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    • Silverking
    • By Silverking 6th Jul 17, 9:42 PM
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    Getting a train to Newcastle?
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    • 6th Jul 17, 9:42 PM
    Getting a train to Newcastle? 6th Jul 17 at 9:42 PM
    Hi all,

    I'm having to go to Newcastle for a wedding in a few weeks and am looking at my various options. I thought I could go up on Friday 21st July and stay over for a few days, with the wedding on Sunday 23rd July.

    I live about 40 mins outside London or 1hr 30mins away from Birmingham. (By train)

    I thought I'd check out the Virgin train sale running currently, if I do a train from Birmingham New Street to Newcastle, a return is about £112. From London it's about £140. However it looks like these are regular prices rather than sale prices. I can see they're still doing offers from London to Glasgow for much cheaper. Would it be possible for me to buy one of these tickets then just get off at Newcastle? (I'll check the route to make sure they stop there).
    Apologies if this is a silly question, I don't catch trains that often!

    Or if anyone else has any cheaper train options, please let me know. It would just be one adult travelling.

    I don't think I can endure the bus/coach ride and planes seem too expensive.

    Thank you in advance for any help you can offer.
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    • stclair
    • By stclair 6th Jul 17, 10:21 PM
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    • 6th Jul 17, 10:21 PM
    The current sale is for the Virgin West Coast line.

    London to Newcastle is on the East coast line so that's why you won't find any sales tickets.

    London to Glasgow is on the west coast line so would be in the sale.
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    • Mr.Generous
    • By Mr.Generous 6th Jul 17, 10:32 PM
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    • 6th Jul 17, 10:32 PM
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    • 6th Jul 17, 10:32 PM
    Don't do what someone I worked with did once and got a ticket to Newcastle Upon Tyne when the course was in Newcastle Under Lyme, and was slightly late for a 2 day course. 1 day late in fact.

    I wonder if you could get a west coast bargain fare to Carlisle then take a different train to Newcastle from there?
    • elverson
    • By elverson 7th Jul 17, 10:44 AM
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    • 7th Jul 17, 10:44 AM
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    • 7th Jul 17, 10:44 AM
    What's the nearest station to your house?
    • Oakdene
    • By Oakdene 7th Jul 17, 10:48 AM
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    • 7th Jul 17, 10:48 AM
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    • 7th Jul 17, 10:48 AM
    The Megabus does London Victoria to Newcastle:

    21/7 depart 09:30 arr 15:55
    25/7 depart 08:40 arr 15:30

    All for the sum of £20.50 & wifi on the bus

    Edit: I know you said you cant endure the coach but with wifi & charging points its better than it used to be (travelling by coach). Plus there is only 3 stops on this route before you get to your destination
    • yorkie2
    • By yorkie2 7th Jul 17, 7:19 PM
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    • 7th Jul 17, 7:19 PM
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    • 7th Jul 17, 7:19 PM
    What station are you travelling from, and what are your journey time requirements?
    • McKneff
    • By McKneff 7th Jul 17, 8:40 PM
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    • 7th Jul 17, 8:40 PM
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    • 7th Jul 17, 8:40 PM
    Do some sightseeing in Newcastle too.
    Go down to the quatside on Sunday mornind and see the famous Market. The Sage and the Baltic. Allthe Bridges . Take a trip on the tourisr boat too. The Eye open up for the boat and everyone on the Market stops to watch and wave.
    Premier Hotel is there and there are yellow Quaylink buses up into town every 10 minutes

    Enjoy...
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    • stclair
    • By stclair 8th Jul 17, 12:12 AM
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    • 8th Jul 17, 12:12 AM
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    • 8th Jul 17, 12:12 AM
    Hi all,

    I'm having to go to Newcastle for a wedding in a few weeks and am looking at my various options. I thought I could go up on Friday 21st July and stay over for a few days, with the wedding on Sunday 23rd July.

    I live about 40 mins outside London or 1hr 30mins away from Birmingham. (By train)

    I thought I'd check out the Virgin train sale running currently, if I do a train from Birmingham New Street to Newcastle, a return is about £112. From London it's about £140. However it looks like these are regular prices rather than sale prices. I can see they're still doing offers from London to Glasgow for much cheaper. Would it be possible for me to buy one of these tickets then just get off at Newcastle? (I'll check the route to make sure they stop there).
    Apologies if this is a silly question, I don't catch trains that often!

    Or if anyone else has any cheaper train options, please let me know. It would just be one adult travelling.

    I don't think I can endure the bus/coach ride and planes seem too expensive.

    Thank you in advance for any help you can offer.
    Originally posted by Silverking
    It looks like virgin east coast are doing a seat sale now.

    The sale will all kick off on Wednesday 12th July, where more than one hundred thousand tickets will be up for grabs, set for travel between July 15 and September 15 2017.

    The cheap tickets include plenty of UK hot spots including London, York, Newcastle, Edinburgh and many more destinations, with a First Class journey to Leeds setting you back just £20.

    You can pick yours up on the Virgin Trains website from 10am on the 12th July, until midnight on the 15th July.

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/travel/virgin-trains-first-class-sale-10533764
    Last edited by stclair; 08-07-2017 at 12:19 AM.
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    • stclair
    • By stclair 15th Jul 17, 9:06 AM
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    • 15th Jul 17, 9:06 AM
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    • 15th Jul 17, 9:06 AM
    https://www.virgintrainseastcoast.com/special-offers/deals/first-class-sale/
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    • Kernel Sanders
    • By Kernel Sanders 15th Jul 17, 8:33 PM
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    How rude! The OP hasn't logged in since making the thread and has just let people waste their time researching and posting advice.
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    • stclair
    • By stclair 16th Jul 17, 1:07 AM
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    How rude! The OP hasn't logged in since making the thread and has just let people waste their time researching and posting advice.
    Originally posted by Kernel Sanders
    I was thinking that seems quite common on this part of the forum (Not sure if it's just me).
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    • Muttleythefrog
    • By Muttleythefrog 16th Jul 17, 2:04 PM
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    I was thinking that seems quite common on this part of the forum (Not sure if it's just me).
    Originally posted by stclair
    Meanwhile the prices are probably shooting up as crafty cockneys look for a bit of Geordie Shore...lol. Hopefully they will return if they've not already resolved.

    Virgin trains east coast London Kings Cross to Newcastle can be bought for as little as £20 well in advance. Given the proximity to the date (special offers presumed expired) I would suspect coach might be all that is affordable.... from Birmingham or London Victoria. Flights look pricey now around those dates.

    Once in Newcastle... either by Megabus, National Express, air or Rail... you'll be very close (simple walk) to a Newcastle metro station (Nexus operated Metro being the Tyne and Wear light rail system which is mostly above ground but some underground) which might get you closer to ultimate destination which is not detailed.

    Agree with above.. plenty to see in Newcastle and the wider region while you're up here. On a Friday or Saturday night in town you might see some unusual 'wildlife' haha... if you fancy something a bit more cultured or laid back then Tynemouth might be worth a visit... home to a few roosting lesser spotted Conservatives and the Priory and Castle. If you really fancied a day of seeing as much as you could via public transport... get a 3 (all A+B+C) zone metro Daysaver ticket for £5 - you can travel as much as you like then for the day on metro system and that includes the Shields ferry across the Tyne (which my wife likes to sit on and go back and forth!)
    Last edited by Muttleythefrog; 16-07-2017 at 3:13 PM.
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    • lammy82
    • By lammy82 17th Jul 17, 11:16 AM
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    And no you can't get off the train at an intermediary station if you're using an Advanced ticket. It's only valid for the specific named stations with no break of journey allowed.
    • Muttleythefrog
    • By Muttleythefrog 17th Jul 17, 5:36 PM
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    And no you can't get off the train at an intermediary station if you're using an Advanced ticket. It's only valid for the specific named stations with no break of journey allowed.
    Originally posted by lammy82
    Does anyone know what happens if you feign illness..i.e. have to get off while bent over double.. might be a trick?
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    • lammy82
    • By lammy82 17th Jul 17, 7:49 PM
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    Does anyone know what happens if you feign illness..i.e. have to get off while bent over double.. might be a trick?
    Originally posted by Muttleythefrog
    Oh yes, that will definitely work. You'll need to keep it going right to the ticket gate, which won't accept your ticket, so maybe try to throw up on the gateline attendant to make sure they wave you through without asking too many questions.

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    • Muttleythefrog
    • By Muttleythefrog 17th Jul 17, 8:04 PM
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    Oh yes, that will definitely work. You'll need to keep it going right to the ticket gate, which won't accept your ticket, so maybe try to throw up on the gateline attendant to make sure they wave you through without asking too many questions.

    That's Moneysaving
    Originally posted by lammy82
    lol... mind you my partner says she's never used the ticket gates to get out of Newcastle.. only to get to the platforms... so they may never know. And you know what Geordies are like... "Is this Glasgow?"...'Eeee hinnie... no it's the toon... but you won't na the difference man.. come on in and get yaself a stottie at Greggs'.
    Last edited by Muttleythefrog; 17-07-2017 at 8:15 PM.
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