East Midlands Airport

East Midlands Airport Information (EMA)

Conveniently located right in the centre of England, in between Birmingham and Nottingham, East Midlands Airport is central to many important towns and cities in the region and is an ideal arrival point for those intent on visiting Donington Race Track. The airport is a busy facility serving around four million passengers per year and is mostly served by low-cost airlines that operate routes to holiday and business destinations across the UK and Europe.

East Midlands Airport has business facilities at the Euroclass Lounge and the Diamond Club Lounge, where internet access and fax and photocopying facilities are available, while fax and photocopy machines are also available for public use at the information desk. The modern airport comes with an array of passenger facilities including the essentials such as bureaux de change booths and cash machines. There is also a lost property service, fist-aid room, chapel, baby care rooms and children’s video arcades on-site as well as a good selection of cafés, restaurants and shops, including duty-free.

Transport options from East Midlands Airport to the nearest major towns of Derby, Nottingham and Loughborough are good and although there is no rail service to the airport, each of these towns is on the main national rail network and well fed by frequent bus services. Buses also run from the airport to Bradford, Coventry, Leeds, Sheffield, Heathrow and Gatwick airports, while taxis run 24 hours.

Address: Nottingham East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Derby, DE74 2SA, UK
Tel: +44 808 169 7032

Website: www.eastmidlandsairport.com

Business, VIP & Wifi

Business facilities at East Midlands Airport are available at the Servisair Executive Lounge in Departures and at the information desk in the main atrium. Fax and photocopying services are available at both locations. The airport also offers internet access at internet cafés, while Wifi (wireless internet) is also available in Departures.

VIP: the Servisair (GlobeGround) Executive Lounge is available to all departing passengers for a charge at East Midlands Airport and it comes equipped with basic business facilities including writing desks, telephones, fax and internet access, complimentary alcoholic beverages, newspapers and magazines and flight information monitors. Children over the age of eight years old are allowed into the lounge if supervised by an adult.

Internet: there are two internet cafés at East Midlands Airport, one of which is located adjacent to Costa Coffee in Arrivals and the other situated near the Trent Food Hall. Wifi internet is also available at the airport in the Departures areas for those with enabled laptop computers.

Car Rental

East Midlands Airport has a superb location right in the centre of England and it receives a huge number of passengers every year who are interested in exploring the many towns, cities and the Peak District National Park by hire car. There are six car rental companies represented at the airport, with desks situated in Arrivals on the ground floor of the terminal building.

The six car hire firms at East Midlands Airport include: Avis, Car Hire Centre, Car Hire Express, Europcar, Hertz and National. You can hire cars on-the-spot, although we recommend that you pre-book a vehicle in advance to avoid disappointment during busy periods.


Mothers and babies: nursing rooms can be found on the International Arrivals concourse and in the International Departures lounge, where mums can leave their young ones with dad and check out East Midlands Airport’s facilities and services. The Trent Café is baby-friendly and comes with high chairs, colouring pads and crayons, a bottle warming service and children’s meals, while many other restaurants and bars also offer high chairs and a non-smoking policy, making them ideal for families with babies. There is also a good range of shops on the main concourse and in Departures, where mothers can find books and music, health and beauty products, and duty-free items.

Children: there are plenty of things children will find interesting at East Midlands Airport including video games, kid’s clubs and toy shops. The video games zone on the main concourse will interest children, while the Rascal Rabbit Kids Club is for children up to the age of 12 years old. In addition, there is also an aircraft viewing point in Departures which offers further distractions.


The following destinations are currently serviced by schedule or charter flights on a regular or seasonal basis.

Aberdeen Fuerteventura Nimes
Acapulco Geneva Olbia
Alicante Gerona Orlando
Almeria Glasgow Palma
Amsterdam Gran Canaria Paphos
Antalya Halkidiki Paris
Belfast Heraklion (Crete) Plovdiv
Bergerac Ibiza Prague
Berlin Innsbruck Preveza
Bodrum Izmir Pula
Bourgas Jersey Reus
Bridgetown Kalamata Rhodes
Brussels Kavala (Thassos) Rome
Cancun Kefalonia Salzburg
Carcassonne Kos Santorini
Chambery Lanzarote Shannon
Chania (Crete) Larnaca Sharm-el-Sheikh
Cologne Limoges Skiathos
Corfu Ljubljana Split
Dalaman Lodz Tenerife
Derry Madeira The Gambia
Dinard Mahon Toulouse
Dominican Republic Malaga Valencia
Dublin Malta Varna
Dubrovnik Monastir Venice
Edinburgh Murcia Verona
Faro Nantes Wroclaw
Figari Naples Zante
New Orleans


East Midlands Airport is located virtually right in the heart of England, with Nottingham, Loughborough and Derby all within a 30-minute drive. The airport is easily accessed from all parts of the UK, with the main M1 motorway running right past the airport.

From the north: take the M1 southbound, passing Nottingham and Long Eaton, and exiting west at Junction 24 before the city of Loughborough. From the motorway, follow Ashby road all the way to the airport.

From the south: take the M1 northbound, passing Leicester and Loughborough before exiting the M1 at Junction 23A. Continue north along the motorway slip road and then turn left (west) onto Ashby road for the airport.

From the east: from Peterborough and an easterly direction, head west along the A47 for Leicester, bypass the city on a heading for the M1 and then join the M1 at Junction 22 (north). Continue north on the M1, exiting onto Ashby road at Junction 23A for East Midlands Airport.

From the west: the main A50 road comes in from a westerly direction and the city of Stoke-on-Trent. Continue east along the A50 until its end at the M1 Junction 24 and then head south and east on Ashby road for the airport


Facilities at East Midlands Airport are extensive and well laid out, with essential currency exchange booths in both Arrivals and Departures, and cash machines (ATMs) in the main atrium in Arrivals. In addition, the information desk also takes care of lost property and has basic business facilities, while first-aid and nursing rooms, and children’s arcades have also been installed. There is also a good variety of cafés and restaurants on-site including a traditional English pub, while good shopping can be had throughout the terminal building.

Money: passengers will have no problems exchanging currency at East Midlands Airport, with international currency exchange facilities available in both the Arrivals and Departures areas of the terminal building. Cash machines can also be found in the Arrivals area.

Services: the airport’s information desk is located in the main hall and is operational 24 hours. It offers fax, photocopying and lost property services, and the airport chaplain can also be contacted here. In addition, a first-aid room is located in Departures, along with a nursery, children’s video arcade room and a kids’ club.

Smoking: it is now an offence to smoke in enclosed public areas in the UK, a policy which East Midlands Airport (EMA) adheres to. Smokers can spark up outside the terminal building.


East Midlands Airport serves four million yearly passengers, many of whom fly to Mediterranean holiday destinations with the many budget airlines that serve the airport, while a sizeable part of the airport’s passenger throughput is domestic traffic from people visiting Donington Park and the many cities in the region. As a result, there are many quality hotels in the area and in Nottingham, Derby and Loughborough. Some of our recommended hotels include:

The Hilton (four star)
The Hilton is a quality hotel establishment only a few minutes drive from East Midlands Airport. The hotel offers 15 days of free parking and courtesy airport transfers. Special features of the hotel include the popular Pavilion restaurant/bar and Caffé Chino, while a swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gym make up the extensive leisure facilities. Room facilities include: satellite TV, telephone, modem point, radio, hairdryer, trouser press and tea and coffee making facilities.
Check in: 15:00. Check out: 12:00 More details and reservation online

East Midlands Thistle Hotel (four star)
The Thistle is another quality four-star hotel in the region and is situated only a couple of minutes drive from East Midlands Airport. The facility offers 15 days free parking and a 24-hour courtesy bus for airport transfers. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, coffee shop and lounge as well as a health and leisure club complete with swimming pool and gym. There is also 24-hour room service, satellite TVs in all rooms, hairdryers and tea and coffee making facilities.
Check in: 14:00. Check out: 12:00 More details and reservation online

East Midlands Travel Lodge (three star)
The East Midlands Travel Lodge is a modern, three-star hotel located near to East Midlands Airport. The hotel offers free parking and transport to the airport is provided by Airparks. The hotel features extensive facilities and rooms come equipped with TVs, radios and tea and coffee making facilities.
Check in: 15:00. Check out: 12:00 More details and reservation online

Express by Holiday Inn (three star)
Also located within easy reach of East Midlands Airport and the cities of Nottingham, Derby and Loughborough as well as within proximity to the Donington race track is the Express by Holiday Inn. This quality and modern hotel is a well-priced, three-star facility with free airport transfers and free car parking, which is situated nearby and operated by Airparks. The hotel features a bar and bistro-style restaurant and rooms have satellite TV, telephone, hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities.
Check in: 14:00. Check out: 12:00 More details and reservation online


East Midlands Airport has a dedicated team of information, medical, porter and security staff that is available to answer questions and provide help 24 hours. The information desk at East Midlands Airport is situated on the ground floor in the main atrium. Some useful East Midlands Airport


There are short-term, mid-term and long-term car parks at East Midlands Airport, with enough spaces to accommodate up to 4,000 vehicles. Courtesy shuttles provide access to the terminal from the mid-term and long-term car parks, which can be pre-booked, while the short-term car park has its own drop-off and pick-up point, where 30 minutes free parking is available.

Short term: the short-term car park is located adjacent to the terminal building and is best for stays of less than one day. The car park is situated within easy walking distance of the terminal and it has a pick-up, drop-off point, which is free for the first 30 minutes. There is no pre-booking system in place for the short-term car park. Patrons can pay by credit card on exit from the car park for added convenience.

Mid term: there are four mid-term car parks at East Midland Airport, which are also known as Executive car parks. These car parks are ideal for stays of up to four days. Although these car parks are within walking distance of the terminal, courtesy shuttles are provided. For great savings, car park 1 can be pre-booked online or by calling: +44 870 737 0778 at least 24 hours in advance. The mid-term car parks can also be paid for by credit card.

Long term: the long-term car park is for passengers who plan on parking for five days or more and can also be pre-booked online or by calling: +44 870 737 0778. We recommend that you book your long-term parking in order to take advantage of substantial savings and to avoid disappointment during busy holiday periods. We also recommend that you allow plenty of time in your travel schedule if you are planning to park here to allow for the extra time spent on the shuttle bus journey to the terminal entrance.

Special needs: special needs drivers who hold disabled persons’ badges can make use of the short-term car park at medium-term and long-term car park rates, where dedicated spaces have been allocated. Assistance points have also been installed next to the dedicated disabled parking spaces, although you should call your airline ahead of time to arrange for assistance from the car park to the terminal.

Shops & Eating

Restaurants and bars: East Midlands Airport has an excellent selection of cafés and restaurants in all public areas of the terminal building including a food court, snack bars and fast-food joints. In the Check-in area, you will find the Caffé Ritazza and Costa Coffee, while Departures also has a Caffé Ritazza outlet as well as a Burger King and the Trent and Meden food halls. There is also a traditional English pub on-site.

Convenience items: there is plenty of shopping choices at East Midlands Airport, on both sides of security. There is a pharmacy as well as book, music, cosmetics, jewellery, clothing and toy shops, and even a convenience store in Arrivals, with essential household items on offer. World News outlets are positioned on either side of security and there is also a Boots in the main concourse.

Duty free shopping: Alpha duty free has a huge range of products available in the Departures lounge and it is split into two sections, one of which serves passengers travelling outside of the EU and the other for all passengers. Passengers travelling outside of the EU have the best deal, with tax-free prices available on all items including tobacco and alcohol. Skincare products, jewellery, music, electronics and travel-related goods are also on sale at the Alpha store.


Main terminal

Main Concourse
World News Open – daily
Dixons Open – daily
Boots the Chemist Open – daily
Crew.uk Open – daily
Dominoes Toys Open – daily
Ilkeston Co-op Travel Open – daily
Aviation Gift and Hobby Centre Open – daily
Alpha Airport Shopping Open – daily
World News Open – daily
Impulse Records Open – daily
Salisburys Open – daily
JudiJudiWorld Open – daily
International Currency Exchange Open – daily

Special Needs

East Midlands Airport meets with EU standards for the provision of disabled passengers in airports and it has a number of quality facilities and services in place including porter assistance and designated parking. However, should you require assistance with boarding, call your airline ahead of time to arrange for free special porter assistance throughout the terminal to avoid delays.

Wheelchairs are provided free of charge and can be used throughout the terminal building at East Midlands Airport. There are also fully-equipped, disabled persons’ toilets both sides of security as well as volume-adjustable public telephones in all areas including a lowered telephone in Departures. A first-aid room and designated parking spaces for disabled badge holders are also available.

In addition, an induction loop system has been installed at East Midlands Airport for the hard of hearing, while partially-sighted passengers are allowed to bring their assistance dogs into the terminal building. All terminal signs are easy to read and staff at the information desk can provide additional service by calling an assistance porter should you need extra help. If you require further information with regards to facilities for those with special needs

Stopover Guide

Nottingham is conveniently located in the centre of England, making it easily accessible from most UK destinations. Nottingham is best known for its associations with the legendary outlaw, Robin Hood, and it has many interesting attractions in the Old City and a great atmosphere as well as many beautiful parks and squares. Derby and Loughborough are also in the region and worth a visit, while East Midlands Airport is also the gateway to the world-famous Donington race track.


• Seventeenth century Nottingham Castle is a striking edifice and was famously the headquarters of Robin Hood’s nemesis, the Sheriff of Nottingham.
• The ancient taverns of the Trip to Jerusalem and The Salutation Inn are reputedly the oldest inns in England and well worth a visit for the real ale.
• Arboretum Park is one of Nottingham’s many parks and it houses an attractive aviary and duck pond.
• In nearby Derby, the Old Silk Mill Museum stands on the site of the oldest factory in England and is one of the city’s major attractions.
• Near to Derby is Kedleston Hall, a glorious Georgian mansion, which was the brainchild of the famous architect Robert Adam.
• Donington Park is the main draw to the area and it sees much racing action throughout the season, with both motorbikes and rally cars featuring in grand prix events.

Eating and shopping: Nottingham is a big shopping destination, with several major shopping centres as well as the unique shops and boutiques of Hockley, Bridelsmith Gate, and not to mention the historic Lace Market. Lace Market also features a cultural quarter, which is loaded with cafés and bars, while the University of Nottingham and its many colleges ensure a buzzing nightlife.

Nearby Derby also offers great shopping, dining and entertainment, with the compact city centre being home to the exciting Market Place. Cornmarket and Irongate are Derby’s best shopping streets, while the up and coming Saddler Gate area, together with Market Place, contains the city’s oldest pubs and numerous cafés and bars.

Day trips and tours: there is so much to see and do in the East Midlands region that visitors are spoilt for choice, with the main attraction being the 450-acre legendary Sherwood Forest Country Park, which gives an insight into the world of Robin Hood and provides excellent opportunity for cycling and walking.

Those who enjoy admiring fine old buildings and architecture will be pleased to learn that there are many mansions in the area as well as the magnificent Newstead Abbey in Ravenshead and Chatsworth Castle. The nearby Peak District National Park is located to the northwest, while the UK’s number one theme park, Alton Towers, is also in the area and features many white-knuckle roller coasters and a plethora of family attractions.


East Midlands Airport (EMA) is well located in the centre of England and is an attractive alternative to using Birmingham Airport for those who live in the Nottingham area and want to take advantage of the many budget airlines that fly from the airport to numerous destinations throughout the UK and Europe.

Terminal: there is one terminal at East Midlands Airport, which features check-in desks and baggage reclaims on the ground floor and Departures on the first floor. The terminal has undergone many recent improvements and boasts excellent facilities, serving both domestic and international passengers.


Getting to the four main towns in the region of East Midlands Airport – Derby, Long Eaton, Nottingham and Loughborough – by public transport is straightforward, with buses and taxis running to each city frequently, from where train services run to various locations throughout the rest of the UK.

Rail and metro: although there is no direct rail service to East Midlands Airport, the nearby cities of Nottingham, Derby and Loughborough are easily accessed by buses and taxis from the airport. Each of these towns is on the main UK rail network, from where you can get to most parts of the country via InterCity trains, with Midland Mainline and Central Trains. A Midland Mainline free phone booking centre is located near the information desk on the main concourse of the airport.

Shuttles and buses: there are numerous bus and shuttle services that run between East Midlands Airport and surrounding regional towns and cities as well as onto destinations farther afield via National Express coaches. The Rainbow number 5 bus service links Nottingham with Loughborough and goes via the airport every 30 minutes; this service also calls at Nottingham Railway Station. In addition, the Air-Line shuttle links the airport with Derby and Loughborough bus and train stations, while National Express airport service 240 runs from East Midlands Airport to Bradford, Leeds, Sheffield, Luton and Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

Taxi and limo: taxis operate from East Midlands Airport to hotels, towns and cities in the region 24 hours, with Checker Cars being the main service provider. Taxis go from just outside of the Arrivals area of the terminal building.

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