The East Midlands Airport (EMA) is an important hub for the British Midlands, a region of England that incorporates the cities of Leicester, Derby, and Nottingham. Established in the 1940s as Royal Air Force base, this airport is now the key aviation facility for the area, and has undergone modernisation as recently as 2005.
Currently, this airport sees roughly 4.5 million people a year, and there are plenty of amenities to serve all their travel needs. There are banking facilities, such as currency exchange services and ATMs. Your communication needs are also taken care of East Midlands Airport, with an hour of free WiFi access and a number of internet kiosks. Passengers can also access public telephones within the airport.
For dining, there are a number of options; with a few cafes, and well-known chains like Starbucks, Burger King, and Frankie & Benny’s represented here. Shoppers will be able to duck into a newsagency, an electronics store, a fashion accessory shop, a couple of pharmacies, and a large World Duty Free outlet. There are also the neat extra features of having the Cloud Spa on-site, as well as an executive lounge, and an information desk.
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· You will find several car hire agencies at the East Midlands Airport, and you can arrange one when you arrive, or do so in advance with Skyscanner online. To Derby, the drive is roughly 25 minutes northwest, and you will need to get onto the A50, then take the A52 and into the city. For Nottingham, you will drive 25 minutes northeast, and you must get onto the A453 to get to the city. Leicester is the furthest city away, but the drive should still only be about 35 minutes; you must get on the M1, and follow this to the A50, and then turn right onto Vaughn Way/A594.
· You can take a train, but the station is actually a five minute drive from the airport. You can use share-taxis for this part of the journey from the airport to the station, and once there, get to Nottingham, Leicester, or Derby via train.
· Buses are probably the most used method of public transport from this airport, as they connect directly to each city. Typically the journeys take between 40-60 minutes depending on which city you are travelling to. Derby, the closest city, has a set fare of 4.30GBP ($7), Nottingham comes in at 5GBP ($8) for a one-way, and Leicester is set at 6.80GBP ($11). For those travelling in groups, it is usually cheaper to book online airport transfers that can meet you when you land.
· Taxis operate outside East Midlands Airport 24/7, so you won’t have any trouble hailing a cab. This is a fairly pricey option, with fares to Nottingham and Derby starting at 25GBP ($40), and for Leicester, starting at 35GBP ($56).
Please note that information is correct as of March 2017