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"Tips on train travel" Trains Tip by jayhawk2000

Trains, Manchester: 23 reviews and 37 photos

Virgin Trains runs the West Coast Main Line franchise and you can expect to be aboard one of their services for most trips to/from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Birmingham and London.

Virgin is rapidly replacing their trains but have been hindered by never-ending engineering work on the country's most decrepit main line. Journeys to London can take a half hour longer because of diversions and in spots the line is shut entirely, meaning bus replacement services from certain towns. Don't worry when traveling between the big cities: you may face longer journeys because of a diversion but only in exceptional circumstances are cross-country travelers forced onto the charter buses.

East-west travel between Leeds and Liverpool via Manchester is bliss by comparision: very fast and fairly cheap!

Midland Mainline has been running a London-Manchester service via Luton to take some pressure off Virgin. I'm not sure how much longer this will be running but their fares start from £10 return when booked well in advance.

The number one tip for cheap long-distance rail travel is to book six to eight weeks in advance (it's not possible to book any further ahead). Browsing TheTrainLine website shows all available fares to find the bargains.

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  • Updated Sep 21, 2003
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