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Best Way From LHR To Peterborough  
User currently offlineLVTMB From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 391 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 14836 times:

I need to get to Peterborough in Cambridgeshire next week and was wondering what is the best way to get there after I land in LHR. It was suggested that I catch the Heathrow Express to Paddington, a cab to King's Cross, and a train there to Peterborough. Sounds sooo complicated. Is there any more direct way? Like for instance, a coach service covering Peterborough from LHR. Haven't been able to locate anything on the 'net.

Any tips will be appreciated.

MB

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User currently offlineBennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7542 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 14834 times:

http://www.nationalexpress.com/

User currently offlineLHRjc From Netherlands, joined Apr 2006, 1964 posts, RR: 20
Reply 2, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 14797 times:

Quoting Bennett123 (Reply 1):
http://www.nationalexpress.com/

 checkmark  Totally agree, don't mess around with anything else. The cost of a single journey from LHR to Peterborough via National Express is the same as just the Heathrow Express part of your journey if you were to use that.

Good luck  Smile



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User currently offlineLAXorLGWonDL From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 137 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 14772 times:

Another, possibly more time consuming route, is to take the Tube to Kings Cross than catch the train to Peterborough. Tube fare from LHR to Kings Cross is about 4.00 GBP (per Tube website) and the single fare from Kings Cross to Peterborough is anywhere from 10.10 GBP (Advance GNER ticket) to 36.00 GBP (Standard Open ticket). Take a look at www.firstcapitalconnect.co.uk for more train information.

If you're carrying a lot of baggage, I'd recommend National Express....hauling bags on the Tube can be a pain.

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User currently offlineWolflair From Mexico, joined Sep 2007, 170 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 14769 times:

Quoting LHRjc (Reply 2):
http://www.nationalexpress.com/

National Express will be cheaper but I am 90% sure there is no direct service to Peterborough. You will have to change either at Cambridge or at London Victoria and connecting services may require you to hang around for a couple of hours. Additionally, most buses from LHR to Cambridge have 1 or 2 stops in the way to Cambridge: at University of Hertfordshire (sometimes) and at Stansted Airport.

If I would be you, I'd take the National Express to Cambridge, then a cab from the bus station to the train station and then get on the train from there to Peterborough. If the day is not rainy and you are in the mood, you could walk to the train station instead of taking a cab.

My second option would be the one you suggest (LHR Express to Paddington-Kings Cross-Peterborough).

The National Express only option works only if there are good connecting services or if you have plenty of time and you feel the £ is too strong against the $.

Regarding the fares, most of the times you can purchase a train ticket point to point (i.e. LHR to Peterborough) and the same ticket will allow you to use the Tube in Zone 1 while changing from train stations (Paddington to Kings Cross in your case)

[Edited 2007-09-18 18:34:32]


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User currently offlineBoysteve From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 937 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 14765 times:

The best thing about Heathrow Express and the train from Kings Cross to Peterborough is that both services are so frequent. If there is no coach departure to suit you times there will be a train.

User currently offlineLVTMB From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 391 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 14690 times:

Well, thanks everyone. Very informative!

Quoting Bennett123 (Reply 1):



Quoting LHRjc (Reply 2):

I think I will go with this one. Although I have to connect at London Central and hang out there for less than an hour, I think that is what I'll do ....

Quoting LAXorLGWonDL (Reply 3):
If you're carrying a lot of baggage, I'd recommend National Express....hauling bags on the Tube can be a pain.

Right! It's only my roll-on suitcase but still ....

Thanks, everyone. That was very helpful!

MB


User currently offlineTrintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3238 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 14678 times:

Sorry Wolfair, you cannot purchase a through ticket from LHR to Peterborough (or anywhere else for that matter) because Heathrow Express is not a part of National Rail. It only sells stand-alone tickets between the airport and Paddington (one way or return). The bus is probably the cheapest option but as mentioned (and I checked their website too) one has to change at London or Cambridge and incur a wait in doing so.

Best of luck for your trip...

TrinToCan.



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User currently offlineVisityyj From Canada, joined Jun 2000, 519 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 14668 times:

Quoting Wolflair (Reply 4):
If I would be you, I'd take the National Express to Cambridge, then a cab from the bus station to the train station and then get on the train from there to Peterborough. If the day is not rainy and you are in the mood, you could walk to the train station instead of taking a cab.

Take the bus to Stansted then the train from there to Peterborough. Trains run every hour.


User currently offlineBongodog1964 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 3563 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 14665 times:

Quoting Wolflair (Reply 4):
If I would be you, I'd take the National Express to Cambridge, then a cab from the bus station to the train station and then get on the train from there to Peterborough. If the day is not rainy and you are in the mood, you could walk to the train station instead of taking a cab.

I wouldn't recommend this idea. Cambridge doesn't have a proper bus station for long distance coaches. You just get dumped beside Parker's Piece, and then you need to get to the Station. The rail route from Cambridge is not great either, involving going via Ely and March.


User currently offlineRdwootty From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 902 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 14645 times:

OK now try this>>> www.traveline.co.uk and then choose south east. then put the time you are expected to be able to get transport from Heathrow and MAKE SURE you actually ask for Peterborough city, there will be a drop down menu and you choose. If you just ask for Peterborough it will send you all over the place. interestingly there is little difference in the travel time between going on the Heathrow express and the tube!!Hope it helps and if it shows you a lot of changes ignore it and send me a note!!

User currently offlineRdwootty From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 902 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 14603 times:

sorry it is www.traveline.org.uk

User currently offlineJcavinato From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 520 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 14556 times:

Yeah, don't rent a car. Last week I landed on Tue morning after flying trans-Atlantic. Rented a car and brought it back on Friday afternoon. It costs $648 US plus refuel (covered by my employer). The trip to Peterborough and back was a very nice drive, though. I would have preferred the train.

User currently offlineStarGoldLHR From Heard and McDonald Islands, joined Feb 2004, 1529 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 14543 times:

Quoting Visityyj (Reply 8):
Take the bus to Stansted then the train from there to Peterborough. Trains run every hour.

This sounds like a good idea... Stansted's on the way toward peterborough and buses between LHR and STN are pretty good (and direct).

LHR-STN by coach is probably..2 hours. Train from STN to Peterborough is probably another hour.


Taking LHREx+Tube+Train is probably 3 hours as well but tubing it across london can be a pain.



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User currently offlineBongodog1964 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 3563 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 14479 times:

Quoting Jcavinato (Reply 12):
Yeah, don't rent a car. Last week I landed on Tue morning after flying trans-Atlantic. Rented a car and brought it back on Friday afternoon. It costs $648 US plus refuel (covered by my employer). The trip to Peterborough and back was a very nice drive, though. I would have preferred the train.

Whatever did you rent ?

A standard mid sized saloon car from Avis or similar is about £150 for that length of time.


User currently offlineBaroque From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 15380 posts, RR: 59
Reply 15, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 14450 times:

Quoting Wolflair (Reply 4):
If I would be you, I'd take the National Express to Cambridge, then a cab from the bus station to the train station and then get on the train from there to Peterborough. If the day is not rainy and you are in the mood, you could walk to the train station instead of taking a cab.

I was about to suggest you check because:

Quoting Bongodog1964 (Reply 9):
Quoting Wolflair (Reply 4):
If I would be you, I'd take the National Express to Cambridge, then a cab from the bus station to the train station and then get on the train from there to Peterborough. If the day is not rainy and you are in the mood, you could walk to the train station instead of taking a cab.

I wouldn't recommend this idea. Cambridge doesn't have a proper bus station for long distance coaches. You just get dumped beside Parker's Piece, and then you need to get to the Station. The rail route from Cambridge is not great either, involving going via Ely and March.

It used to take me about 2 hrs 30 mins to travel Newcastle to Peterborough and the rest of the day to get to Cambridge, not much of a bus service in the 50s. But that journey is drilled into my memory. The trains definitely had square wheels on that route too. But if you want to see March, Ely and Newmarket from train, you get plenty of time to do it. I suggest you read up on the Fens before you do the journey to be able to appreciate the scenery too (ho ho ho!!). Ely has a very interesting cathedral and is built on one of the original hills that rose out of the fens.


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