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travel from dover to edinburgh by train or air?

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travel from dover to edinburgh by train or air?

We arrive in dover the beginning of June and would like to go eo Edinburgh for 2 days - what train do we take and how should we go? I was thinking we might go by train one way and air the other.

But that might be to difficult. I can't find where there is a place to store our extra luggage,

Thanks,

Sue and Larry

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1. Re: travel from dover to edinburgh by train or air?

It looks like flybe are just this month shutting their Manston (Margate) to Edinburgh route, so if you want to fly north, you will have to make your way to one of the London airports.

Gatwick is south of London, but I suspect that, as you will have to go across central London to change trains, there is little to choose between the various airports. It's probably easiest simplest to continue on the train.

However, if you are arriving in Dover, you are presumably coming from the continent on a ferry. Might it be easier to fly to Edinburgh from your starting point? There are frequent inexpensive flights from Amsterdam, for example.

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2. Re: travel from dover to edinburgh by train or air?

Could be the end of a cruise.........

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3. Re: travel from dover to edinburgh by train or air?

yes it is the end of a cruise. It sounds like a train might be easier?

How do you get tickets in advance?

Thank you for your info.

sue

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4. Re: travel from dover to edinburgh by train or air?

The best place to buy tickets (by far!) is the one of the train operators' websites. Comprehensive timetable and fare information is available from the National Rail site, who will pass you to a relevant operator's site to purchase. Probably EastCoast for that route as you will be travelling most of the way on one of their trains - they will even give you a discount for booking with them.

"Advance purchase" tickets go on sale about twelve weeks before the travel date and are by far the cheapest way to travel by train, but you commit to travelling on specific trains so there is no flexibility. Make sure you allow enough time for transfers from the boat and across London.

Some overseas travellers have reported difficulty getting the EastCoast site to accept their credit cards, in which case, try another operator's site, such as Virgin Trains.

National Rail at http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/

East Coast at http://www.eastcoast.co.uk/

Virgin at http://www.virgintrains.co.uk/

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5. Re: travel from dover to edinburgh by train or air?

Bear in mind that you'll hang about for a couple of hours going through checkin, security, and waiting at a major airport like Gatwick. That gives a little more edge to the train option.

Dover's station is at Dover Priory, which is NOT right next to the dock. I'm sure the ship's purser or the cruise operators can help with transport from the dock to the station.

From Dover there are slow trains going straight into London, then you have to get across London to Kings Cross Station (a taxi being best). The journey from Kings Cross to Edinburgh is somewhat over 4 hours.

Again from Dover, there are trains going westwards to Ashford, where you hit the high-speed route coming under the channel. From Ashford the trains go to St Pancras Station, which is right next to Kings Cross, and overall much less hassle.

There is a minor rail route where you can go Ashford - Tonbridge - Redhill - Gatwick if you want to pick up a flight. I used that line when I lived in the South of England.

Are you returning to your cruise afterwards or are you flying back home? You'll find baggage storage and forwarding at most major stations, and at airports, so you might dump off excess baggage in London, and ask for it to be sent to an airport for you to pick up later.

For example http://www.excess-baggage.com/ (haven't used them, simply know of them)

Again the cruise line might have advice: I doubt you're the first couple with these issues.

Edited: 17 March 2012, 02:32
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6. Re: travel from dover to edinburgh by train or air?

Train tickets in the UK are *very* expensive if purchased on the day. As John987654321 says, you'll get big discounts if you purchase 12 weeks in advance. Probably over 50%. And on some trains the surcharge for first class is so little it's worth the extra cost for the extra space, and to avoid the huddled masses. But don't expect any logic in the advertised ticket prices, check and check again to make sure you have been given the appropriate advance saver fares.

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7. Re: travel from dover to edinburgh by train or air?

There are hourly direct high speed services from Dover to London St Pancras without the need to change at Ashford.

For Gatwick, although the Dover-Ashford-Tonbridge-Redhill route would be cheaper, it's lots of changes and the Dover-London Victoria-Gatwick service would be simpler. Also during the week you can do Dover-London St Pancras-Gatwick

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8. Re: travel from dover to edinburgh by train or air?

Thank you everybody - this has been a great help! We have a better understanding now!

sue and larry

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9. Re: travel from dover to edinburgh by train or air?

Assuming a 9am disembark from ship, ten minutes in a taxi to Dover priory,2 hours to london, 1 hour transfer to Kings Cross, 5 hours to Edinburgh, shoud get you there by 5pm if using the trains.

Try national rail enquiriesfor best range of tickets 12 weeks in advance.

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10. Re: travel from dover to edinburgh by train or air?

This site has lots of info re-train travel.

http://www.seat61.com/UK-train-travel.htm