TRAVEL INFORMATION - GETTING TO READING, ENGLAND

From London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Reading, Crowne Plaza Caversham Bridge:

(N.B. There are other Crowne Plaza hotels in Reading, you need Caversham Bridge)

Taxi: Best booked in advance for cheapest rates. Various suppliers, please check reviews and exact service offered before booking e.g. APL. Door to door service. Price estimate £82 - £200 for a taxi with 1 – 3 passengers and 3 suitcases. Travel time 45 mins, depending on traffic and terminal used.

Car Hire: Note that a car will not be required during the symposium, as our travel will be by coach. There are many car hire companies at Heathrow, though in some cases you may need to take a shuttle to the hire terminal. Booking ahead will usually be cheaper.

Cars in London: If you intend to travel before or afterwards in London itself, note that using a car in the city can be slower than public transport, parking can be expensive and difficult to find, and the city centre has camera-controlled congestion charging which you must register for and pay online. Those travelling from Europe will also need to register their cars 10 days in advance to avoid ULEZ penalties (see the link on the site above). There are hire car companies in Reading if you want to hire a car before/after the symposium. Some (e.g. Enterprise) can arrange for you to drop off the car at the airport on your return.

From London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Reading Railway Station:

(Once at Reading Railway Station you will either need to walk to the hotel (0.7 miles/15 mins), or take a local taxi.)

 Coach:  Rail-Air Coaches. Take RA1 Coach from airport terminal bus stands to Reading Station Coach Stop.  2 times per hour. Terminal 3 (Stands 7/8), Terminal 2 (Stands 11/12), Terminal 5 coach stop. No changes required. Total travel time 47 to 65 mins depending on terminal. Estimate £22 single for advance purchased tickets.

Train: Elizabeth Line from stations at Terminals 2/3, 4 & 5.  Between 2 and 4 times per hour. In many cases you can pay using contactless cards or mobile payments at the time, by ‘touching in’ on the yellow card readers at the beginning and end of your journey. For non-UK contactless cards, check with your provider to find out if they will work (see link). Contactless only pays for the card carrier, not additional travellers. Use the ticket office if you need help.

Travel to Hayes & Harlington station (6 to 12 mins); change onto the Westbound platform; then Travel to Reading Station (36-38mins).

Total travel time with stopover, 50 to 82 mins. Estimate £21 single (£14.90 off peak).

From London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Reading Railway Station:

Train: Direct trains run around once per hour. (Indirect trains run more frequently, but may be more expensive.) Total travel time from 90 mins. Estimate £20 - £41 single. Purchase tickets in advance online, or at station ticket machines, or at ticket booth.

Driving to Reading:

The hotel postcode is: RG1 8BD

The hotel car park entrance is at ‘What Three Words’ address: policy.bills.glow

Residents at the hotel can avoid the £15 daily parking charge by registering their car number-plate at the hotel desk and mentioning the IWGS group as they check in.

Directions: Driving from the M4 motorway (Junction 11), take the A33 North, to Reading. Drive approx. 2½ miles over various roundabouts. The road becomes the A329 (part of the inner distribution road). Keep on this main road, signposted to Caversham and Henley. Continue for ¾ mile, keeping in the left lane. The road goes under the railway line. Bear left at the next roundabout, signposted Henley and Caversham. Continue for a quarter mile along Caversham Rd (A4155), the hotel coming into view ahead of you. At the next roundabout turn left, signposted Richfield Avenue. You immediately pass through pedestrian-crossing traffic lights. Straight away, pull into the turning lane in the centre of the road, and then turn right down a small lane. The hotel car park is 50 metres on your left, and the hotel is on your right.