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Trains to East Midlands Airport

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Start your holiday with less stress by travelling to East Midlands Airport by train with CrossCountry. As the gateway to Europe for the Midlands, East Midlands Airport connects Nottingham, Derby and Leicester to a wide variety of European cities and holiday destinations. With many train stations connecting to East Midlands Airport via rail and bus it’s an extremely convenient and cost-effective way to travel to the airport.

Easy, money saving and stress free; there’s no better way to travel to the airport than with CrossCountry.

Benefits of taking the train to East Midlands International Airport

  • Saves you paying for airport parking
  • No need to stress about traffic
  • Saves you paying for a taxi
  • Eco-friendly compared to a car

CrossCountry makes it easy to book cheap train tickets to East Midlands Airport.

There’s no need to worry about getting to the airport on time when you travel to East Midlands Airport with CrossCountry. Instead of sitting in traffic jams and wasting money on expensive taxis, sit back and relax on our comfortable, reliable service.

Feel the pre-holiday excitement as you travel together with friends and family on your way towards the airport. If you’re travelling alone - why not use your travel time to read a book or relax before the flight? You can even order a drink or light snack without leaving the comfort of your seat with our at-seat service.

There's space if you need it for any piece of luggage. Want to watch a pre-flight movie to get yourself in the holiday mood? Our services have charging points for charging devices while on the move. Our seating options mean there’s also plenty of room to stretch your legs and travel in comfort before your flight.

If you buy a CrossCountry Advance Ticket to East Midlands Airport, you can get it sent straight to your phone as an e-Ticket. That way, the only thing you need to travel is your mobile phone.

Getting to East Midlands Airport by train

East Midlands Airport can be accessed from many stations in the East Midlands. There is a Skylink bus service, which serves Long Eaton, Derby, Nottingham and Leicester. Derby is ideal for those travelling to and from the North, West Midlands and South West of the UK, Nottingham and Leicester are great for travelling from the East, and Long Eaton is served by services coming from the South East.

Combined rail and bus tickets can be purchased by using the destination ‘East Midlands Airport (Bus)’ on our website.

Station Accessibility

To find out about each station’s accessibility check out our station guides:

More questions?

For more information about getting to East Midlands Airport, visit East Midlands Airport's website.

Our Top Travel Tips

Here are our top travel tips to make sure your journey runs smoothly:

  • Discover the best time to travel – Learn more about Anytime and Off-Peak fares and what they mean for your journey.
  • Avoid the ticket office queue by purchasing your ticket on our website. Alternatively, buy them on our mobile site and have them immediately sent to your device as an m-Ticket via our app.
  • Download the CrossCountry Train Ticket app for real-time train information, tickets and live departure information.
  • East Midlands hotels – If you have an early flight and want to stay in East Midlands for the night, you’ll want to book a great value hotel.

Once you have arrived in East Midlands Airport

East Midlands Airport has a variety of shops, restaurants and helpful facilities to make your time at the airport an enjoyable experience.

Shopping in East Midlands Airport

East Midlands Airport has all the shops you would want to browse before you fly off on holiday. For last minute health and beauty essentials, head to Superdrug where you’ll find all your favourite brands. Dixons Travel is the UK’s leading airport technology store showcasing a host of gadgets including Apple products, tablets, headphones, cameras, mobile phones and smart devices. Go to WHSmith to grab a magazine and bag of sweets for the plane, or a good book for when you’re lounging by the pool.

If you’re looking to buy some holiday threads, there’s plenty of clothing stores you’ll want to visit. For all the hottest sports brands like Nike, Adidas and North Face, you’ll find JD Sports. Traveller has all the major brands and latest fashion across a range of trainers, t-shirts, shorts and more. And for jewellery and accessories to spice up your evening wear, check out Accessorize.

Visit World Duty Free for exciting tax and duty free shopping in East Midlands Airport, and take advantage of great savings on fragrances, cosmetics, wines and spirits, sunglasses and more.

Restaurants in East Midlands Airport

Whether you want a sit-down meal before your flight or to grab a snack to take on the plane, East Midlands Airport has a selection of eateries to cater to your needs.

If you fancy a juicy chicken burger or an Italian classic like pasta and meatballs, Frankie & Benny's has something for everyone. It has been a much-loved restaurant of choice for over 20 years and offers families a place to go for a fun, comforting meal.

Castle Rock Tap Room & Kitchen is a unique bar concept, celebrating Nottingham's famous Castle Rock Brewery. It's the perfect place to refuel, read the paper or catch-up on work while enjoying a drink or a bite to eat.

Pork & Pickle allows you to sit in or takeaway and offers a delicious range of local cakes and treats, pork pies and its famous pork sausages.

There’s many grab and go options at the airport too. Grab and Fly serves everything from handmade sandwiches and paninis, to snacks and hot drinks. Leon’s got all the healthy options, while if you just fancy a coffee and slice of cake you’ll find a Starbucks too.

Fast food lovers will be pleased to hear that East Midlands Airport is also home to a Burger King.

Amenities in East Midlands Airport

Free WiFi is available at the airport for one hour. If you would like to surf the net for longer, you can pay a small fee.

Relax in style before your flight in the Escape Lounge, which is available to all passengers who book into the lounge. Enjoy complimentary hot and cold food, a wide range of drinks and free WiFi.

The Prayer Room is a quiet space open 24 hours a day for prayer, meditation, or just sitting and thinking. It is open to people of any faith, or no faith at all.


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