Dhamma Dipa and Dhamma Padhana, The European Long Course Centre, are situated on the same campus and therefore travel directions to both centres are the same.
Please choose from the options below for advice on how best to reach us. If you cannot find the answers you need then please contact us on: [email protected]
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All students are asked to arrive between 2:00 and 5:00 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 organizes a direct coach service from Gloucester to Dhamma Dipa/Dhamma Padhana 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)
The Vipassana Trust organizes a coach service on the starting and finishing day of every course between Gloucester and Dhamma Dipa / Dhamma Padhana. The coach leaves at 3.30 pm from Gloucester railway station. (Note that this is not Gloucester Road underground station in London.) The driver will be standing outside the coach with a 'Vipassana Meditation' sign. The railway station is 100 metres walk from the town's coach station.
At the end of the course there is a return journey leaving the centre at 9.00 am and arriving at Gloucester railway station around 10 am. At the end of 3-day courses the coach leaves at 5pm.
The fare for a non-refundable return (two-way) ticket is £16.50. This is payable online by credit card, debit card or PayPal. No single fares are available.
You will need to show your ticket to the coach driver.
Ticket booking closes at 10 am 1 day prior to the start of the course. If you have not booked a ticket by then, you will have to use a local bus or taxi.
For return journeys to Gloucester, Hereford, Ross-on-Wye, Heathrow etc., you can also share a local taxi with other people at a preferential rate (and at a different time from the return coach). More information will be put up on the last day of the course, when you will be able to make arrangements.
For long courses only (20-, 30-, and 45-day courses) there is also a coach service on the day before the start day of the course, leaving Gloucester later in the afternoon. You will be given details about this by email after you have been accepted on your course.
If you wish to buy a ticket for the Gloucester coach service please visit: http://dipa-padhana.fikket.com/
Please do not contact the Centre directly about this coach service – if you have any questions about travel to the centre, please email [email protected]
OR: Having arrived in:
From either direction on the 33 or 32 bus, ask to be let off at the Harewood End Inn bus stop.
The local bus stop is Harewood End Inn.
On the starting day of courses, the centre car will come and pick you up from the Harewood End Inn bus stop. Please do not attempt to walk from here.
In order to arrange this, please call the centre before getting on the bus (in Hereford or Gloucester) on 01989 730234 or use the freephone number 0800 9177377 to tell the Centre Managers what bus you are arriving on, so that a car can be ready to collect you. If you don’t have a mobile/cell phone you can use any public phone using the freephone number 0800 9177377 – no cash or card required. If you are unable to call before getting on the bus in Gloucester or Hereford, you can use the public phone booth when you arrive at Harewood End Inn bus stop, which is located opposite the Harewood End Inn. However, please be warned that it may not be possible for centre staff to arrange an immediate pick up at short notice, meaning there may be a delay in picking you up.
Please do not disturb the owners of the Harewood End Inn or the neighbouring homes by asking to use their phone, and please wait for the centre car on the opposite side of the road from the Inn.
There are arrangements with local taxi companies to offer special rates for people coming to Dhamma Dipa or Dhamma Padhana, 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) or 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 pickup. 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 Dipa / Dhamma Padhana.
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 Dipa / Dhamma Padhana 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 underground rail services called Heathrow Express and 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 the 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 10 minutes walk south of the railway station along Buckingham Palace Road.
It is sometimes possible to get a lift by car with other students.
At the end of the course there is a coach service leaving the centre at 9.00 am and arriving at Gloucester railway station around 10 am.
At the end of 3-day courses the coach leaves at 5 pm.
The fare for the Gloucester coach service is £16.50 per person. This covers travel to and from the centre. Single (one-way) tickets are not available.
If you wish to buy a ticket for the Gloucester coach service please visit: http://dipa-padhana.fikket.com
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 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.
Day 0 bus pickups from Harewood End:
+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 write to:
Info for Dhamma Dipa or Dhamma Padhana
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