St.Pancras to Loughborough by train

Old Jun 19th, 2008, 07:34 AM
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St.Pancras to Loughborough by train

Can you help me find the train schedule for this route for my husband? Tried using 'Transport for London' journey planner but seems to just be within London. Thanks.
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Old Jun 19th, 2008, 07:35 AM
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www.nationalrail.co.uk
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Old Jun 19th, 2008, 07:44 AM
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Thanks PalenQ. That was fast! It comes up with a station Loughborough Junction (LGJ). Hope there isn't more than one Loughborough. The one he needs is is Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 3GR
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Old Jun 19th, 2008, 07:47 AM
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From St Pancras train station with frequent departures on East Midlands trains taking a little over 1 1/2 hours.
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Old Jun 19th, 2008, 07:51 AM
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Loughborough Junction is in south London. The station in the town of Loughborough in Leicestershire is called Loughborough.
One is twenty minutes from St Pancras; the other is about an hour and a half.
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Old Jun 19th, 2008, 07:53 AM
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Thank you so much! I'll go back and look again.
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Old Jun 19th, 2008, 08:11 AM
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The symbol for Loughborough in Leicestershire is LBO.

One more questions of you don't mind. The fare is listed as 36 pounds for advance purchase. Will it be much more if he waits and buys it the morning he goes to Loughborough? Thanks again.
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Old Jun 19th, 2008, 08:48 AM
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There should be a variety of fares listed.
The "open" fare is the most expensive and the ticket can be used on any train.
A "saver" ticket can be bought at the station and is valid on most trains, outside certain peak times.
"Advance" tickets must be booked in advance and can only be used on a specific train. If you're travelling at a quiet time of day, they give a big saving.
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Old Jun 19th, 2008, 08:56 AM
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If it's 36 pounds each way?

72 pounds return - then i'd look into the London Plus Pass that also includes 100% covered transfers from Gatwick or Heathrow outside the 2, 4 o4 8 days of unlimited travel on the pass. And with the pass you can hop just any ole train anytime - good on all train franchises - just hop on. That can make the pass worth a lot say when landing in Gatwick and not knowing really when you will get to St Pancras to hop the train to Loughborough. www.budgeteuropetravel.com has prices and a lot of details on British trains; www.britrail.com and www.ricksteves.com also have good info. Cannot be bought in UK stations. UK residents cannot use.
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Old Jun 19th, 2008, 01:10 PM
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London Plus Pass Prices

2 days (in 8 day period) = $145 p.p. 2nd class

4 d out of 8 $235

7d out of 15 = $279

and includes two coupons that can be used on Heathrow, Gatwick or Standsted express trains and can be outside of the validity period of the pass - up to six months valid i guess.

Thus for $145 you get two days unlimited travel in about a 100 mile radius of London, including to Bath, Stratford, Salisbury and all places closer in

that's $73 a day or about 35 pounds - if it's 36 pounds each way to Loughborough Junction then the pass, which gives free transit to/from airports would be a boon for folks taking the Gatwick or Heathrow or Stanstead Expresses into town.

And in this case where the person will be using it the same day as landing - one day on the pass to cover Gatwick-St Pancras train and then train to Loughborough - and can take any train - fully flexible fare and these often cost an arm and a leg IME
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Old Jun 19th, 2008, 02:35 PM
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As far as I can see from www.britrail.com, Loughborough is nowhere near the area covered by the London Plus Pass.
Loughborough is north of Leicester, way outside the area for this pass.
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Old Jun 19th, 2008, 02:36 PM
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Check with east midlands trains www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk as these run the line between St Pancras and Loughborough.

Here you will find times and fares. Depending on when he needs to travel you can get tickets from around £11 each way (these are advance purchase and you must be on the train you are booked for)

It takes around 1hour 30mins to get to Loughborough
 
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I don't get it; www.nationalrail.co.uk and east midlands have the same schedule. Are they the same trains? Or different ones leaving from the same place? Thank you for all your help.
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The National Rail website shows the schedules of trains run by all companies on Britain's national rail network. All the London-Loughborough trains are run by East Midlands Trains.
Both websites will therefore show identical schedules and standard fares. East Midlands Trains may have some special fare offers which will not appear on the National Rail website, but that should be the only difference.
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Old Jun 20th, 2008, 07:30 AM
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Geoff - i should have checked but 1.5 hrs on East Midlands sounded like not so far. sorry for mistake; thanks for correction

But the BritRail England Pass may be of interest if desiring flexible travel - a 4day flexipass out of 2-month period covers all of England for $265 p.p. and if you buy this pass before June 30, 2008 you get a 5th day free

so a 5-day pass - five unlimited travel days over a 2 month period for $265 or about 130 pounds or about 30 pounds a day

and if you have more than two travelers then the 3rd thru 9th persons on the same pass pay only 50% of what the first two adults pay - or 15 pounds for a fully flexible unlimited travel day good on all trains

Kids under 16 get a free pass to match the adults

And the British Companion feature allows one British resident to get a free pass to match what the foreigners pay

British Rail Passes IMO are a great deal for what they offer - fully flexible travel to hop on any train any time
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Old Jun 20th, 2008, 09:37 AM
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An open ticket return St Pancras to Loughborough, according to nationalrail.co.uk runs 61.50 pounds or about $125 for a fully flexible fare like the pass provides

but the pass would also cover Gatwick-St Pancras.

But there are fares as low as 11 pounds one way St Pancras-Loughborough with restrictions so scan the nationalrail.co.uk to see what fares meet your requirements

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