Guildford is about 50 km south west of London (see the
regional map of
South East England). Gatwick
and Heathrow airports are each about 50 km away and have reasonable links
to Guildford. There is a fast train link (40 minutes) between London Waterloo
station and Guildford, on the express line to Portsmouth on the south coast.
Waterloo station is also the London terminus for Eurostar train links (160-180
minutes) to Brussels and Paris. By road, Guildford is on the A3 which connects
to the M25 London ring road at Junction 10 (parking on the campus would
require us to be notified in advance). The University's web pages include
travel links and maps.
AIRPORT AND EUROSTAR CONNECTIONS
There are reasonable public transport connections between Guildford and the airports at London Heathrow, London Gatwick and London City. To get to Guildford from London Luton or London Stansted by public transport requires a somewhat more serious effort. The connection from the London Eurostar terminus to Guildford could hardly be simpler. From Heathrow, a cab to Guildford (if arranged in advance with a Guildford cab company - do not even think of just taking a cab from the rank at the airport) costs about twice the fare by public transport and is a good option for two or more travelling together. For other airports, and for Eurostar, the train is the most sensible and convenient option. If arriving in Guildford by train, you'll find that, from the station, it is about 15 minutes' walk up hill to the campus/conference. A taxi rank may be found just outside the main entrance to the train station. Tell the cab driver that you want to go to the University of Surrey campus, to the accommodation reception. Further details on all of these matters are given here.
Visit the Railtrack web site to find a link at the top right, through to timetables for all trains anywhere in Britian.
SouthWest Trains are the people
specifically responsible for the trains around Guildford. Some additional
information is on their web site, but all timetable information that you
may need is available on the Railtrack site given above.
Connections from Paris and Brussels are via Eurostar , which arrives
in London at Waterloo Station. The trains from London to Guildford also leave
from Waterloo Station, just outside of the Eurostar arrival section. Look
for signs to the Mainline Rail station.
Arrival at London Heathrow Airport
A good quality bus (coach) service operates from Heathrow to Woking, where
it connects to the train to Guildford. You can get the timetables for this
service on the Railtrack web site given above, by typing Heathrow as the
starting point. Buses start from Terminal 1 at Heathrow 15 minutes before
they reach Terminal 4 (via Terminals 2 and 3), and from Terminal 4 they take
35 minutes to Woking, which in turn is 10 minutes by train from Guildford.
You can buy your ticket at the Heathrow bus stop, and you can buy the ticket
to take you all the way to Guildford with the one ticket. The timetable for
the Heathrow-Woking Rail Air Link is available on the SouthWest Trains web
site given above, as a pdf file
To book a cab to pick you up from Heathrow airport (costing about GBP 35),
or for local trips around Guildford (about GBP 5 from the train station or
the centre of town, to the University):
Beeline Cabs +44 1483 532323
City Cabs +44 1483 888 666
Remember not to just take a cab from the rank at the airport, unless you are ridiculously rich.
Arrival at London Gatwick Airport
From Gatwick, the easiest way to reach Guildford is via train, since the
train station at Gatwick is right inside the airport. The train comes directly
to Guildford; it is not necessary and a lot longer if you go into London
on the Gatwick Express. Buy a ticket to Guildford and the only thing to remember
is that you do not need to change trains, especially at Redhill. This is
worth mentioning, because the train may well go into Redhill in one direction
and then appear to reverse direction as it leaves the station - don't worry,
you'll arrive OK. Timetables for the trains from Gatwick are on the Railtrack
web site, above.
This page published by Wilton Catford