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Travel Information


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Travelling to Cheltenham from London

Travelling within Cheltenham to Park or Pittville Campus

Travelling from London Airports 

Most International (outside EU) flights into the UK will go to London Heathrow.  London Heathrow Airport is less than 100 miles (160km) from Cheltenham.

In general the train service offers more frequent services and shorter journey times but is more expensive than the coach service alternative. 


To travel from London Heathrow to Cheltenham, get a coach from Heathrow to Reading and then a train from Reading to Cheltenham (this avoids having to go in to London and is probably the quickest way to get from Heathrow to Cheltenham). 

Alternatively you can get the Paddington Express Airport Train, a fast rail transfer between Heathrow and London.  You can then get the train from Paddington to Cheltenham although this takes longer as Cheltenham is in the opposite direction to London from Heathrow.


To book trains you can go to the Trainline website at: 



Alternatively try:

http://www.seat61.com and then click on ‘UK train travel’


There is also a regular coach service (which is cheaper than travelling by train) direct from Heathrow to Cheltenham. 

The National Express coach website can be found at: 


For booking international flights the following websites might be helpful: 

British Airways www.britishairways.com  

Ryan Air www.ryanair.com 

Easyjet www.easyjet.com 

Virgin Atlantic www.virgin-atlantic.com 

Other recommended airports for easy access to Cheltenham


Birmingham is 50 miles (80km) from Cheltenham.  This is an option for those travelling from Europe.  There is a shuttle from the airport to Birmingham New Street train station every ten minutes.  There are direct trains from Birmingham New Street to Cheltenham. 



Cardiff is 69 miles (111km) from Cheltenham.  There is a direct train from Cardiff to Cheltenham. 



Bristol is 43 miles (69km) from Cheltenham.  This is also an option, although travel to Cheltenham from Bristol Airport is not that straightforward. 


Travelling within Cheltenham to Park or Pittville Campus


Map of Park Campus

Map of Pittville Campus

Map of Cheltenham showing campus locations


For further travel information visit the University website Travel and Maps page


On arrival in Cheltenham you will need to travel to either the Park Campus of the University of Gloucestershire where the conference is taking place and where accommodation has been booked for some delegates, or to the Pittville Campus if your accommodation has been reserved for you there. The easiest way to travel to both campuses from either the train or bus station is by taxi. It will cost up to 10 sterling per taxi ride.

If you are staying in University accommodation you will be able to collect your keys from the Events Desk at both campuses between 09:00 and 22:00 from Tuesday 8th July to Friday 11th July and between 08:00 and 22:00 from Saturday 12th July onwards.

To collect your key outside of these hours, please telephone the following numbers:

Park Campus 07801 183630

Pittville Campus 07740 913684

To register for the conference, please go to the Conference Registration Desk which you will find located in the Student Union in the Elwes Building on the Park Campus.  The Conference Registration Desk will be open from 13:00 on Sunday 13th July.

Bus services and more expensive taxi services are available. 

Taxi Services 

Spa Cars                01242 250555 or 07968 273164 (text messaging available)

A2B                       01242 580580

Starline                  01242 250250

Connections Travel 01242 239939 

Bus Services 

The Stagecoach website is:



For information about places to stay and/or visit in Cheltenham try the Cheltenham Tourist Office website at: 



A map of Park Campus, University of Gloucestershire. Click to see the map on MSN Maps & Directions
Interactive map of Park Campus
click on map for more information

Photo by Ken Taylor: Keld in upper Swaledale, North Yorkshire

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