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Jan 11th, 2017, 11:11 AM
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England Transportation Experts Needed! Multiple Questions!

Hello,

Finalizing the details of our trip to England this summer and looking for transportation advice (getting to hotels, trains, driving routes, etc.) I've included day of the week and departure times for each question below - not sure if it makes a difference - we'd like to try and avoid peak hours. If you suggest train tickets, should we purchase these in advance? Thanks for the help!

1)Best way to get from LHR Airport to Amba Hotel Charring Cross (arriving at LHR 3pm on a weekday, will have large pieces of luggage)
2)Best way to get from Amba Hotel Charring Cross to Bath (late morning on a Saturday)
3)Best way to get from Bath train station to Europcar: BATH, BRASSMILL LANE BA1 3JE BATH
4)Easiest driving route from Bath to Stonehenge (on a Saturday after 6pm)?
5)Easiest driving route from Bath to Ludlow via Chepstow and Tintern Abbey (on a weekday morning)? Any heavy traffic times to avoid?
6)Easiest driving route from Ludlow to Manchester-Debdale Park (on a weekday afternoon)? Any heavy traffic times to avoid?
7)Easiest driving route from Manchester-Debdale Park to Grasmere Lake District (on a Friday morning)? Any heavy traffic times to avoid?
8)Best way to get from Europcar York City Station (after returning rental car) to Guy Fawkes Inn?
9)Best way to get from Guy Fawkes Inn to York train station (late Monday night)?
10)Best way to get from York train station to Edinburgh (late Monday night – hoping for an 8:30pm train or later)?
11)Best way to get from Edinburgh train station to hotel in Old Town/Royal Mile area of Edinburgh (in the very late evening around midnight)?
12)Best way to get from hotel in Old Town/Royal Mile area of Edinburgh to Edinburgh Airport?
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Jan 11th, 2017, 12:31 PM
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I like this website, will give you various alternatives, which can be useful depending - rather than just our favorites:

https://www.rome2rio.com/
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Jan 11th, 2017, 01:35 PM
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1) Tube from LHR directly to Charing Cross.

2) Tube or a cab to Paddington and train to Bath.

3) cab

4 thru 7) use the AA route planner and add 25% or so to the drive times http://www.theaa.com/route-planner/index.jsp

8 & 9) walk if you don't have a boatload of luggage, cab if you do.

uh -- isn't #10 obvious? You get on the train in York and get off in Edinburgh

11) depending on which hotel -- either walk or a cab (it will be up hill)

12) depending on which hotel -- Walk down the hill to the AirBus stop or a cab from the hotel.
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Jan 11th, 2017, 02:17 PM
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How many of you are there? Would you be OK with a carry-on size suitcase for each, and maybe one a little larger for jackets and/or hiking boots?

We brought a huge suitcase on our first trip to the UK and regretted it. You can read more about Godzilla, aka Hernia Helper, in my trip report. http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...b-may-2007.cfm

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Jan 11th, 2017, 02:37 PM
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buy those long-distance ticket very early to get discounted fares - www.nationalrail.co.uk - check www.seat61.com for lots of good info on UK trains.

discounted tickets come in first class too and at times not much more perhaps than standard (2nd) class and on long-distance trains first is much much nicer.

On the East Coast Line to Edinburgh try to get a seat on the east side for better views- really scenic after Newcastle.
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Jan 12th, 2017, 10:52 PM
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<<10)Best way to get from York train station to Edinburgh (late Monday night – hoping for an 8:30pm train or later)?>>

Go to www.nationalrail.co.uk to check times. This will then link to the train company to buy your tickets. "Advance" tickets give you the best price - they're usually on sale about 90 days ahead of time (but it might be 180 days ahead on this route, I think).

If you buy Advance tickets you must use that specific train, and you will have allocated seats. Standard class is perfectly comfortable for this route. Unless first class tickets are really cheap.

I believe there's a train at 8.32pm that will get you into Edinburgh Waverley just after 11pm. Then you hop in a taxi to your hotel.
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Jan 13th, 2017, 01:34 AM
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Your number 7:

From the hotel at Debdale Park head towards Manchester until you reach the M60. Turn what is effectively right onto the motorway following the signs for Leeds until you reach Junction 18. Turn left onto the M60 following the signs for Liverpool, but then take the M61 signed for Preston.

Eventually this road merges with the M6 near Preston. Follow the M6 heading North to junction 36 and follow the A590 into Kendal. It then changes its number to A591 and you can follow the signs into Grasmere.
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Jan 13th, 2017, 09:44 AM
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11 + 12 = cab.

All hills in Edinburgh go up.
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Jan 13th, 2017, 11:41 AM
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Standard class is perfectly comfortable for this route. Unless first class tickets are really cheap.>

Yes do check always first-class discounted fares - Standard class is fine but first class so so much finer - free drinks and snacks I believe still compl in first. but yes it depends on how much the difference is.
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Jan 13th, 2017, 12:56 PM
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>>11 + 12 = cab.

All hills in Edinburgh go up.<<

True . . . Except in this one specific case. If you are staying in the old town somewhere along the Royal Mile between the Castle and North Bridge it is an easy downhill walk to the corner of Waverly Bridge and Market street where the AirCoach route starts.

If you are in some other part of old town -- then use a cab.

(I've walked this very route to catch the Airbus at least 3 times - but ONLY when I was staying in that specific section of Old town)
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