The following two links contain generic information about travel to/from the University of Warwick:
- http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/about/visiting/ and
When travelling to the University of Warwick, make sure that you're not traveling to Warwick; Warwick is a town a few miles away from the campus (with a beautiful castle, one of the most impressive and frequently visited castles in the UK).
If you're coming by car and need our address for the navigation system: our postcode is CV4 7AL.
Generic university information about travelling to the University by train is available at http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/about/visiting/directions/train/.
There are frequent services between Coventry and major cities in the UK (including Birmingham International Airport (BHX); but be aware that Sunday train services are typically very limited). The nearest train station to the University is Coventry station.
The UK rail schedule is available at http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/, from which one can find details of train connections between Coventry and major airports (including Birmingham airport, and all London airports (Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, etc)).
The number 12 bus from Coventry station takes about 25 minutes to reach campus. The maximum off peak fare is £ 1.50, and you will need the exact fare as the driver does not give change. (While major redevelopment work is being carried out on the campus, at the Warwick Arts Centre, temporary bus stops on the campus have been placed on Library Road.)
A taxi is the fastest way to reach campus, but it will cost about £ 9-10.
For more detailed information on arriving at Warwick please see the Visiting Warwick University page.
National Express coaches (http://www.nationalexpress.com/) are more convenient if someone wants to go directly from/to the London airports and avoid traffic in London. They minimize the number of changes needed and go to/from Coventry Pool Meadow coach station 24/7. Coventry Pool Meadow coach station is about 10 minutes from the campus by taxi; public transportation (buses 12/16) between the University and the coach station is also available.
Coaches depart frequently and tickets can be bought from the National Express desk in airports' arrivals halls. If you plan to use this service, it is advisable to book your ticket in advance through the National Express web page, as the coaches can get very full. From central London or Heathrow to Coventry will take approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, or 3 hours and 30 minutes from Gatwick.
Coaches vs. Trains
Compared to coaches, trains from/to London airports require more changes and don't go throughout the night, but may be preferable if someone wants to visit London before/after the workshop.
For those flying to the UK, we recommend, if possible, flying to Birmingham International Airport (BHX), which is less than half an hour's drive from Coventry, Kenilworth and the University. Typical time for travel from Heathrow Airport is about 2-2.5 hours, and typical travel time from Gatwick Airport is about 3-3.5 hours.
For those willing to use public transportation to travel from Birmingham Airport: take a train to Coventry and then take a bus (bus 12/16) to the University of Warwick. The bus stop is next to the station (1 minute walk). The total price should be less than £6.
Taxis from Birmingham International Airport will take 20-30 minutes and should cost about £30-40. Taxis are available outside the terminal building.