Travel options from UK

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As I was working out the best method to get to SHA from the UK I thought I might as well document it on the Wiki...


  • Travel in time to arrive at some point 3 August 2017, but some tickets aren't available for that date yet so prices are guessed based on earlier dates.
  • One is considering sensible options. While you could come by boat or hovercraft that's a bit of a stupid idea to cross the channel and you'll probably die.
  • Coming by light aircraft is perfectly sensible and sane, you probably won't die, but is a bit silly. Nearest airfields are:
  • I'm coming from Northampton, but will probably make this kinda London-centric as that's the way the UK works.
  • Assuming travelling alone, hackers travelling in groups will be cheaper.


Google Maps suggests via the E40.

Detail Journey time Mileage Round trip cost
Fuel £130 according to AA mileage planner
Ferry Dover-Calais £114 (DFDS)
Total 7:00 400 miles £244

Fly + train

Flight options

Depart Arrive Carrier Flight time Cost (return) Notes
Luton Amsterdam Easyjet £69
Birmingham Amsterdam Flybe 1:20 £86

Full route

Depart Arrive Carrier Flight time Cost Notes
Northampton Birmingham London Midland train 0:48 £13.70
Birmingham Amsterdam Flybe 1:20 £114 (return)
Amsterdam Nijkerk Intercity + Sprinter 0:53 €10.30
Journey time Cost
3:01 + waiting/checkin time £142 + €20 return

Train - Eurostar

Depart Time Time Arrive Duration Type
Northampton 09:05 10:18 London Euston 1:13 Crabby British train
London St. Pancras International 10:58 14:05 Bruxelles-Midi 3:07 Eurostar
Bruxelles Midi 14:52 16:02 Rotterdam Centraal 1:10 Thalys
Rotterdam Centraal 16:35 17:32 Amersfoort 0:57 Intercity
Amersfoort 17:41 17:53 Nijkerk 0:12 RegionalExpress
Journey time Cost
6:39 + waiting time £35 + €106 return

Train - Rail & Sail (overnight)

This seems to include train travel from anywhere after Liverpool Street to any Netherlands NS station, which I assume includes Nijkerk.


  • Northampton
  • London Euston
  • London Liverpool Street
  • Harwich
  • Hook van Holland (overnight leg)
  • Rotterdam
  • Amersfoort
  • Nijkerk
Journey time Cost
Overnight £222 + UK train to London

UK Nerds travelling

The Bristol and Milton Keynes Makerspace are coming over on the 9AM Ferry from Harwich on the 3rd August if you wish to come and cause chaos on the ship. Likewise, coming back on the Tuesday lunchtime sailing