Five ways to get to Coventry

Coventry Taxi

Thinking of joining us to study or to visit for an Open Day? Either way, you might be wondering how to get here! Sat Navs are great, but just in case you’re without this luxury, or travelling from further afield, we’ve covered all bases!

Date published

Tuesday 02 February 2021

Coventry is as close to the heart of England as you can get. This means, we're pretty easy to get to. All roads lead to Coventry you could say.

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It's called the Midlands for a reason. It's in the middle of the country and Coventry is as close to the heart of England as you can get. This means, we're pretty easy to get to. All roads lead to Coventry you could say.

Here's a breakdown of the different ways to get to our great city.

1. If you're coming by car

Colourful effect going down a tunnel

This option is the easiest!

Coventry is right at the heart of the UK motorway network and once you hit the city centre we’ve got signposts to the University at each of the relevant junctions.

  • From London: You’ll need to follow the M1, leaving it at Junction 17 and joining the M45. At the end of the M45, you’ll need to continue along the A45 and follow the signs for Coventry city centre.
  • From East Anglia and eastern England: You’ll need to take the A14 until it meets the M1/M6 interchange. Then join the M6 and follow it until Junction 2. From there, follow signs for Coventry city centre.
  • From southern England: Begin by taking the A34 to the M40. Follow the M40 until Junction 15, then take the A46 and follow signs for Coventry city centre.
  • From the southwest: Join the M5, then follow the M42, leaving the M42 at Junction 6. From there, follow the A45 to Coventry.
  • From South Wales: Follow the M4 to the M5, then follow the M42, leave the M42 at Junction 6 and follow the A45 to Coventry city centre.
  • From western Scotland and the Northwest: Follow the M6 until Junction 3 and then follow the signs for Coventry city centre.
  • From the North: Take the M1 to Junction 21, then to the end of the M69, following signs for Coventry city centre.

2. Do you prefer travelling by train?

Artistic view of train on platform

Coventry is on the main inter-city rail route. Trains from London (Euston) leave every 30 minutes throughout most of the day with journey times varying between 1 hour to 80 minutes. Alternatively it takes between 10 and 20 minutes to reach Coventry from Birmingham International Station. dependant on the service provider.

There are also daily services from Scotland and the Northwest, the Southwest and South Wales. Trains from Bristol run up to every 30 minutes. In addition there are frequent services from Oxford, Southampton and Bournemouth, as well as Nuneaton, Rugby, Birmingham New Street and Birmingham International (for Birmingham International Airport and the National Exhibition Centre).

Check the National Rail Enquiries website for more information.

Once you get to the train station

If you take a taxi, the fare should be less than £5, just ask for Coventry University in the city centre. Alternatively, bus numbers 8/8A/9/9A/85/585/X30 leave the station for the city centre every 10 minutes (every 30 minutes after 6pm). Ask the driver for ‘Pool Meadow‘, which is the bus terminus. This is opposite Priory Street. Make sure you have the exact cash ready as no change is given on the buses.

If you choose to walk from the station, it should take you approximately 15  minutes. There are sign posts between to the station and the city centre, and the route is fairly straight forward. To get to the University follow signs for Coventry Cathedral.

Shuttle bus

On our Undergraduate Open Days you can take advantage of our free shuttle bus service from Coventry railway station to take you to and from the University. When you arrive at Coventry railway station go through to the main concourse and look for our Student Ambassadors, dressed in bright green jackets. They will be able to direct you to the shuttle minibus. The journey takes about ten minutes, depending on traffic. The Hub is located next to the Herbert Art Gallery, and is the large glass fronted building with yellow pillars. 

3. By bus or coach

Blurred shot of coach in transit

Pool Meadow bus and coach station is located five minutes’ walk from the University’s Hub and Open Day registration point. National Express offer connections between Coventry and other major cities around the UK.

If you travel from Birmingham or Birmingham Airport you can take the number 900 bus to Pool Meadow station. 

4. By bicycle

Ground view of bicycle wheels

Coventry has great system of cycle paths if you’re local enough, and if you’re travelling from outside of the ring road there are cycle and pedestrian shared-use subways which allow you to circumvent the ring road junctions. For more details see the council’s Coventry cycle map.

If you are travelling to or from the station by bicycle, the trip will take you approximately 5 minutes. There is a designated cycle path from the Toucan crossing over the ring road and an off-road cycle path that takes you to Friar’s Road. There is covered bicycle parking available at multiple locations around the University.

5. Travelling from further afield?

Aeroplane in the sky as sunsetting

You can fly to Birmingham International airport, which is a 10-20 minute journey from Coventry by road or rail. There are direct daily flights to and from Glasgow, Manchester, Belfast, Dublin, Paris, Amsterdam, Dusseldorf and many other major European cities. Note: there are also direct coaches (National Express) and the 900 Bus from the airport to Coventry, terminating at Pool Meadow. If you’re flying to London, you can also get direct trains to Coventry.

So there you have it! However, you’re intending to get to us, Coventry is perfectly located with brilliant transport links to make sure you’re journey is straightforward, wherever you’re travelling from. If you’re joining us for an Open Day, don’t forget to tweet using the hashtag #CovOpenDay, our social media team will be on hand all day to answer all your questions.

James Eggison




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Blog writer and editor for Coventry University, CURB and CUBB.