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Durham Centre for Soft Matter

Travelling to Durham

By Air

The nearest airport to Durham is Newcastle (NCL), which is served by direct flights from European cities including London Heathrow, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Dusseldorf, and many others. There are also direct flights to Newcastle from many UK destinations.

To reach Durham from Newcastle Airport, take the Metro service direct to Newcastle Central Train Station (approx 25 minutes), followed by a direct train to Durham (approx 15 minutes). Alternatively, a taxi from Newcastle Airport to Durham takes approximately 30 minutes.

Other local airports:

  • Durham Tees Valley offers regular domestic and international flights, with bus links to Darlington railway station, which has regular connections to Durham.
  • There is a frequent rail service direct from Manchester Airport (see below).

By Rail

There are frequent direct trains to Durham from London King’s Cross on the East Coast main line. The journey takes approximately 3 hours. King’s Cross Station is located adjacent to St Pancras International Station, which is easily reached by Eurostar from Paris, Brussels and Lille. King’s Cross can also be reached by public transport from London’s Heathrow and Gatwick Airports. There are also regular trains to Durham from other cities in the UK. East Coast Trains offer links to Scotland; Transpennine Express offers links to Manchester (including Manchester Airport), Sheffield and Leeds; Cross Country links Durham directly with Scotland, the Midlands, and the South West.

Durham is just over 3 hours by train from Birmingham, 2½ hours from Manchester, 1½ hours from Edinburgh, 45 minutes from York and just 15 minutes from Newcastle.

The timetable and ticket-booking service offered by National Rail covers trains from all UK operators. Enter Durham (DHM) as your destination station. Tickets can be puchased at stations for immediate travel, but fares are often substantially cheaper if booked in advance, especially if you commit yourself to travel on a particular train—if your travel plans are liable to change, do not book train-specific tickets. There is usually some restriction on which trains cheap tickets may be used.

By Road

Durham city centre is only two miles from the A1(M). Leave the motorway at Junction 62 on the A690 Durham–Sunderland road and follow signs to Durham City Centre.

There are several express coach services daily from most major UK cities. Durham is well served by both regional express services and the local bus network. The city bus station is a short walk from the railway station and runs regular services past the University Science Site.

By Sea

Scheduled ferry services link the River Tyne to The Netherlands.