Travel: Getting to Durham

CCMI2020 will be held in Durham University, which is situated in the North East of England, in Durham City. Travel directions are as follows:

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 is limited parking on the University campus, so we strongly advise you do not bring your own vehicle.

Durham is 264 miles from London, 187 miles from Birmingham, 125 miles from Edinburgh and 67 miles from York.

There are several express coach services daily from most major cities. Durham is well served by both regional express services and the local bus network. From the city bus station – a short walk from the railway station – a bus service runs every 15 minutes past the Colleges on South Road.

By rail

60 InterCity trains from most major centres in the country call at Durham daily including 14 trains from London. The LNER high speed service takes under 3 hours from London King’s Cross and 1½ hours from Edinburgh, both on the main East Coast line. First Transpennine Express offers frequent links to Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds, while Cross Country links Durham directly with Scotland (except Edinburgh), the Midlands, and the South West.

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

A taxi will take you from the train station to any Durham University college in about 5 minutes and you can walk to the city centre in 10 minutes. Walking to Durham University from the train station takes approximately 20 minutes.

By air

Durham is 30 minutes’ drive from Newcastle Airport and about 40 minutes from Durham Tees Valley Airport. Both have regular domestic and international flights, however, in spite of this, we recommend you travel to Newcastle Airport, rather than Durham Tees Valley, as there are more transport links available.

Travel from Newcastle Airport to Durham by public transport

Newcastle Airport is well-connected to the North East rail network by the Metro service (see the Metro route map below). You can access the North East rail network by changing at “Central Station”. Trains run regularly between Newcastle and Durham, and tickets may be purchased at the station. For more information about the Metro service, click here. Please note that both the metro and trains do not run late at night.

The cost of travel between Newcastle Airport and Durham train station is approximately £10. Durham bus station is a short downhill walk from the train station, and the number 6 bus will take you to the conference venue and University accommodation.

Travel from Newcastle Airport to Durham by taxi

If you choose to travel to Durham by taxi, we recommend booking with Airport Express, who provide a service 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Please complete the template and email it to They will be in touch with a phone number to call when you arrive into Newcastle, and the driver will meet you in the car park right outside arrivals in an Airport Express taxi. For returning to the airport, allow one hour for travel between Durham and Newcastle (the trip is typically faster, but rush hour traffic can cause significant delays).


For 1-4 people travelling together, a one way fare is £31.00  or £40 with a meet greet (you will be met with your name on a card in the terminal building), and a return fare is £62.00 or £70 with a meet greet.

For 5-8 people travelling together, a one way fare is £45.00 or £55 with a meet greet, and a return fare is £80.00 or £90 with a meet greet.

It’s possible to also take a taxi from the airport taxi rank, but taxis that are not pre-booked are typically substantially more expensive.


A travel information document will be available to download soon.