a little nervous about arrival in uk

Sep 20th, 2000, 04:15 AM
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Nigel Doran
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Hello again,

I was just on the Trainline and I checked the Durham fare. Expect to pay 71 for a single (one way) fare, which is expensive!
Why not book ahead and get them to have the ticket waiting for you? You could always book ahead for a good few hours after you will have arrived in London. Even if you were late, you could then blame it on the airline and hope the train conductor pities you. (Good chance as they are quite nice people.)
The cheapest, booked-ahead ticket is only 23, some 50 cheaper than the walk-up fare. They will have the ticket waiting for you in the ticket office - you cannot miss it.
 
Sep 20th, 2000, 07:32 AM
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Hi Lisa ...

It had occurred to me that instead of catching the train from London to Durham, you could fly to Newcastle & catch the train down .....

If you have an international ticket then to fly to provicial airport from the main one (ie London to Newcastle) doesn't cost much more ... maybe 20 ??

Of course this really depends on whether you have the air ticket already ... ask your ticket agent ...

Mark
 
Sep 20th, 2000, 08:37 PM
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nigel- thanks for checking out those prices for me. i've looked at thetrainline.com, but all i could find was the price for booking ahead of time, not what it would cost to purchase on my day of travel, so i had nothing to compare it to. given what you've said, i think i should definately look into purchasing ahead of time.

with that in mind, does anyone have suggestions for a reasonable amount of travel time from heathrow to kings cross? my plane is supposed to arrive at 9:05am. my best guesstimate would be to purchase my ticket for 1:30pm... that would leave time for a (slightly) delayed arrival, going through customs, an hour ride to kings cross, and then time at the train station. am i being too amitious?

one thing i am a little confused about... the way it was explained to me, if i were to go up to a ticket booth and purchase a train ticket, it would not be for a specific departure time, nor would it guarantee me a seat. tickets bought ahead of time must not be the same way? because if they were, why would it matter what time i bought the ticket for? is this correct, or am i not understanding things?

 
Sep 21st, 2000, 12:09 AM
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Tickets can be booked ahead either at full price or reduced price on the phone or at the website, or indeed in person at a train station.
The Apex-style tickets require a reservation and time of travel precisely because they are Apex. The train firms want you to travel on that particular journey. The more expensive tickets that you buy on the day - a walk-up fare - gives you flexibility. But, it is rare that you will not find a seat.
I would say travel at 1.30 pm is a good idea.
I promise that once you are here and have bought your Student Railcard and have got to grips with the system it will be easier. As I said, you will have a mailing address then and can get the tickets posted to you.
P S I would NEVER pay 71 for a one-way rail ticket here. It is usually business people who do that!
 
Sep 21st, 2000, 03:04 AM
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on the subject of the laptop: As youre quite young you should attempt to get hold of a DJ style record bag. These can easily accommodate a laptop and are fashionable. Also easily available in club-wear type shops. Only works for the youngsters tho' . over 35s with one look like ninnies.
 
Sep 21st, 2000, 06:52 AM
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i went to thetrainline.com, looked up tickets and it said the following:

"Owing to the increased demand for rail travel during the fuel crisis, stations are very busy and we are sadly unable to offer the service of ticket collection from booking office windows. We are however continuing to offer collection from Fast Ticket machines as usual. If you are collecting or buying tickets from stations please allow extra time to do so."

what does it mean to offer collection from Fast Ticket machines?

also, the four ticket options shown were: bargain single, apex single,super advance single, standard open single, and first open single. what i want is a bargain single or apex single, correct? (i don't really understand the difference between them) the problem is, these were not highlighted as options. the only thing that it said was available was the standard open single and first open single. it says the other tickets must be purchased 7 days in advance. to me, that would mean i have to buy it by the end of their day today. maybe the seven days in advance is already up by their standards???
 
Sep 21st, 2000, 07:00 AM
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Lisa, I have purchased tickets from the trainline website. If a cheap ticket option is not highlighted, that means either the purchase date has passed or they have sold their quota and you have left it too late.

The open single would be the same price as buying a walkup single on the day you arrive.

The Fast ticket machines are machines where you can get your prepaid tickets by using the PIN that they e-mail you.

Ron
 
Sep 21st, 2000, 08:51 AM
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thanks ron. i guess my indecision helped to make my decision for me...
 
Sep 21st, 2000, 10:30 AM
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Lisa:

What a great experience! I've traveled to London to participate in the London Ski Show in fall for several years.

Re: clothing - those that brought bright colored ski jackets stuck out like a sore thumb. Dark, solid colors fit in better. And since you'll be limited on luggage - it'll mix & match better as well.

Never had a problem with a laptop. Just keep it on your lap with your suitcase next to you. I have been pickpocketed with a backpack on in a crowded train though. Up until that time, I kept all my important stuff: wallet, tkts, in an interior coat pocket and never had a problem. The one time, in a hurry, I threw it in the pack it was gone. Moral of the story: on a crowded train, keep everthing in front of you or buy luggage locks. Don't leave anything unattended. Be cautious but not paranoid.


 
Sep 21st, 2000, 10:42 AM
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Isn't that always the way, Lisa! There is such a thing as a 3 day advance purchase ticket (altho maybe not on this routing) so, if you have the time and patience, you may still want to fool around on the trainline site. Other than looking for different times, you could also try different destinations, e.g. Newcastle or Edinburgh (just be sure that you pick a train that actually stops at Durham on the way through)to see if there is cheaper fare.

Getting back to your original question about getting through London, I suggest you check this website the day you leave:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/londonlive/trav...avelnews.shtml

There are buttons to click to find out if there are any problems on any tube lines or stations. For example, if you checked today you would learn that Piccadilly Line trains are not stopping at Kings Cross today because of escalator problems, as well as the transportation problems resulting from the MI6 bombing..

Good luck.
 
Sep 21st, 2000, 12:26 PM
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From one Lisa to another...

Please do us all a favor and post something on this forum once you are safely ensconced in Durham to let us know how you are doing and how your journey went! And we will probably need periodic updates as well... In reading through this thread I am overwhelmed with memories of my own first trip to England at age 23 to study at Cambridge for a summer, and all the excitement and trepidation that went along with it beforehand. You are going to have the time of your life. I hope you will take advantage of any opportunity to travel in the UK and on the continent too while you are there. You are about to have a terrific adventure. All my best wishes will be right there with you on the plane.
 
Sep 22nd, 2000, 05:31 AM
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I've been to London/West England several times,and can tell you that the fashion is not wearing all black. I did however notice, that the dress is somewhat classy, or "smart" as the english call it. But dont worry about wearing jeans and things...just dont sport around in your American Eagle t-shirt. (ha ha.).
If you want an idea of some british fashion, try going to the website for "NEXT". Its a popular clothing dept. in england. YOu'll have to type "NEXT" into yahoo and look for the "clothing apparel" link, as I dont have the actual address on me.

Another great store is Principals. Dont bother too much with Marks and Spencers, as its expensive and mostly for 30+. I dont know about Durham, but as for London, anything goes!! Blue hair, tight jeans, leather shirts, dusty tennis shoes, boahs, go-go boots..u name it!
 
Sep 22nd, 2000, 06:20 AM
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thanks ron for that website, i can see how that would be very useful. unfortunately, i am leaving my house thurs morning and getting to london friday morning- i'm not sure what i see thurs morning will necessarily be of help to me once i arrive. are announcements like that posted at the tube station? or, to use your example, would i find out that the picadilly line wasn't stopping at kings cross when the tube didn't stop and i saw the kings cross signs fly by?
 
Sep 22nd, 2000, 11:51 AM
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Lisa, there would likely be signs at the Heathrow station and voice announcements (which may or may not be in recognizable english) on the train, suggesting where to transfer (Green Park presumably, in that case) or to offer bus service from the nearest station.
 
Oct 2nd, 2000, 09:22 AM
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just wanted to let anyone who cares know that i made it safe and sound to durham! it all went well, although i was a bit stressed at times. the picadilly line was not stopping at kings cross, so i had to get off and changes trains. otherwise, it went without a hitch. my train ticket was terribly expensive, but what are you going to do?? the biggest stressor was lack of elevators or escalators... lugging all my belongs was quite a chore and people were a bit pissed off at me, i think.

thanks to all of you for your advice. i'm here and i really love it so far!
 
Oct 2nd, 2000, 02:40 PM
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I am sorry I came in late to this thread but I am very glad you made it safely to Durham. Although I live near Durham (North Carolina) I have been to Durham (UK) quite a few times. It is a wonderful place, has a great University and the folks could not be nicer even though they speak a little funny. You will have a great time and also will learn alot. Good luck with the food and send my best to St. Cuthbert. Ah, as George Bernard Shaw said: "Youth is wasted on the young." You've made me jealous over your adventure.
Best Regards,

P.S. My last visit to Durham I was a week at the University this July. I would good back in a heartbeat.
PPS Good luck with the weather. The winter can be long, cold and dark.

Paul
 
Oct 2nd, 2000, 07:06 PM
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This is for Old Girl - I think it's so sad that the young man stopped corresponding when he found out you were an older person. I correspond with a lovely old Dutch couple I met on the Hurtigruten in Norway and also with a lovely English widower I met in my travels - they are all forty or so years older than me, but we still have lots in common. I think its sad in that age matters so much to some people. Surely compatibility and friendship know no bounds!
 
Oct 12th, 2000, 05:47 PM
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Lisa,
I went to Cuths 23 years ago and still miss Durham.How have you settled in?
 
Oct 12th, 2000, 07:10 PM
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What an intriguing thread! And how nice to know that all the kindly spirits are still out there ... Lisa, please post again and let us know how you're doing - I have great hope that my own 20-yr-old daughter will be doing a similar trip sooon, and that such nice people will offer such helpful advice.
 
Oct 13th, 2000, 08:10 AM
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Laptop bags are bad news. The scream..."I have $3,000 in here." Try getting a backpack with a built-in padded sleeve for your laptop...or just use your regular backpack and get a laptop sleeve. Most stores that sell compter cases sell these too. If you have a Powerbook or an iBook you may have trouble finding one that fits. Try www.spireusa.com The Spire people carry stuff that works with Apple products.

Have a great time and don't worry about being nervous. Enjoy the adventure and cherish the opportunity life has given you. Happy trails.
 

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