Travel & Accommodation

Strap in and get set for an exhilarating escapade in Farnborough at SQLBits 2024.

SQLBits 2024 will be taking place at Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre, in Hampshire, UK. Explore our travel and accommodation guidance if you’re planning on joining us!

Accommodation

Accommodation is your home on the go – a comfy space where you rest and recharge during your adventures. Here's our suggestions...

Confirmed speakers can book accommodation through SQLBits – more information will be made available after selection.

Delegates are free to book whatever accommodation they like. Why not check out what Booking.com has in the area. Nearby are:

A shuttle bus will run from the train station to Farnborough IECC on a daily basis for those staying in the town centre as well as a second bus running from the Village – more information further down the page.

The rules around travelling into England are subject to change, so please review the information provided by UK Government. If you are travelling into an airport outside England you will need to locate the regulations for that particular location (England/Northern Ireland/Scotland/Wales details).

Travel

Whether you're jetting in from afar or taking a short hop, you can access our venue by air, rail, or road. If you have mobility needs, please do get in touch with us to discuss how we can help get you here.

Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre is conveniently accessible via four stations: Farnborough Main, Farnborough North, North Camp, and Aldershot.

Farnborough Main, served by South West Trains, connects to London Waterloo with up to six trains per hour and travel times as quick as 34 minutes. A swift and effortless choice, the train journey to Farnborough is speedy. The venue is located just 1.5 miles away from Farnborough Main station, a 5-minute taxi ride or use our SQLBits shuttle bus service.

Additional details about station facilities can be found on the National Rail website.

London Heathrow Airport is a 30-minute drive away from Farnborough. Another option is to catch a shuttle bus from Heathrow to Woking Train Station, where you can then switch to a train to Farnborough Main in only 10 minutes. Visit the Heathrow Airport website for further information.

London Gatwick Airport is a 50-minute drive from Farnborough. Alternatively, you can take a 50-minute train ride from Gatwick to North Camp, followed by a brief 10-minute taxi ride to the venue. Check out the Gatwick Airport website for additional details.

Airport Driving Time
Heathrow 30 mins
Gatwick 50 mins
Luton 1hr 30 mins
Stanstead 1hr 45 mins
Birmingham 2hr 55 mins

SQLBits will be providing a daily free bus service from Farnborough Main Train Station and The Village Hotel to Farnborough IECC.

The buses will run Tuesday to Saturday on a rolling service every 10-30 minutes between the outlined times.

Monday (for Meet the Speaker event at the Aviator, buses will run from the station to the Village to the Aviator)

  • PM: 17:00 – 22:00

Tuesday

  • AM: 07:45 – 09:30
  • PM: 17:00 – 22:00

Wednesday

  • AM: 07:45 – 09:30
  • PM: 17:00 – 22:00 (Evening Event – Board Games Night)

Thursday

  • AM: 07:45 – 09:30
  • PM: 17:00 – 22:30 (Evening Event – Pub Quiz)

Friday

  • AM: 07:45 – 09:30
  • PM: 17:00 – 00:00 (Evening Event – The Friday Night Party)

Saturday

  • 07:45 – 17:30

We will ask you in the registration process about your intent to use this service – please do help us by answering this question so we can provide a suitable number of vehicles.

If you are looking for a taxi service, we can suggest the following…

Please use Gate A for drop offs at the venue.

Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre is located just off the A325, accessible from the M3 (J4) and A31.  Lynchford Road westbound is temporarily closed. Plan your journey in advance, see the current diversion routes click here.

Please use Gate F for delegates driving their own vehicles and requiring parking and Gate A for anybody being dropped off. This map has detailed directions to all these gates.

You could consider looking to share your journey on Liftshare or by using a carpool taxi feature.

Parking

Parking at Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre is free, and they have space for up to 3,500 cars. There will be parking attendants at the site to direct you, including anyone requiring parking that is step free and/or easily accessible to the venue. See here for a map.

Blue Badge Parking – There is a triangular parking area outside the East Foyer that is used as a blue badge parking area. This can hold about 30 vehicles and provides convenient step free access to the venue. If this is full, our parking attendants will direct you to an alternative location, also close to the entrance. Please ensure your badge is clearly displayed and our attendants will direct you on arrival.

EV Charging

There are eight chargers in the main car park (in front of the venue) and an additional 10 chargers on one of our overflow car parks. These are operated via an app that visitors can use to pay for their charging once on site, and available on a first come first served basis. If you wish to use the chargers, simply let the on site traffic marshals know and you will be directed accordingly.

 

Please use Gate B if you are arriving on foot or on bike. Farnborough IECC does have some bike racks located opposite the entrance of the hall, there are 3 racks in total and each can hold 4 bikes. Any bikes left will be left at the owner’s risk. There are some lovely bicycle routes around, you can find some here, and loads more with a simple search for ‘Farnborough UK Cycle routes’. 

Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre is conveniently located within a 20-minute walk of neighboring hotels including The Aviator, Holiday Inn, SACO, The Falcon, and loads more!

Why not use our SQLBits Transport Slack to find a travel buddy?

You can find more information on the Farnborough ICC website here.

Farnborough ICC Address:

International Exhibition & Conference Centre,
Farnborough, Hampshire
GU14 6TE
United Kingdom

If you have any questions please get in touch at contactus@sqlbits.com