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Travelling to the University of Warwick

The University of Warwick lies between Coventry and Kenilworth, not far from the centroid of England. It is accessible from Coventry, and also from Kenilworth and from Leamingon Spa, by (fairly) frequent bus services.


Travelling to Coventry

  • By rail During the day there are half-hourly train services to Coventry from London Euston (about 90 minutes), as well as some slower services, and from Birmingham New Street (& points north), and an hourly service from Oxford (& points to the south and west). On many of these routes passenger can obtain appreciable discounts by booking a week or two in advance via the Trainline.

  • By road The M1, M6, and M40 provide motorway access.
  • From abroad Most visitors from abroad will fly either to London (Heathrow LHR or Gatwick LGW), or to Birmingham (BHX). There are various options for onward travel. You are advised to avoid central London unless you want to go there. Buses and coaches from LHR all call at the Central Bus Station, and several stop outside individual terminals. Whichever route you travel from LHR, the journey will take between 2 and 3 hours (+ waiting time); from LGW, up to 4 hours. The cost is unlikely to be much short of £30.00 return (and will be substantially more if you use Heathrow Express). In contrast BHX is 15 minutes from central Coventry by train (£1.45) or taxi (not less than £20.00).

  • from LHR direct to Coventry:
  • (a) RailAir link from LHR to Reading railway station, then train direct to Coventry railway station. Buses leave LHR Central Bus Station every 20 minutes and trains run hourly during the day (at 5 minutes past the hour; journey time is 80 minutes).

  • (b) National Express VT98 bus from LHR to Watford railway station, then train direct to Coventry. Buses leave LHR Central Bus Station every 20 minutes. There are three trains hourly during the day, run by Virgin and Silverlink (cheaper & slower).

  • (c) National Express coach from LHR (Central Bus Station) to Coventry bus station (Pool Meadow). There are thirteen coaches daily, leaving at (roughly): 0035, 0655, 0755, 0840, 0955, 1240, 1500, 1600, 1755, 1930, 2115, 2300, and 1100. Advance booking advised.

  • from LHR via central London
  • (a) Underground to Euston railway station (£3.60 single), then train direct to Coventry. There are four trains hourly during the day, run by Virgin and Silverlink (cheaper & slower).
  • (b) A2 bus from LHR to Euston station (£6.00 single). Then as (a).
  • (c) Heathrow Express from LHR to Paddington railway station (£13.00, or £15.00 if bought on the train). There are trains every 15 minutes during the day. The journey takes 15 minutes. Then Underground to Euston, and as (a).
  • from LGW direct to Coventry
  • National Express coach from LGW (South Terminal Coach Station) to Coventry bus station (Pool Meadow). There are nine coaches daily leaving at (roughly): 0540, 0655, 0910, 1125, 1345, 1445, 1800, 2000, 2145, 2320. Advance booking advised.
  • from LGW via central London 
  • Gatwick Express from LGW to Victoria station. There are trains every 15 minutes during the day. Then Undergound to Euston, then train direct to Coventry.
  • from BHX to Coventry
  • (a) Free monorail to Birmingham International railway station, then train to Coventry railway station. There is an abundant train service during the day.
  • (b) 900 Bus from BHX to Coventry bus station (Pool Meadow). There are buses every 20 minutes during the day.
  • (c) Taxi. (£20.00 or more.)

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  • Those who intend to return home on Sunday September 19th should remember that the rail network is usually seriously disrupted on Sundays, and extra time must be allowed for even the simplest journeys.

  • Some useful advice about flying with a final destination in the West Midlands is to be found here.