Getting There

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. 

Road closures

To safeguard our participants, a number of roads will be closed or have restrictions on the day of the event. A full list of road closure details will be available shortly. A list of affected roads can be downloaded here.  

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To help make your journey to the start line as stress-free and as simple as possible, we are pleased to offer a choice of travel arrangements for event day:

Park & Run (Green Route)

A Park & Run service transferring runners and non-runners from Elvington Airfield* (off the A64 at Grimston Bar) to the Event Village and back. Tickets MUST be booked in advance – cars can park for free and return coach transport is £7 per person. Runners will be given priority on services before 8.30am.

Spectator Bus Service (Blue Route)

A specific service taking spectators from the Event Village to marathon spectator areas at Stamford Bridge and Dunnington. Tickets are £5 per person and allow holders to hop-on-hop-off at their leisure.

Gold Route

This Gold ticket allows travel on both Green & Blue routes as well as regular marathon city centre 'express' shuttle bus services from York Railway Station (city wall side, Stand J) to the University of York. Gold tickets allow unlimited travel across all 3 routes but MUST be booked in advance with tickets priced at £12 per person. A family gold ticket (2 adults, 2 children aged 5 to 16 years) is also available for £40. Please note that under 5s travel for free

*please note Elvington Airfield is a dog free site.

If you are entered into the Yorkshire Marathon Corporate Relay, please click here to email our Corporate Assistant.

Marathon City Centre 'Express' Shuttle Bus

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 - £3 single and £4 return

Drop Off Points

In addition, there will be drop-off points at the University for those being dropped by car. 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.

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 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. 

Local Bus Services

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.    

YM Map

 Click here to open the bus service map in a new window. *Please note, the route is subject to change.


Road Closures

To safeguard our participants, a number of roads will be closed or have restrictions on the day of the event. A full list of road closure details will be available shortly. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience. 

Travelling by rail

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. Fares from London start from just £10.50 each way. There are also direct services into York from Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham and the South West. Go to for more information.

Travelling by car

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

Travelling by air

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. 

Travelling by sea

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.