Anyone who wants to visit Yorkshire's largest city should consider taking coaches. Coach travel makes it easy to reach Leeds from all directions, whether visitors are coming from London, Newcastle, or Manchester. Arrival is usually hassle-free, with quick links to city centre hotels, and no shortage of attractions to discover in the city of Leeds itself.
Almost all buses to Leeds will arrive at Leeds Coach Station. Located on Dyer Street in Leeds city centre, the bus station is within 20 minutes walk of the heart of the city. It's also 800 metres from Leeds Station, so those seeking onward rail connections can either walk or take 5-10 minute taxi rides. Either way, passengers will arrive near the middle of Leeds, making it simple to launch their exploration.
There's only one main coach provider for journeys to Leeds. National Express operates a national network of bus routes, with direct coaches to Leeds from London, Manchester, Sheffield, Birmingham, Newcastle, Glasgow, and numerous other British cities.
Coach travel is often the best way to arrive in Leeds, for a number of reasons. For starters, National Express runs a fleet of comfortable coaches, with on-board wifi and reliable schedules. So the experience of riding with the company compares well with most rail providers. Journey times from cities like Birmingham or Manchester also compare with rail journeys, and if anything the bus station in Leeds is slightly closer to the city centre than the railway station. Buses are also much cheaper than any other form of transport, making them ideal for travellers who want to keep their costs under control.
Famed for its nightlife, multicultural cuisine, and industrial past, Leeds is a cosmopolitan destination with so much to see and do. When hopping between attractions, an MCard could come in handy. Valid across West Yorkshire, it makes bus travel significantly cheaper. With that sorted out, visitors can explore the Royal Armouries Museum (one of the finest collections of armour in the world), wander the galleries at Leeds City Museum, or enjoy a romantic stroll through the ruins of Kirkstall Abbey. And when it's time for a snack, head to the Exchange Quarter, where a host of bars and boutique eateries awaits.