We hope you are looking forward to your trip. Below is some helpful advice on travelling to the conference venue.


Travelling by air

Heathrow Airport

The nearest airport to Royal Holloway is Heathrow (approx. 7 miles). You can reach Royal Holloway from Heathrow via bus, taxi or car. There is no convenient connecting train. Delegates should make their own way to the conference, but may wish to use the conference-organised shuttle bus service to return to Heathrow airport at the end of the conference.  See below for further information.

Other London Airports

Gatwick Airport is approx. 35 miles from Royal Holloway. From Gatwick you can transfer by coach to Heathrow airport or by train to central London and then to Royal Holloway. From other London airports, which are further from Royal Holloway, you can reach the university by train via central London or by car or taxi. See below for further information.


Travelling by train

The closest train station to Royal Holloway is Egham. There are frequent weekday services from London Waterloo to Egham (40 minutes), Reading to Egham and Woking to Egham (change at Weybridge). Services at weekends may be less frequent. Train links (including Eurostar) are available via London and other international links via Reading.

Please be aware that Egham station is outside the Oyster card area, so you will need to purchase a separate ticket.

Getting from Egham station to campus


Egham station is approximately 20 minutes’ walk to campus. Turn right out of the station along Station Road and walk about 100 metres to the junction and the traffic lights. Turn left at the junction and follow the road to the large roundabout; go left up Egham Hill. Royal Holloway’s entrance is on the left immediately after the second footbridge.

If you have heavy bags or prefer not to walk, taxis are available at the station for approximately £7.


Travelling by road

Royal Holloway is on the A30, 19 miles from central London and about a mile south-west of the town of Egham.


Directions from the M25

After leaving the M25, follow the A30 west (signposted Bagshot and Camberley) – this is the Egham by-pass. At the end of the Egham by-pass, continue on the A30 up Egham Hill. Royal Holloway’s entrance is on the left immediately after the second footbridge.


Directions from the M3

Leave the M3 at junction 3, at the roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A322. Proceed under the road bridge and turn left, then merge onto the A30. At the roundabout, take the second exit onto the A30. Continue on the A30, through Sunningdale towards Staines. Royal Holloway’s entrance is on the right immediately before the footbridge. The postcode for sat nav systems is TW20 0EX



Free car parking will be available on campus on a first come, first served basis. Further information will be provided in the joining instructions prior to arrival when you will be asked to inform us if you are bringing your car so that your details can be added to the College’s Visitor Parking Database.


Travelling by bus

London Heathrow Airport > Royal Holloway

There are two bus services between London Heathrow Airport and Royal Holloway:

First Bus Number 8: Heathrow Terminal 5 > Slough

Buses leave/arrive outside Terminal 5 (not from the Central Bus Station). If you arrive at another terminal, follow flight connection signs for “Internal airport transfer to T5”.  There are usually two buses per hour from 05:22 until 21:47 (approx. 40 minutes). The number 8 bus stops outside Royal Holloway’s main entrance.

The timetable for bus route 8 can be found by following this link.

Abellio Surrey Number 441: Heathrow > Englefield Green

From the Heathrow Central Bus Station or Terminal 5, the number 441 bus also stops outside Royal Holloway’s main entrance but it takes a less direct route and the journey is therefore longer (approx. 1 hour 5 minutes).

The timetable for bus route 441 can be found by following this link.

Both these services (no. 8 and no. 441) also stop on Egham High Street (for Egham Station).


Return Shuttle Bus from Royal Holloway > Heathrow Airport

On Wednesday 21st June there will be a shuttle bus running from Royal Holloway (by the tennis courts in front of Founder’s Building) to Heathrow Airport departing at 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 15:30, 16:00, 16:30 and 17:00. The journey time is approx. 20-30 minutes but may be longer after 16:00.

Tickets are £5 per person and must be purchased on arrival at the conference from the main registration desk in the Windsor Building. Tickets will be available on a first-come-first-served basis for specific departure times.


Coach Service Heathrow Airport > Gatwick Airport

National Express run a shuttle coach between London Heathrow and London Gatwick airports. The journey time is around 1 hour and tickets start from £20 for a single journey, with up to 5 coaches running each hour.

For more information and to book tickets, please see

Local buses

A number of local buses stop directly outside the main College entrance, close to the Founder’s Building. Services include routes to/from the following locations:

  • Chertsey, St Peter’s Hospital
  • Egham High Street (for Egham Station)
  • Englefield Green
  • Heathrow Airport
  • Old Windsor
  • Slough
  • Staines
  • Virginia Water
  • Windsor


Travelling by taxi

Taxis are available at all London airports, but you should check the fare in advance. We strongly recommend that you do not use the expensive black cabs at the airport. Most local taxis know the Royal Holloway campus well and should be able to drop you at the correct area for check-in.  (See local bookable taxis below). Please note payments by credit card usually incur a charge.

Heathrow Airport > Royal Holloway

If called on arrival, the cash price from London Heathrow (any terminal) is approx. £21.00. The driver will meet you at a given location within arrivals. The collection point at Terminals 1-4 is at WH Smith in arrivals.  At Terminal 5, the collection point is at Costa Coffee.  The collection point will be confirmed when you call.

If pre-booked, the cash price from London Heathrow (any terminal) is approximately £26.00. The driver will meet you in arrivals with a named sign.

Gatwick Airport > Royal Holloway

A taxi from Gatwick costs approx. £63.00 and must be pre-booked. This price includes a 40 minute waiting time and parking for up to an hour once the flight has landed.

Local bookable taxis:

Gemini: +44 (0)1784 471111

  • Online booking
  • App for Android and iPhone for making and managing bookings
  • Debit and Credit cards accepted
  • Contactless chip & pin in each vehicle for payment
  • Over 100 cars, up to 4 passengers in each
  • Set fare of £20 for Heathrow T5 or £24 for T2, 3 & 4

Egham Cars:  +44 (0)1784 434 484

  • Online booking
  • Debit and Credit cards accepted
  • Set fare of £18 for Heathrow T5 or £22 for T2, 3 & 4

247 Cars: +44 (0)1784 247247

  • Online booking
  • App for Android and iPhone for making and managing bookings
  • Chip and pin payments upon request (10% transaction fee)
  • Variety of vehicle sizes

Windsor Cars: +44 (0)1753 677677

  • Online booking
  • Dedicated email for pre-booking journeys:
  • Debit and Credit cards accepted
  • Contactless chip & pin in each vehicle for payment
  • Over 250 cars


  • All booked and paid for via the app
  • Very reasonable prices – estimated quotes from £9 for Heathrow T5


The conference will be held on the Egham campus of Royal Holloway, University of London. The safe, leafy campus is situated 40 minutes by train from central London and just seven miles from Heathrow Airport, with excellent road and transport links.


Royal Holloway, University of London
Egham Hill
TW20 0EX

Campus map

Virtual tour of the campus

Picture gallery and art collections

The Chapel

At the Conference

windsorAll conference sessions and plenaries will be held in the Windsor building which houses a state-of-the-art auditorium and seminar rooms. All rooms offer wifi, PC access, smartboards and data projectors.

Conference Space

Access Guide