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Prospective Law School student - Traveling

Hi all

I will be applying for Law School in England next year, and I am hoping to travel to England next June to look at some of the law schools. In particular, I am interested in touring the University of Kent in Canterbury, the College of Law, and Leeds University.

I have never been over to England. I want to begin planning my trip now. If I fly into London and want to get to Canterbury, what is the best and most cost-effective way to get there? Also, what would be the best way to get to Leeds from London?


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1. Re: Prospective Law School student - Traveling

>>>Canterbury, what is the best and most cost-effective way to get there?<<<


>>>Also, what would be the best way to get to Leeds from London?<<<


Go to nationalrail.co.uk to get timetables or the respective train companies - Southeastern for Canterbury and GNER for Leeds.

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2. Re: Prospective Law School student - Traveling

Trains to Leeds run from London Kings Cross. There are generally two trains an hour and the journey time is around 2 1/2 hours. The fare structure is complicated and you will quite likely find that buying two singles will be cheaper than a round trip (we say return) ticket as long as you book well in advance and travel on the nominated service. Turning up on the day could easily cost you over £70.00.

Canterbury is nearer London and therefore you can buy tickets on the day which will cost the same as purchasing them in advance. It's cheaper to travel after 9.30am.

There are two train stations in Canterbury. Canterbury West is nearer to the University and trains run from London Charing Cross (two an hour) or Victoria (one an hour), Journey time is around 90-100 minutes and a cheap day return is currently £18.40 but fares go up in the new year.

The best website for trip planning is www.thetrainline.com and you can also purchase tickets there.

Hope that helps and good luck.


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3. Re: Prospective Law School student - Traveling

Cheapest way from Heathrow to Canterbury is by National Express coach, a single fare is about 15 GBP.

However, you change buses in Central London and the overall journey will typically be 4 hours. Frequency is broadly hourly.

By Underground/Train into London, then train out to Canterbury will typically take 2.5 hours and costs at least 50% more but is at least twice as frequent.

The same kind of speed/cost compromise applies to your London-Leeds trip as well.

National Express site is: www.nationalexpress.com

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The rail fare increases for 2007 have just been announced - South East trains including the line down to Canterbury will increase by 11% in 2007 over 2006.

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5. Re: Prospective Law School student - Traveling

Is that a blanket 11%, or is it an average that includes the London zonal increases on SE Trains to bring them into line with tube fares, as part of the Oyster pre-pay rollout?

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6. Re: Prospective Law School student - Traveling

I sourced this info from the Times who used the London - Canterbury journey as one of the references - the 11% increase is for a standard day return from Jan 2nd.

See: timesonline.co.uk/TGD/…00.jpg

I think South Esatern fares are going up a lot more than other train operating companies.

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