Visitor Info

How to get to Illuminating York
By Car

York is situated midway between Edinburgh and London, just 20 minutes from the M1/M62 motorway network; York is within comfortable travelling times of most regions in the UK.

There are a number of one-way and restricted access systems throughout the city, and we advise you to check your route before you travel, or use the Park and Ride services. Visit the City of York Council car parks web pages for further information and details on parking charges.

Park And Ride

The following additional services from the City Centre to the ASKHAM BAR Park and Ride site (service 3 White Line) on 26 – 29 October:

2015, 2045, 2115, 2145 and 2215.

The nearest stop to the event at the Minster will be at Rougier Street where passengers can alight and board.

The service from Askham Bar operates every 10 minutes throughout the day until 1900, then every 15 minutes until 2000.

By Bus

There is a comprehensive range of bus services into and out of York run by First, as well as services provided by Transdev, Pullman, Coastliner and Arriva. A detailed PDF map of bus routes can be downloaded here.

By Train

The train station is situated just south of the river, on the west side of the city, and is regularly served by train providers in the north. There are both taxi ranks and bus stops directly outside the station, and the station itself is only a few minutes’ walk from the centre of town. You can find more information on train services into and out of York, as well as purchase tickets, on the National Rail Enquiries website.

Getting to York by train is easy and great value too. York train station is 5 minutes’ walk from the city centre and trains run frequently to Manchester (2 ½ hours), Newcastle (1 hour), Leeds (30 minutes), Edinburgh (2½ hours), Sheffield (1 ½ hours) and London (2 hours). There are also direct cross country links to Scotland, the Midlands and the South West. You can find out exact times and journey details by going to

By Coach

Both National Express and Megabus run regular coach services to and from York. The National Express services pick up and drop off from just outside the train station on Station Road, with the Megabus stop only a few moments’ walk away on Leeman Road. For more information, and to book tickets, please visit the National Express and Megabus websites.