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East Midlands Airport visitor information

East Midlands Airport is an important transport hub at the heart of the UK. It welcomes more than 4 million passengers every year and flies them to 80-plus leisure and business destinations, both domestic and international. EMA Airport is located close to several large urban centers, including Derby, Nottingham, Leicester, and Stoke-on-Trent. Birmingham is around 64 kilometers (40 miles) away, a journey of about 40 minutes, making Uber a great choice for a quick and convenient trip into the city. East Midlands Airport is also well situated for the popular tourist destination of the Peak District, which is about an hour’s Uber trip to the north.

East Midlands Airport terminal

EMA Airport has one terminal comprising 2 levels. Airlines operating from East Midlands Airport include:

  • Aurigny

  • Balkan Holidays

  • Channel Islands Direct

  • Flybe

  • Hurtigruten


  • Loganair

  • Ryanair

  • Thomas Cook

  • TUI​​​​​​​​​​​​


East Midlands Airport restaurants

Though one of the UK’s smaller airports, EMA still has plenty of places where passengers can grab a bite to eat. Several cafes offer sandwiches, soups, pastries, and cakes, and one allows you to order your food before you arrive so it’s waiting as you pass through the airport. There are high-quality restaurants offering sit-down meals of several courses, alongside pleasant bar areas serving beers, wines, spirits, and cocktails. If you’d prefer a healthy option, salads, rice boxes, and vegetarian and vegan options are available.

East Midlands Airport shops

East Midlands Airport duty-free has a wide selection of products from world-class brands, including fragrances, cosmetics, sunglasses, fashion accessories, beers, wines and spirits, cigars and tobacco, confectionery, and gifts. Other shopping areas throughout the airport offer passengers the chance to purchase beauty products and pharmaceutical items, newspapers, books and magazines, sportswear, tech, and last-minute travel items.

East Midlands Airport lounge

Passengers wishing to escape from the hectic pace of the Departures lounge can head to EMA Airport’s lounge, where they can work or relax in peace. The lounge offers complimentary snacks and drinks, newspapers, wifi, magazines, and comfortable seating. All passengers can use the lounge on payment of a fee.

Services at EMA

EMA Airport provides a soft play area for families traveling with children, allowing the kids to burn off some energy before flying. Dedicated breastfeeding and changing rooms are also available. Assistance is on offer for passengers with limited mobility to make the journey through the airport as smooth and convenient as possible. This assistance should be requested at least 48 hours in advance of flying.

East Midlands Airport hotel

Several hotels are located at East Midlands Airport, suitable for a wide variety of budgets and perfect if you have an early-morning flight or arrive late at night. More hotels are located in the areas surrounding the airport, all of which can be reached by a quick Uber trip. Many more accommodation options are located within the city of Birmingham, which can be conveniently reached by an Uber trip.

Points of interest near East Midlands Airport

EMA Airport is located in the middle of England and is surrounded by many large towns and cities that are worth a visit, including Nottingham, Derby, Loughborough, and Leicester. Birmingham is the area’s major city, famous for its history as a key location of the Industrial Revolution. Interesting things to see and do in the area include:

  • Botanic gardens, Birmingham

  • Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham

  • Black Country Living Museum, Dudley

  • Bullring Shopping Centre, Birmingham

  • Cadbury World, Birmingham


Find out more about EMA here.


East Midlands Airport (EMA) transfers

Looking for an alternative to the traditional East Midlands Airport shuttle or taxi? Whether you’re going from East Midlands Airport to Nottingham or from Leicester to East Midlands Airport, get where you’re going with Onyx. Request a ride to and from EMA at the tap of a button.

Castle Donington DE74 2SA United Kingdom
+44 0808-169-7032

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 Request a journey

When you’re ready, open the Onyx booking portal to request a ride to your destination. Choose the EMA airport transportation option that suits your group size and luggage needs.

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Booking confirmation

After you’ve confirmed the calculated fare and payment details, you will receive an email of confirmation shortly afterwards. 

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Meet your driver

Go to your assigned EMA pickup location. Your uniformed chauffeur will be waiting for you, ready to take you to your next destination.  

Pickup at East Midlands Airport (EMA)

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