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Train travel

My husband and I are planning our first trip to Great Britain. We are not experienced travelers and this is daunting fun.

My question is this. We need to be in Heysham to catch the 2:15 ferry to the Isle of Man on October 12. Our plan is to take the train from Glasgow, leaving about 9:00 a.m. and arriving Heysham at 12:54, with 3 train changes fairly close together (20 minutes or so) on the way. How likely are we to make the ferry with that one hour leeway?

I've looked at flying but don't like what I read about Flybe and this plan sounds like lots more fun, if it works.

Thank you for any info.

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1. Re: Train travel

You can do the journey with just one change, at Lancaster. Useful information here.


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2. Re: Train travel

I've never had a problem with flybe and I have been on about 30 flights with them (though not to the Isle of Man). What are you worried about? Spending all day traveling by slow train with multiple changes does not sound like much fun to me.

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What's your priority - seeing something of Great Britain, or getting from Glasgow to the Isle of Man as quickly as possible?

If it's the former then take the train!

I don't know where you got the idea of three changes, as already mentioned it's a single change at Lancaster with a one-hour connection in Lancaster (25 minutes on Sundays). The Lancaster to Heysham train appears to be a dedicated boat train, which means it is quite likely that it will wait if the train from Glasgow is late.

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Just a word of warning, the Irish Sea is often rough, if you're not good sailors it would be a good idea to risk Flybe!

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5. Re: Train travel

Where have you found a rail journey requiring three changes? www.nationalrail.co.uk - the information website for train operating companies - shows a departure from Glasgow Central at 0940 on 12 October with an arrival at Heysham Port at 1254. The Virgin train from Glasgow will arrive at Lancaster at 1137; the train to Heysham Port departs at 1225 for the 29 minute journey to Heysham.

Book now for the Advance fare of £24.50 per person at www.virgintrains.co.uk

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6. Re: Train travel

If you want to have some fun then go on the train and ferry.

If you want boredom then fly. ;-)

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