If driving from London to York, allow 4-5 hours for the journey as York is about 220 miles north of London. Most of the drive is on the fast M1 motorway, but roadworks and hold-ups can add to the journey time. Our advice is to try to get up early and out of London by 6am, to make for a full day in York.
The M1 starts near Brent Cross in North London, and you'll be on it for almost 200 miles, making it a straightforward drive. Take exit 45 east and follow the signs for the A64/York, which takes you to the edge of the city, then follow signs for the City Centre. Don't try to park on the street but use one of the several car parks in the city centre.
It's obviously only practical to drive to York for a day if you have already hired a rental car and can leave early in the morning, and don't have to return the rental car the same day. Many visitors stay in York on their way to Scotland as York is almost half-way between London and Edinburgh.
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