Organise your trip

Travel

The University of Bath is located in the South West of England and has excellent public transport links. In this section you will find information on how to travel to and from the University by car, bus, bike or on foot as well as how to get to the city of Bath.

The campus is located in Claverton Down, on the east side of Bath. 

A location map for University of Bath can be found online at http://www.bath.ac.uk/travel-advice/location-maps/index.html



By air

By air - from Bristol and London airports

Bristol Airport is just 20 miles from Bath making it the city’s closest airport. It currently serves over 113 destinations worldwide.

The A4 Bristol Airport to Bath Bus Service provides a direct link between Bath and Bristol Airport. The service stops at various points in Saltford, Keynsham and South Bristol, operating hourly with the total journey time taking just over an hour.

Alternatively, the Bristol Airport Flyer express coach service will take you from the airport to Bristol Temple Meads train station, where you can catch one of the many frequent train services into Bath.

There are also regular connections by rail or coach from London Heathrow Airport. Heathrow Airport is 100 miles east of Bath on the M4 motorway.

A regular National Express coach service runs direct from the airport to Bath with a total journey time of 120 to 180 minutes.

Alternatively, a Heathrow Express train service runs between the airport and London Paddington, where you can then pick up a direct train service to Bath Spa train station. The complete journey time for this is approximately 135 minutes.

Travelling from Gatwick Airport to Bath:
Gatwick Airport is located in south London, approximately 140 miles east of Bath. You can take a train from the airport to Reading train station where you can pick up a train service to Bath Spa train station, with a total journey time of approximately 180 minutes.

Alternatively, catch a National Express coach from Gatwick Airport via Heathrow Airport to Bath with a journey time of approximately 270 minutes.



By train

By train

Bath train station is located in the city centre, just a short walk from the shops and attractions. There are regular train services direct from London Paddington and London Waterloo to Bath Spa, with an average journey time of around 90 minutes.

Bristol Temple Meads is just 15 minutes away by train and is a major hub for travel to all other parts of the country. A number of trains to Bath Spa railway station (BTH) will change at Bristol Temple Meads including services from northern England, Scotland, Devon and Cornwall.

DisabledGo.com has information regarding accessibility at Bath Spa railway station that visitors may find useful.

Rail updates
For the latest travel updates, visit the websites of the main rail operators in the Bath area:

First Great Western, Arriva Trains Wales and South West Trains

For information contact National Rail Enquiries (tel: +44 (0)8457 484950).



By coach

By coach

National Express runs direct services daily between London Victoria, Heathrow Airport and Bath. Bath is easy to reach by coach with regular National Express services providing good value travel between all major towns and cities in Europe.

For further information about coach timetables visit the National Express web

You can also plan your journey by bus and coach using Traveline South West.



By car

By car

Bath is located just ten miles from junction 18 of the M4 motorway, which runs direct from London and Heathrow Airport. There are also excellent motorway links from the north, Devon and Cornwall via the M5 motorway, whilst Wales is just a short drive west on the M4 motorway.

More information can be found by clicking here

As Bath is a small city, the roads can become congested at busy times such as Saturdays, around the Christmas Market and when Bath Rugby plays home fixtures. To avoid traffic queues we recommend using one of the city’s three Park & Ride services. Please be aware when driving around the city that there are a number of one way streets and bus lanes in operation.

Please insert BA2 7AY in your sat nav. The GPS coordinates are latitude 51.378344, longitude - 2.325202. You can plan your route online using one of the free route planners - examples are The AA or The RAC.



Parking

Parking 

Bath has three Park & Ride services and 13 car parks serving the city as well as additional on-street parking, making it a car-friendly city and public transport friendly city. Bath is a compact city so it is easy to explore on foot once you arrive.

Click here to view a live update of the spaces that are currently available at Bath's main car parks.

Pay & Display parking is available on campus but capacity is very limited, especially during events and building works. Click here for the car park map and locations of parking on campus, including Pay & Display areas and machines.



By taxi

Taxis

Abbey Taxis: 01225 444 444
Bath Spa Taxis: 01225 439228
Bath Spa Taxi: 01225 31 31 31


If you require any assistance planning your journey, please e-mail conferences@iop.org stating where you are travelling from and your preferred method.

Key dates

  • Abstract submission deadline (extended):
    18 April 2017
  • Early registration deadline:
    23 June 2017
  • Registration deadline:
    1 September 2017