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How to Get To Lincoln’s Christmas Market

The Lincoln Christmas Market is one of the most popular festive markets in the UK and each year we see around 250,000 visitors travel to our historic city to enjoy the sights and sounds.

If you are planning to visit the Lincoln Christmas Market this December, make sure you take time to plan your journey, so you spend less time travelling and more time enjoying yourself!

By Car

Most of Lincoln City Centre is closed off during Lincoln Christmas Market due to traffic concerns. However, a very efficient Park & Ride scheme comes into operation during the Christmas Market in order to ensure people can get safely into and out of the city.

The Lincoln Christmas Market Park & Ride runs from the Lincolnshire Showground on the A15, three miles north of Lincoln.

Park & Ride Timetable 2015
  • Thursday 3rd December: 11am – 10pm
  • Friday 4th December: 9am – 10pm
  • Saturday 5th December: 9am – 10pm
  • Sunday 6th December: 9am – 7.30pm

Buses run on a ‘fill & go’ system, or every 7 minutes basis (whichever is the quickest), from the Lincolnshire Showground to the Museum of Lincolnshire Life, which just a few minutes’ walk from the Lincoln Christmas Market.

On the day charges for the Park & Ride are as follows;

  • Thursday – £13
  • Friday – £13
  • Saturday – £15
  • Sunday – £14

A vehicle carrying 8 to 15 people is classed as a mini bus and the fee per vehicle is £25.

Or you can pre-book your Park & Ride tickets here.

Please note: The earliest departure time shown is from The Lincolnshire Showground. The latest departure time shown is from the Museum of Lincolnshire Life.


By Train

East Midlands Trains is adding a further 14,000 seats for the Lincoln Christmas Market weekend.

Trains from Nottingham, Derby, Sheffield and Peterborough run throughout the day to Lincoln Xmas Market.

Special Trains

If you want to make your whole Lincoln Christmas market experience memorable, why not travel via one of these amazing special trains?

Steam Train from London

The British Pullman Steam Train will leave London Victoria on Friday 4th December at 8:30am.

The trip includes;

  • Brunch on the outward journey
  • Four-course dinner with champagne and half a bottle of wine per person on return trip, which arrives back at London Victoria at 9pm
  • Plenty of free time for shopping at the Lincoln Christmas Market

Cost of £395 per person

Visit the Events & Hospitality website for details and to register interest.

Additional Special Trains

There will also be additional trains from Leeds and Edinburgh specially timed for the Lincoln Christmas Market.

On board these trains you will find seasonal refreshments and additional early/late trains to allows plenty of time for shopping.

For more information on these service please visit Virgin East Coast for Leeds and the Scottish Railway Preservation Society for Edinburgh.

Shuttle Buses

Lincoln Train Station Shuttle

Services 7, 8, and X7 (open top bus) run between Lincoln City Bus Station (opposite the train station) and Lincoln Christmas Market.

Buses will run every 10 minutes.

  • Adults – £1.15 single or £2.20 return
  • Children – £60p single or £1.10 return

Please note: City Dayrider and Megarider passes are permitted for use on the Shuttle Bus Services

Walk and Ride Shuttle

This service runs from Silver Street to Pottergate every 20 minutes and is accessible for wheelchairs and push chairs

  • Adults – £1.60 single
    Children – 90p single
Lincoln Taxis

If you prefer, you can book any of the local Lincoln Taxis to take you to the Lincoln Market. However, please note that taxis will have to adhere to road closures and only use designated drop off points.

  • Handsome Cabs – 01522 545352
  • Discount Cabs – 01522 800800
  • Direct Cars – 01522 567567

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