Leeds Bradford Airport taxi and minicab services
Leeds City Council licenses both Hackney Carriages (i.e. taxis) and private hire vehicles (or minicabs as they are commonly referred to). Taxis licensed in Leeds are predominantly white in colour with a black boot and bonnet, whilst those licensed in Bradford are white with a diagonal green stripe. All fares are metered in taxis, whereas private hire vehicle fares are based on mileage. It is advisable to agree a price before getting into a cab, no matter how keen you are to get to or from the airport. Both categories of vehicles can only be licensed if both drivers and vehicles have passed a series of checks, such as CRB clearance, and so for your peace of mind, we would highly recommend booking with one of the firms listed above .
Pre-booked pick-ups will normally offer a meet and greet service, however some companies will seek to keep down parking costs by asking you to call the driver to arrange collection once you have picked up your luggage. It may be advisable to arrange to meet your driver in the Mid Stay car Park as it offers free 1 hour parking for collections and drop offs.
Top Tip: Even if your driver is meeting you inside the airport, you should ask for their contact number so that if you are delayed at Immigration or at the Baggage Hall you can let them know. In many instances there will be a period of around 45 mins allowed for the driver to wait and after that they will return to the office. At a small airport such as Leeds Bradford this should of course be adequate, unlike trying to get through busier airports such as London Heathrow.
Chauffeur style transfers are available from a number of companies, whether for business or leisure travellers. Common amenities provided in luxury vehicles such as Mercedes and BMW include built in sat nav, power points and internet access for laptops. If you have any additional requirements such as newspapers, or the provision of water or snacks, most companies will be happy to quote for the extras.
A standard taxi fare to or from the centre of Leeds will cost around £20 and this is the same to or from Bradford. Mini buses are widely available for larger parties and will normally work out cheaper than hiring more than one taxi.
The Airport – Leeds Bradford
The airport is situated less than 10 miles from both Bradford and Leeds and offers great connections to local attractions and amenities. It’s served by more than 10 airlines covering over 70 direct routes across the world.
Taxi prices from Leeds Bradford Airport to Leeds City Centre*
Leeds Bradford Airport is approximately 9 miles away from the centre of Leeds. Save time and money by booking your taxi in advance with one of the taxi firms listed at the top of this page.
Estimated taxi fares: Leeds Bradford Airport to Leeds City Centre
|Vehicle||Single Trip||Return Trip|
|Saloon Car (up to 4 passengers)||£20||£35-40|
|Estate Car (up to 4 passengers)||£26||£48|
|Executive Car (up to 4 passengers)||£30||£55|
|People Carrier (up to 6 passengers)||£40-50||£75-85|
|8 Seater Minibus (up to 8 passengers)||£56||£95|
|Executive People Carrier (up to 6 passengers)||£50-60||£105|
|16 Seater Minibus (12, 14 or 16 passengers, depending on luggage)||£80-90||£160-170|
* Please note that these prices are only estimates as of April 2016. Fares can vary depending on routes, taxi firm rates and time of journey. Please contact a firm directly for a quotation.
Sightseeing near Leeds Bradford Airport
Whether you are flying into Leeds Bradford Airport as a gateway to the beautiful Yorkshire Dales or purely to spend time in the cities of Leeds or Bradford, there is plenty to see! Why not take a trip to visit Temple Newsam estate or stroll along the River Aire to marvel at Kirkstall Abbey?
Once in the city, known as the Knightsbridge of the North, shoppers will be in their element, with prestigious designer stores alongside the many quirky independent retailers in the various Victorian arcades. For foodies, a visit to Kirkgate Market with over 800 traders is a must. For the culture vulture there are plenty of theatres such as the Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House, as well as the City Art Gallery with an excellent collection of art dating back to the early 19th century. You can also find the Henry Moore Institute, the Royal Armouries Museum housing the national collection of arms and armour and the Howard Assembly Room. There are also some fascinating stately homes such as the aforementioned Temple Newsome and Harewood House.
Bradford, Saltaire and Haworth
If you are a curry fan then venture 20 minutes west of Leeds for a meal in one of Bradford’s many authentic curry houses. Head to Centenary Square to pick for yourself! You’ll also find an array of cuisine from all over the world; from Thail and Chinese to Arabic and North African.
The National Media Museum is one of Bradford’s most famous cultural attractions but there are also museums devoted to Bradford’s industrial past, local and natural history and the Peace Museum, unique in the UK. Nearby Saltaire, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is an excellent illustration of a Victorian village and if you are a David Hockney fan you will enjoy seeing the huge collection of his work at Salt Mills. Bronte fans will enjoy a trip to nearby Haworth, and the Bronte Parsonage Museum.
The 7 mile trip to Bradford will take around 20 minutes.