Torquay in the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark is within easy reach of London and the main air and sea ports, from where there are fast and efficient links by road and rail. Direct links from Heathrow airport and London Paddington make it easy to get here. Bristol Airport is another easy airport to use, as is Exeter.

Free local transfers will be provided from Newton Abbott Station and Exeter Airport on Monday 26th September. 



By Air

Exeter Airport  There are flights from many UK airports to Exeter International Airport including Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich and the Channel Islands. 

There are also flights from international airports - major hubs such as Amsterdam Schiphol, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Dublin, and regional airports including Geneva, Brest, Dubrovnik, Faro and Salzburg. There are also long-haul flights from Toronto. Most flights are operated by Flybe.

Bristol Airport fly to over 100 direct destinations recently introducing new routes including Bilbao, Porto and Gibraltar. There are frequent daily services from international hubs Amsterdam, Brussels, Dublin, Frankfurt and Munch providing convenient access.

The Airport Flyer Express is the only bus service which runs every 8 minutes that gets you from Bristol Airport to Bristol Temple Meads train station and Bristol Bus & Coach Station allowing easy connections to Torquay.

London Heathrow  is one of the most connected airports at which to arrive, serving 185 destination in 84 countries and last year used by 73million passengers. 

You can catch the  Heathrow Express train to Paddington and then catch a connecting train to Torquay.

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Gatwick Airport  serves around 200 destinations in 90 countries for over 38 million passengers a year on short and long haul point-to-point services.

1 in 5 passengers travel through Gatwick on business and the airport serves 47 of the 50 top business destinations in Europe.



Gatwick Airport offers the opportunity to catch the Gatwick Express to Paddington station and then a connecting train to Torquay. Or you can take the National Express 501 bus direct to Torquay.


gatwick express

By Eurostar

This service is ideal for anyone wishing to travel from Paris, Brussels, Lille, or Calais. Transfer by taxi or underground from London St Pancras to London Paddington

Eurostar Timetables and Booking


By train

Torbay is well served by trains from all over the country. The two main lines into the county are the Paddington line and Waterloo line served by First Great Western and South West Trains respectively.

Main stations include Torquay, Newton Abbott and Paignton.

To view train times and book tickets online, use the link below:

National Rail Timetables and Tickets

By Ferry


With up to three cross channel ferries a day from Roscoff in France to Plymouth, which is only 50 minutes drive from Torquay it is an easy way to come to Torquay by car or you can arrange a private escort service to meet you at the ferryport in Plymouth and bring you to Torquay.

Brittany Ferries Timetables and Booking


By Car

The Riviera International Centre is only 24 miles from the Exeter M5 junction (there are also Brown signs with Riviera International Centre along the route from this point). If you are travelling from the south and east and prefer a more scenic route, you can follow the M25/M3, then the A303/A30.

AA Route Planner



From April 2015, the UK has introduced a simplified visa system for those wishing to visit on a short trip. The change will see the number brought down to just four visa types, making it easier for travellers to understand which visa to apply for.

If you are travelling from outside the European Economic area, or Switzerland, Click here to check with the UK Government if you need a visa to visit the UK.

If you need a visa, you can apply for a Standard Visitor visa if you want to visit the UK in order to attend the conference. Visitor Rules explains the process for a visitor who is coming to the UK, usually for up to six months, for a temporary purpose. You can Apply Here if you are outside of the UK.

Please note that if you require a letter of introduction to support your visa application, the conference will charge you an administration fee that will then be deducted from your delegate fee once you confirm your booking.


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