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Trains - London to Salisbury

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Trains - London to Salisbury

Good morning,

We are contemplating travel between Stapleford in Wiltshire, and London. Could anyone tell us:

Also, is there such a thing as a fast train from Salisbury to London and back (or even better, from Stapleford and back), and if so, does anyone have a link to it, and how long does it take?

Is it possible to take a sleeper train from London to Salisbury? How long is the ride, how can it be arranged, and how would we obtain details?

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1. Re: Trains - London to Salisbury

Breaks out in tears. Sleeper train???????

There are fast trains to Salisbury every half hour. They take an hour and a half

…nationalrail.co.uk/service/…search

No need to book - just walk into Salisbury station and buy the ticket on the day

And there's a bus from Stapleford to Salisbury station - though it won't be running in the evening when you get back from London. It's not far in a taxi

Edited: 21 March 2013, 08:49
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Quick reply- thank you for posting. Please be a little gentler on the "breaks out in tears" - we're still trying to learn how the trains work. We'll use your link for sure - thank you for posting it - makes it much easier to dig around for those train times...

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3. Re: Trains - London to Salisbury

Stapleford has a nice pub - the Pelican - not sure why else you would want to go there, unless to visit rellies or friends. The A36 runs through the village, a major road, so there will be a bus service to Salisbury.

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4. Re: Trains - London to Salisbury

Sorry, but the 'sleeper train to Salisbury' tickled me too! London to Salisbury is only 90 miles - about the same distance as Toronto to Stratford.

I see from your other post that you are planning an evening in London; if you do, the late trains from London Waterloo to Salisbury are at 20.20, 21.20, 22.20 and 23.40, with the journey taking around 90 minutes.

You can book tickets in Advance if you want to, but there is no need, tickets are sold freely on the day.

The South West Trains website has all the information you need:

www.southwesttrains.co.uk

Edited: 21 March 2013, 09:41
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I was trying to be gentle, honest.......

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I don't mean this harshly but If you genuinely have so little interest in Salisbury that you cannot be bothered to look it up on a map, why are you going there? Surely this is a waste of your hard earned cash and also a waste of your irreplaceable time.

Stay somewhere you would like instead. Sounds like it will save you a lot of hassle just to stay in London. Don't go somewhere a guide book or a friend says you have to. I think you will be happier and have more fun and less stress on your trip if you do what you want to do.

No-one will stop you sleeping on the train, but if you sleep past your stop you might end up a long way from your intended destination.

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Are you going to the Salisbury area to visit Stonehenge? Perhaps for a specifically timed tour? Someone else here may be able to advise you about that so that unecessary train journeys back into London can be avoided.

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8. Re: Trains - London to Salisbury

Thank you all for replying - and special thanks as well for the link to the trains, and train times too.

We were aware of the travel time (by car) to Salisbury and should have thought of the sleeper car "issue" but really we were simply grasping at straws, hoping to find a way to avoid coming in late from the train station and driving back to our accommodation in the dark if we had to take the train to (and from) London in a day trip.

Our original intent was to do everything we needed to do in London, and then travel through Winchester to Salisbury where we would settle in for some nice time in and around Wiltshire, visiting the market, seeing Salisbury, the cathedral, Avebury, Stonehenge, plus a few other sites - Unfortunately we ended up with a scheduling conflict with our stay in Salisbury overlapping with a commitment in London - we could 1) shorten the stay in Salisbury to 3 nights from 5 (but at the same cost) or 2) give up our conflicting plans in London altogether (we are not keen on this) or 3) keep our planned stay in Wiltshire and our plans for the one evening in London that would have us travelling by train late in the evening to return home (to the Salisbury area).

We are not fans of large tours, buses, van tours but understand that these can be very practical for most people. We tend to prefer to make our own plans, travel independently and in accordance with our own schedule, and experience the "area" as well as the site in question.

So we are still stuck - no overnight train (for sure) but three ways of looking at this - anyone want to offer an opinion? BTW, the commitment in London involves an afternoon tour of the Globe, plus some respectable second row seats in a special performance - we've been trying for some time to get into the Globe (and we can't do the grounders thing as we have children along with us, this makes it hard to stand and wait around for two or three hours to try to get near the front.

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<<3) keep our planned stay in Wiltshire and our plans for the one evening in London that would have us travelling by train late in the evening to return home (to the Salisbury area). >>

is a no brainer - if you don't want the 15 minute drive back from Saiisbury in the dark then get a bus/taxi to/from the station. Coming home it will have to be the latter as the bus doesn't run in the evening

It's a straightforward drive along a main road though and you will be used to driving on the left by then. You don't need to decide in advance - no need to book rail tickets, buy them on the day. See how confident you feel by then

Edited: 24 March 2013, 08:43
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10. Re: Trains - London to Salisbury

A couple of things to factor into your thinking:

- It is an easy drive from Salisbury to Stapleford at night but parking at Salisbury train station on a weekday can be a nightmare if you don't get there early. Therefore you might be better off getting the bus into Salisbury from Stapleford in the morning (they run approx every hour), then getting a taxi back which would probably take about 20 mins and cost about £25.

- To visit the sites you have listed would be easy to do in 3 days by car - in fact you could probably do them in 2 (Day 1 = Salisbury and Stonehenge, Day 2 -= Avebury and other Wiltshire villages). I therefore wonder if you would be better off shortening your visit to Wiltshire.

Can you give us the approximate dates (including the days of the week) for this trip as it might help us advise you better. Also, why did you pick Stapleford to stay in as it is not an obvious location for a tourist holiday.

P-t-B

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Edited: 24 March 2013, 15:18