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London to Sheffield by train, bus and car

Sheffield, 167 miles from London, is a city full of surprises. Once one of the world’s steel capitals, this South Yorkshire city has more trees per capita population than any other European city. And while its heavy-engineered steel industry was a victim of the 20th century, its artisanal steel production and high-tech metallurgy are booming. If you are looking for artisanal hunting knives, specialty cutlery, or metal crafts, this is the place to visit.

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It is also the gateway to the Peak District National Park, home to two major universities and two professional soccer clubs. So you might have several good reasons to go. Here’s how to get there.

How to get there

By train

East Midlands trains offer direct services to Sheffield Station from St Pancras International Station approximately every half hour. The journey takes between two and two and a half hours with round-trip fares in April 2018 starting at around £ 35 when purchased in advance as two one-way tickets. And be sure to order two one-way tickets, because a standard round-trip ticket (called ‘return’ in the UK) for the same journey on the same day was priced at £ 123.

  • Read more about train travel in the UK
  • Plan a trip with The National Rail Inquiries Journey Planner

Tips for traveling to the UK The cheapest train fares are designated as ‘Advance’: anticipation depends on the journey, as most rail companies offer advance fares on a first-come, first-served basis. Advance tickets are generally sold as one-way or “single” tickets. Whether or not you buy advance tickets, always compare the price of the “single” ticket with the round trip or the “return” price, as it is almost always cheaper to buy two individual tickets rather than one single ticket. round trip. The East Midlands price for a round-trip ticket on this route was £ 123.80 in April 2018, compared to £ 35 for two singles.
Combining low individual ticket fares with the time you want to travel to get the lowest round-trip price can sometimes be challenging, especially since the lowest fare tickets are only available “while they last.” By letting the National Rail computer supply the brainpower, you can save a lot of aggro, not to mention a lot of money. Let the Cheapest Fare Finder calculate a ticket price for you. If you can be flexible about time, you can save even more. Be sure to check the “All Day” boxes to the right of the fare search tool to find the cheapest fare.

By bus

National Express runs regular bus trips to Sheffield Coach Station from London Victoria Coach Station. Coaches leave London roughly every two hours and take between three and a half to four hours. Tickets can be booked online. The fare, as of April 2018, is approximately £ 12 each way. But if you’re willing to travel unsociable times, there are £ 4 and £ 5 one-way tickets.

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UK Travel Tip National Express offers a limited number of promotional fare tickets which are very cheap (as low as £ 5 one way for some trips). These can only be purchased online and are usually posted on the website a month to a few weeks before the trip. It’s worth checking the website to see if these bargain-priced tickets are available for your chosen trip. And, as always, a little flexibility about dates and times can save you money.

By car

Sheffield is 167 miles north of London on the M1 and A roads. It takes a little over 3 hours to drive. Note that gasoline, called petrol in the UK, is sold by the liter (a little over a quart) and the price can be upwards of $ 1.50 per quart, in fact sometimes much more. Before you decide to get in a car for this trip, it is not worth it that the M1 is:

  • one of the busiest motorways in Britain
  • is regularly used by swarms of articulated trucks and
  • it almost always has roadworks somewhere along its length,

Once you commit to the M1, the exits (called junctions in the UK) are widely spaced, making it difficult to get out when you’re stuck in traffic (and mega traffic jams are a specialty of the M1).

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