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Alternative methods of travel

If you are unable to use the free coach service, you will find the following information useful.

Public Transport

General Advice

Please remember that public transport services are less frequent on Sundays and travel to Loughborough will be easier if you can plan to arrive during the rest of the week. If you are carrying a lot of luggage, you should try to travel by the most direct route with the least number of changes between forms of transport and/or stations. You will probably be tired after your long flight and London is a busy capital city. You may find the FlightLink coach service between the London Airports and East Midlands Airport (near Loughborough) more convenient than the train, as there is no changing involved while carrying heavy luggage.


It is very expensive to take a taxi from airports in the London area to Loughborough and we would not recommend this. However, it is possible to pre-book with several taxi firms in Loughborough who operate a special service between Loughborough and airports in London.
The cost is in the region of £150, payable by cash, and the driver will need to know your name, expected arrival time, flight details and country of departure at least two days beforehand. This may be particularly suitable if you are unable to use the free coach service and you are travelling in a group, either with friends or family.

Students are WARNED not to use any unregistered taxi service as, in the unexpected event of a road accident, you may not be eligible for compensation.

Information and web links

Information Desks are located in every arrivals lounge at Heathrow and Gatwick Airports. The staff at these desks will be able to advise you on transport, local overnight accommodation, changing money, etc.
To find out contact details for Heathrow and Gatwick Airports, go to:  and choose the airport you are planning to use from the left-hand menu. This will give you phone numbers for various services.

Useful web-sites to plan your journey:

Transport for London (including maps of the underground)

Train timetables and fares:

Coach service information (including Flightlink)

Information on Public Transport in Loughborough

From Heathrow Airport, London

Heathrow Airport Website

From Heathrow Airport, London

Heathrow Airport Website

By Train (UK Rail)

You can travel on the underground (Piccadilly Line) to London Kings Cross/St Pancras railway station. The journey takes approximately 1 hour. Alternatively, you can use the Heathrow Express from Heathrow Airport to travel into central London, arriving at Paddington train station.
You will then need to take the underground - either Circle line or Hammersmith & City line east to Kings Cross/St Pancras railway station.
When you get off the underground train, you will then walk about 5 minutes to St. Pancras main-line railway station.
This will involve carrying your luggage up and down escalators (moving staircases) or steps.
Trains run regularly to Loughborough Station from Kings Cross/St Pancras and these journeys take around 1.5hours, depending on how many stops are made.
On Sundays, trains are less frequent and slower.

By Coach

You can get a National Express coach at Heathrow Airport, which will take you directly to East Midlands Airport. This service departs every 2 hours (journey time about 4 hours). 

From Gatwick Airport London

By train

From Gatwick Airport Station, take the Thameslink train (towards Bedford) to London St Pancras railway station.

From there, East Midlands Trains run regularly to Loughborough Station and these journeys take around 1.5hours, depending on how many stops are made.
On Sundays, trains are less frequent and slower.

From East Midlands Airport

East Midlands Airport is approximately 10 miles from Loughborough University and taxis are available. If you are bringing lots of luggage, it is often easier to take a taxi, than to use the bus. The cost for a taxi fare to the University is approximately £15.00 and you should then arrive in comfort.

By Bus

Buses travel to Loughborough every hour, on the hour, during the day at a cost of approximately £2.40. You can find details of routes and timetables at:

From Manchester Airport

Manchester Airport Website

By Train

Trains go from the Manchester Airport railway station. You will have to change trains to get to Loughborough; there is no direct train service.

How to get from Loughborough Town centre to the University campus

There are plenty of taxis which wait outside the Railway Station or bus station in Loughborough. Fares will cost around £6 and the journey takes approximately 10 minutes. Alternatively the ‘Sprint’ bus runs directly to the University from the bus-stop outside the railway station and costs about £1.90. You can find a timetable at:

Map of Loughborough University Campus