Connecting with the world

Perfectly placed at the heart of the UK, York’s connectivity with the rest of the UK and further afield provides a distinctive offer to businesses located here.

York enjoys an enviable position at the heart of the national railway network, with direct trains to every major city in England and Scotland. Situated directly on the east coast mainline and set to benefit from the UK Government’s planned investment in high speed rail, York is under 2 hours from London, with 46 services per day, and only 2 hours and 25 mins on a direct route to Edinburgh.

Several international airports are within easy reach of York. Direct train travel to Manchester International Airport gives access to over 225 destinations. Leeds-Bradford International Airport is only an hour away and gives direct access to 75 destinations in over 37 countries across Europe, North America and Asia. Further destinations are quickly accessed via regular direct flights to the major international hubs of Heathrow and Schiphol Amsterdam.

Access to all major routes and the city centre are facilitated by a network of 6 park and ride sites across the city, whilst easy access to a range of business hubs and centres across the UK is provided by York’s positioning close to the UK’s main north-south and east-west arteries, the A1 (M1) and M62. From many parts of the region, it is possible to be in Leeds in less than 30 minutes and with the major port of Hull just over an hour away, York also has good shipping access to Europe and the rest of the world.

York’s connectivity with its wider region is further strengthened through membership of two Local Enterprise Partnerships – York, North Yorkshire and East Riding, covering a prosperous, rural area with an excellent cultural offer, and the Leeds City Region, the UK’s second largest economy and population centre.