Leeds Airport Information (LBA)
Leeds Bradford International Airport is the gateway to the northern England towns of Leeds and Bradford, with flights coming in from numerous other UK destinations and throughout Europe. More than two million passengers pass through Leeds Bradford Airport via its single domestic/international terminal building.
Leeds Bradford Airport offers its business travellers business facilities at two executive lounges as well as Wifi (wireless) internet access in the Departures lounge. Essential passenger facilities include three conveniently located money changers and several ATMs situated throughout the main concourse, while shopping and eating options can be found on both floors and before and after security.
By public transport, it is easier to get to Leeds than to Bradford from Leeds Bradford International Airport, although buses and taxis run to both cities. Buses also run to Leeds Railway Station throughout the day, from where most UK destinations are accessible.
Address: Leeds, LS19 7TU, UK
Tel: +44 113 250 9696
Business, VIP & Wifi
Business passengers and those looking for comfort will find business facilities and complimentary snacks at the airport’s two executive lounges, while Wifi hotspots and internet cafés are located throughout the terminal.
VIP: there are two executive lounges at Leeds Bradford International Airport, both of which are located in Departures on the first floor. The Servisair Executive Lounge provides basic business facilities including telephone and fax services as well as a bar, while the Yorkshire Executive Club offers an executive lounge and reserved parking.
Internet: Spectrum Interactive offers internet access at Leeds Bradford International Airport, while there are also a number of Wifi hotspots (wireless internet) for those with configured laptop computers.
Public transport from Leeds Bradford International Airport to Leeds and Bradford is good, yet for getting about the countryside, it is better to hire a car for added convenience. Four main car hire companies are represented at the airport and include Avis, Europcar, Hertz and National.
The various car rental desks are located in the International Arrivals area on the ground floor of the terminal building. We recommend that you book a car ahead of your arrival at the airport, particularly in the summer, in order to ensure the right car for your needs.
Babies: Leeds Bradford International Airport has baby care facilities on both floors and on both the landside and airside of the terminal. Baby care rooms have been fitted with standard retractable beds for convenience.
Children: there are two video arcade booths at the airport known as GameGrids, offering popular games for children to enjoy. One of the arcades is located at the Food Village on the first floor of the terminal and the other is situated in the Departures area, also on the first floor. In addition, there is a children’s play area located in Departures, which is operated by Airtours, as well as vending machines selling children’s toys dotted around the terminal building.
Mothers: the two children’s game areas and the play area provide ideal respite for mothers with children. Mothers can leave their children with Dad while they explore the airport’s shopping options and services. WH Smith outlets can be found either side of security and they have the latest range of books and magazines including children’s books, while Superdrug and the duty-free store have many quality items.
The following destinations are currently serviced by schedule or charter flights on a regular or seasonal basis.
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Leeds Bradford International Airport has direct access to Bradford via the main A658 road and is also within easy reach of Leeds via the A65. In addition, the north to south M1 motorway is just to the east of the airport, while the M62 Liverpool motorway is to the south.
From the north: head south along the A1 (M) and exit at Junction 1 onto the A59 (west). Fork off to the left onto the A658 road and continue southwest to Leeds Bradford International Airport.
From the south: head north for Leeds on the M1 and the M621, bypassing the city and joining the A65 (west). Continue northwest on the A65 and then turn right onto the A658 for the airport.
From the east: take the M62 west towards Leeds, the M1 north and then the M621 west. Join the A643 north and then the A65 northwest. Turn right onto the A658 and continue until you reach the airport.
From the west: the A6068, A6034, A65 and the A660 come in from the west, from where the A658 goes south towards the well-signposted Leeds Bradford International Airport.
Leeds Bradford International Airport is a modern, well-designed airport with comprehensive passenger facilities. You can withdraw cash using most bank cards at a number of cash machines and currency can be exchanged at one of the Travelex booths, while there are plenty of quality eating options and places to shop including duty-free outlets.
Money: cash machines can be found on the main concourse, while three Travelex bureaux de change are also on-site. They can be found at Check-in Hall A, Baggage Reclaim and International Arrivals.
Services: facilities for babies and children include baby-changing rooms and there is a children’s play area on the first floor of Departures. In addition, there is also a prayer room on the first floor of Departures.
Smoking: it is now an offence to smoke in enclosed public areas in the UK therefore passengers must make use of the airport’s designated smoking areas, which are located in Yates Bar and in the Lounge Bar in Departures.
Leeds Bradford International Airport is the gateway to Yorkshire, bringing passengers in from all over the UK and many European centres. There are a few quality hotel establishments located near the airport, although you will find most lodgings situated nearer to Leeds and Bradford. Some of our recommended hotels include:
Holiday Inn Leeds Bradford (three star)
The Holiday Inn Leeds Bradford is located in the quaint village of Bramhope, to the northeast of the airport, and it offers free parking and 24-hour courtesy taxi transfers to and from the airport. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar and lounge as well as a health fitness club, while rooms come with TV, telephone, mini-bar and tea and coffee making facilities.
Check in: 15:00. Check out: 12:00 More details and reservation online
Novotel Leeds Centre (four star)
The Novotel Leeds Centre hotel is located in Leeds city centre, near the financial centre of the city and main shopping areas. Hotel packages include free parking and airport transfers, while facilities include a restaurant, fitness suite, sauna, steam room and dry cleaning. Rooms are well appointed and come with satellite TV, mini-bar, hair-dryer, room service and tea and coffee making facilities.
Check in: 14:00. Check out: 12:00 More details and reservation online
Weetwood Hall Conference Centre & Hotel (four star)
Located near the Bradford ring road, the Weetwood Hall Conference Centre & Hotel is a quality four-star establishment with conferencing facilities and free parking. In addition to excellent business facilities, there is a dry cleaning laundry service, safety deposit boxes, barber and beauty services, a restaurant, lounge and bar, spa facilities and baby sitting services; children under 12 years can stay for free with parents. Room facilities include: TV, mini-bar, iron, hair dryer and tea and coffee making facilities.
Check in: 14:00. Check out: 10:00 More details and reservation online
Cedar Court Hotel Bradford (four star)
The Cedar Court Hotel Bradford is a friendly hotel establishment situated on the outskirts of Bradford, with good access to the M62 motorway and Leeds Bradford International Airport. There are commendable business facilities here, a bar and restaurant, garden, free parking, safety deposit boxes, sauna, fitness centre, Jacuzzi, solarium, massage and a steam bath. Rooms are well-equipped and include a mini-bar, hair dryer, iron and tea and coffee making.
Check in: 14:00. Check out: 12:00 More details and reservation online
The information desk is located on the main concourse of Leeds Bradford International Airport, where staff can provide visitors with airport and flight information as well as transport options to Leeds and Bradford.
There are short-term and long-term car parks at Leeds Bradford Airport as well as parking for the disabled. Charges are levied for spaces in the short-stay car park every 30 minutes, while long-stay patrons can take advantage of weekly rates.
Short term: the short-term car park is mainly used for dropping off and picking up passengers, and is suitable for stays of up to a few hours only. The car park is within easy walking distance of the terminal building.
Long term: spaces in the long-term car park are cheaper than those in the short-term car park, with daily and weekly rates available and a minimum stay charge of five days. Discounts are also available to those who pre-book long-term parking spaces and a courtesy bus runs between the car park and the terminal building from 06:00 and 22:00.
Special needs: reserved parking spaces are available for disabled drivers in the short-term car park and are situated in convenient locations nearest to the terminal entrance. If you require assistance in getting from your car to the terminal, please call your airline ahead of time.
Shops & Eating
Restaurants & bars: Leeds Bradford International Airport has two food villages, one situated before security on the ground floor and the other located after security in Departures on the fist floor. Passengers can also choose from a number of cafés and restaurants, where hot and cold food and drinks are available.
Convenience items: there isn’t a huge selection of shops at Leeds Bradford International Airport, but quality shopping options are available nonetheless in the form of WH Smith and Superdrug. WH Smith is one of the UK’s best known suppliers of books and magazines, and outlets can be found before and after security, while Superdrug offers an excellent range of health and beauty goods.
Duty free shopping: tax-free products can be purchased at the Alpha Retail Trading store in Departures by those flying outside of the European Union. A selection of quality items is available here including designer clothes, sunglasses, jewellery, alcohol and tobacco.
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Leeds Bradford International Airport conforms to European standards on provisions for disabled travellers and public areas of the airport have been adapted for the use of the mobility impaired. Disabled travellers requiring assistance at the airport should call their respective airline ahead of time.
Facilities for disabled passengers at Leeds Bradford International Airport include: lifts, ramps and wide aisles; specially adapted toilets and public telephones on both floors of the terminal; wheelchairs available on request and designated disabled parking spaces conveniently located near the terminal entrance. In addition, an Ambulift is on-site to assist passengers in boarding aircraft.
Leeds Bradford International Airport has induction loop systems installed at the information desk and at various locations throughout the terminal, so that those with hearing problems can decipher announcements better. All signage at Leeds Bradford Airport has been given special attention so that it can be more easily read by partially-sighted passengers.
Located amid the beauty of the Yorkshire countryside, Leeds and Bradford both boast a huge amount of history and quality shopping options in their pedestrianised city centres. To add to their northern character, Leeds has a bustling waterfront, while Bradford is known as the curry capital of Britain, owing to its large Indian community.
• The City Art Gallery in Leeds boasts an impressive and important collection of 20th century British art that dates from the late 19th century.
• Leeds has a lot to offer with regards to shopping and dining, and the Corn Exchange contains many fine shops and trendy cafés hidden behind its striking Victorian façade.
• Another unmissable landmark in Leeds is the Victorian Quarter, which has been brilliantly restored and contains many shops.
• Just south of the city centre, the Leeds-Liverpool Canal is an impressive feat of engineering, particularly the Five Rise Locks.
• One of Bradford’s finest attractions is the Wool Exchange, which has some of Bradford’s best shopping.
• The National Museum of Film, Photography and Television is a star attraction in Bradford, where six floors of quality interactive displays are sure to entice.
Eating and Shopping: the Corn Exchange is without doubt Leeds’ best shopping area and it is located within one of the UK’s most attractive Victorian buildings. The Victorian Quarter and the Edwardian Kirkgate Market in Leeds are also not to be missed, while Bradford also has many pedestrianised shopping streets in the city centre including Broadway, Darley street and Kirkgate.
There is a huge choice of places to eat at in both cities, with trendy cafés, fine restaurants and some of the country’s most colourful curry houses. As far as the nightlife goes, you will be spoilt for choice, as there are literally hundreds of quality pubs and bars in both city centres as well as a plethora of pumping clubs and life music venues.
Day trips & tours: if you have a car, there is a multitude of attractions worth seeking out near to both Leeds and Bradford including many fine old houses and gardens. Seventeenth-century Bramham Park is probably the best known manor house in the area, owing to its opulent interior and lovely gardens.
The nearby Haworth area was the birthplace of four of the Brontë children and is now a popular tourist attraction, while Thornton village and the Walkleys Canalside Mill are two other quality attractions near Leeds and Bradford. In addition, the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park is just to the north of the two cities and an easy drive from either. Walking, horseback riding and many other leisure opportunities present themselves in this fantastic part of the north of England
Leeds Bradford International Airport has just one terminal and although the airport serves fewer cities than Manchester International Airport, it is a much more convenient airport to use. Passenger facilities at Leeds Bradford Airport are very good and include bureaux de change, cash machines, baby-changing rooms, children’s areas, shops and restaurants.
Main Terminal: the Main Terminal provides all flights and has domestic and international concourses, where Check-in and Arrivals are situated on the ground floor and Departures is located on the first floor.
You can get from Leeds Bradford International Airport to both Leeds and Bradford by bus or taxi as well as to far off destinations via National Express coach. There is no rail station at the airport, however trains run to destinations all over the UK from Leeds Station.
Rail & metro: if you want to get to Bradford city by rail, you will have to take a bus or a taxi from the airport to Leeds Station first. Services run to destinations all over the UK from Leeds, including to London and Edinburgh as well as to a multitude of regional destinations.
Shuttles & buses: passengers that want to get to Leeds by bus from Leeds Bradford International Airport should take service number 757, which runs to the city centre and Leeds bus and train stations every 30 minutes during peak times and hourly at other times; this bus service also serves Otley. Bradford-bound passengers can take Metroline services 647, 651 or 747, while those travelling farther afield can make use of National Express coach services.
Taxi & limo: the airport’s taxi rank is located directly outside the terminal building. Services to Leeds and Bradford are provided by Airport Taxi Association (ATA), City Cabs, Streamline and Telecabs. Taxis run throughout the day and offer the fastest transfer option to either city.