Wondering if anyone could help, I'm going to the NEC arena in Birmingham in April 2010, and I wanted to plan in advance and find out how much it would cost to go via train, I do drive but by the time I've put in £40 for petrol and paid for parking not to mention all the traffic I'm thinking it's less stressful to go via train
having only been on a train once in my life when I was 12, (and I'm 34 now) I'm finding it very confusing finding out the best method of travelling there.
I need to be in Birmingham before 09:30 and arrive near to the NEC or at least 20 mins walking distance.
I'm travelling from Bolton, but I don't mind swaping at any of the Manchester stations but that's about it, I don't really want to be waiting around for connecting trains as I'm pretty sure I'll end up missing one.
The Cheapest I can find for a return fare is £60 + , I think this is dear tbh, not sure if I'm doing something wrong, 1st class works out at over £100!!,
I have considered National Express coaches but again never used them or know about times etc.
Could anyone help who's in the train know lol