The historic city of Leicester is said to be the come of Shakespeare’s King Lear. Whether or not this is true, it is definitely the final resting place of Richard III. There is, however, much more to this vibrant city than its place in the history books.
The two closest airports are East Midlands Airport and Birmingham Airport. There is a 24/7 Skylink service between the former and Leicester city centre. Birmingham International train station is about a kilometre from the airport and there are regular trains from there to Leicester city centre. There are no direct buses between Leicester city centre and Birmingham airport, but there are plenty of buses to Birmingham city centre.
Leicester Railway Station is literally 5 minutes' walk from the city's main shopping area. Most services are run by East Midlands Trains. CrossCountry runs the lines serving East Anglia and the West Midlands. Trains from Leicester to London arrive at St Pancras International in slightly over an hour, making it easy to connect with the Eurostar.
Technically Leicester has two bus stations: St Margaret's Bus Station and Haymarket Bus Station. At current time, however, Haymarket Bus Station is closed, with buses being redirected to other stops. St Margaret's is still very much open and has upwards of 15 companies using it, ensuring that there are plenty of options for getting to Leicester by bus.
The centre of Leicester is easy to navigate by foot and the city prides itself on being bike-friendly. St. Margaret's Bus Station is also the place to find a number of local buses operate by a variety of companies, of which Arriva, First Bus and Centrebus are the biggest.