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Travelling to Shrivenham by air or rail
If you are travelling by air or rail to London, the main ways of getting to the Academy are:
Hire Car: There are representatives of all the main hire companies at Heathrow and Gatwick airports. Drive west, down the M4 motorway and then use the attached map. The journey takes 1½ to 2 hrs from Heathrow or 2 to 2½ hrs from Gatwick. This is the most flexible way to travel.
Taxi: A taxi can meet you at the airport and return you to it, if wished, if you send details of your arrival and departure flights on the attached taxi request form. The approximate cost of each journey is £110 from Gatwick and £85 from Heathrow, but if you share, the cost can be divided. This is the easiest way to travel.
Train/Bus from Heathrow Airport: Buses from Heathrow travel to Reading Railway Station. Trains run approximately every half-hour from Reading to Swindon. Taxis are available from Swindon Railway Station to the Academy which is 10km. This is cheap but takes the most time.
It is now also possible to catch the Heathrow Express train to Paddington station (which takes approximately 15 minutes). Once at Paddington you may catch the First Great Western train direct to Swindon station. For further rail details please visit www.nationalrail.co.uk.
Bus from Heathrow Airport: Buses run from Heathrow Airport Central Bus Station direct to Swindon. The journey takes approximately 1½ hours. For the most up-to-date information on timings and costs, please visit www.gobycoach.com. A taxi is then required to travel the 10km to the Academy. This is the cheapest way to travel.
Trains from Central London: Fast trains leave Paddington Station about twice per hour: the journey to Swindon takes approximately 50 minutes. You then need to take a taxi from Swindon station to the Academy. For further rail details please visit www.nationalrail.co.uk.