If you are coming from France, Belgium, the Netherlands or even parts of Germany it is worth considering the train. If coming from Brussels or Paris it will be both quicker and cheaper than flying plus you can usually travel at a better time of day.
The Eurostar site may be all you need.
The German national railway site where you can look for journeys all across Europe is very good. Available in lots of languages click the flag icon at the top.
http://seat61.com/ an amazing site site full of hints and tips on train travel across Europe.
You will need to change trains in London. You arrive in London St Pancras and you will need to go to London Euston. The easiest way to do this is to walk it (about 10-15mins), come out the main entrance onto Euston Road and then follow that in the south west direction (see http://goo.gl/maps/3t6Yt )
Flights and airports
There are four possible airports, in descending order of ease of travel to reach Stoke on Trent – Manchester, Birmingham, East Midlands, Liverpool.
Manchester – Has a dedicated train station (Manchester Airport) to connect to the main Manchester Piccadilly train station. Manchester Piccadilly to Stoke is about 45minutes on the train direct.
Birmingham – Has a dedicated train station Birmingham International with frequent services to Birmingham New Street which is the main station where you may need to change but there are also direct trains to Stoke on Trent. Direct journey time is about 1 hour 10 minutes.
East Midlands – If you are going to be hiring a car then this airport may be suitable. From the airport by car you come along the A50 in about 45mins to 1 hour.
Liverpool – again if you are hiring a car this may be suitable
You might want to try the websites http://www.skyscanner.net/ or google flights when looking for flights.
Travelling within the UK
Airport taxis – the University supplier is A Star Travel and they are excellent, friendly people used to working with overseas visitors. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel +44 1782 633555 Mobile +44 7774 808083
Trains within Britain
There’s lot of train sites but don’t let that fool you, underneath they are all using the same database!
Try http://www.virgintrains.co.uk/ which doesn’t have booking fees. They also offer E-tickets (so that you can print them out in advance), M tickets to your mobile phone, or the availability to pick up tickets at machines in the station. Remember to bring the same credit card with you as you booked the ticket.
http://www.virgintrains.co.uk/mobile-app/ they also have a mobile phone app
Arriving at Stoke on Trent by Train
Stoke on Trent train station is right next to the Campus and forms part of the University Quarter.
As you come out the main entrance you will see a statute of Josiah Wedgwood opposite. If you go left you will come to College Road, if you go right you will come to Leek Road (see the campus map link below).
Taxis within the Stoke on Trent area
Sid’s Taxis is excellent/ they will send you an email with the car make, colour registration and name of the driver when it arrives.
Tel +44 1782 713999 or +44 1782 565200.
Other useful information
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