We will meet every train from London and our shuttles will transport you and your luggage to our reception area. Be sure to look for our welcoming table on the Ely train station platform. Since you can charge tickets to credit cards, it is not absolutely essential to bring English cash with you. Also ATMs are widely available. Cash can be changed even at the luggage carousels prior to customs!
Non-refundable airline tickets from the USA to London’s Heathrow or Gatwick airports in March 2019 are expected to cost about $850 RT from New York. Flights normally leave in the late evening, take 7 hours from the East coast, and arrive the following morning in London. You will want to book a flight that departs in the evening of April 4, 2019. (This year we cannot accommodate early arrivals due to the schedule of the school, but hotel accommodations are available). For your return flight to the USA, bear in mind that you will want to leave Ely 5 hours beforehand to allow for sufficient travel time. Therefore, we suggest a 1pm or later departure. We anticipate providing a bus from Ely to Heathrow on Friday, April 12th leaving Ely at 8am and arriving at Heathrow by 11am.
We recommend purchasing non-refundable tickets to save money but we also strongly suggest that you purchase travel insurance just in case. Travel insurance is available from any travel agent.
Of course you may choose to extend your stay in Europe and in the past people have spent additional time in Scotland, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and Norway. Note that there is good train service to London, Edinburgh and Paris, and good air transportation from Stansted Airport (STN), which is a short train ride from Ely, to many European destinations.
More details of transportation from London’s airports to Ely will be provided to participants prior to departure.
Documents: As of the time of writing, (October 20, 2017) you do not need a visa to enter England, but you need a passport. Be sure to apply for your passport at least two months ahead of your travel. If you plan to travel on to other European countries, check their requirements, some ask for at least six months extra time on passports.`