  • East Midlands (EMA)
  • Leeds Bradford (LBA) 47 miles/83 kms
  • Doncaster Sheffield (DSA)

Airports within 2-3 hours of Sheffield include:

  • London Luton Airport (LTN)
  • London Heathrow Airport (LHR)
  • Liverpool John Lennon (LPL) 100 miles/160 kms

No direct flight to Manchester or Liverpool

If travelling by air, if you are unable to fly direct to Manchester, it may be cheaper for you to fly via one of the main European hubs and transfer to Manchester or Liverpool instead of flying to London and then travelling on to Sheffield.

The main European Hubs are

  • Frankfurt-Germany
  • Munich-Germany
  • Charles De Gaulle Paris-France
  • Orly Paris-France
  • Barcelona-Spain
  • Madrid-Spain
  • Amsterdam-Netherlands

Ferry Travel and Eurotunnel

  • Hull to Sheffield 67 miles/ 107 kms ferries from Holland or Belgium
  • Harwich to Sheffield 206 miles / 330 kms ferries from Holland
  • Dover to Sheffield 253 miles / 405kms ferries from Calais or via Eurotunnel
  • Portsmouth to Sheffield 223 miles/355 kms ferries from Santander or Bilbao
  • Plymouth to Sheffield 300 miles/480 kms Ferries from Santander

Transfers to/from Airport - Trains

Data checked for August 2018 (2019 data will not be available until late 2018 or early 2019)

Manchester airport to Sheffield

Transit time 80 to 120 minutes, change once at Manchester Piccadilly, return cost £32 to £40
depending on time of travel.

London Heathrow airport to Sheffield

Transit time 3 hrs to 3hrs 30 mins, change once or twice depending on route, return cost £90 to £200 depending on time of travel

London Gatwick airport to Sheffield

Transit time 3 hrs to 4 hrs, change one, two or three times depending on route, return cost £94 to
£246 depending on time of travel

Liverpool Airport to Sheffield-bus and train

Transit time 2hrs, change once at Liverpool South Parkway, return cost £40 to £53 depending on time of travel

There is a direct train service between Manchester and Sheffield City Centre which provides an easy option for teams and individuals planning to arrive into the UK. However, the event organisers are planning to provide a shuttle service for arrivals and departures, the schedule will be dependent on arrival and departure times. (will this be at a cost to the teams?) Should a team wish to make a private hire of the shuttle service, such requests will be accommodated (costs will be the
responsibility of the team)

Assistance in making transfer arrangements will be available for teams arriving at other international airports. For instance, if arriving at London Heathrow or London Gatwick, private hire transfers can be arranged (costs will be the responsibility of the team) or discounted train travel for the two hour, direct, journey from London St Pancras to Sheffield can be offered.

Shuttle Bus Option

A shuttle bus service will be offered however the costs of this will be established when teams request transport assistance.

Self Drive

Rental Car Companies

All UK international airports have rental car stations at them. Vehicles can be pre-booked using the
online services of the individual companies or via travel agents. It is always recommended that a
collect at airport service is booked in advance.




London Heathrow

London Gatwick


Mini bus hire – Self Drive

Please note there are very strict conditions on who is allowed to drive mini buses in the UK, please check
with the hire company before booking any vehicles. This is particularly relevant for holders of non-European
driving licences.

Basic costs
12-seater – approximately £1,180 for 2 weeks
15 or 17-seater – approximately £1,350 for 2 weeks

There are discounts for booking early, this company offer a delivery and collection service at all UK airports

Other companies

Coach /minibus transfers with driver 35 to 52 seat buses available 15, 19, 24 and 29 seat buses available

Should you wish to hire a car whilst in Sheffield, most major rental companies – including Europcar,
Avis, SIXT, Enterprise and Hertz – have offices in the city and will provide drop-off and collect services.
If you wish to rent a car in the UK, you will need to have a recognisable driving licence and reach the
minimum age restrictions for the vehicle you wish to drive.

Local Public Transport Cost, Availability, and Security

Sheffield is a very easy city to navigate. The city centre is compact and suited to pedestrians, whilst
the suburbs are easily accessible by public transport and provide interesting and quirky areas to visit.

Known as The Outdoor City, Sheffield also has miles of open spaces, pleasant green meadows, and
rugged moorland landscapes on the doorstep.

Getting around is made easy by the public transport network reaching all parts of the city. Our ‘Supertram’ light-rail style service operates through the city centre to Meadowhall Retail & Leisure Complex at one end and the historic Rivelin Valley at the other; passing some of our most famous sporting venues and leisure and entertainment sites along the way. Discounted all-day, four-day and seven-day travel tickets will be available but at a standard cost of £3.90 for an all-day ticket, this is a cost-effective way of getting around. Bus services operate to all parts of the city with the most popular services operating as frequently as every 4 minutes. Even those routes which are less popular have services operating every 10-12 minutes.