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Re: Trains from London - any general tips, please?
« Reply #360 on: April 8, 2023, 11:13:13 am »
One coach ticket from London Euston to Anfield available for the game against Arsenal tomorrow.  Thanks

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Re: Trains from London - any general tips, please?
« Reply #361 on: April 8, 2023, 03:20:03 pm »
Think trains are possible back to London after the Leicester game on Monday 15th May.

It's about 20min walk back to station from the ground. Last service is 2252. Means I can get home to Reading without a hotel.

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Re: Trains from London - any general tips, please?
« Reply #362 on: April 8, 2023, 03:25:27 pm »
One coach ticket from London Euston to Anfield available for the game against Arsenal tomorrow.  Thanks

Someone messaged me for the coach ticket….I am not sure why I can’t reply to the message as they request auth code from the forum?  Can you please message me with contact method so that I can connect you?  Thanks

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Re: Trains from London - any general tips, please?
« Reply #363 on: April 8, 2023, 10:20:15 pm »
Someone messaged me for the coach ticket….I am not sure why I can’t reply to the message as they request auth code from the forum?  Can you please message me with contact method so that I can connect you?  Thanks

Might be worth posting something in the thread below & seeing if one of the mods can rectify this for you. Alternatively have a look at the users profile or previous posts for contact details.

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Re: Trains from London - any general tips, please?
« Reply #364 on: April 15, 2023, 10:52:27 am »
I travel from Reading to Liverpool usually on the Cross Country service to either Birmingham New Street or Stafford then change for the LNWR service direct to Liverpool.

However there is long term work between Didcot & Oxford meaning a replacement bus is in place. But also Cross Country say I can use Avanti services from Euston.

Not done the West Coast service for years, what's it like these days & how busy does it get on a Saturday? I can get back to Reading even if I'm on the 1943 service. Hope my original tickets are accepted on the Avanti services & I have been told I can use my split tickets.

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Re: Trains from London - any general tips, please?
« Reply #365 on: April 16, 2023, 08:11:18 am »
I travel from Reading to Liverpool usually on the Cross Country service to either Birmingham New Street or Stafford then change for the LNWR service direct to Liverpool.

However there is long term work between Didcot & Oxford meaning a replacement bus is in place. But also Cross Country say I can use Avanti services from Euston.

Not done the West Coast service for years, what's it like these days & how busy does it get on a Saturday? I can get back to Reading even if I'm on the 1943 service. Hope my original tickets are accepted on the Avanti services & I have been told I can use my split tickets.

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Re: Trains from London - any general tips, please?
« Reply #366 on: April 16, 2023, 01:47:03 pm »
Avanti is always busy from Euston to Liverpool but managed to get a seat a few times (I don't book ahead as I get discounted travel through work)
I'd probably look for an alternative as well though due to their propensity for cancelling trains.


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Re: Trains from London - any general tips, please?
« Reply #367 on: April 16, 2023, 04:41:14 pm »
Bad news mate Avanti are a disgrace, the West Coast line service is expensive and crap. Avoid if at all possible

Don't think I have an option if I want to do this game. I've checked my original services & times have been extended too much to make the rail replacement bus a viable option, they don't seem to have synchronised buses & trains to minimize disruption.

I'm hoping the Avanti services back to Euston are a little less busy than if we were playing a London team & hope I can get back to Lime St for the 1743 giving me 2 other services if there's a short notice cancellation.

Think I'll take my chances & hope not to have a jobsworth Avanti guard. But got written confirmation that my original tickets can be accepted on Avanti WC on any reasonable route, from the NRE & XC websites as well as a tweet from XC.

I'll take my chances & hope I'm not stuck somewhere on Saturday night!!

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Re: Trains from London - any general tips, please?
« Reply #368 on: July 15, 2023, 04:40:40 am »
Hope there aren't too many 2pm Sunday KOs

I normally get the train from Reading via Birmingham New Street for around £52 return with Railcard. But Sunday services only get me into Liverpool 45mins B4 KO. And that's without delays.

Otherwise it's on Avanti & return is £27 more & lot less reliable than other train companies.

And hotel overnight isn't an option as premium on a Saturday night.

I've checked split ticketing & best I can do is £72 but still a big hike especially if I have to use the service multiple times during the season.

And it's a no to overnight coaches!!

Anyone got any ideas other than get a lift with a friend?

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Re: Trains from London - any general tips, please?
« Reply #369 on: July 15, 2023, 09:00:32 am »
Hope there aren't too many 2pm Sunday KOs

I normally get the train from Reading via Birmingham New Street for around £52 return with Railcard. But Sunday services only get me into Liverpool 45mins B4 KO. And that's without delays.

Otherwise it's on Avanti & return is £27 more & lot less reliable than other train companies.

And hotel overnight isn't an option as premium on a Saturday night.

I've checked split ticketing & best I can do is £72 but still a big hike especially if I have to use the service multiple times during the season.

And it's a no to overnight coaches!!

Anyone got any ideas other than get a lift with a friend?

For Sunday 2pm kickoffs

Try London North Western Railway, i know it's a lot longer than AWC & you have to change at Stafford or Crewe, but you can get cheap enough fares, & trains are reliabl;e enough.

First LNWR train from London on a Sunday is 07.51, change at Crewe you arrive in Liverpool 12.15

Coming back, if you're quick getting back to Lime Street station there is the 16.33 from Liverpool, change at Crewe, arrive London 20.39

You can get a super off peak return [valid all day on Sundays] for the London-Liverpool leg for £41, standard off peak return is £55, this ticket is for LNWR trains only, but you might be able to get cheaper tickets nearer the day when they're released

First train from Reading to London on Sundays is GWR 06.20 which arrives at Paddington 07.12. not sure what the total fare is

Just have to watch out for any engineering works [particularly Sunday mornings] that might scupper things.

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Re: Trains from London - any general tips, please?
« Reply #370 on: July 15, 2023, 11:28:06 am »

Anyone got any ideas other than get a lift with a friend?

Look for a hotel on Saturday somewhere with decent transport links to Liverpool? Direct trains about once an hour from Preston or Wigan. Probably closer places if you have a look around. If you find somewhere decent for a night out on Saturday that would be a bonus.

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Re: Trains from London - any general tips, please?
« Reply #371 on: July 15, 2023, 05:44:04 pm »
Hope there aren't too many 2pm Sunday KOs

I normally get the train from Reading via Birmingham New Street for around £52 return with Railcard. But Sunday services only get me into Liverpool 45mins B4 KO. And that's without delays.

Otherwise it's on Avanti & return is £27 more & lot less reliable than other train companies.

And hotel overnight isn't an option as premium on a Saturday night.

I've checked split ticketing & best I can do is £72 but still a big hike especially if I have to use the service multiple times during the season.

And it's a no to overnight coaches!!

Anyone got any ideas other than get a lift with a friend?


I'm in Windsor and will going up by car for pretty much every home game (incl cups and Europa League) if you want a lift. Let me know.

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Re: Trains from London - any general tips, please?
« Reply #372 on: July 17, 2023, 06:24:19 pm »
Cheapest I've found is around £40 from Euston, 0748-1215 with 30mins @ Bhm New St.

My concern is that I don't get to Euston in time from Reading. Buses & tube thin on the ground on Sunday morning.

Otherwise it's around £53 via Crewe but departs EUS @ 0807.

I'll have to decide soon.

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Re: Trains from London - any general tips, please?
« Reply #373 on: August 10, 2023, 07:55:23 am »
How far in advance can you book tickets do you know? Looking for a train up from London to Liverpool on Sunday 12th Nov but they’re not on sale yet…is it normally about 3 months?

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« Reply #374 on: August 10, 2023, 09:39:13 am »
How far in advance can you book tickets do you know? Looking for a train up from London to Liverpool on Sunday 12th Nov but they’re not on sale yet…is it normally about 3 months?

For the faster avanti services, sign up for advance ticket alerts at avanti and trainline. They release weekends really late.

If two of you, get a 2 together railcard, will make it back on first journey.
If you have time there is a slower West Midlands to Crewe - on sundays it is super off peak, so you can always get it. Then change at crewe.

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« Reply #375 on: August 10, 2023, 11:28:59 am »
For the faster avanti services, sign up for advance ticket alerts at avanti and trainline. They release weekends really late.

If two of you, get a 2 together railcard, will make it back on first journey.
If you have time there is a slower West Midlands to Crewe - on sundays it is super off peak, so you can always get it. Then change at crewe.

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« Reply #376 on: August 10, 2023, 11:48:30 am »
Cheers Craig.

They are not consistent with when they release weekends. But for rough timescales, I had an alert set up for Avanti trains for spurs away - 30th September. I just received the email alert today that they have been released.
They have still not released them for the following weekend for Brighton.

Also bear in mind if our home game v Brentford changes to the Sunday the price will go up.


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« Reply #377 on: August 10, 2023, 01:27:28 pm »
They are not consistent with when they release weekends. But for rough timescales, I had an alert set up for Avanti trains for spurs away - 30th September. I just received the email alert today that they have been released.
They have still not released them for the following weekend for Brighton.

Also bear in mind if our home game v Brentford changes to the Sunday the price will go up.



Yeah, almost certain it will given we have Europe the midweek before. Ridiculously I have more chance of a ticket to Anfield by going in the away end so was just looking I to trains because I know they’ll fleece us on train prices at the earliest opportunity.

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« Reply #378 on: August 10, 2023, 04:14:11 pm »
Hope it's alright to post this... in short I have a cheap-ish (£25) train Liverpool to London off peak (one way) ticket going

Basically had to rush back to Liverpool with no notice for a family illness in July, and bought a standard adult open return - cos I had no idea about return plans (rip-off merchants Avanti charge £103.90 for the pleasure)

That return ticket is still unused, and expires 23:59 on Monday 14 August. I don't think the mate I was saving it for is coming to London anymore, so wondered if it'd be useful for anyone making late plans to come to the Chelsea game?

Not in a great spot financially, so unfortunately can't gift it as I'd like to, but I wouldn't ask for the full price. Seen Avanti are charging £73 for single tickets, so I hope £25 is fair?

Just to reiterate, it's only one way with Avanti Liverpool to London - and cos it can be used on any off peak train (all weekend) there's no specific seat reserved. It's a PDF ticket, uses QR codes, so it's easy to send.

Let me know in a PM if you'd like the ticket!



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« Reply #379 on: August 30, 2023, 04:15:54 pm »
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Re: Trains from London - any general tips, please?
« Reply #380 on: October 10, 2023, 04:33:48 pm »
If anyone knows of coaches/cars going from London (especially north London) to aways, please let me know. Will be happy to contribute.

Last train back from Bournemouth on the 1st of November is 22:12.

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« Reply #381 on: November 16, 2023, 07:06:29 pm »
Avanti West Coast, Chiltern Railways, Great Northern, London Northwestern Railway, Thameslink and West Midlands Railway strike announced for 3rd December. Will affect Fulham travel.

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« Reply #382 on: December 28, 2023, 02:46:43 pm »
Anyone driving from London to Liverpool for the Newcastle game? I can contribute to petrol and provide excellent company!

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« Reply #384 on: January 16, 2024, 03:32:08 pm »
A pretty interesting insight into why these trains are so bad:
https://novaramedia.com/2024/01/15/free-money-executives-at-failing-train-company-joke-about-making-money-at-the-taxpayers-expense/
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Re: Trains from London - any general tips, please?
« Reply #385 on: January 22, 2024, 12:24:37 am »
I'm travelling to the Chelsea game from Manchester & have seen there's strikes On Trans Pennine Express - Northern rail services.

I'm staying up overnight so got to get back to Piccadilly, but I doubt any services will be running after the game
 I thought there may be a National Express or a Megabus, but nothing around 2300-2345.

Don't want a taxi, anyone got any ideas? Not sure if I can cancel my hotel or not.

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« Reply #386 on: January 22, 2024, 10:37:54 am »
I'm travelling to the Chelsea game from Manchester & have seen there's strikes On Trans Pennine Express - Northern rail services.

I'm staying up overnight so got to get back to Piccadilly, but I doubt any services will be running after the game
 I thought there may be a National Express or a Megabus, but nothing around 2300-2345.

Don't want a taxi, anyone got any ideas? Not sure if I can cancel my hotel or not.
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Re: Trains from London - any general tips, please?
« Reply #387 on: January 26, 2024, 03:47:46 pm »
i've not taken the train in quite some time...

doesn't seem to be a strike on Sunday with Avanti (from Euston) or any of the alternative cheaper/slower routes. how reliable is the service at the moment?

i know, can't predict the future, but the last 2 times i had issues having maybe luckily never had issues before over like 10 years
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« Reply #388 on: February 9, 2024, 10:05:27 pm »

Avanti have cancelled a bunch of trains to and from the game tomorrow. Going to be a nightmare travelling.

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« Reply #389 on: February 21, 2024, 11:02:00 pm »
After the Burnley shitshow the city game is looking even worse

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« Reply #390 on: February 21, 2024, 11:35:26 pm »
After the Burnley shitshow the city game is looking even worse

Are there cancellations? Haven’t seen any.

Unless you’re talking about the trains taking 4 hours plus on that day.

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« Reply #391 on: February 26, 2024, 05:54:07 pm »
Are there cancellations? Haven’t seen any.

Unless you’re talking about the trains taking 4 hours plus on that day.

Yeah was just talking about the lack of direct trains making it virtually impossible to get back much before midnight.

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« Reply #392 on: March 9, 2024, 09:32:16 am »
Does anyone know why Avanti trains all seem to show as sold out?

I’m looking for London - Manchester next week for the FA Cup, all trains seem fine so far but when I look at tomorrow half of them are showing as sold out? Just worried that means they’re cancelling them all at short notice.

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« Reply #393 on: March 9, 2024, 09:58:26 am »
Does anyone know why Avanti trains all seem to show as sold out?

I’m looking for London - Manchester next week for the FA Cup, all trains seem fine so far but when I look at tomorrow half of them are showing as sold out? Just worried that means they’re cancelling them all at short notice.

They’ve cancelled about half of today’s service to Liverpool. Tomorrow there’s engineering works so no direct services

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« Reply #394 on: March 9, 2024, 10:06:08 am »
They’ve cancelled about half of today’s service to Liverpool. Tomorrow there’s engineering works so no direct services

Even the non-direct ones are showing as sold out, is that just because they’re not direct?

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« Reply #395 on: March 9, 2024, 10:25:01 am »
Even the non-direct ones are showing as sold out, is that just because they’re not direct?

Might be because of all the cancellations they’re going to be extra busy. They’ve also advise there will be cancellations next Saturday  :no

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« Reply #396 on: March 9, 2024, 11:35:31 am »

The Avanti website often doesn’t show availability if you need to change to another train company. I used Trainline for tomorrow and was able to buy. No idea if that will still work or if they’re truly sold out.

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« Reply #397 on: March 10, 2024, 11:10:33 am »
Trainline should be avoided as they charge extra fees, and they don't sell any fares you can't buy elsewhere.

If all of the seat reservations have been taken for an Avanti train, you can't buy tickets for that train online.  You will be limited to flexible tickets which you can buy at the station, or which you can buy online for another train on the same day and, if any queuing systems allow, board the train you actually want.

If you buy an Off-Peak or Super Off-Peak (as opposed to an Anytime), you need to check the time restrictions.
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« Reply #398 on: March 11, 2024, 06:25:47 am »
Trainline should be avoided as they charge extra fees, and they don't sell any fares you can't buy elsewhere.

They do split ticketing which can easily more than cover the transaction fees. Personally I do buy them separately elsewhere, but that's effort and prone to error.

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« Reply #399 on: March 11, 2024, 12:22:28 pm »
They do split ticketing which can easily more than cover the transaction fees. Personally I do buy them separately elsewhere, but that's effort and prone to error.
If you want the convenience of all the split tickets being bought in one go, I'd recommend trainsplit.com that charges a small percentage of your saving with no booking fee like Trainline do.  They have good customer service too.

Also worth noting is crosscountrytrains.co.uk - Advance-fare tickets booked with them on any operator can be changed without the £10 admin fee, and, if you have access to someone's NUS number, you can get 10% discount on their own trains on Advance fares.
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