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confused about the train lines in London

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confused about the train lines in London

We will be flying into Heathrow on a Sunday AM. need to get to Paddington station to take a train to Cardiff, will be returning bk to London the next day Monday. planning on doing London for 3 days and then traveling to Paris by train,would like to do the 2 4 1 program in London, I have read about an oyster card and a travel card. which would be best for our use, we are two women traveling alone and we do not have reservations at a hotel as yet, is there any kind of train package that would include the ride to Cardiff and Paris? thank you soooo much for your help...

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1. Re: confused about the train lines in London

You may not need to travel to London Paddington for the train to Cardiff; check www.nationalrail.co.uk for a train that calls at Reading. Take the RailAir coach from the airport to Reading and skip the schlep to London. Although you can check times and fares at the NR website, book directly with the train operator at www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk where tickets go on sale about 12 weeks in advance of travel.

Book www.eurostar.com for the journey from London St Pancras to Paris Gare du Nord. Tickets go on sale about four months ahead of travel dates, so book soon if your journey will be within that time frame; once inexpensive Eurostar tickets are sold out they won't return.

For your stay in London you will need paper Travelcards bought at a National Rail ticket office. If you book Cardiff to London Paddington you may buy the necessary paper Travelcards at Paddington's ticket office near platform 1.

Under Top Questions for London on the right side of the forum's home page, please refer to LauraRW's traveller article called 2-4-1 Travelcards, Step by Step.

Again depending on when you plan to travel you may wish to book hotels soon, especially if your holiday will be in the next six to eight weeks.

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2. Re: confused about the train lines in London

Its worth noting that the Rail Air Bus from Heathrow to Reading only picks up at Terminal 5. If you are using 1,3 or 4 you have to make your way to the Central Bus Station at Heathrow. If you are using T4 this will involve a train ride of 5 minutes plus a 10 minute walk like T 1 and T3.

National Express Coaches also run direct buses between Heathrow and Cardiff, cheaper than the train and not that much slower.

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