Nottingham has been a popular tourist destination for decades due to its historic castle, legends of Robin Hood, and links to the lace-making industry. What's more, it is still a major business and science centre, and visitors will find it easy to access Birmingham, Leicester, Sheffield, Derby, and the Peak District and Yorkshire from this East Midlands base. The nearest airport to Nottingham is East Midlands Airport, which is around 14 miles from the city and was briefly known as Nottingham East Midlands Airport from 2004 to 2006.
East Midlands Airport is the local Nottingham air hub, offering direct flights throughout the UK, Europe and internationally. Travellers will also find Birmingham International Airport is a useful alternative, and speedy rail links to Nottingham mean the 50 mile trip from Birmingham takes less than an hour.
East Midlands Airport handles over 4 million passengers each year, and just some of the airlines offering flights to Nottingham include Flybe, LoganAir, Thomas Cook Airlines, Ryanair, and TUI. Birmingham is a large international hub seeing a larger variety of premium and low-budget airlines arrive from around the world every day.
With flights from Glasgow taking just 1 hour 10 minutes and journeys from Malaga of around 3 hours, it's easy to see why flying to Nottingham is a convenient option for vacation makers and business travellers. The modern airport has speedy public transport links to the city via the Skybus, and driving from the airport to Nottingham takes less than 30 minutes. UK train routes to Nottingham can often be more expensive that flying domestic from national airports, and taking the bus usually means much longer travel times.
Visitors to Nottingham looking to find some hidden tourist gems of the city should discover the vibrant atmosphere of the new Creative Quarter in the Lace Market area of the city; look out for the graffiti and street art while exploring the area. There are a number of ways to get around Nottingham and the surrounding areas, including local trams, buses and rail or bus services. Visitors who prefer to travel cashless when possible will find the Robin Hood card is convenient and can be used on local trams, buses, or trains.
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