Transport and Accommodation


We recommend that travel by air is best when flying direct from point of origin to North East England. However, if you are staying over in London, travelling from the centre of London is easiest by train.

Newcastle airport is approximately 20 miles north of Durham.  There are connecting flights from a number of European hubs including London Heathrow & Gatwick, Amsterdam, Paris and Brussels, and the airport is also served by a number of budget airlines.    
To reach Durham you have two options:
(a) Taxi: A taxi from Newcastle airport could cost approximately £50 one way.  The journey will take approximately 40 minutes, longer in rush hour traffic. 
Airport Taxis is the official taxi service for Newcastle International Airport.  Payment can be made by cash, cheque or credit card. Taxis are available in the rank outside the terminal building, but can also be pre-booked. To make a booking or for further information please contact:
Tel:     +44 (0) 191 214 6969 Web:
(b) Public transport: The Metro and train public transport system is available from the airport to Durham, as follows: 
  • The terminal building is linked by a covered walkway directly into the Metro. (You will need coins for the ticket machines, which can be obtained in the main building).
  • Take the Metro to Central Station (the main train station in Newcastle), journey takes approximately 20 minutes and Metro trains run every 7 minutes.
  • There is a regular day time train service from Newcastle to Durham, with journey times as short as 12 minutes. You can book your tickets here:
Our recommendation: If you are arriving at the airport in the evening it is our recommendation that you take a taxi from the airport.

Durham Tees Valley airport is approximately 25 miles south of Durham.  Although it has fewer flights than Newcastle, there are connecting flights with London Heathrow & Gatwick, Amsterdam and other cities, and again it is served by budget airlines. 
To reach Durham, again you have two options:
  1. A taxi should take approximately 50 minutes under normal traffic conditions and it should cost approximately £50, one way.
  2. The Tees Valley Sky Express (737) bus service running between the airport and Darlington train station.  This service runs every 60 minutes between 07.35 hrs (09.35 on a Sunday) and 22.55 hrs, and is free for air travellers.  The journey time is 27 minutes.  Full details of the timetable can be viewed at   From Darlington train station, you can take most trains heading northbound, check that Durham is the first stop. 
From Heathrow airport travel into central London to Kings Cross station. Take the Underground all the way from Heathrow to Kings Cross station on the Piccadilly (dark blue) line.  From Gatwick Airport (, we would recommend that you take the Gatwick Express train to Victoria station in central London (approximately 30 minutes).  Travel on to Kings Cross station on the Underground train on the Victoria (pale blue) line.
There is a regular service from London Kings Cross to Durham; the journey time is approximately 3 hours. The following website is useful for booking tickets Tickets purchased well in advance will usually be much cheaper than tickets purchased near or on the day of travel.

We have arranged special accommodation rates for participants at the Workshop at the hotels listed below. All hotels are within walking distance of the workshop venues; however the Durham Marriott Hotel and Durham University College provide the closest and most characterful accommodation.

1. Durham Marriott Hotel
Royal County, Old Elvet,
Durham. DH1 3JN
Rates: £95.00 per night
Rates are inclusive of VAT and Full English Breakfast.

To reserve contact: Isabel Gonzalez, IG Conference Services - email: on Tel 44 (0)1993 813315 

2. Durham University College
The Castle
Palace Green
Durham DH1 3RW

Ensuite rooms available
Rooms will be subject to availability, prices may vary from £44.00 to £80.00 single occupancy.
These rooms are used as student accommodation during term time.
Suites are also available costing up to £150.00 single occupancy.

To reserve contact:
Wendy Chambers, 0191 334 4106

3. Radisson Blu Hotel
Durham Frankland Lane, Durham.

Rates: £84.00 per night
Rate inclusive of VAT and Breakfast
Single occupancy Rooms available at this rate until 30th November.

To reserve contact: Reservations department tel 0191 372 7200 or Email:

4. Premier Inn
Freemans Place,
Durham DH1 1SQ

Rates: 17th £71.25 per night , 18th £70.25 per night
Rates are inclusive of VAT and Full Breakfast

Single occupancy Rooms at the above rate available until 30th November
To reserve contact: Christine on Tel 0191 374 4400 or email Quoting ref AWGR82915. Stating attendance at ‘ASPERA Underground Synergies Workshop’

You will be required to guarantee your booking with a credit card.
Please note cancellation policies apply to each venue which will be notified at the time of booking.

If you have any queries regarding your reservations please contact Isabel Gonzalez, IG Conference Services - email: on Tel 44 (0)1993 813315