How to Get to Liverpool

Air Travel

Manchester International Airport (MAN) is 45 minutes by motorway from Liverpool.

Duration of flights to Manchester International Airport from:

Regular trains (2 an hour) leave Manchester Airport for Liverpool Lime St Station. There are direct trains with a journey time of about 1 hour, or trains with one change with a journey time of 1 1/2 hours. Check train time tables on the National Rail website.

Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL) also provides a variety of international flights.

There is regular bus service from Liverpool Airport into Liverpool city centre. The Arriva Service 80A runs to the Liverpool One Bus Station, as does the Arriva Service 86A, and the Arriva Airlink 500 also runs to Liverpool One and to Lime St Station.

Car Travel

From the M62, at the end of the motorway, continue straight ahead onto Edge Lane (A5080, then A5047) and look for signs for Liverpool City Centre and the Docks. The Crown Plaza Hotel is located adjacent to the Mersey River.

If you're coming from Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL), follow the A561 into Liverpool, then at Parliament St exit onto the A562. Continue to Chaloner St onto the A5036, following this until you reach Strand St (or "The Strand"). Take a sharp right onto Strand St. The Crown Plaza Hotel is located down The Strand a little ways on your left.

For sat-nav users, the post code for the Crown Plaza Hotel is L3 1QW (St Nicholas Place, Princes Dock).

Coach Travel

National Express provides coach service between Liverpool and many destinations in the United Kingdom. The National Express terminal in Liverpool is loctaed on Norton St, approximately 15-20 minutes by foot from the Crown Plaza Hotel.

Rail Travel

Liverpool Lime St Station is well-served by the British Rail network with connections to London and all other major British cities. Check the National Rail website for ticket information and booking.

Here are some travel times between Liverpool and other selected destinations:

By foot, it is a 10-15 minute journey between Lime St Station and the Crown Plaza Hotel. Taxi service is available from the station at the Skelhorne St exit.

The Eurostar rail service operates between London (St Pancras), Paris, and Brussels, with further (non-Eurostar) connections to many major European cities.

Sea Travel

Liverpool is linked to Dublin via ferry service and Birkenhead (across the Mersey River from Liverpool) is linked to Belfast.

Check the timetables for further information and booking. If you're traveling between Belfast and Liverpool with your car, here is one ferry service that can accommodate you (check online for others).


If you are not a British Citizen or a citizen of one the European Economic Area (EEA) countries, you may need an entry clearance before you travel to the UK.

People from certain countries, known as visa nationals, need an entry clearance to enter the UK for any reason; those from other countries need one only for some reasons: for example, to live as the wife or husband of a British Citizen.

Entry clearance is the formal term to describe the application process for visa nationals who wish to travel to the United Kingdom and for non visa nationals who intend a longer stay or to settle in the UK. The entry clearance certificate, more commonly called a visa, is placed in your passport or travel document.

The visa tells the immigration officer at a UK port of arrival: the purpose of your travel; how long you can stay in the UK; and the latest date that you can enter the UK. Normally, you may enter and leave the UK as many times as you like during the validity of your visa.

To find out if you need a visa and for further information, go to UKvisas.

If you need a "letter of attendence" to apply for a visa, please contact Prudence Wong. Please note that you should first register for the conference, as we require proof of your intention to attend before a letter can be supplied.