The Farnborough International Airshow is one of the world’s most anticipated biennial events, with more than 80,000 visitors expected to attend from 96 different countries.
With a new look flying display, as well as demonstrations from leading aerospace companies and interactive exhibits, there will be something for everyone.
We’ve been working on the show for over 20 years now, so we know a thing or two about navigating the event. From the best places to stay for your trip, to what you should expect when you get there, we’ve put together a handy guide to help you navigate the Airshow with ease.
How to get to Farnborough International Airshow
Before we can start thinking about all the fun to be had at the show, let’s talk about how to get there first. Whether you’re flying in from abroad, or you’re travelling from a few miles down the road, we’ve got you covered.
The show is close to several national rail stations all within 35 minutes of London, including Farnborough Main, Farnborough North and Aldershot. To make things even easier, there’s a free shuttle bus from each of these train stations to transport you directly to the site, running 7am-7pm each day of the air show. (image source)
Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre is located just off the A325, accessible from the M3 (J4) and A31. The venue isn’t always recognised by SatNavs, so attendees are encouraged to use the postcode GU14 6AZ, and then follow the signs to the relevant car parks.
Our advice would be to head there as early as you can, the first few days are particularly busy on the roads. There’s plenty of parking, but the later you arrive, the further away you’ll be. That may not sound like a big deal, but after a whole day of walking around, your feet will thank you for that early alarm!
If you’re flying into TAG Farnborough airport, you will be efficiently transferred to the door of the event without even leaving the airport boundary. London Heathrow and London Gatwick airports are other convenient options, both within an hour’s drive from Farnborough.
Where to stay (and when to book!)
The Farnborough International Airshow is popular across the globe, with guests attending from nearly 100 different countries. This means that a lot of people are in need of a bed for the night, so it’s a good idea to book your accommodation early. We recommend confirming your bookings by October.
We’ve even curated a list of our top five hotel recommendations for the show. Each are situated within a mile from the event, so they’re perfectly located for a good night’s rest but close enough to the action so you don’t miss a thing.
Thee hotels are all highly rated by TripAdvisor as well, so you don’t just have to take our word for it (we’d never steer you wrong!).
Village Hotel – 0.6 miles from Farnborough Airshow
Aviator Hotel – 0.8 miles from Farnborough Airshow
Holiday Inn – 0.9 miles from Farnborough Airshow
Hotel the Falcon – 0.8 miles from Farnborough Airshow
Airport Lodge – 0.8 miles from Farnborough Airshow
Where to eat in Farnborough
The air show is jam-packed with exciting exhibitions and displays across the week, so you’ll want to make sure you’re properly fueled-up to enjoy the event. Whether you’re dining alone, or bringing a client to impress, we’ve listed a selection of the best restaurants based in Farnborough that will not disappoint.
If you’re coming from overseas, it’s only right that you should experience a proper British pub while you’re here – so we’ve popped a couple of our favourites on the list, too.
Everest Tandoori – Indian
Crab & Anchor – Fresh, homemade food
The Gallery Restaurant – European
Malacca – Chinese
What to expect when you arrive
The Farnborough International Airshow is the place where the ever-changing aviation and aerospace industry gathers to learn, network and do business. It is an unrivalled platform for businesses of all sizes, from all tiers of industry, to showcase their latest innovations.
But before we dive into the dazzling displays and exciting exhibitions, you’ll need to get through the door. The event has strict security, the same as you would expect at any airport, so be prepared for searches and make sure you leave enough time to allow for queueing.
We hope this guide to the Farnborough International Airshow has been useful, and we can’t wait to see you there. One thing’s for certain, you’ll leave the event feeling inspired about the future of the aviation industry.
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