Travel Information

The 26th international EAES congress is taking place at the ExCeL Conference Centre in London. This is an accessible location whether you are travelling by air, train, public transport or car. There are a variety of options available:

Arriving by air

London is very accessible. It has five international airports and the Congress location can be accessed from all of them. London City Airport is the closest to the Congress venue. The airports are all listed below and the relevant travel details are noted.

Heathrow (LHR)

Rail – Heathrow Express
Take the Heathrow Express to Paddington station (15 minute travel time from Heathrow to Paddington). Heathrow Express departures every 15 minutes.
From Paddington station take the Bakerloo London Underground line to Baker Street. At Baker Street change onto the Jubilee Line (eastbound) and alight at Canning Town, then take the DLR to Custom House (only accessible with a congress badge) or Prince Regent for the east entrance (Entrance for xxxx Congress) Average journey time: 50 minutes.

Rail – Tube
All terminals at Heathrow Airport are served by the London Underground.  Take the Piccadilly Line to Green Park and change to the Jubilee Line (eastbound). Exit at Canning Town and take the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) to Custom House for the west entrance (only accessible with a congress badge) or Prince Regent for the east entrance (main entrance for EAES Congress 2018). Average journey time: 1 hour 10 minutes. Transport tickets travel Zones 1-6 required.

General Information
For more information about Heathrow visit: www.heathrowairport.com

City (LCY)

London City Airport offers over 350 flights a day providing access to over 40 European destinations and New York JFK. Taxi is located just 5 minutes from ExCeL London by road.

Rail – DLR
You can use the Docklands Light Rail (DLR) from London City Airport to ExCeL. Take a DLR train from the airport in the direction of Bank or Stratford, alight at Canning Town and change to platform three for a Beckton bound service to Custom House for the west entrance (only accessible with a congress badge) or Prince Regent for the east entrance (main entrance for XXXX Congress 2018). Approximate journey time: 15 minutes. Transport tickets travel Zone 1–3 required. 

General Information
For information about timetables, services: www.londoncityairport.com

Gatwick (LGW)

Rail – Gatwick Express and Tube
Take the Gatwick Express to Victoria Station. From Victoria Station take the District/Circle London Underground line. At Westminster change onto the Jubilee line (eastbound) to Canning Town and then take the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) to Custom House for the west entrance (only accessible with a congress badge) or Prince Regent for the east entrance (main entrance for XXXX Congress 2018).
Approximate journey time: 1 hour 20 minutes. Transport tickets travel zone 1–6 required.

General Information
For more information about London Gatwick Airport visit: www.gatwickairport.com

Stanstead (STD)

Rail – Stansted Express and Tube
Take the Stansted Express to Liverpool Street. At Liverpool Street get the Central Line (eastbound) to Stratford and then change with the DLR to Custom House for the west entrance (only accessible with a congress badge) or Prince Regent for the east entrance. Approximate journey time: 1 hour 30 minutes. Purchase tickets for the Stansted Express train online at
www.stanstedexpress.com

General Information
For more information about Stansted airport call visit: www.stanstedairport.com

Luton (LTN)

Rail – Train and Tube
Take the free shuttle bus to Luton Airport Parkway station to catch a train to King’s Cross St. Pancras. Change on to the Northern line (southbound) to Bank and then take the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) to Custom House for the west entrance (only accessible with a congress badge) or Prince Regent for the east entrance. Approximate journey time: 1 hour 30 minutes. Transport tickets to Central London can be purchased at Luton Airport Parkway station.

General Information
For more information about Luton airport visit: www.london-luton.co.uk

Arriving by train

Train options include the London Underground, Dockland Light Railway and Eurostar. The Visitor Oyster card is available and an easy/economical option when using public transport (Underground and DLR).

Underground and Docklands Light Railway (DLR)

The best way to get to XXXX Congres 2018 is by using the London Underground (Tube) and the Docklands Light Railway (DLR). The quickest and most economical way to travel on public transport in London is by using a Visitor Oyster card (see more information below).

The Jubilee Line is the quickest route. Exit at Canning Town then change to the DLR (upstairs from the Jubilee Line level – trains normally depart from platform 3).

ExCeL is in zone 3. You can purchase your public transport tickets online together with the registration or onsite at the Public Transportation desks located in the Capital Hall.

To help plan your journey visit: www.tfl.gov.uk/plan-a-journey/

View London’s Tube map: www.tfl.gov.uk/maps/track/tube

Note: Please be aware that DLR trains in the direction of Beckton serve ExCeL London – do not use DLR services in the direction of Woolwich Arsenal or King George V from Canning Town.

Visitor Oyster cards (recommended for public transport)

The quickest and most economical way to travel on public transport in London is a Visitor Oyster card. The transport ticket is not included in the registration fee but it can be purchased in advance or on-site at the Transport Ticket desk. You can purchase a smartcard valid for journeys on the London Underground (known as the Tube), Buses and Docklands Light Railway (DLR) in zones 1–3. If you travel within zones 1-3 (from the city centre to the Congress venue) and always touch in and out correctly, the card should last for four days.  Should you need to top up your credit, you will be able to do so at any underground station using the machines provided.

Visitor Oyster cards do not expire and they can be reused on future visits. Please note they are not refundable. For more information on the cost of individual journeys, visit the Transport for London website.

Eurostar

The Eurostar arrives at St Pancras International Station in London. From there, take the Northern (black) line to Bank station and change onto the Docklands Light Rail (DLR) towards Beckton and Exit at Custom House for the west entrance (only accessible with a congress badge) or Prince Regent for the east entrance (main entrance for XXXX Congress 2018). You can also travel down to the Jubilee (grey) Line to Canning Town and change onto the DLR from there.

Approximate journey times to London:

From Paris: 2 hours 15 minutes

From Brussels: 1 hour 51 minutes

From Lille: 1 hour 20 minutes

Eurostar is pleased to offer you and a partner discounted rates to travel to the European Respiratory Society conference from the 3–7 September, 2016.
You can travel up to 7 days before and up to 7 days after the event.

Enjoy savings on:

• Trains from Paris Gare du Nord, Lille or Brussels Midi to Ashford, Ebbsfleet or London St Pancras
• Save 15% on Standard Premier or 10% on Standard class

Eurostar travel classes

Standard Premier gives you the freedom to work, think or simply relax. After being welcomed on board, you’ll sit back in quiet, spacious surroundings before enjoying a light meal and drinks and a magazine or two to flick through.
From €115 one way or €204 return

Standard class is the seamless way to travel cross-Channel, with great value tickets, city centre stations and a generous luggage allowance. If you fancy a bite to eat on board, you’ll find snacks, drinks and treats for every taste in the bar buffet.
From €51 one way or €90 return

Arriving by car

It is possible to access the conference centre by road and parking will be available at the venue for a fee (tbc).

ExCeL – London is easily reached from Central London via the Limehouse Link and via the M25 (Junction 30), A13, M11, A406 (North Circular), the Blackwall Tunnel and Rotherhithe Tunnel from other parts of the country. When driving to ExCeL London follow signs for Royal Docks, City Airport and ExCeL – London.

Car parking is available at ExCeL London, prices and further information will be available soon (TBC) through the ExCeL website: http://excel.london/driving-and-parking

Sat Nav address:
ExCeL – London One
Western Gateway
Royal Victoria Dock

London
E16 1XL (E16 1DR*)
*For Sat Nav purposes, we recommend using postcode – E16 1DR.

Local Road maps (mention postcode – E16 1XL.) : www.streetmap.co.uk/

Arriving by riverboat

Thames Clipper catamarans leave every 20 minutes during peak hours and there are piers on the doorstep of the London Eye, Tower Bridge, Greenwich and the O2 arena.

Thames Clippers operate riverboat services from the major Central London piers (including The O2, Greenwich, Canary Wharf, Tower, London Bridge, Embankment and Waterloo) every 20 minutes during peak hours (from 6am to 1am). The closest Pier to ExCeL is North Greenwich (the O2) and from there, there are 2 ways to get to ExCeL:

Take the Emirates Air Line Cable Car across the river (the crossing takes 5 minutes) and walk to the West entrance (about 5 minutes’ walk) or to the East entrance (about 10 minutes’ walk).

From North Greenwich Pier walk to North Greenwich station (5 minutes), then get the Jubilee line for 1 stop to Canning Town and then the DLR to Custom House (for West entrance) or Prince Regent (for East Entrance). This way the journey would take about 15-20 minutes in total.

Arriving by cable car

If you travel by cable car, you will experience stunning views of London and this is also an exciting alternative way of getting to and from the exhibition venue.

Emirates Air Line cable car to the Emirates Air Line Royal Docks Terminal, which is a five minute walk from DLR station Custom House (ExCeL west entrance) or 10 minutes from DLR station Prince Regent (ExCeL east entrance).

When travelling to ExCeL you can reach the Cable Car by taking the London Underground Jubilee Line to North Greenwich or a Thames Clippers riverboat from Central London Piers. 

The 1.1km long river crossing between Greenwich and the Royal Docks takes about 5 minutes.

For further information visit: www.emiratesairline.co.uk
Please note – Oyster cards can be used on the Cable car and allow delegates to pay a discounted fare of £3.30 per journey (usually £4.40).

About London:

Some useful information

London is an exciting city rooted in a long history which goes back to Roman times. With historical palaces and parks alongside world-class galleries and modern architecture, London is a truly eclectic place and an excellent venue for this year’s Congress.

Currency

The UK’s currency is the pound sterling (£ / GBP). Credit cards are widely accepted.

Climate

Though it does not rain every day, it is advisable to bring an umbrella, along with comfortable shoes for walking.

Language

The mother tongue is English, but over 230 languages are spoken in London.

Electricity 

The United Kingdom, like most other European countries, uses 230- Volt/50 Hz AC current. Plugs have three rectangular prongs that form a triangle. Plan to bring an adapter plug and even a transformer for your personal appliances. Many hotels have international sockets to accommodate other plugs.

Visas

Citizens from countries outside the EU/EEA may require a visa. Contact your nearest British Consulate for more information or visit www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration 

Tourist Information

For the latest information of what’s on in London, tips on shopping, dining, theatre and more, visit the official visitor guide for London http://www.visitlondon.com/

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For more information on getting to the ExCeL conference centre, visit the ExCeL website.