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TRAVEL INFORMATION

Arriving at London Gatwick?

Gatwick Airport is the most convenient airport to the venue. It is possible to fly direct to Gatwick from Algeria, Austria, Canada, Cape Verde, France (several airports but not Paris – see Eurostar below) Gambia, Germany, Kenya (Mombassa), Mauritius, Morocco, Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland, Tunisia, among other destinations.

You can check London Gatwick destinations at http://www.gatwickairport.com/flights/destinations/ alternatively you might wish to use an App such as Skyscanner (free for Ipad), or available at www.skyscanner.net to plan your trip.

By Taxi from London Gatwick (LGW); For visitors arriving at London Gatwick the trip is approximately 30 minutes out of rush hour by taxi. Taxis may be pre-booked for around £45-£68. The Hilton Metropole recommends Brighton & Hove Taxis on + 44 1273 20 40 60 or + 44 1903 76 76 94 (for main call centre), or email bookings@brightontaxis.com. A full 2014 price list is given below. Note Pick up is more expensive because the driver waits at arrivals with a nameboard. Please reconfirm prices with your taxi firm at the time of reservation.

Saloon Estate 5 Seater 6 Seater 7 Seater 8 Seater
Gatwick P/up £45 £48 £53 £58 £63 £68
Gatwick T/Up £35 £38 £43 £48 £53 £58

 

By Train for London Gatwick (LGW); Trains from Gatwick to Brighton take approximately 30 minutes direct and run regularly.

Arriving at London Heathrow?

By Taxi from Heathrow; For visitors arriving at London Heathrow the trip is approximately 90 minutes out of rush hour by taxi. Taxis may be pre-booked for around £100-£115. The Hilton Metropole recommends Brighton & Hove Taxis on + 44 1273 20 40 60 or + 44 1903 76 76 94 (for main call centre), or email bookings@brightontaxis.com. A full 2014 price list is given below. Note Pick up is more expensive because the driver waits at arrivals with a nameboard. Please reconfirm prices with your taxi firm at the time of reservation.

Saloon Estate 5 Seater 6 Seater 7 Seater 8 Seater
Heathrow P/Up £105 £108 £113 £118 £125 £128
Heathrow T/Up £95 £98 £103 £108 £113 £118

By Train from Heathrow; For trains from Heathrow to Brighton, your best route is to take the London Underground to London Victoria and connect with a mainline train to Brighton. Alternatively, take the Heathrow Express to Paddington and then the Underground to Victoria. The Heathrow Express is probably quickest but the Underground is the cheaper option. Journey time takes approximately 2 hours 15 minutes, depending on your chosen route and connection times.

Travelling by Train from within UK and or Eurostar from Paris?

By Eurostar; If you are travelling from Europe, the Eurostar train arrives from Europe at St Pancras, London, where there are direct train connections to Brighton. Comfortable and affordable, it avoids the airports and the frequent daily services from Paris (2 hours 15 minutes) and Brussels (1 hour and 51) arrive into St Pancras International, where you can connect with a direct service to Brighton (1 hour 16 minutes direct).

By Train from London; London is the hub of the UK’s rail network and it is easy to connect to a train to Brighton and the South Coast from the major London stations. The fastest direct travelling times from London to Brighton are:

  • London      Victoria – 52 minutes (direct)
  • London      Bridge – 58 minute (direct)
  • London      St Pancras – 1 hour 16 minutes (direct)

Rail services in the UK are operated by a number of private train operators. The key operators to Brighton are Southern and First Capital Connect. Trains arrive into Brighton mainline Station on Queens Road.

Central Brighton is easily walkable (about 10 minutes) from Brighton station, but if you require a bus or taxi – these are both available at the front of the station.

How can I find out more information about Brighton?

The Visit Brighton website http://www.visitbrighton.com

Where should I stay?

The conference venue is at the Hilton Metropole, Brighton. This is the largest residential conference centre in the South of England.

The website address is

http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/united-kingdom/hilton-brighton-metropole-hotel-BSHMETW/index.html

There are many other hotels offering accommodation, including the iconic Grand Hotel, which is next door to the Hilton.

http://www.devere-hotels.co.uk/hotel-lodges/locations/the-grand.html

Other accommodation options can be found at the Visit Brighton website at:

http://www.visitbrighton.com/accommodation

Of course, if you prefer, London is a short train journey away, with its vast range of hotels.

Do I need a visa to visit the UK?

To find out whether you require a visa please check the UK Border Agency website which can be accessed at:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/do-you-need-a-visa/

It is highly recommended that you apply for your visa in good time prior to the conference.

Invitation Letters

You may require an invitation letter to the conference, if so please contact the organisers on afsic@capresources.co.uk

Dietary Requests

If you have any specific dietary requests please contact the organisers on afsic@capresources.co.uk

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