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Travelling to Cheltenham from London
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:
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
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.
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.
Park Campus 07801 183630
Pittville Campus 07740 913684
Spa Cars 01242 250555 or 07968 273164 (text messaging available)
A2B 01242 580580
Starline 01242 250250
Connections Travel 01242 239939
The Stagecoach website is:
For information about places to stay and/or visit in Cheltenham try the Cheltenham Tourist Office website at:
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