Nottingham is well connected to transport that can whisk you away to Europe in a couple of hours.

Travelling from Nottingham has never been easier with a whole host of options to take you to your dream location.

Many people living in a busy city like Nottingham just simply may not have the time for long breaks so this list is tailored to those who need a quick getaway.

With that in mind, here’s our handy guide on where and how to vacation, complete with tips on how on keeping costs low, to ensure a fun and safe trip.

1. London

London’s historic buildings and endless list of activities and culture make it the perfect 2- day city break.

London is home to must-see landmarks such as Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Madame Tussauds, and Westminster Abbey and many more.

The city is a history lovers dream with historical buildings galore, the world famous Natural History Museum and the Tower of London all conveniently located along the London Underground train lines.

Even better, travelling to our fantastic capital couldn’t be easier for residents of Nottingham.

Just hop on the bus or grab a cab to Nottingham train station and take a train to London St Pancras and you’ll be in the heart of the city.

You may be asking, “why not just drive down?”, but believe us, you’ll enjoy a comfy hour and a half on the train more than you will driving through central London.

Off peak trains are reasonably priced too, with a return ticket setting you back around £50 for a journey under two hours.


2. Devon

If the big city isn’t your thing, maybe you would enjoy the English countryside instead.

Devonshire is home to Torquay, Brixham and Paignton, affectionately nicknamed the ‘English Riviera’, which are three seaside towns offering quaint charm and sandy beaches, perfect for summer.

There’s no lack of castles like Powderham Castle and open air attractions like Dartmoor National Park, which is perfect for hikes.

Those looking to travel from Nottingham to Devon are recommended to take the train, however this can be a little expensive with travel prices starting from £100.

For a cheaper but lengthier journey, coaches leave from Nottingham Station Street to Devon costing only £14, however travellers should note the journey will take around nine hours.

3. Edinburgh

The charming Old Town district of Edinburgh is the perfect place to get lost in the narrow alleys of this historic city.

The Royal Mile, a street lined with pubs, restaurants, souvenir shops and museums runs from the Scottish Parliament to Edinburgh Castle, another must visit site.

The fastest way to travel from Nottingham to Edinburgh is a flight from East Midlands Airport (EMA), which can be as cheap as £47 return.

By taking the Skylink bus from Friar Lane, you can reach EMA in about an hour, with the flight time being around 45 minutes.

4. Paris

Even though the UK has some beautiful spots as we’ve mentioned, sometimes all you need is a foreign escape.

If your budget allows, there’s no greater place in the world for a weekend away than the City of Lights.

As one of the world capitals, Paris is famous for it’s culture and irreplaceable vibe.

Things to do and see are endless, take river boat down The Seine, pose with the Eiffel Tower and educate yourself on France’s storied history at The Louvre museum.

The main two ways to reach Paris is by plane and by train, but both require a little more effort than our previous destinations.

Planes unfortunately no longer operate from EMA to Charles De Gaulle airport, so those looking to fly need to travel to Birmingham Airport.

Alternatively, from Nottingham Station take a train to London St Pancras for £50 and proceed to the Eurostar terminal, with tickets costing upwards of £100 for a return ticket, the train will take to Gare du Nord at the heart of Paris.

Another top tip for travelling abroad, especially in Paris where tourists are frequently scammed, is to never accept a taxi if offered to you as you run the risk of being hugely overcharged, instead use apps like Uber or official taxi ranks that will be clearly signposted.

By choosing one of our favoured getaway locations, and following our guide, you can be sure you’re in for a good time.