East Midlands Airport Guide (EMA)

Airport info
Code: EMA
Viscount Road, Castle Donington, Leicestershire DE74 2SA, United Kingdom

East Midlands Airport is located 24km (15 miles) southwest of Nottingham and 23km (14 miles) southeast of Derby.

No. of terminals: 1 Dialling code: +44
+44 871 919 9000
East Midlands Airport map

Located between Derby, Nottingham and Leicester, East Midlands Airport is served by low-cost airlines that operate short-haul domestic and international routes. Our East Midlands Airport guide includes information on airport facilities, public transport access and nearby accommodation options.


There is a 24-hour information desk (tel: +44 871 919 9000) situated in the main terminal building.

Driving directions

From Nottingham, take the A52 westbound and join the M1 at junction 25 southbound. Continue southbound and exit at junction 24, then follow signs to East Midlands Airport.

Public Transport

Public transport rail

Rail: Shared pre-booked taxis (tel: +44 1332 581 581; www.emarailink.co.uk) link the airport with East Midlands Parkway Station, which is a few minutes' drive from the airport. From here, direct trains travel to Nottingham, Leicester, Derby, London and other destinations. Further details are available from East Midlands Trains (tel: +44 3457 125 678; www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk).

Public transport road

Bus: Regular 24-hour Skylink (tel: +44 871 919 9000; www.eastmidlandsairport.com) bus services connect East Midlands Airport with Nottingham (journey time: 55 minutes; fare: £5), Leicester (journey time: 53 minutes; fare: £6.80), Derby (journey time: 40 minutes; fare: £4.30) and other local destinations. The bus stop is directly outside the terminal.

Coach: National Express (tel: +44 871 781 8181; www.nationalexpress.com) operates services connecting East Midlands Airport with Sheffield, Leeds, Coventry, Heathrow Airport and Gatwick Airport.

Taxi: Arrow Cars (tel: +44 1332 814 000; www.arrowprivatehire.co.uk) taxis are available from the taxi office outside Arrivals, 24 hours a day. Fares to Nottingham, Leicester and Derby start at £25/35.

Terminal facilities


Bureaux de change and ATMs can be found before and after security, as well as in Arrivals.


Free Wi-Fi internet access (for up to 60 minutes) is available throughout East Midlands Airport. Additionally, public telephones and fixed internet kiosks are situated at strategic points in the airport building.


Eateries at East Midlands Airport include cafés before the security area as well as fast-food outlets and an Italian restaurant post-security. The Food Court, located on the first floor of the terminal, also houses a coffee shop, burger chain and bar.


There are many shops at East Midlands Airport, including a duty- and tax-free shop for those travelling outside of the EU. Books, electrical goods, fashion and beauty products are all available from various shops, most of which are located in Departures.


A lost property service is operated at the information desk (tel: +44 871 919 9000). Left-luggage facilities are provided by the individual airlines, on request.


Other facilities at East Midlands Airport include a first aid room, children’s play areas, a prayer room and a fish therapy spa. Access to the nearby Aeropark aviation museum is available by bus from outside the terminal.

Airport facilities

Conference and business

There is an executive lounge, open to all departing passengers for a fee, which offers full business services. Fax and photocopy facilities are available at the information desk for a small charge. Conference facilities can be found at the Radisson Blu East Midlands Airport hotel (tel: +44 1509 670 575; www.radissonblu.co.uk) on the airport site.

Disabled facilities

Porters are available to provide assistance to wheelchair passengers; those wishing to use this service should contact the information desk (tel: +44 871 919 9000). Reserved parking is provided in the short-term car park located 50m (164ft) from the terminal building entrance. Wheelchair-accessible taxis are also available.

Within the terminal, there are adapted toilets, lowered phones, lifts, and hearing loops. Passengers who require the ambulift for boarding aircrafts should notify their airline before travelling.

Car parking

There is parking for more than 4,000 cars at East Midlands Airport. The short-stay car park is located next to the main terminal building. A courtesy shuttle transports passengers to/from the medium- and long-stay car parks. There is also a 'meet and greet' valet parking service. For details of rates and bookings, contact airport parking (tel: +44 871 310 3300), or check online on the airport's official website.

Car rental

Car hire operators Europcar, Enterprise, Hertz and National are represented at the airport. The car hire centre is situated in the arrivals hall.


There are several hotels near East Midlands Airport, including the 4-star Radisson Blu East Midlands Airport on the airport site. There are also a number of additional options a little further afield.

Hilton East Midlands Airport

+44 1509 674 000

Located just 6km (4 miles) from the airport, the Hilton is also conveniently close to East Midlands Parkway rail station. The hotel offers 13 meeting and conference rooms, a choice of dining options and an on-site fitness centre.

Junction 24, M1, DE74 2YW, Derby, United Kingdom

Jury’s Inn East Midlands Airport

+44 161 774 2985

The Jury’s Inn East Midlands Airport hotel (formerly the Thistle East Midlands Airport) is located less than 2km (1 mile) from East Midlands Airport, and it can arrange transfers to/from the terminal building. Hotel facilities include meeting/event space for up to 220 people and 'Park and Fly' airport parking packages.

Dove Road, DE74 2SH, Castle Donington, United Kingdom

Radisson Blu East Midlands Airport

+44 1509 670 575

Just 800m (2,625ft) from the airport terminal – which it is linked with via a shuttle bus service – the new Radisson Blu East Midlands Airport offers a health club with a pool, beauty salon, restaurant and bar. Free internet access is available, along with a range of meeting rooms.

Herald Way, Pegasus Business Park, East Midlands Airport, DE74 2TZ, United Kingdom

Holiday Inn Express East Midlands Airport

+44 871 982 1609

Holiday Inn Express East Midlands Airport is a two-minute drive from the airport and offers a shuttle bus service to/from the terminal. Hotel facilities include meeting rooms, on-site dining, and 'Park, Stay and Go' airport parking packages.

Hunter Road, Pegasus Business Park, Castle Donnington, DE74 2TQ, Derby, United Kingdom

Nottingham EM Airport Travelodge

+44 871 984 6073

Within the Donington Park M1 motorway service area, the budget Nottingham EM Airport Travelodge is less than 5km (3 miles) from East Midlands Airport. The hotel has on-site parking spaces (for the duration of the stay only) and some meeting facilities.

Moto Service Area M1 Junction 23a, DE74 2TN, Castle Donington, United Kingdom
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