GETTING TO SHEFFIELD
Coming to Doc/Fest couldn't be easier. Sheffield is located in the centre of the UK in the county of Yorkshire. Sheffield is excellently positioned for delegates visiting from within the UK, Europe or the rest of the world due to its central position with 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 fares between London to Sheffield at £88 return, standard class or £102 return, first class. You can download an order form for discounted tickets here.
Please note you'll need to book 10 working days in advance of the Festival. We recommend always check fares on the East Midlands Trains website before purchasing any tickets, there may be some extra special advance purchase discounts available for when you want to travel.
For those travelling from Manchester Airport, Transpennine Express offers direct services to Sheffield. To search timetables or book, click here
If you're a 16-25 railcard holder, book directly through Transpennine Express to get 50% off! Transpennine Express connects Sheffield to the North and beyond. Use code TPESTUDENT on check out along with your railcard to access. For more details on the deal, click here
To search for services from other UK cities or airports, click 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 and is serviced by the Kings Cross St Pancras tube station.
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 £25-£40. There are also regular trains between Manchester Airport and Sheffield.
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 £40 to £120.
Additional Cities: Leeds is about 45 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.
If you have missed a connecting train because your train service has been delayed, you are not required to buy another ticket. Speak to station staff to see what your new timetables travel options are.
There are 4 airports nearby:
Doncaster Sheffield Airport
Flying from Ireland, Poland or even Mexico? Robin Hood Airport is an ideal way to get to Sheffield from many European and Mediterranean countries. They even fly directly to North America and many Caribbean Islands.
Doncaster Sheffield Airport is slap bang in the middle of the country and just 30 mins from Sheffield by taxi. Or if you're on a budget there are two bus services:
The 57a and 57c bus services terminate at the Doncaster Interchange, where you can transfer to a train to Sheffield. Journeys take between 18 and 48 minutes and operate regularly between 5am and midnight. For the timetable, click here.
The 737 bus service runs directly in the evenings from the airport to Sheffield's bus interchange station, just steps away from the Festival hub. The service takes approx 45 mins. For the timetable, click here.
Take a look at their full Destination Map to for all the locations you can fly from.
Manchester International Airport
Manchester (MAN) is the largest of the 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. You're sure to find a flight from your locale at a price in your budget.
Manchester is the easiest transport links to Sheffield, with direct trains running every hour. The journey takes approximately 85 minutes and a return ticket costs approximately £35. To book a train ticket, visit Transpennine Express by clicking here
A taxi from Manchester airport to Sheffield costs around £65.
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, 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week. A single ticket costs £5.20. 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 £25.
Visit Trainline for train schedules and fares from Nottingham, by clicking here.
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 Spain, France, Greece, Italy and Poland with new destinations being added regularly.
To get to Sheffield from Leeds Bradford take the Airport Direct 757 bus service to Leeds Rail Station. A return bus ticket costs £6. 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 £15-£25 for a return ticket.
Visit Trainline for train schedules and fares from Leeds, by clicking here.
There are three major international airports servicing London.
London Heathrow Airport
Heathrow (LHR) is the major airport hub in London and the headquarters of British Airways. It services almost all major international destinations and airlines. However, it is also the most complicated airport to reach Sheffield from.
To get to Sheffield from Heathrow, you'll need to take either the Heathrow Express or London Underground to Central London.
The Heathrow Express transports you to Paddington Station in 15 mins, where you'll need to catch a taxi or the London Underground Circle or Hammersmith & City lines eastbound to Kings Cross St Pancreas Station. From there you can catch a train from St Pancreas station to Sheffield. The Heathrow Express cost approx £37 return in advance. You can book your ticket and see timetables by clicking here.
If you choose the London Underground, take the Picadilly line from Heathrow all the way to Kings Cross St Pancreas station, approx 45 mins. Single fare is £6. You can find more info about travelling on the London Underground by clicking here.
Alternatively, taxi and ride-sharing services are available to Central London. These range from £50 - £80 and can take over an hour to arrive at your destination.
London Gatwick Airport
London Gatwick (LGW) is the second biggest airport servicing London and hosts of a combination of major and low budget airlines and destinations.
To get to Sheffield from Gatwick, take a Thameslink train to London St Pancras station and transfer to an East Midlands train to Sheffield. The journey takes approximately over three hours depending on services available. The return train journey is between £75 - £150.
Stansted Airport is the main London terminal for budget airlines including Ryanair, Jet2, Flybe and easyJet.
To get to Sheffield, there are two options:
National Express runs regular coach service between Stansted and Kings Cross St Pancras stations. The service takes approx 90 mins and ranges from £5-£15. You can find more info on National Express by clicking here. From St Pancras catch a train to Sheffield.
The Stansted Express train runs regularly from the airport to London Liverpool St. From here catch the London Underground Circle, Hammersmith & City or Metropolitan lines to Kings Cross St Pancras where you can catch a train to Sheffield. The fare is £2.40 with an Oyster travel card or on contactless. You can find more info about travelling on the London Underground by clicking here.
Visit Trainline for train schedules and to book fares for London St Pancras, by clicking here.
Coach services are an economical way for those travelling to Sheffield on a budget from within the UK. The coach terminal is steps away from the Festival hub in the city centre.
There are two major coach services servicing Sheffield:
National Express: For timetables and fares, click here
UK Megabus: For timetables and fares, click here
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 the Workstation which opens on Wed 5 June 18:00 - 21:00, then daily 09:00 - 21:00. 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 your left. Turn left and follow Paternoster Row to the Workstation, a min walk further down the road.
The city centre is less than 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.
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