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    Cheapest way to get from north west lancs , to edinburgh ?

    accrington / blackburn - to edinburgh , 2nd of jan

    when to book tickets , now or leave till near the time ??? thnaks for any help , have a virgin railcard !! tnx

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    early is cheaper

    Original Poster

    garbage456

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    HeHeHe!! so funny & helpful !!

    If you book too early you will pay normal prices, most companies release their Advance (cheap) tickets about 12 weeks before, so it would probably be best to wait a few more weeks. Can you decide how you want to travel? then find out where the departure point is, for example Virgin travel from Preston to Edinburgh, obviously I don't know if that is acceptable if you live Accrington / Blackburn area. A problem you may have is the 2nd Jan is a Sunday, it may be a bad day for travelling, ie restricted timetable or major hold ups due to maintainance of the line, is it possible to travel either a couple of days earlier or a couple of days later?
    Virgin have released Advance tickets up to 2/12/2010.

    Original Poster

    The Fox

    If you book too early you will pay normal prices, most companies release … If you book too early you will pay normal prices, most companies release their Advance (cheap) tickets about 12 weeks before, so it would probably be best to wait a few more weeks. Can you decide how you want to travel? then find out where the departure point is, for example Virgin travel from Preston to Edinburgh, obviously I don't know if that is acceptable if you live Accrington / Blackburn area. A problem you may have is the 2nd Jan is a Sunday, it may be a bad day for travelling, ie restricted timetable or major hold ups due to maintainance of the line, is it possible to travel either a couple of days earlier or a couple of days later?Virgin have released Advance tickets up to 2/12/2010.



    really helpful thank you so much , want to go by train from accrington , to edinburgh , have booked hotel , from 2nd , so have to travel this day ! did'ent think about ,, hold ups , i have a virgin railcard , coming up now as £91.80 return do you think is cheapest it will be ??

    thanks for your advice

    In a few weeks time you will probably get them a lot cheaper, probably half the cost but it is a Sunday so Advance tickets may be in short supply. 3/1/2010 is a Bank Holiday in England, 3/1/2010 & 4/1/2011 is a Bank Holiday in Scotland.
    The Virgin tickets from Preston for 2/1/2011 at present are £30.40p single whilst the same ticket for 21/11/2010 are from £8.50p single but these are the Advance tickets.

    Might be worth looking at flights - seriously. The train fares seem to have gone crazy recently, I used to get Edinburgh-Birmingham return for just over £20, and now its £59 (at the lowest - and not a very good time - I've checked loads of different dates too). Flights were cheaper :/.
    You can check destination from Edinburgh here - edinburghairport.com/por…es/ - so if you live near any of the places listed might be worth checking flights from there.

    Or Blackburn - Preston - Edinburgh.
    I went from Edinburgh - Blackpool via Preston, but accidently went to Blackburn (only took in the first few letters and ran for the train). I think the return was about £17, but again prices have gone up since then.
    I think that was actually booked via crosscountry trains aswell

    MunkiMadz

    The train fares seem to have gone crazy recently, I used to get … The train fares seem to have gone crazy recently, I used to get Edinburgh-Birmingham return for just over £20, and now its £59 (at the lowest - and not a very good time - I've checked loads of different dates too).



    I think it depends what you want and if you are prepared to compromise to get a good price. I have just checked availability for Birmingham to Edinburgh and return and was offered these :-
    Birmingham to Edinburgh
    October 5 £3
    October 6 £5
    October 7 £5
    October 11 £5
    October 12 £5
    All the above was travelling by Virgin leaving Birmingham at 06.17 arriving Edinburgh, (Waverley) at 10.23(Direct, No Changes)
    Edinburgh to Birmingham
    October 11 £7
    October 12 £5
    October 13 £5
    October 14 £7
    October 18 £3
    All the above was travelling by Virgin leaving Edinburgh at 18.52 arriving Birmingham at 22.55 (Direct, No Changes)

    We found recently that return tickets are costing more.
    Try booking as 2 single journeys, i was very surprised.
    Suppose it's up to the individuals to look, but i guess most folks just book return tickets.....so they making some extra there.
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