Travel & Transport
Whether you’re coming into the city for some Christmas cheer in one of our many restaurants and bars, or you’re looking around the range of shops at all the possible presents to put under the tree, read on for all you need to know about your visit to and around Leicester.
Planning your journey
Choosehowyoumove.co.uk is packed with travel information and advice on walking, cycling, public transport and car sharing in Leicester and Leicestershire. For routes and times for all travel in Great Britain by bus, rail, and coach go to Traveline.
Park & Ride
Don’t fancy bringing your car into the city? No problem! BID Leicester are funding an extended late-night Park & Ride so you can stay later in the city this Christmas. Extended late night Park & Ride services will run from Monday to Saturday throughout December, starting on December 3 and aligned to the city’s late-night shopping hours and the ice rink, which opens from December 6 and operates until 9pm.
Park & Ride services will also run every Sunday in December from 10am to 5pm.
It means the services will be running every day in December except Christmas Day itself, offering travel to and from the city centre for just £4 for up to five people in the same car. All three of the Park & Ride sites offer free parking, electric charging points, along with disabled spaces and parent and child parking. Leicester has three Park & Ride services.
All buses into the city, including the Park & Ride services, drop you within walking distance of the city centre shops. St Margaret’s Bus Station is the main arrival point for inter-city coaches via National Express with many of the main bus operators such as Arriva, First Bus and Centrebus running services around the city centre from St Margaret’s Bus Station or Haymarket Bus Station.
Hackney carriages are available at designated taxi ranks across the city or can be flagged down if available for hire. There are also a number of private hire taxi services available in the city.
Located in the heart of the East Midlands Leicester is easily reached by train and only 10 minutes walk from the train station to the city centre. East Midlands Trains provide a fast, direct train from London at just over an hour and routes from major cities across the UK such as Derby, Nottingham, Lincoln, Sheffield and Leeds. Further services are provided by CrossCountry from destinations such as Birmingham, Cambridge and Stansted Airport.
Parking in Leicester is widely available with over 8,500 car park spaces to choose from at various locations in the city centre. Follow the car park zone signs to find a space with all of the multi-storey car parks in the city centre well sign-posted and with up-to-date real-time availability clearly shown. Motorcycle parking is also available in some city centre car parks as well as on street at Millstone Lane, Rutland Street and Bowling Green Street.