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London to Manchester at night

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London to Manchester at night

My husband, 1year old baby and I are arriving 20.45 on Tues. July 22. at Heathrow airport from an international flight. How is it best to get to Manchester? Where, when and how is it best to purchase tickets? Thank you so much for your help!

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1. Re: London to Manchester at night

Best bet is to stay in a Airport hotel overnight and travel to Manchester the next day.

The only night travel, unless you are willing to pay for a car service, is by overnight coach taking eight hours. That isn't fair on a one-year-old baby, or the other passengers.

Of course, you could have been better off looking at flying to Manchester in the first place. Heathrow is not the only International airport in the UK!

Edited: 28 April 2014, 10:21
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2. Re: London to Manchester at night

Slightly disagree with wirewiper about staying at an airport hotel- I'd get the tube up to near Euston Station and stay there overnight. Then train from Euston to Manchester in the morning.

But as he says, better to fly directly to Manchester.

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3. Re: London to Manchester at night

Another vote for travel to near Euston first, then train in the morning. That way you can buy a cheap train ticket for the next morning and have no worries about trying catch it (because the cheapest tickets are for a particular timed train only, miss it and the ticket is toast). Look for Premier Inns near Euston.

p.s. yes flying Manchester obviously better. If your flighsta rent chnageable, or not without very high cost, go here for trains …nationalrail.co.uk/service/…search

Edited: 28 April 2014, 10:45
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4. Re: London to Manchester at night

I concur with Wirewiper - and recommend you stay the one night at Premier Inn near Heathrow Airport.

After an international flight, and with a young baby, touching down at Heathrow at 2045 means you will have a late arrival at your hotel even at Heathrow. No idea how long immigration etc takes at Heathrow, but it surely cannot be quick, then baggage collection means you are unlikley to be out of the airport until 2145 ?, say.

I would not then like to take a baby and baggage on the (challenging for a first-timer) tube journey into centre of London and then get to whichever hotel near Euston one might book into. Instead take the easier journey to Prem Inn Heathrow.

Following morning, after sleep and refresh, take the journey to Euston for train to Manchester. Choose your train time carefully during middle of day preferably, book well in advance direct with Virgin Rail and the train cost should be surprisingly cheap.

Edited: 28 April 2014, 14:55
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5. Re: London to Manchester at night

Agree with the above, stay overnight at Heathrow and book an advance ticket from Euston to Manchester by train for the next day. As others have said if you book in advance and avoid peak hours it could be surprisingly cheap. Advance tickets go one sale 12 weeks before the date of travel so you should be able to bag yourself a bargain. It might not even be all that expensive to fly to Manchester the next morning- that would also save you the hassle of transporting bags and baby to Euston. (There's currently tickets for £65 per adult with checked bags on July 23rd with BA and £57 with VirginRed)

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6. Re: London to Manchester at night

Just had a quick look on the Virgin trains website and advance tickets for the 23rd don't seem to be on sale yet. On midweek days earlier in July there's single tickets for £19 per adult. Note that advance tickets can only be used on the train you book them for (unless it's cancelled in which case they'll let you use them on the next one) so if you buy one you need to make sure you don't miss it!

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