Find out how to reach East Midlands Airport by road and rail...
Located within Leicestershire, and close to the borders of the English counties of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, East Midlands Airport (EMA) has had something of an identity crisis over the years (it was renamed Nottingham East Midlands Airport in 2003 in a move so unpopular that in 2006 it reverted back to East Midlands Airport). Also known as Castle Donington Airport, the airport now carries the strapline - Nottingham, Leicester, Derby - to help overseas passengers understand where they are landing.
If you're travelling to the airport, you shouldn't have any problems finding it on the map. The airport is well served by the motorway network of the Midlands and well sign-posted from all surrounding areas. It's located just off the busy M1, with excellent public transportation links for those not driving to catch East Midlands Airport flights.
Local bus services run frequently between the airport and nearby cities and towns, while National Express operates coach services that connect East Midlands Airport to a host of major cities and towns.
There isn't a railway station at East Midlands Airport, so if you plan to travel by train you should arrive at Derby, Nottingham, or Long Eaton stations and travel onward to the airport via the dedicated bus services.
Taxis are in good supply outside arrivals for incoming passengers, and you can be dropped off by any taxi operator for your departure.
The airport, which looks for ways to boost its green credentials, operates a car-share scheme to reach the site.
Drivers should use the postcode DE74 2SA when relying on a satellite navigation system. If you plan to park at the airport, be sure to book in advance to save money. TravelSupermarket can find excellent deals for you on airport parking.
The nearest major airport to East Midlands is Birmingham Airport, which serves a great range of destinations around the world. It is 40 miles away, with a journey time of 45 minutes.
It's time to depart, so where you can fly to from East Midlands Airport?
Year-round departures include those to UK and European cities, such as Paris, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Belfast. Sunshine hotspots in Europe are well served throughout the year, with planes taking to the skies to land near the beaches of Spain, Greece and Turkey. Year-round flights to the Canary Islands serve passengers looking for winter sunshine as well as a summer break. You can also fly direct to a small selection of global destinations, such as Orlando and New York City in the USA.
Airlines operating out of East Midlands Airport include Monarch Airlines, Ryanair, Jet2, Thomas Cook, Thomson Airways, Air France, flybe, and bmi regional.
It's a fairly compact airport, but there are plenty of options for eating, drinking, and shopping...
There's also a good range of facilities, including currency exchange bureaux, plus free wi-fi.
To take it really easy before your flight, consider booking a hotel near East Midlands Airport...
As well as saving you the hassle of a journey on the day of your flight, you can also take the time to check out the attractions of the local cities, including the legendary tales of Robin Hood in nearby Nottinghamshire. See prices for airport hotels.
There are a number of excellent options in the area to suit all budgets, with many offering airport transfer services. Consider a hotel that includes car parking in the price. These park and stay packages can often save you a considerable amount of money.