There MUST be a book out there somewhere for people like me! ;)
I used the National Rail website to get the time and price that would work best for our party of three.
We will be traveling from Strood in Kent to Chester. (it has the code CTR)
Then doing a "dummy" booking, it directed me to Virgin Trains for purchase.
Looking at the details it has 3 changes on different train type companies.
Strood to St. Pancras on Southeastern- journey time 34 minutes.
St. Pancras to London Euston- Victoria Line (tube) -journey time 40 minutes
(This confused me because on the map it looks like they are very close to each other?)
Then London Euston to Crewe on Virgin Trains- journey time 1hour 38 minutes
(I'm already a nervous wreck!)
Crewe to Chester on Arriva Trains Wales- journey 23 minutes
Since it directed me to the Virgin Trains website, does that mean Virgin runs the other trains as well?
If we buy these tickets from California online do we print out all the tickets here or just bring a receipt to the train station?
Will there be numerous tickets for all the different trains, or will it be one ticket and are we COVERED IF WE MISS A CONNECTION?
I'm especially concerned about Crewe as there is only about 10 minutes to catch the train to Chester!!
Thank you so much in advance for your help for this Dummy! :)