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Location Info

Place: Liverpool, UK

Venue: Open Labs next to the Astrophysics Research Institute

Dates: 10-13 November 2015

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The Astrophysics Research Institute is marked in blue and the provisional Gaia 2015 venue is marked in blue. To view in more detail goto Google maps.



There are two airports providing access to the city of Liverpool.

LPL - Liverpool John Lennon Airport

The principle airlines flying to this airport are eaysJet, Ryanair, Blue Air, Flybe Wizz Air, Czech, Thomson and Aer Lingus.

There is no rail link at this airport but there are frequent bus services to Liverpool South Parkway railway station which is NOT in the city.
Liverpool South Parkway is a double railway station providing two separate rail routes to Liverpool Lime Street or Liverpool Central stations, which are in the city.
A combined bus/train ticket can be purchased at the airport.

The bus services from the airport direct to Liverpool are numbered 500 , 86A and 80A .
These are operated by Arriva. The 80A & 86A services go via Liverpool South Parkway station.

Journey time to Liverpool is approximately 30 minutes.

MAN - Manchester Airport

This airport is larger than Liverpool so a greater number of principle airlines fly to this destination.

The rail link at this airport is Manchester Airport [MIA] station. Trains operated by Northern Rail go direct to Liverpool Lime Street station every hour, see Timetable.
The journey time is approximately 1 hour.

An alternative train route is from the airport station to Manchester Piccadilly [MAN] station and changing there for a train to Liverpool Lime Street [LIV].
Several train companies operate this alternative route. The journey time is approximately 1.5 hours.
Refer to National Rail Enquiries for train times. It accepts three letter abbreviation [TLA] station names.

Rail Travel

  • Liverpool Lime Street [LIV] is the main railway station located in the city. There are some trains direct from London Euston [EUS] but most require a change at Crewe [CRE] station.
  • Liverpool Central [LVC] station located in the city and is a local commuter destination
  • Liverpool South Parkway [LPY] station is located 10km from the city and 4.5km from Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

The railway system local to Liverpool is operated by Merseyrail and the stations in and around the city can be view via the link to this map.

Eurostar trains terminate at London St. Pancras International [STP] which is 1km from London Euston, where train to Liverpool Lime Street depart.
St. Pancras to Euston is a 5 minute by walking or via the London Underground on the Victoria Line (pale blue) or Northern Line (black).
Direct trains from London Euston to Liverpool Lime Street are operated by Virgin Trains, the journey takes approximately 2.5 hours

National Rail Enquiries is useful for planning rail travel with all UK train companies and for checking on delays or cancellations.

Bus Travel

Merseytravel has general information about public transport in Liverpool.
They provide a bus route planner and a map of Liverpool City Centre bus routes.

Car Parking


There is no free street parking near the University and metered street parking, marked in blue and red, is very expensive per day. The multi-story marked P is recommended at £4.00 per day and it is a 5 minute walk to the Gaia venue. It is Pay-and-Display and open 7:00am until 20:00pm, motorcycles and disabled are free. The open air car-park opposite marked P will normally have free spaces if the multi-storey is full.

More information about parking in Liverpool is available from Parkopedia.