Our York Travel Essentials lays out the essential information you need to help planning your trip to one of the most popular destinations in the UK. No matter how frequently you travel, some questions will always need answers: What’s the weather like? How can I get from the airport to my hotel? What currency and type of plug do I need? We have all these answers plus other basic info about the best time to go, getting there, getting around, and a few useful travel tips.

    It’s all compiled in this York Travel Essentials. After reading this short and easy-to-read guide, you will be a little more prepared to start your trip in York.


    Best time to travel to York (weather-wise)

    • York has a temperate climate, with mild summers and chilly winters.
    • The average temperatures range from 1°C in winter to 21°C in summer.
    • Rainfall occurs evenly all year round with an average of 10 rainy days per month.
    • The warmest time of the year is from May to September is the best time to visit York. It’s worth noting that July and August are the peak tourist season. Hotel prices rise accordingly.

    York basics

    • Primary language: English
    • Plug Type: G
    • Electricity: 220-240 V
    • Currency: Pound sterling (£)
    • International Dialling code: +44 1904
    • Emergency telephone number: 999

    Getting into the city

    By plane

    York doesn’t host an airport of its own, the nearest airport is Leeds-Bradford International Airport, which is about 25 miles west of York city centre. From Leeds-Bradford Airport, there are several transfer options to reach central York:

    • A taxi to the city centre takes around 50-60 minutes and costs roughly £50-60. The taxi rank can be found in front of the terminal building.
    • Taking the bus to Leeds railway station and then the train to York takes around 90 minutes and costs roughly £15-20. The bus stop is right in front of the terminal.
    • Car rental agencies, including Avis, Hertz and Sixt, can be found in the car park of the terminal.

    York Railway Station

    York Railway Station sits near the centre of the city, on the west bank of the River Ouse. An important stop between London and Edinburgh, the train station hosts a good choice of facilities, including coffee shops, ATM machines and public Wi-Fi. From here, you can get to your hotel by bus, taxi or hired car.

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    Getting around York

    Travel tips

    The most pleasant way to explore York is on foot. The city is quite compact and features historical landmarks and attractions such as York Minster, The Shambles and the National Railway Museum within walking distance of the city centre. Downtown York is also home to a good choice of dining and shopping options.

    For longer journeys, the public transport services are as efficient as they’re affordable. The bus network offers a convenient way to get around York.

    • First Group is the main bus company that operates in York.
    • You can download their mTickets App on your mobile phone to purchase tickets. It will save you some money on bus fares.
    • A single journey costs between £1 and £3, depending on the length of your journey.
    • An All-York-Day ticket costs £4.50.
    • If you travel with your family, the All-York-Family ticket is a good option. For £9, 2 adults and up to 3 children can travel on the bus network for 1 day.

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    Taking a taxi

    • Many taxi and black cab companies operate in York. The most popular of them include Fleetways Taxis (+44 1904 365365), Streamline Taxis (+44 1904 656565), and York Cars Taxis (+44 1904 765765).
    • Half a dozen taxi ranks can be found across the city, mainly at the train stations and near the city attractions.
    • Taxis can be hailed on the street, unless there is a taxi rank nearby.
    • Standard taxi fares start from £2.90 for the first 158 yards, then £0.10 per subsequent 87 yards. Rates are higher at night and on special days such as bank holidays, Christmas and New Year.
    • Payment of the fare by credit card is usually possible, but it’s better to check with the driver before you get in.
    • Uber and local taxi companies’ apps can be used to hail a taxi in York.

    Cycling with Cycle Heaven

    You can rent a bike from Cycle Heaven at York Railway Station. Rates range from £10 for 2 hours to £100 for 14 days. A £150 returnable deposit and a photo ID are required to hire a bike.


    Annual events in York

    Jorvik Festival

    • What: The city celebrates its Viking heritage with one of the largest festivals of its kind. Expect battle re-enactments and historical activities such as archery and sword combat.
    • When: Late February
    • Where: York City Centre

    Ebor Festival

    • What: This is the biggest event on the horse racing calendar at York racecourse and is effectively the Royal Ascot of Northern England. Everyone dresses up in their finest clothes for 3 days of races, and all of the city’s roads and hotels are packed all weekend.
    • When: Late August
    • Where: York Racecourse

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