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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.
Manchester International Airport
This is the largest of three local airports and operates domestic, European and transcontinental flights including budget airlines. There are daily flights to both New York Newark and other North American cities and flights to the majority of major European cities.
Manchester is the easiest airport to get to Sheffield, as there are direct trains from the airport train station to Sheffield. Direct trains run every hour and the journey takes approximately 80 minutes. A return ticket costs approximately £28. A taxi from Manchester airport to Sheffield costs around £60.
East Midlands Airport
East Midlands is a major airport for budget airlines Jet2, Ryanair, BMI and Flybe, offering cheap air travel to a number of European destinations. Airlines operate routes between EMA and 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 55 minutes, 24 hours a day, and a return ticket costs £6. Nottingham train station is a 400m / 5 minute walk from the Broadmarsh Bus Station. The train from Nottingham to Sheffield takes an hour, with direct services running every thirty minutes, and a return ticket costs approximately £23.
Leeds Bradford Airport
Similar to EMA, Leeds Bradford operates European flights serving budget airlines Jet2 and Ryanair. The main locations to fly to Leeds from are Paris, Barcelona, Dusseldorf and Prague.
To get to Sheffield from Leeds Bradford take the Airport Direct 757 bus service to Leeds Rail Station on New Station Street. Return bus tickets cost 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.
Sheffield has excellent links to the rest of the UK including direct trains from London, Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh and Newcastle.
Discounted Train Tickets Offer
Sheffield Doc/Fest offers discounted train tickets to Sheffield from London St Pancras, Leicester, Derby, Nottingham, Peterborough, Norwich, Manchester Oxford Road and Liverpool, in partnership with East Midlands Trains and Marketing Sheffield.
UK delegates wishing to take up this offer must complete and return the form no later than 10 days prior to departure. Please click here to download the UK Delegates Train Booking Form.
Overseas delegates wishing to take up this offer must complete and return the form no later than 30 days prior to departure. Please click here to download the Overseas Delegates Train Booking Form.
The discounted train ticket booking forms are also available for download from the left hand side of this webpage. Please refer to the relevant form for further information.
General Train Information
London St Pancras International is the primary train station that links Sheffield to the capital city. Direct trains take around 2 hours, 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.
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-£30. There are also regular trains between Manchester Airport and Sheffield - please see the notes above under Manchester International Airport.
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.
Leeds is around 40 mins away with frequent trains and Birmingham and Liverpool are each around a 2 hour journey.
Trains tickets are subject to an increase in price the closer the ticket is booked to the date of travel, so we suggest booking train tickets as far in advance as possible. Trains 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 restriction, doing so is advised.
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 between the large metallic wall with water flowing down it and the fountains. At the pedestrian crossing, cross the road and the Showroom Cinema is on the left. The Delegate Centre is next to the Showroom Cinema on Paternoster Row, and the MeetMarket is opposite the Delegate Centre in the HUBS Building.
The city centre is a 10 minute walk from the station and the three main hotels Mercure St Pauls, Novotel and Jury's Inn are all within 10 minutes walk. A taxi rank is located outside the station.
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For information on where to stay and discounted hotel offers, please see our Accommodation page.
If you have any questions about your travel please email info[at]sidf.co.uk.