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How to get to Loughborough

Loughborough is in the borough of Charnwood, in the county of Leicestershire, a busy market town with a vibrant history. It is the largest town in the county and has a population of over 55,000.

The town provides the student essentials, with plenty of open space, gardens, shopping and entertainment. The location is also ideal for exploring the cities of Nottingham, Leicester and Derby, as well as being close to a variety of tourist attractions such as the Peak District, Sherwood Forest, the National Space Centre and the recently opened King Richard Visitor Centre.

The town is close to some fantastic countryside. Charnwood gets its name from the rocky Charnwood Forest to the west, which was recently replanted to create the heart of the National Forest. It contains some of the oldest rocks and fossils in Britain.

In the centre of the area is the broad flat plain of the River Soar, and to the east are the rounded rolling hills of the Leicestershire Wolds – with some of England’s loveliest and most unspoilt villages.

Close by is Bradgate Park (dating from at least 1240) with roaming herds of red and fallow deer. The Park will be forever associated with England’s ‘Queen for Nine Days’, the Lady Jane Grey, who lost her crown and her head to Mary Tudor, eldest daughter of Henry VIII.

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How to get there

Travel from Heathrow Airport

You will need to reach London Kings Cross St Pancras rail station in order to catch a train to Loughborough. Kings Cross and St Pancras are two physically separate railway stations adjacent to one another, sharing the same Underground Station. There are two ways to reach central London: Heathrow Express or London Underground.

Heathrow Express

If you are flying into Heathrow Airport, the easiest way to get into central London is using the Heathrow Express train. You should allow approximately an hour for this part of your journey.

Journey  times

Non-stop trains run every 15 minutes. The journey between London Paddington and Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 takes 15 minutes (allow a few minutes more for Terminal 4 or 5).

Timetable, tickets and fares

Trains run between 05:10 and 23:25 from Paddington, and between 05:07 (from Heathrow Terminal 5) and 23:58 (from Heathrow Terminal 2 and 3).On Sundays, the first train departs 06:25, then every 15 minutes until 23:25.

Tickets are available online, at the station or on the train. The Express Standard class single fare is £26.50 on board or £21.50 in advance. Returns are £40 on board or £35 in advance. For online purchases, you can use US Dollars and Euros and therefore you avoid foreign exchange charges. If you download the Heathrow Express app (available on both iOS and Android) you can save 10% off your first Express Saver fare.

Heathrow Express quick links

Where to catch trains

Heathrow Express trains stop at Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 and Heathrow Terminal 5. Passengers travelling to Terminal 4 should change on to the free transfer train at Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 (connecting trains every 15 minutes, journey time 4 minutes).

Once you arrive at Paddington Station, you can either take a taxi to Kings Cross St Pancras station which will cost approximately £10.00 or you can take the Underground train from Paddington to St Pancras.

Option 1: Bakerloo line/Metropolitan line = 14 mins

Detailed steps for this journey

Time Mode of Transport Instructions
4 mins Tube Bakerloo line to Baker Street Underground Station
4 mins Tube Metropolitan line to King’s Cross St. Pancras Underground Station

Option 2: Hammersmith & City line or Circle line, 13 mins

Detailed steps for this journey

Time Mode of Transport Instructions
13 mins tube Hammersmith & City line or Circle line to King’s Cross St. Pancras Underground Station

 London Underground from Heathrow to Kings Cross St Pancras

You can catch the Piccadilly Line from all Heathrow Terminals heading towards Cockfosters. This underground train will take you directly to Kings Cross St Pancras Underground station. The journey will take approximately 1 hour and will cost around £5.00.

Travel from Gatwick Airport to Kings Cross St Pancras

There are lots of options for getting to London by train from Gatwick and with the introduction of Oyster and contactless payments, it’s quick and easy to hop onboard.

The Gatwick Express non-stop train service to Victoria runs every 15 minutes with a journey time of 30 minutes.
Book Gatwick Express

Southern trains services operate four times an hour to Victoria via East Croydon and Clapham Junction with a journey time to Victoria of around 35 minutes.
Book Southern Trains

Services to London Bridge, St Pancras International and Luton Airport also run four times an hour with a journey time of between 30 and 45 minutes.
Book Thameslink & Great Northern

Travelling by rail from Kings Cross St Pancras to Loughborough

Regular Intercity services operate between Loughborough and other main line towns – including daily trains to and from Kings Cross St Pancras, 90 minutes away.

Once at Loughborough’s railway station you are just ten minutes away from the campus. From here there is a regular bus service which operates every ten minutes  during term time.

Taxis are normally available from the station and the journey should cost around £5 – £6. The campus based taxi company is ADT Taxis. The telephone number to book is 01509 260000, however, there are usually a number of taxis at the train station who can bring you to the hotel.

University Shuttle bus service

Kinchbus Number 7 commences from Loughborough Railway station and brings you straight to campus. The alighting point for Burleigh Court hotel is the Wolfson School. In term time this service runs every 10 minutes Monday to Saturday. Full details of the University Shuttle bus timetable

Travel from East Midlands Airport

Loughborough Skylink Bus

If you are travelling to and from Loughborough, take the high quality 24-hour Skylink bus service. It’s fast, frequent and reliable, now running every 20 minutes during the day and hourly during the night, seven days a week. There is no need to prebook as bus tickets can be purchased from the bus driver.

By train from East Midlands Airport

Connect at Derby train station for journeys to Loughborough. The skylink bus services call at these stations up to every 20 minutes during the day and hourly at night, seven days a week. To buy tickets including through tickets for combined skylink buses and trains please visit and select East Midlands Airport from the menu. Alternatively, contact National Rail enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.