Visiting MK

Milton Keynes is a city built with modern life in mind. Green space and groundbreaking urban planning. Sustainable travel and access to culture and sport, with nationally-renowned attractions and some of the UK’s best shopping.

A young city, incorporating historic market towns, with picturesque countryside on the doorstep. 40 minutes from London, 30 minutes from London Luton Airport, and a stop on the West Coast Mainline, connecting Scotland and the North West with the capital.

Come for the day. Stay for a night. Or make a weekend of it, with a fun-packed itinerary to match. Whether you’re looking for bright lights and bustling streets, or time to rest and reflect, Milton Keynes has just what you need.

By Rail:

There are regular and direct trains between London Euston and Milton Keynes Central Station every day, with journeys taking as little as 30 minutes.

Birmingham New Street is about a 60 minute journey and Manchester Piccadilly about 90 minutes.

For details of special train services to and from Bletchley for connection to Milton Keynes:

By Road:

Milton Keynes is adjacent to the M1 motorway, easily accessible from Junctions 13 and 14. 

The A5 dual carriageway runs through the western edge of the city. Journey times by road from Milton Keynes are: 

  • M25
    35 minutes
  • Central London
    65 minutes
  • Central Birmingham
    70 minutes
  • Oxford
    60 minutes
  • Cambridge
    65 minutes 

By Air: 

London Luton is the nearest international airport to Milton Keynes and just 35 minutes drive away. 

Journey times to other airports by road are approximately as follows:

  • London Heathrow
    65 minutes
  • Birmingham International
    65 minutes (road or rail)
  • London Stansted
    70 minutes
  • East Midlands
    70 minutes
  • London Gatwick
    1 hour 40 minutes

Getting around Milton Keynes

The city's grid road system means traffic jams are remarkably rare. It's possible to drive from one side of the city to the other in 15 minutes, and Central Milton Keynes is less than 10 minutes from all edges of the city including the M1 motorway and the A5 dual carriageway. 

Roads within central Milton Keynes are designated as 'V roads' and 'H roads' (for 'Vertical' and 'Horizontal'). V roads are named as 'Streets' (eg. V6 Grafton Street), and H roads as 'Ways' (eg. H6 Childs Way).

Visit our Getting Around MK page, for more information on other options for travelling around the city.