How to get to Leeds Bradford Airport

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If you have booked your flights and are now wondering how to get to Leeds Bradford Airport, then you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed. There are a variety of ways to travel to and from Leeds Bradford and which one is best will depend on where you are travelling to/from, your budget and how much time you want to spend travelling. When considering everything else you need to arrange for your holiday, it is easy to rush and just choose the first option that comes to mind, but this is a mistake! You can easily end up overspending and overlook more convenient options.

Luckily for you, at Parkhero we have all the answers you need. You have plenty of options when it comes to getting to the airport, including driving your own car and parking at the airport, taking a bus, taking the train to Leeds and then onto the airport or catching a taxi. Choosing which one is best for your trip can be tricky and there are three main factors to consider: how much will it cost, how long will it take and how much hassle is it? In this article we will answer these questions for each option and help you find the perfect one in no time.


Airport Parking Leeds Bradford

A popular option with travellers flying from Leeds Bradford is to drive their own car to the airport and use one of the parking options onsite or nearby. There is a great choice of parking services available with off-site parking near Leeds Bradford offering the best value for money.

You can choose from Park and Ride services where you need to take a shuttle from the car park to the terminal, Meet and Greet services where you can drop your car off directly at the terminal and have it parked for you or park and walk services located just opposite the terminal building. Each has its own advantages and in the table below you can see which works best for you, whether your primary concern is budget or convenience.


Parking ServicePrice per dayPrice per weekDistanceRating
Park2Travel£5.85£46.802 min. shuttle8.4
Viking Parking£6.00£48.003 min. shuttle9.5
Long Stay£6.12£49.002 min. shuttle8.6
Sentinel Parking£6.24£49.922 min. shuttle9.7
Meet and Greet*£10.63£85.001 min. shuttleN/A
Short Stay*£11.13£89.001 min. shuttleN/A

Prices are based on travel in March 2021 booked 6 months in advance. *These services cannot be booked through Parkhero.


Top 3 Parking Services

It was difficult to choose, but we have narrowed down our list of top car parks at Leeds Bradford to the three below. We based out choice on value for money and high levels of customer service offered by each.


Park2Travel Leeds Bradford


With Park2Travel you can enjoy the cheapest available parking at Leeds Bradford with the choice of parking indoors or outdoors for the same price. This Park and Ride service runs on-demand shuttles to and from the airport that take just 2 minutes and provides excellent Park Mark accredited security for your vehicle.


Sentinel Parking Leeds Bradford

Sentinel Parking

You are guaranteed a great parking experience with Sentinel Parking, as it has the highest customer rating for Leeds Bradford on Parkhero at 9.7 out of 10. Customers are consistently impressed with the friendliness of the staff and the efficiency of the service. Shuttles run on-demand and take just 2 minutes to reach the airport. Security is Park Mark accredited and includes CCTV and regular patrols.


Viking Parking Leeds Bradford

Viking Parking

Another Park and Ride service, Viking Parking is an official product operated by Leeds Bradford Airport. It is located closer to the airport than the others and offers shuttles that take around 3 minutes to reach the terminal. This car park offers Park Mark level security and has the added benefit of being on the airport terrain.



Pros and Cons of Parking at Leeds Bradford

Depending on your situation, parking at the airport could be the perfect option to both save you time and money on your transfer to and from Leeds Bradford. It is particularly beneficial if you live somewhere with unreliable public transport, as you are not restricted to difficult schedules and don’t need to lug your luggage from bus to train to bus.


  • One-off cost, not per person
  • Easy luggage transport
  • Travel to own timetable


  • Have to drive before and after long journey
  • Can be expensive when booked last minute
  • Negative impact on the environment


Leeds Bradford Airport Bus

If you are wondering how to get to Leeds Bradford Airport and are thinking of travelling by public transport, there is a great network of buses connecting Leeds Bradford to Leeds, Harrogate, Bradford and beyond. These services are provided by Flyer and Flying Tiger and run regularly from the early morning until late in the evening. You can easily find the bus stop right outside the terminal, just a short walk from the check-in area.

In the table below you can get an idea of the routes, how long they take and how much they cost. For up to date information, please check out the service provider’s website directly.


Bus to Leeds Bradford Airport

RouteBus No.Return TicketFirst BusLast BusDurationFrequency
Leeds Bus Station to Leeds Bradford AirportFlyer A1£6.0005:3023:5043 minutesEvery 30 minutes
Leeds Bus Station to Leeds Bradford Airport (via Kirkstall)757£6.5005:3322:2030 - 45 minutesEvery 20- 30 minutes
Bradford Interchange to Leeds Bradford AirportFlyer A2£6.0004:3022:4029 minutesEvery 60 minutes
Bradford Interchange to Leeds Bradford Airport (via Shipley)Flyer A3£6.0006:0023:1050 - 60 minutesEvery 60 minutes
Bradford Interchange to Leeds Bradford Airport (via Shipley)737£6.5006:0023:1040 - 60 minutesEvery 50 - 60 minutes
Harrogate to Leeds Bradford AirportFlyer A2£8.9005:4521:5033 minutesEvery 50 - 60 minutes
Harrogate to Leeds Bradford Airport747£8.0005:4522:0530 - 40 minutesEvery 60 minutes

The bus times and durations above are for travel Monday to Friday


Bus Services to Leeds Bradford


Flyer offers three routes, the A1 from Leeds Bus Station to the airport, the A2 from Bradford Interchange to the airport and onto Harrogate and the A3 from Bradford Interchange to the airport via Shipley. They run frequently and are equipped with free WiFi, USB and wireless device charging points, skylights and comfortable seating. You can purchase tickets online or on the bus.

Flying Tiger

The Flying Tiger buses offer fast and efficient connections between the airport major local centres. They run the 737 Leeds Bradford Airport bus from Bradford Interchange, the 747 from Harrogate and the 757 from Leeds Bus Station. All return tickets are valid for 28 days from your outward journey and you can purchase them on the bus. The buses now accept contactless payment.


Pros and Cons of Taking a Bus to Leeds Bradford

Taking the bus to Leeds Bradford Airport is a convenient and great value option if you live in or near the city centres of Leeds, Bradford or Harrogate. The buses run throughout the day and you will easily find one that will get you to the airport in plenty of time for your flight. The main drawback is that some buses only run once an hour.


  • Run from early morning to late evening
  • Great value at £6 to £8 return
  • Take you directly from the city centre to doorstep of the terminal


  • Some routes only run once an hour
  • Can be awkward with lots of luggage
  • Possibility of traffic delays


Taxi to Leeds Bradford Airport

If you live nearby Leeds Bradford or are arriving in Leeds by train, taking a taxi could be a convenient way to get the airport. Unlike with a bus, you can book a taxi for a time that works best for you and you will not have the hassle of lugging your transport by public transport! You will need to pay a lot more for the convenience however, as taxis are considerably more expensive than taking the bus.

Below you can see the average prices for taxis from the city centre to the airport based on up to 3 passengers:


Departure CityPrice (one way)Duration
Leeds£33.0530 minutes
Bradford£24.6030 minutes
Harrogate£39.9030 minutes
York£67.6955 minutes


There are a great range of reasonable taxi services available and you can easily find companies offering lower prices than the averages in the table if you book in advance. By using a comparison website, as we did, you can see an overview not only of prices but customer reviews and other services from each taxi company.

You can also make use of the official Leeds Bradford Airport taxi service, Arrow Cars. They have an office located just outside the terminal building with kiosks where you can book your taxi. You will be picked up in the exclusive pick-up area, unlike other taxi companies who need to use the Terminal Front Express car park. With Arrow Cars you will only pay fixed price and on average this service will cost you £35 to get to Leeds city centre.


Pros and Cons of Taking a taxi to Leeds Bradford

Taking a taxi is a quick and easy way to transfer to or from Leeds Bradford Airport. You don’t have to worry about sticking to a bus schedule or transiting with lots of luggage but with taxi Leeds Bradford Airport you will end up spending a lot more compared to other options.


  • Convenience of arranging own pick-up/drop-off times
  • Easy transport of luggage
  • Pick-up/drop-off directly outside your door


  • Most expensive round-trip option
  • Potential for traffic delays
  • Negative impact on the environment


Car Hire Leeds Bradford

If you are wondering how to get to Leeds Bradford Airport or from the airport to your final destination, you may want to consider hiring a car. This offers you great flexibility and convenience, especially if you plan to visit multiple places or want to explore remote beauty spots, such as the nearby Yorkshire Dales.

Car hire Leeds Bradford Airport is simple to arrange with four main companies offering their vehicles – Avis, Hertz, Europcar and Enterprise. You will need to walk 10 to 15 minutes to reach the Car Rental Centre, as unfortunately there is no bus service. You could also arrange a taxi if you have a lot of luggage or have mobility issues.


Time PeriodSmall CarMedium CarPeople Carrier
1 day£25.36£25.36£73.46
2 days£33.98£33.98£98.56
3 days£39.04£39.04£113.14
4 days£44.99£44.99£130.21
5 days£100.75£100.75£270.03
6 days£111.70£111.70£279.05
7 days£121.43£121.43£275.54
1 week£141.41£141.41£314.93


The prices above were calculated using the fare finder and are based on Leeds Bradford Airport car hire for a week in November 2020 booked a month in advance. The prices are for drivers aged 30 to 65 and there may be additional costs for drivers outside of this age range.

A small car is the smallest car types available at Gatwick for rent and could be a Fiat 500, a Renault Clio, a Vauxhall Corsa or something of a similar size. A medium car has a bit more space and could be a Peugeot 208, a Citroen C3 or something similar. A people carrier is one of the largest car types available and has up to 9 seats. This could be something like a Ford S-Max, Volkswagen Sharan or something similar.


Pros and Cons of Car Rental Leeds Bradford Airport

If you are planning a multi-destination trip or simply want the convenience of having your own vehicle, then hiring a car is a great option. Unlike the options above this mode of transport is more of an investment, but can be used throughout your trip offering you extra value for your money.


  • Flexible travel
  • Ideal for families and larger groups
  • Essential for rural retreats


  • Much more expensive than other transfer options
  • Negative impact on the environment
  • Potential for extra stress when returning the vehicle


Why Book with Parkhero

Parkhero is one of the country’s leading online platforms for comparing airport car parking and can help you to quickly and easily save money. By booking online with us ahead of your departure, you can save up to 60% compared to making a booking at the airport on the day. With our simple to use comparison tool you only need to enter your chosen airport and travel dates and it will return all the available parking services ranked from the cheapest to the most expensive.

Whether you are looking for Park and Ride, Meet and Greet or on-site services, you will find them with Parkhero. We will provide you with all the information you could need about each service, including a description of the security at the car park, pictures of the site and customer reviews so you know what to expect. We have done our research and curated a fantastic choice of trusted and reliable car parks so that you can book with confidence.

Bookings can easily be completed in less than 5 minutes, as you do not need to create an account with us and you will receive your confirmation email soon afterwards. Plus, as you will see when you make your booking, we do not charge a booking fee!

If you want more tips on saving money at the airport you can always check out our Blog and if you encounter any problems or simply cannot find the answer to your question on the website, do not hesitate to contact our customer service team.


Please note that the information above is provided for reference only, and does not constitute as travel advice. Prices and availability may change at any time. It is not possible to book all of the services above via Parkhero. 

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