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deladeb May 12th, 2014 02:54 PM

Mega train plus taxi = Cheaper than National express??
 
Would a 2 GBP mega train ticket plus a taxi from Heathrow to Waterloo be a savings compared to National Express at 38 GBP from Heathrow to Southampton for 2 adults with 2 suitcases? Thanks

BigRuss May 12th, 2014 03:38 PM

Huh? Where would the megatrain be going? It's not like the megatrain has its own dedicated rail lines.

And where are you going, Waterloo or S'hampton?

deladeb May 12th, 2014 03:47 PM

Arriving at LHR and going to S'hampton. Waterloo is where megatrain departs from going to S'hampton.

nytraveler May 12th, 2014 05:02 PM

Have you considered the time as well as the money of going so far in the opposite direction?

If this is for a cruise does the cruise line offer transfers?

deladeb May 12th, 2014 06:14 PM

$54 for cruise transfer vs $64=38 GBP.
Thanks NYtraveler, I didn't realize it was in the opposite direction.

PatrickLondon May 12th, 2014 10:26 PM

Taking a black cab from Heathrow into central London is notoriously expensive. You can check out fares at various websites, but it must be around or even more than the £38, even if that's per person.

But for a coach service all the way to the Cruise Terminal, National Express wants you to take their coach into central London (Victoria Coach Station) and change there, for what seems to be just the one service a day.

It looks as though you'd have a more frequent (and cheaper?) service if you took the National Express coach direct from Heathrow to Southampton Coach Station, and a local taxi from there.

BigRuss May 13th, 2014 12:40 PM

Didn't clock that you considered a taxi from LHR to Waterloo. That's nuts - it'd be over 70 quid - about $120.

PalenQ May 13th, 2014 12:54 PM

I From Heathrow terminals an air bus goes to the Feltham train station (practically within eye sight of terminal 4) and Feltham has constant trains into Waterloo station, taking about 30 minutes - a cheap way to get to Waterloo and all in all as fast or faster than a taxi perhaps if traffic congestion is a problem.

You could actually change at Clapham Junction, Britain's busiest railway interchange, before Waterloo and get on trains to Southamapton.

BigRuss May 13th, 2014 01:50 PM

<<You could actually change at Clapham Junction, Britain's busiest railway interchange, before Waterloo and get on trains to Southamapton.>>

That would be . . . unpleasant with luggage.

PalenQ May 13th, 2014 02:48 PM

fist what are the chances of getting a 2 quid Megatrain ticket to comport with your landing - when do you really know you will land, clear Customs, get to the taxi rank or tube or Feltham station, etc.

Seems like National Express bus from Heathrow to Southampton is the best thing - if they serve that route - be penny foolish and pound wise - are megatrain tickets available on that day - I think you must book in advance, right?

nytraveler May 13th, 2014 05:10 PM

One quick suggestion - if you're not aware that Southampton is the opposite direction from London - I suggest you get a set of decent maps for wherever you will be going. It not only helps you locate things it can give you an idea of how long it takes to get places.

PatrickLondon May 14th, 2014 06:44 AM

Here you are - from someone who's worked it all out before:
http://www.londontoolkit.com/travel/...outhampton.htm

(Forget any options involving central London - just go straight to Southampton with the coach).


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