Sheffield is located in the centre of the UK in the county of Yorkshire. It is excellently positioned for delegates visiting from within the UK, Europe or the rest of the world due to its central position and excellent transport links to all of the UK's major cities and airports.
Sheffield has excellent links to the rest of the UK including direct trains from London, Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh and Newcastle.
In partnership with Marketing Sheffield and East Midlands Trains, you can purchase discounted train tickets for travel within the UK. These fares include London to Sheffield £49.50 return, standard class or £71 return, first class. You can download an order form for discounted tickets here.
General Train Information
From London: London St Pancras International is the primary train station that links Sheffield to the capital city. Direct trains take around 2 hours, with costs varying considerably depending on time travelling. London St Pancras can be reached via numerous Underground services on the Piccadilly, Victoria, Northern, Hammersmith, Metropolitan and Circle lines.
From Manchester: The train journey from Manchester to Sheffield is 50 to 80 minutes depending on the operator, and there are multiple services between the cities every hour. Return tickets cost between £20-£25. There are also regular trains between Manchester Airport and Sheffield - please see the notes below under Manchester International Airport.
From Edinburgh: There are direct trains to and from Edinburgh, which take 3.5 to 4 hours depending on route and operator and costs can vary from £30 to £100.
Additional Cities: Leeds is about 40 mins away with frequent trains, while Birmingham and Liverpool are each around a 2 hour journey.
Train tickets are subject to an increase in price the closer the ticket is booked to the date of travel, so we suggest booking as far in advance as possible. Train tickets are also more expensive in "peak times" - these are between 07:00-09:30 and 16:00-19:00 so if it is possible to travel outside of these restrictions, doing so is advised.
There are 4 airports nearby:
Doncaster Sheffield Airport
Robin Hood Airport is an ideal way to get to Sheffield from many European and Mediterranean countries. They also provide flights to and from the US. Doncaster Sheffield Airport is slap bang in the middle of the country. The airport has easy access to some of the UK’s biggest road networks and, with their new link road, journey times have fallen even further. They also provide a regular dedicated bus service and are only seven miles from Doncaster rail station.
Take a look at their Destination Map for more information.
Manchester International Airport
Manchester (MAN) is the largest of the three local airports and operates domestic, European and transcontinental flights including budget airlines. There are daily flights from major international cities, as well as the majority of European cities.
Manchester is the easiest airport to get to Sheffield, with direct trains running every hour. The journey takes approximately 85 minutes and a return ticket costs approximately £29. A taxi from Manchester airport to Sheffield costs around £60.
East Midlands Airport
East Midlands (EMA) is a major airport for budget airlines Jet2, Ryanair, BMI and Flybe, offering cheap air travel to a number of European destinations including Amsterdam, Paris, Barcelona, Prague and Berlin.
To get from EMA to Sheffield take the SkyLink bus from outside the airport to Nottingham Broadmarsh Bus Station. The SkyLink service runs every 20 minutes, from 4am throughout the day, and a return ticket costs £8. From Broadmarsh Bus Station you will need to walk 400m / 5 minute to Nottingham Train Station. The train from Nottingham to Sheffield takes about 50 minutes, with direct services running every thirty minutes and a return ticket costs approximately £20.
Leeds Bradford Airport
Similar to EMA, Leeds Bradford (LBA) operates European flights and is served by budget airlines Jet2 and Ryanair. The main destinations are Paris, Barcelona, Dusseldorf and Prague.
To get to Sheffield from Leeds Bradford take the Airport Direct 757 bus service to Leeds Rail Station. A return bus ticket costs approximately £5.50. Trains from Leeds to Sheffield are very frequent with multiple trains running per hour, taking between 40 and 80 minutes depending on the operator, and costs between £14-£22 for a return ticket.
Car sharing is an economical and environmentally friendly way to get to Doc/Fest. Carpooling cuts out transfers, queues and the waiting around the station time. Whether you have a ride to share or looking for one, car sharing is a great option for your trip Sheffield where ever you're travelling from.
Go Car Share
Collect your Festival Pass upon arrival at the Sky Arts Delegate Centre at Novotel, which opens on Wednesday 6th June 18:00 - 21:00, then daily 09:00 - 21:00. The Delegate Centre and Showroom Cinema are just a few minutes walk from the train station. Exit the station via the main entrance and follow the path adjacent to the large metallic fountain. At the pedestrian crossing, cross the road and the Showroom Cinema is on the left. The Delegate Centre is located in the Novotel Sheffield (50 Arundel Gate, S1 2PR) which is straight up Howard Street from the pedestrian crossing.
The city centre is a 10-minute walk from the station, as are the three main hotels, Mercure St Pauls, Novotel and Jury's Inn. A taxi rank is located outside the station.
Please click here for a map of the Festival.
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Russell's Bicycle Shed
Sheffield Doc/Fest brings thousands of people to the Sheffield every year. To encourage people visiting the city to improve their carbon footprint, we would like to suggest hiring a bike from Russell’s Bicycle Shed, as a handy and economical way to get around the City.
Russell’s Bicycle Shed
Sheffield Railway Station
Sheffield, S1 2BP
Tel: 0114 273 0539
Flash your delegate pass to receive a 25% discount on all hire prices including their electric bikes. Making it just £5.60 to hire a bike for a day and £11.20 for any overnight hires.
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday, 7am – 7pm
Saturday – 10am – 4pm
Sunday – Closed
Bikes are limited, so be sure to book in advance!