All our locations are easily accessible from all parts of the world.
Mercator can save you money by booking train or plane tickets in advance. It is advisable to give us at least 3 weeks notice. If you are being met by one of our escorts on arrival in London, they will have your tickets for you. Other arrangements will be made for ticket collection, if you are not using an escort service.
There are frequent coach services from Heathrow and Gatwick airports to all our centres. There are particularly quick and easy coach services for Exeter and Plymouth. For destinations in Cornwall, the train is more convenient. Visit National Express website (Link) for more details or alternatively visit Traveline Website (Link) for general information.
Train Travel to Cornwall
Train travel from Heathrow and Gatwick Airports is via Reading. You can take a train from Gatwick and change at Reading. From Heathrow you travel by a special airport bus service (Railair Link), which leaves all terminals every 10 minutes to Reading Train Station. It takes passengers straight to the station. At Reading there are direct train services to all stations in Cornwall and Devon. You can buy your train ticket at the airport, which could include the bus fare as well. The journey time is 4–5 hours. Visit National Rail enquiries website (Link) for more details.
There are regular flights from Gatwick Airport to Newquay Airport in Cornwall (1 hour 10 minutes). Visit Newquay Airport website (Link) for full details.
There are regular flights from Austria, France, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland to Exeter Airport in Devon. Visit Exeter Airport website (Link) for up-to-date details.
Mercator arranges an escort for those students who need help with transfer to any of our centres. This means that you are met on arrival and taken to the most convenient train for your destination. The escort phones your host family with your arrival time at your destination. The family will then meet you and take you home. Similar arrangements are made for the return journey. Chauffeur driven car transfers are also available on request.
We must make it clear that if, for any reason, a guest misses his or her flight, train, coach or boat, we do not accept liability for the increased costs of any kind, although we undertake to provide reasonable assistance until the time of actual departure.