Travel to Dhamma Padhana might be affected due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Please refer to your course confirmation letter regarding travel arrangements and make sure you have the latest travel information.
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All students are asked to arrive between 2 and 5 pm on the day the course begins. After registration is completed, a light meal and orientation will precede the start of the course.
The course will end at approximately 7:30 am on the last day of the course. All new students, as well as old (returning) students taking a full course, are required to remain until the very end of the course. Part-time old students will not be permitted to leave on metta day, the tenth full day, except in case of emergency or by prior arrangement with the assistant teacher(s).
There are several routes to the centres. All routes will eventually take you either to Ross-on-Wye (7 miles), Hereford (10 miles) or Gloucester (25 miles), the three nearest towns/cities.
The Vipassana Trust organises a direct coach service from Gloucester to Dhamma Dīpa/Dhamma Padhāna on the starting and finishing day of every course. Otherwise you can use a bus or taxi from either city (details below).
There is plenty of car-parking space at the centre.
The best postcode to get you close to the centre is HR2 8NG. You will get the best results with these coordinates: Latitude: 51.937 / Longitude: -2.718 (equivalent to North 51 degrees 56 minutes 2 seconds, West 2 degrees 43 minutes 0 seconds).
There are arrangements with local taxi companies to offer special rates for people coming to Dhamma Dīpa or Dhamma Padhāna from various points on the journey, long or short-distance.
They will meet people at any UK airport (at Heathrow, for example, for £135), or at the train or bus stations at Gloucester (£50), Ross-on-Wye (£30), Hereford (£20) or other towns such as Bristol, Birmingham or Cardiff.
Taxis should always be booked in advance to avoid an initial delay in the pick-up. The companies have a variety of different-sized vehicles, so if more than one person books a taxi at a similar time of day they will group them together so the cost can be shared.
For more information or to pre-book a taxi contact:
If you prefer not to share a taxi please notify them at the time of booking.
London has five main airports:
Heathrow is closest and most convenient for Dhamma Dīpa/Dhamma Padhāna.
Flights to Stansted and Luton are usually less expensive, although the extra distance will add a few hours to your journey.
National Express Coaches run regularly between airports.
National Express Coaches offer services from these smaller airports to Gloucester. Go to the National Express Coaches website to find coach times.
Birmingham airport has its own railway station – Birmingham International station – from which you can catch a train to Gloucester or Hereford. You may need to change at Birmingham New Street.
From Bristol airport there is a coach to Bristol Temple Meads railway station from where there are regular trains to Gloucester.
Cardiff airport: a rail link connects Rhoose Cardiff airport station to Cardiff Central station. There are regular trains from Cardiff Central to Hereford and Gloucester. For further information about trains, see the National Rail Enquiries website.
The simplest and cheapest way to get to Dhamma Dīpa/Dhamma Padhāna from London Heathrow is by coach. Coaches run from other London airports to Heathrow, at least once an hour. See the National Express for coach times to Gloucester.
Please note: a return ticket only costs a little more than a single, and considerably less than a single each way.
Heathrow Central Bus station is located between Terminals 1, 2 and 3 and above the Underground railway station. To get there from Terminal 4 and Terminal 5 there are free rail services called Heathrow Express and TfL Rail (formerly Heathrow Connect).
Both airports have local stations with single-change rail services to Hereford. There is a good service back from Hereford to Liverpool airport on a Sunday morning.
For further information about trains, see National Rail Enquiries.
Eurostar trains from Paris, Lille and Brussels arrive in London at St Pancras International station.
From central London, trains travel from Paddington to Gloucester or Hereford (see National Rail Enquiries). The Circle line of the Underground (the Tube) connects St Pancras to Paddington.
Alternatively, from Victoria coach station you can catch a National Express coach to Gloucester or Ross-on-Wye, or one of the cheap services offered by Megabus between Victoria coach station and Gloucester.
To get from St Pancras to Victoria coach station, take the Underground (Victoria line) to Victoria railway station. Note that the coach station is about ten minutes’ walk south of the railway station along Buckingham Palace Road.
It is sometimes possible to get a lift by car with other students.
For the return journey to Gloucester, Ross-on-Wye, Hereford or Heathrow after your course, you can also share a local taxi with other people at a preferential rate at a different time. More information will be put up on the last day of the course, so you will be able to make arrangements then.
Public transport for courses ending Monday–Saturday is reasonably good. Local buses run from the Harewood End Inn bus stop to Hereford and Gloucester.
On Sundays public transport is poor, with local buses not starting until the end of the morning. For the times of coaches to Heathrow leaving from Gloucester, visit National Express.
+44 (0) 800 9177377 (free from phone box)
For general use:
+44 (0)1989 730234
If you have any questions about travelling to the centre, please email:
Info for Dhamma Dīpa or Dhamma Padhāna.
Local Buses (32 & 33)
Timetable / +44 (0)1432 260211
S&R Taxis (for Gloucester and Ross-on-Wye):
+44 (0)1989 566246 / 566100
Blue Line Taxis (for Hereford and UK Airports):
+44 (0)1432 343435