Illuminating York is the city’s annual digital arts and lighting festival which invites visitors and residents alike to rediscover York in a new light!
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Getting Here

By Car:

York is situated midway between Edinburgh and London, just 20 minutes from the M1/M62 motorway network; York is within comfortable travelling times of most regions in the UK.

There are a number of one-way and restricted access systems throughout the city, and we advise you to check your route before you travel, or use the Park and Ride services.  Visit the City of York Council car parks web pages for further information and details on parking charges.

Using Park and Ride:

Five Park & Ride sites currently operate in York. They allow you to travel to York by car, park for free in secure car parks and complete your journey into the city centre by bus.

During the festival only routes 2 and 8 will be running a late service.

From Rawcliffe Bar in the north-west, on the Green Line (route 2). Closest stop on Museum Street.

From Askham Bar in the south-west, on the White Line (route 3).

From the Designer Outlet in the south, on the Red Line (route 7).

From Grimston Bar in the east, on the Yellow Line (route 8).

From Monks Cross in the north-east, on the Silver Line (route 9)

Rawcliffe Bar Park & Ride site (Green Line, Route 2) and Grimston Bar Park & Ride site (Yellow Line,
Route 7) will run additional services each evening of the festival (30 October – 2 November). Buses will leave the city centre at 20.30, 21.00, 21.30 and 22.00.

For more information on the Park & Ride please visit the Park & Ride website.

By Bus:

There is a comprehensive range of bus services into and out of York run by First, as well as services provided by Transdev, Pullman, Coastliner and Arriva. A detailed PDF map of bus routes can be downloaded here.

By Train:

The train station is situated just south of the river, on the west side of the city, and is regularly served by train providers in the north. There are both taxi ranks and bus stops directly outside the station, and the station itself is only a few minutes’ walk from the centre of town. You can find more information on train services into and out of York, as well as purchase tickets, on the National Rail Enquiries website.

Getting to York by train is easy and great value too. York train station is 5 minutes’ walk from the city centre and trains run frequently to Manchester (2 ½ hours), Newcastle (1 hour), Leeds (30 minutes), Edinburgh (2½ hours), Sheffield (1 ½ hours) and London (2 hours). There are also direct cross country links to Scotland, the Midlands and the South West.  You can find out exact times and journey details by going to nationalrail.co.uk

By Coach:

Both National Express and Megabus run regular coach services to and from York. The National Express services pick up and drop off from just outside the train station on Station Road, with the Megabus stop only a few moments’ walk away on Leeman Road. For more information, and to book tickets, please visit the National Express nationalexpress.com and Megabus uk.megabus.com  websites.

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