The AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium is held at the Holiday Inn, Guildford, GU2 7XZ, United Kingdom. It is close to the main A3 London to Portsmouth main road and a short taxi journey from Guildford (GLD) railway station.
There are good connections by Air to London Heathrow (LHR) and London Gatwick (LGW) airports. Gatwick is particularly convenient as there are some good cheap flights arriving there, and it has a direct rail connection with Guildford.
Getting to the Holiday Inn from Gatwick Airport
The distance by road from London Gatwick (LGW) airport to the Holiday Inn, Guildford is about 33 Miles (54 Km). A taxi costs around GBP 100 (Check the fare with the driver before departure). Not recommended.
Preferably take the train from Gatwick to Guildford (Direction Reading) cost is around GBP 11 see http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/. The rail code for Gatwick is GTW and for Guildford is GLD.
At Guildford (GLD) Railway station take a taxi to the Holiday Inn (or walk for 45-60 minutes).
Getting to the Holiday Inn from Heathrow
The distance by road from London Heathrow (LHR) airport to the Holiday Inn, Guildford is about 25 Miles (42 Km).
The most expensive way is by jumping into a taxi at LHR, this will cost something like GBP 100. (Check the fare with the driver before departure). Not recommended.
Next least expensive is contact a taxi firm in Guildford and arrange a taxi to meet you Cost about GBP 60 – 80 ?? Not recommended, particularly if your flight is delayed.
Least expensive, and most recommended is go by bus from Heathrow to Woking Station using a National Express bus(approx 1 hr/ GBP 10), then take the train (approx 10 minutes and GBP 4) from Woking to Guildford, then get a taxi from Guildford Station to the Holiday Inn (approx 10 mins and GPB 5).
Here are the web sites to get the timings:
Bus (aka Coach in UK!) http://coach.nationalexpress.com/ Make sure you choose the right terminal from Heathrow.
Train http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/ Note rail code for Woking is WOK and for Guildford is GLD
Taxi at Guildford station. There are normally several waiting, just jump into the one at the head of the queue and ask the driver for the Holiday Inn.
Access to the Colloquium is via the hotel side entrance by the GB4FUN communications module.
Hope this helps.