Travel Directions

Quick guides on travel to the Open University

Travelling from LUTON airport

This is the closest airport to Milton Keynes and although it does have a regular coach service to Milton Keynes it is quicker to get a taxi, but this will cost approximately £35.

For coach details, visit the National Express web site where you can pre-book a bus from Luton Airport to Central Milton Keynes, at approximately £11.20 for a one-way ticket.

Alternatively take the bright red Virgin bus (VT99) which runs hourly from Luton airport to Central Milton Keynes (this bus leaves at 5 minutes past the hour and fare is £4, but we recommend you check the details here [bus schedule] before your journey, for any changes). The journey time is just under an hour - (this service does not operate through the night).

Taxi from Luton to Milton Keynes

Fare is around £40. You can pre-book a taxi with Carlton Car Service
Tel: +44 (0)1908 307030.

Travelling from BIRMINGHAM INTERNATIONAL airport

Birmingham Airport is directly on the main train line to Milton Keynes.

Birmingham International railway station is directly linked to the airport passenger Terminals by SkyRail. The SkyRail is free, operates about every 2 minutes when the rail station is open and the journey takes less than 2 minutes, you can then pick up a train connection to Milton Keynes Central, at approximately £25 for a one-way standard ticket.

For coach details, visit the National Express web site where you can pre-book a coach from Birmingham International Airport to Milton Keynes Coachway, at approximately £15.20 for a one-way ticket.

Car / Taxi from Birmingham to Milton Keynes

By car / taxi - most of the time it is quicker to avoid the M6 and use A45, M45 then M1.
Fare is around £75. You can pre-book a taxi with Carlton Car Service
Tel: +44 (0)1908 307030.

Travelling from HEATHROW airport

Take the Heathrow Express to Paddington

Journey Time: 15 minutes
Fare: £22 one way, £36 return

From Paddington take the Underground (Hammersmith and Circle line) to Euston Square.

Journey time: 10 minutes
Fare: £2.00

You will then need to take a short walk along Euston road till you reach London Euston Railway Station. From London Euston you can catch either a Virgin or London Midland train to Milton Keynes Central.

Journey Time: 30 - 50 minutes

Travelling from GATWICK airport

The Gatwick Express train travels to Milton Keynes (1 hour and 40 minutes) The Open University can then be reached by taxi.

Discover times and cost of rail journeys at

Direct bus services from Heathrow, Gatwick to Milton Keynes Coach Station - details at this web site:

Travelling from STANSTED airport

A direct bus (service 777) operates from Stansted to Milton Keynes 8 times a day with a journey time of 2 hours 15 minutes, fare approx. £21.80


From Milton Keynes Central Train Station to the Open University: fare approx. £8.00-12.00, journey time about 10 mins.

Open University Rail Shuttle Bus

Departs from bus stop no. 34 at Milton Keynes Central Rail Station (fair costs £1)

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