Travelling to FBLD 2009

By Rail:

York is at the intersection of a number of railway lines - principally the East Coast Main Line (London Kings Cross to Edinburgh and Aberdeen) and the Cross-Pennine route from Manchester and Liverpool.

Trains from London Kings Cross to York leave every half an hour during the day and take just under two hours. The cost varies considerably depending on the time of day and whether you book ahead. Be aware that just turning up at the station and buying a ticket for travel at peak times will cost more than £200 for a return. So think ahead. Tickets can be booked online at the National Express website (this is an external site).

Trains from Manchester (and Manchester Airport) leave every half an hour and also take just under two hours (yes, it is half the distance, but comes through the hills, so slower, but also considerably less expensive).

By Air:

Both Heathrow and Gatwick are about 3 hours from York by public transport (30 mins train to London, 30 mins across London, then Kings Cross to York as above). Driving from these airports (about 210 miles) can take some time as you need to get round London. Stansted is about 3 hours by train - change at Peterborough. Driving is more reliable - about 180 miles.

The nearest airport to York is Leeds Bradford - however, there are not that many flights and it is not convenient to get to by public transport.

The most convenient airport to arrive into is Manchester, as there is a frequent train service that takes 2 hours direct from the airport to York. Driving out of peak commuter time takes about 90 minutes.

By Car:

Directions for driving to the NSLC, including car parks, are available here.

Useful Maps

Due to University Road being closed for roadworks at the current time it is recommended to use public transport or taxis from the railway station. The following maps may be of assistance :

For a map of the Heslington Campus and how to get to and from York City Centre click here (PDF).

For a map of the Heslington Campus, including pedestrian route from bus stop to NSLC click here (PDF).

For a map of the Heslington Campus, without pedestrian route, click here (PDF).

Other Information

A short list of recommended restaurants in York (PDF) (DOC).

The organisers of FBLD2009 are grateful to the following for offering sponsorship for the meeting :

Chemical Computing Group     MGMS logo     ZoBio logo     Fujifilm Life Science logo     Accelrys logo     BioSolveIT logo     Schrödinger logo     Tripos logo     Corning Epic System logo    

The organisers also acknowledge the help provided by the administrative organisers of FBLD2008 in San Diego for their help providing material for this website. In particular, we thank Mary Canady (, Vicky Nienaber ( and Rigaku Corporation.

Last Updated: September 15th, 2009 | Tim Kirk

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