Needing to travel by train from Newcastle-upon-Tyne to Stansted airport, in London, the train, according to my needs, would leave at noon and arrive at the end of the day. The problem was that the only fare I found in the internet was 60€ per person.
It was damn expensive, and in despair, I searched the low cost air companies.
Do you believe that Easyjet took us all (5, yes five people) in less than an hour, and exactly for the total amount of 60 €?
And how can Easyjet keep flying for so long with this price policy?
OK, perhaps I should have thought about this earlier but if as most tourists to this country you want to travel from London here are a few ways to get here:
By Train: You can get a train to Newcastle from Kings Cross for as little as £19 return if you book 7 days in advance. This will give you a reserved seat and the journey is fairly fast and pleasent (around 3 hours). Trains have a buffet car and a quiet car.
By Bus: A number of companies run busses to Newcastle with prices statring from as little as £9 for a return but these tickets are very limited and the journey takes at least 6 and a half hours. Get the train.
By air: You can fly to Newcastle from most London airports but a scheduled BA flight is likely to cost the most. I won't even quote a price as they frequently change and can be very expensive but again you can actually fly to Newcastle for as little as £1 - YES, £1. The age of the cheap flights is here and with Easyjet now flying from Newcastle you can grab a ticket for an average of £30 - £60 with the cheapest I've had at £1 plus £10 tax. You just need to fly from Stanstead which means getting the Stansted Express from London.
By Car: If you fancy the drive up you can hire a car one way or return it where you collected it. The cheapest one way I've had was £39 plus fuel for a small car or the same car for a week is around £110 to return. Alright you have to do the driving but you can go where you want along the way and there are lots of beautiful things to see on the way up.
There are regular services from London, taking less than 3 hours.
The East Coast main Line (ECML) is the only route in the UK that can legitimately be called 'High speed'. Nowadays many of the trains use ex-eurostar stock from the Channel tunnel link (London-Paris)
Although not the most densely populated side of the UK it has long had the better transport links.
The world speed record (126mph) was made on these tracks, just north of Peterborough - and it still stands today.
The route passes through a number of fine cities, usually most noted for their cathedrals, such as Peterborough, York and Durham. A ticket that would allow you to stop off in these places would thus be a great idea.
Return fares, booked in advance can be had from as little as 20 pound, but normal fares are quite a bit higher.
We always go with the DFDS Seaways ferry from Göteborg (via Kristiansand, Norway). It's a cheap option if you're not in a hurry, it takes about 24 hours to go over there, but there's lots to do on the ferry.
On the boat there's the tax free store (REAL tax free!), cinema, restaurants (often a bit expensive), sauna, swimmingpool, arcade, nightclubs, casino, etc.
you want to take a slower and albeit cheaper way to Newcastle, the bus (coach) services arrive daily in the city center. Nearby towns like Durham, Scarborough and Whitby can all be easily reached by bus.
For that and more destinations, contact National Express for more information
Newcastle sits along the major London to Edinburgh train line, meaning the city can be easily accessed from all sides of the country. All trains arrive at Central Station, an old Victorianesque station in the heart of town near the many bridges that cross the Tyne.
Trains from London to Newcastle take around four hours. To Edinburgh, the ride is only around 90 minutes.
Rail links to London, Edinburgh and many other UK cities.
You can get to London in 2 1/2 hours - though when that will actually happen again remains to be seen.
There is an excellent Metro system serving the city centre.
If you are in the uk and want to visit then you can get a national expres coach from London to Newcastle the journey is about 6hrs and you need service No 525,Alternatively you can fly in direct to Newcastle airport where you can get a metro train direct into the heart of the city.
If you do not have a car the metro train service will take you around the whole area for very little cost and the trains run every 10 to 15 minutes.Also they have multitudes of buses and for short journeys it is easy to get a taxi.
Newcastle is located on the main east coast railway line from London to Edinburgh and provides one of the fastest services in the UK. Trains from Newcastle to London cover the 300 miles (500km) in less than 3 hours.
Newcastle International Airport is located about 10 miles to the north of the city and has scheduled flights to all parts of the world via London, Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris.
There is a bus station for a National bus company serving all parts of the country.
The city is connected to surrounding areas by an underground railway system called the Metro. There are 3 stations within the city and connections to the coat along the north and south banks of the Tyne. There is also a direct Metro link from Newcastle International airport to the city centre. There are also local bus services covering all parts of the city
Cheapest way for individual travelers is by National Express, www.gobycoach.com.
If you are over 50 get a three year Advantage50 card for about GBP20; this will give you at least a third off standard fares.
There are promotions every winter which allow travel to almost anywhere in the UK for GBP10 return. Also there are concessions on travel to certain destinations in Europe for around GBP30 return.
Most areas are served by the Metro. This runs underground in the city centre and at ground level in its rural cycle.
City centre sightseeing best on foot. Be warned, you could wear out your shoes...
Newcastle has good train links with the rest of the UK. It is on the GNER London to Edinburgh mainline, and also features on Virgin Rail's routes from the South, North and the Midlands.
Boat from mainland Europe. The port area at North Shields has regular services to Norway and Amsterdam.