Travel and visas

Travel to Durham

Download a copy of the Science Site (Durham University) location map
Download a copy of Durham city centre map

Coaches will be provided to transfer delegates between both Universities.

By Car
From the South and East
Drive north on the A1(M) and exit at Junction 61. Take the A177 signposted Bowburn and Peterlee. Follow the road, through Bowburn, for approximatly three miles until you enter Durham on the Stockton Road. Turn left at the first roundabout and then left again into the main entrance of the University Science Site.

From the North and East
Drive south on the A1(M) and exit at Junction 62. Take the A690 to Durham. Follow the dual carriageway and at the first roundabout go straight ahead. Turn left just before the next roundabout into New Elvet and follow the road for approximately half a mile (bearing right into Church Street) to the New Inn traffic lights. Go straight ahead into South Road and then follow the instructions given above.

From the West
Drive on the A167 to the Cock of the North roundabout (junction with the A177). Take the Durham A177 exit into South Road and follow it for approximately half a mile.
Free parking is available on site.

You can plan your route online using one of the free route planners - examples are The AA or The RAC

For information about parking on the university campus, please click here.

By Rail
Fourteen trains per day travel from London and Edinburgh to Durham. The National Express high speed service takes under 3 hours from London King's Cross on the main East Coast line. The journey takes around one and a half hours from Edinburgh and forty-five minutes from York. First Transpennine Express offers frequent links to Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds, while Cross Country links Durham directly with Scotland, the Midlands, and the South West.

To Durham from London Kings Cross by train
There is a regular service from London Kings Cross to Durham; the journey time is approximately 3 hours (3.5 on a Sunday). The following website is useful for checking train times

Current single / return fares from London Kings Cross to Durham:
Prices can vary enormously (check with National Rail for discount offers) so it is best to book as early as possible. Tickets purchased well in advance will usually be much cheaper than tickets purchased near or on the day of travel. Discount fare tickets are non-changeable and non-refundable, but can cost as little as £10 each way representing a huge saving.

Bookings can be made by telephone using debit or credit cards. However, the person who collects the tickets must be the cardholder.

For train times and fare information call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 or National Rail Enquiries from overseas (Please note: International rates apply): +44(0)20 7278 5240 or visit

By Coach / Bus
There are several express coach services daily from most major cities. For more information regarding national coach services, please visit:

Durham is well served by the local bus network. From the city bus station - a short walk from the railway station - a bus service runs every 15 minutes past the Colleges on South Road.

By Air
The nearest airport is Newcastle International Airport
The airport is approximately 20 miles north of Durham. There are connecting flights from a number of European hubs including London Heathrow and Gatwick, Amsterdam, Paris and Brussels, and the airport is also served by a number of budget airlines.  See for full details. 

Durham is 30 minutes' drive from Newcastle Airport and about 40 minutes from Durham Tees Valley. Both airports have regular domestic and international flights. Durham is linked to Newcastle International Airport by rail and metro. Travellers into Durham Tees Valley can take advantage of the free Sky Express bus service that links the airport to Darlington railway station, with regular connections to Durham.

A taxi will take you from the Durham Railway Station to any College within 5 minutes and you can walk to the city centre in 10 minutes.

A taxi from Newcastle International Airport to the College could cost approximately £60 one way.  The journey will take approximately 40 minutes, longer in rush hour.

For a list of local taxi companies and their telephone numbers, please click here.

By Sea
European scheduled ferry services travel to and from Newcastle on a regular basis.


Citizens of the European Union do not need a visa to enter Britain. If you are from any other country, find out about visa requirements before you travel by visiting

Key dates

  • Abstract submission deadline [EXTENDED]:
    07 July 2014
  • Early registration deadline:
    18 August 2014
  • Registration deadline:
    05 September 2014

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