Getting to Durham

By road

Durham city centre is only two miles from the A1(M). Leave the motorway at Junction 62 on the A690 Durham – Sunderland road and follow signs to Durham City Centre.

Durham is 264 miles from London, 187 miles from Birmingham, 125 miles from Edinburgh and 67 miles from York.

There are several express coach services daily from most major cities. Durham is well served by both regional express services and 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.

Please note that the historic part of Durham City has a congestion charge, and St John’s college is within the congestion zone. 

By rail

60 InterCity trains from most major centres in the country call at Durham daily including 14 trains from London. The National Express high speed service takes under 3 hours from London King’s Cross on the main East Coast line. 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.

Durham is just over 3 hours from Birmingham, 2½ hours from Manchester, 1½ hours from Edinburgh and 45 minutes from York. Use www.nationalrail.co.uk to find train times and make bookings.

A taxi will take you from the station to any College in about 5 minutes and you can walk to the city centre in 10 minutes. 

By air

Durham is 30 minutes’ drive from Newcastle Airport and about 40 minutes from Durham Tees Valley. Both have regular domestic and international flights. Durham is linked to Newcastle 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.

Alternatively, attendees can fly into Manchester Airport and take a 3 hour train to Durham. There are regular trains from Manchester Airport to Durham. The train leaves from the airport terminal. Some trains during the day are direct (no changes), while the rest require a simple change (usually platform-to-platform*) at either Manchester Picadilly or York** train stations. London is also a 3 hour direct train from Durham but you would need to use the London underground or other London public transport to get from Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted or Luton to Kings Cross Train station. Please see rail section for more detail. 

By sea

Scheduled ferry services link the River Tyne to The Netherlands. The metro, buses or a taxi can then transfer you to Durham. 

* We are obviously in no-control of the trains and it may be the case that you are required to go to the station concourse to get to the next platform.

** Manchester Airport – York – Durham is a simpler change to get to Durham

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