Tickets on trains and coaches are often cheaper when booking in advance, so please try to make your travel preparations as early as possible.
If you do not use an organised pick up service, we advise you to come to Coventry by coach or train. Once you reach Coventry city centre, you can use either a local bus service or taxi to reach the University campus. We recommend that you book a ticket in advance as it can be expensive to buy tickets on the day of travel. Please remember that you will be responsible for you own luggage and will have to carry this yourself.
From London to Coventry by coach
National Express coaches travel from Heathrow and Gatwick airports directly to Pool Meadow Bus Station in Coventry. Coaches depart frequently and whilst tickets can be brought from the National Express desk in each Arrivals Hall, it is advisable to try and book your ticket in advance as the spaces are limited. You are usually allowed to take two medium sized suitcases (max 20kg each) and one piece of hand luggage on these coaches. You can also travel on a National Express coach from Victoria Station in central London to Coventry. From central London or Heathrow to Coventry will take approximately 2 hours 30 minutes or 3 hours and 30 minutes from Gatwick. See www.nationalexpress.com for timetable and booking details.
By Tube across London
To travel from Heathrow or Gatwick Airports to Euston Station or to anywhere else in the centre of London, you will be able to use the London Underground (the Tube). The Tube network is extensive and journeys are fairly cheap (roughly £4 per journey) but there are lots of steps and escalators in the stations that will be difficult to use with lots of luggage and is often very crowded. There are maps of the Underground Network in each station for you to plan your journey. To find out more information see www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl
Road and rail travel from Birmingham International Airport to Coventry
Birmingham International is the closest major airport to the University. You can travel by train direct from the Airport to Coventry Train Station in around 15 minutes. If you have a lot of luggage, you might also consider taking a taxi from the airport. The journey will take approximately 30 minutes and cost around £30 (depending on the time of day and amount of luggage).
Taxis and buses from Coventry to the University
A taxi is the easiest and most expensive way to get to the University from Coventry. If you have a large amount of luggage the taxi fare may be more expensive. There are taxi ranks outside the train and bus stations. If you decide to come to the University by taxi, you should only use the licensed taxis (they will have a yellow or white plate on the back of the car). Remember to ask the driver the cost and to wait until you have collected your key so that they can take you to your room.
Travelling by bus is cheaper than a taxi but can be difficult if you have a lot of luggage. Travel Coventry buses 11 or 12 leave Pool Meadow Bus Station for the University of Warwick regularly. They also stop outside the Train Station. You will need to have some coins with you (for example a one pound coin and another pound in smaller change) as the bus operators will not give change.