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Jan 2nd, 2011, 08:03 AM
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Train from LHR to Edinburgh Scotland?

We cannot get a non-stop flight from Washington DC to Edinburgh, Scotland ~ and I REALLY prefer non-stops. At first I thought maybe we would fly to LHR and drive to Edinburgh (we like driving and haven't been north of Derbyshire) but then I thought, what about a train? Has anyone done this? Easy from LHR?
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Jan 2nd, 2011, 08:16 AM
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Easy, yes - Piccadilly line underground to Kings Cross, then train to Edinburgh. Buy tickets in advance as they can be very expensive on the day.
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Jan 2nd, 2011, 08:18 AM
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The www.raileasy.co.uk site sells discounted train tickets.
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Jan 2nd, 2011, 08:29 AM
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Try Virgin for cheap tickets-but they need to be purchased well ahead of travel time. We paid $26 pp for tickets from Edinburgh to London (Euston).
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Jan 2nd, 2011, 09:38 AM
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www.nationalrail.co.uk is the main booking agent for all of Britain's various rail franchises, including the east coast line to Scotland - so try that one too. But yes just show up and you'll pay maybe $100 or more more. But leave fudge factor time as cheaper tickets may well be non-refundable and non-changeable - check conditions first on nationalrail.co.uk IMO
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Jan 2nd, 2011, 09:43 AM
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I REALLY prefer non-stops

Everyone does.

But consider all the facts:

Option 1
Taking tube to Kings Cross, Taking a 5 hr train to Edinburgh (if you are lucky - the London-Edinburgh train OFTEN has delays midway through the run), Cost (tube+train) about $200 person EACH WAY or $400 extra per person.

Option 2
Layover at Newark, NJ or LHR and an extra $100 (at most) - comparded to a simple WAS-LHR flight - for the round trip flight.

Is all that extra time and money REALLY worth it to you just to avoid a connecting flight? Just raising the idea.
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Jan 2nd, 2011, 09:49 AM
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Actually the site of the exact train line that runs most Kings X services to Edinburgh should have the best info on cheaper fares - and the cost of tube + train should be well under $100 with any of the several easy enough to book online discounted fares - and you see a wee bit of England and Scotland as you glide along.

Great North Eastern Railway (GNER) operate high-speed express train services on the East Coast Main Line. Great North Eastern Railway (GNER) run fast, ...
www.gner.railsaver.co.uk/gner.htm

http://www.gner.railsaver.co.uk/ Great North Eastern Railway (GNER) Trains - Ticket Sales and ...
Great North Eastern Railway (GNER) operate high-speed express train services ...
www.gner.railsaver.co.uk/
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Jan 2nd, 2011, 09:52 AM
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"Taking a 5 hr train to Edinburgh"

Journey times to Edinburgh and Glasgow are way under 5 hours.....haven 't done Edinburgh for a while, but Glasgow can be 4 hours 10 mins...

"Cost (tube+train) about $200 person EACH WAY or $400 extra per person."

No need to pay anything like that much.....
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Jan 2nd, 2011, 09:53 AM
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You plan smacks of cutting off your nose to spite your face.

For one thing it's dangerous to leap off a long haul flight into a car

It's also a MINIMUM of 7 hours just to get to Edinburgh - in reality you'd be lucky to reach Edinburgh in under 10 hours from landing.

The train isn't much better - the only advantage is that you'd get to sleep on the train rather than when you are doing 70mph on the M6. (BTW don't use raileasy, it has a bad reputation). Use one of the Train Operating Company websites like eastcoast.co.uk

However the best thing to do is to fly to Edinburgh - this also means you can use some other European hub like Amsterdam rather than the hole that is LHR (unless you are flying BA all the way in which case it's a simple transfer)
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Jan 2nd, 2011, 09:59 AM
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hi wrenwood,

if you can get a through flight [ie checked all the way through] to Edinburgh on BA for example, then I would go that way. However if you can't, then flying into LHR foloowed by the train would be fun, and [hopefully] a good way to unwind after the flight. if you arrive at LHR at breakfast time, you could spend the day watching the countryside go by and arrive in time for high tea in Edinburgh.

ps - what other Edinburgh is there? Edinburgh, Wales? sorry, I couldn't resist a smile!
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Jan 2nd, 2011, 10:19 AM
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What I would do is to arrange for a car service ( picks you up the arrival area and will drive direct to the train station). Hop on the train and enjoy the 4 1/2 hour ride
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Jan 2nd, 2011, 10:29 AM
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"ps - what other Edinburgh is there? Edinburgh, Wales? sorry, I couldn't resist a smile!"

Edinburgh, Indiana, USA
Edinburgh, South Australia
Edinburgh of the Seven Seas, chief settlement of Tristan da Cunha in the South Atlantic
Edinburgh Island, Nunavut, Canada
New Edinburgh, Nova Scotia
New Edinburgh, Ontario
Edinboro, Pennsylvania
Edinburg, Illinois
Edinburg, Maine
Edinburg, New York
Edinburg, North Dakota
Edinburg, Texas
Edinburg, Virginia
Edinburg Township, Ohio

You could also include Dunedin - which is derived from the Scottish Gaelic name for Edinburgh
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Jan 2nd, 2011, 10:31 AM
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"Great North Eastern Railway (GNER) operate high-speed express train services on the East Coast Main Line. Great North Eastern Railway (GNER) run fast, ..."

You need to update your links - GNER was two train companies & several years ago. The franchise is currently run by East Coast - eastcoast.co.uk
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Jan 2nd, 2011, 10:39 AM
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alan - I tried to remember the eastcoast.co.uk link you have mentioned lots of times as a better booking thing but cud not think of it so did a Google thing... well you are write of corse.
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Jan 2nd, 2011, 11:32 AM
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To get from LHR to Edinburgh you first have to trek to central London, then change stations and take a train.

I think if you look you may find other options:

Flights from NYC to Glasgow - although this may be n summer only. But then you're only an hour from Edinburgh.
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Jan 2nd, 2011, 12:19 PM
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I love the train trip to Edinburgh [Scotland ] but I would never ever trek across London from LHR (either by tube or car service) to get on a train and sit for another 4.5 hours.

Either fly non-stop to a European hub like A'dam and then on to Edinburgh. Or fly through LHR and up to Edinburgh. Or fly DC to Newark and then non-stop to Edinburgh

Any of these would be easier (and faster/cheaper) than slogging across London and the train to Edinburgh IMO
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Jan 2nd, 2011, 12:21 PM
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ps: I didn't check to see for sure if there are still non-stops from Newark - based that on last year.
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Jan 2nd, 2011, 02:29 PM
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I just checked BA and plugged in June 7th as a possible date. You can get a round trip from LHR to EDI for 47 GBP each way including taxes etc. That's about $150 round trip. The price may vary somewhat according to date and time.

You might get cheaper train tickets but by the time you figure travel costs to Kings Cross plus the amount of time saved, you come out way ahead by flying.
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Jan 13th, 2011, 07:46 AM
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The only direct flights into Aberdeen from the US are from Newark; you can also fly from Newark to Glasgow and to Glasgow from Orlando, Philadelphia, and the rail connection is very easy
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Jan 13th, 2011, 08:32 AM
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Aberdeen?
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