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Jul 28th, 2013, 10:35 PM
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Train from London (Kings Cross) to Edinburgh (Waverley)

Are there any tricks to know before booking this trip? I think I remember some time ago someone saying something about getting a special card (?) that enabled a discount. Haven't travelled in the UK for years so am a bit rusty on all the tricks.
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Jul 28th, 2013, 10:53 PM
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Buy on the eastcoast.co.uk website, do it as soon as the cheap tickets become available (which is the booking date on the above website).

No special cards unless you are a youth, family, member of the UK armed forces or a senior citizen - all of which require a payment
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Jul 29th, 2013, 01:23 AM
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Other train booking websites:

www.nationalrail.co.uk
www.thetrainline.com
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Jul 29th, 2013, 02:16 AM
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On some trains you may need a reservation. The website will tell you if it's required for a particularly busy service, but you might also want one to make sure you'vs got a window seat on the right-hand side (facing the direction of travel), as that gets you the best view between Durham and Berwick.
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Jul 29th, 2013, 02:23 AM
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The cheapest way is to book as far ahead as possible and on a particular train at a particular time.
With most companies, fares will vary according to the time of travel. It pays to check the website carefully
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Jul 29th, 2013, 03:51 AM
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Thank you all so much. Hadn't thought about where to sit. That's a great tip!
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Jul 29th, 2013, 10:17 AM
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www.thetrainline.com is an independent retailer who charges a fee, whereas train companies' own websites offer exactly the same prices, but don't charge a fee. So using a train company site is a no-brainer.

In this case, www.eastcoast.co.uk offer an extra 10% discount off their own Advance fares, so using the East Coast website to book an East Coast train is an even bigger no-brainer.

London - Edinburgh starts at just £18 if you pre-book well in advance - booking open 12 weeks ahead.

Yes, you read that right. £18. Centre to centre in 4.5 hours. If you flew, the train fare from central London to heathrow/Standsted/Luton airports is £14 before the cost of the flight!!
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Jul 29th, 2013, 11:32 AM
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Other train booking websites:

You can't book on nationalrail and thetrainline is an agent with additional charges
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