East Midlands Airport essential travel guide
East Midlands Airport is one of the leading air gateways to central England, providing links to more than 90 destinations that are used by over 4.2 million passengers every year.

The base has won accolades for its eco-friendly initiatives and was named the best regional airport at the 2010 British Travel Awards.

How to get there

Car/motorist
Drivers will find East Midlands Airport at Castle Donington in north-west Leicestershire. The site is accessible from the M1 and also via the A42 from the centre of Birmingham, the A50 from Stoke and the A453 from Nottingham.
 
Train
Rail passengers travelling via Derby, Long Eaton or Nottingham railway stations can buy a combined train and bus ticket allowing them to connect to airport bus services. The East Midlands Trains network connects the wider region to London, Sheffield and other major cities.
 
Coach
Travellers can also use a National Express coach service to get to the airport from Sheffield, Leeds, Coventry and London Heathrow and Gatwick airports, while a range of bus routes are available from within the East Midlands area.

The airport

Travellers with some time to kill will find a range of services and facilities at East Midlands Airport, including stores such as Accessorize, Boots and the Biza duty-free shop where customers can pick up holiday accessories, gifts and other items before setting off on their trip.
 
A Burger King, the Three Shire Foodmarket and Greggs are all available for people looking for a quick snack at the airport, while those who want to relax with a coffee or a glass of wine before their flight can head to Caffe Ritazza, the Soho Coffee Co or the Runway Bar.
 
Travelex operates a currency exchange desk at the airport allowing customers to buy in-store or order online and pay-as-you-go computer terminals are available for people who want to use the internet.

Other facilities at East Midlands Airport

Passengers who are willing to pay a little extra for a bit of luxury can head to the airport's Servisair lounge, which costs £16 per person and provides complimentary hot and cold drinks, snacks, newspapers, free Wi-Fi and a flight information display.
 
Free wireless internet hotspots are also available within the terminal building and can be accessed on all media devices for up to 30 minutes within any 24-hour period.
 
Other facilities available to people catching flights from East Midlands Airport include a prayer room that remains open to people of any faith 24 hours a day and an information desk to help members of the public with all sorts of queries.
 

Direct Flights travel tip

Families can add a memorable aspect to their airport experience by visiting the Aeropark, which is signposted from the main entrance.
 
The park displays a number of aircraft, including the Avro Vulcan, the De Havilland Vampire and the Westland Whirlwind.

Hotels nearby East Midlands Airport

Several properties are situated near the airport, the closest of which are the Thistle East Midlands Airport Hotel and the Hilton East Midlands Airport. Both of these establishments are just a few minutes' drive away.
 
Three-star Holiday Inn Express and Premier Inn hotels provide affordable accommodation options less than a mile from the base, while the two-star Morton Guesthouse and four-star Radisson Blu Hotel East Midlands Airport offer choice for travellers on varying budgets.