York enjoys excellent road and rail links and is one of the most accessible cities in the UK. Direct train services link York with London in just two hours and travelling to Edinburgh takes only slightly longer. Great motorway links put visitors within easy reach of Leeds, Manchester, the Midlands and the rest of the UK while Leeds/Bradford Airport is fewer than 30 miles and less than an hour away. The ferry ports of Newcastle and Hull are also conveniently located.
If you're parking, getting dropped off or staying in York, you can take advantage of the regular Marathon city centre shuttle bus services which will be operational between York Railway Station and the event village at the University of York. Starting at 07.00am with a bus every few minutes all day, runners will be given priority to board buses before 8.30am. This service is included if you purchased a Gold Ticket.
Marathon City Centre Shuttle bus tickets will be available to purchase from the bus driver on the day.
There will be two designated drop-off points available at the University on race day. Please note; this facility is purely for drop-off and collection only. Please follow directional signage to access the drop-off locations and make arrangements for collection in advance as waiting will not be permitted.
Please note there is NO car parking at the University; if you are using the drop offs, you will need to find a place off-site to park (we recommend the city centre) or book a Park and Run ticket.
A19 / Main Street (Fulford) - Broadway - Heslington Lane; for participants travelling from the city centre and/or west of the city.
Church Lane - Innovation Way - University Road - Field Lane for participants travelling from the A64 and/or east of the city.
Please see the event village map for further details. Please note, there is no through access via these loops.
Parking for Blue Badge holders will be provided free of charge at the University. If you are a Blue Badge holder and would like a place reserving, please email‚ firstname.lastname@example.org‚ with your full name, address, car registration, date of birth and contact number. Please note you will need your Blue Badge to access the parking.
You can also take advantage of regular timetabled bus services from the city centre to the event village. Services include the First Group No. 4 and No. 10 bus and TransDev Unibus No. 44. Visit‚ First Bus‚ and‚ TransDev‚ for service information.
Click here‚ to open the bus service map in a new window. *Please note, the route is subject to change.
York is on the UK's main east coast line and travelling by train is both fast and easy. It takes just two hours to reach York's medieval city walls from London, while Edinburgh is around two and half hours away. There are also direct services into York from Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham and the South West. Go to‚ www.nationalrail.co.uk‚ for more information.
York is at the very heart of the UK, sitting roughly midway between Edinburgh and London. It has great motorway links to the M1, M62 and A1 (M), putting it within easy driving distance of all of the UK's major cities. Newcastle and Liverpool are less than two hours away, while London and Scotland are approximately four. On Marathon day, dedicated park and ride schemes will operate to bring runners to and from the start and finish points at the University of York.
For more information regarding travel for the Yorkshire Marathon please click‚ here.
The nearest airport to York is Leeds/Bradford, which is fewer than 30 miles (approximately 50 minutes by car) away. A direct bus service links Leeds/Bradford Airport with Leeds city centre, from where frequent trains run to York - journey times are around 30 minutes. Manchester, Humberside and Robin Hood (Doncaster/Sheffield) airports are also only a short distance away, making flying into Yorkshire a cost-effective and hassle-free proposition.
York is around an hour from the ferry terminal at Hull which has daily sailings to Holland and Belgium. Newcastle, which also regular sailings to Amsterdam, is fewer than 90 miles and two hours away.
York is packed with places to stay: from cosy guest houses to luxurious five star hotels, there is something to suit every budget. Even the most discerning of travellers will find something to suit them with York being home to all of the main international chains as well as designer boutique hotels and individual hostelries.
To find out more about accommodation, browse the website of the official tourism organisation, Visit York at www.visityork.org/book. Guests booking through the website are promised best rates and 20% off a York Pass for entry into the city's most-popular attractions.