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Train travel from London Heathrow to Edinburgh

Train travel from London Heathrow to Edinburgh

Old Feb 19th, 2001, 04:10 PM
Debbie Farrar
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Train travel from London Heathrow to Edinburgh

I am flying on frequent flyer miles with my sister to London in late August. We were unable to get same day flight to Edinburgh and we are hoping to arrive on Sept 1 in Edinburgh for the Highland Games. My question is: is their fast train travel from Heathrow Airport to Edinburgh?
Old Feb 19th, 2001, 04:33 PM
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THere's no direct train from Heathrow to Edinburgh, AFAIK. Most trains to Edinburgh leave from King's Cross station. The Piccadilly Tube line from Heathrow does stop at King's Cross, but if I recall correctly it's a bit of a trudge from where you get off the Tube to where you pick up the train; not a ton of fun with luggage. There's probably an easier way to get to King's Cross from Heathrow--someone who posts here frequently has talked about an excellent-sounding car hire service which is about 24 GBP total one-way into the city, picking you up at Heathrow.

Train from King's Cross to Edinburgh usually takes about 4 1/2 hours. There are also night sleeper trains leaving from Euston, but I've never taken one of those.

Alternatively, have you tried checking with some of the European-based airlines, like Virgin Express? You might be able to find a halfway decent fare from London to Edinburgh with one of them.
Old Feb 19th, 2001, 07:20 PM
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You couldn't get a time you liked with British Midland? They have 14 flights daily from LHR to Edinburgh, 10 direct and 4 that connect in Manchester, the last one leaves just before 9 pm. Their prices are quite decent if you book well in advance. If you didn't consider them, try their website at www.britishmidland.co.uk

Leave at least 3 hours for the connection at that time of year; you have to change terminals at Heathrow. Depending on what US airline you are on, they may be able to check your baggage all the way through to Edinburgh, which is nice.
Old Feb 19th, 2001, 09:39 PM
Nigel Doran
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If you do decide on the train, do NOT just get a walk on fare as it will be . (Up to $200 return!)
Go to www.thetrainline.com to book ahead. It can be as cheap as 40 return. I am not sure that you can book ahead so far in advance.
The only snag with this is that you have to get the train you specify, so if the plane is late then you might well have to pay a surcharge. Sometimes, though, the crew on the trains are O K and let you ride without paying extra.
If you do end up paying the walk on fare, avoid certain times like early mornings and Fridays (with Fridays, the fares are 1/3 more). Mind you, seeing you are going with flyer miles you might just want to splash out on the train ticket.
Check out the above site for more details on cost and timings. Trains go from Kings Cross. Travel light and taking the Tube will be better.
Old Feb 20th, 2001, 08:11 AM
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If you do use British Midland, make sure you get to the gate no later than 15 mins before the flight time. We flew into Heathrow from San Francisco last December on a Sunday morning. Our flight from SF on United was late. 10 people on our flight were connecting with the same British Midland flight to Edinburgh, so Uited notified BM that we were late. United met us at the arrival gate, escorted us to the shuttle they had waiting for us, escorted us to security and passport control, getting us to the check in desk 10 mins before flight time. British Midland would not let us on the plane - they had already closed the gate and absolutely refused to let us on the plane. We all had to wait 2hrs for the next plane and we were all pretty mad. The in-flight service was very good, the planes were lovely, but the service (from a supervisor!) on the ground at Heathrow was extremely unhelpful, to say the least.

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