I'm planning a trip to Brighton area in July. I'll be travelling by train from Darlington to Kings Cross but then I need to get to Haywards Heath and just wonder if anybody could advise the best way/which station I need to go to. It looks like I have to get from Kings Cross to Victoria in order to get on the Haywards Heath line - is that correct?
Sorry for cluelessness, am country bumpkin from oop North, living in Oz for many years now and have no idea about travelling within UK.
Also, any recommendations on which rail site to book in advance would be appreciated. I've seen some scary posts on MN saying even if you book a seat, other people feel like they can sit in it.
I did practically this journey yesterday! Arrived at Kings Cross at 13.50 and train from Victoria at 14.36. Underground was fine and we even had time to go to Starbucks and Krispy Kreme at Victoria . I booked with East Coast and we used our train tickets in the underground ticket gates. It might be worth buying a family railcard of travelling with DCs.
the southern railway website usually has no booking fee. Try and get a fast train from Victoria otherwise it will feel like you are stopping non stop. Most will stop at Clapham, East Croydon, Gatwick, Three Bridges then Haywards Heath & Brighton. Don't make the mistake of getting the Gatwick Express as it costs more and normally only stops at Gatwick & Brighton. You can also use First Capital Connect trains from St Pancras (which is next to Kings Cross and means you don't have to brave the tube)
The Train Line ALWAYS shows an hour between mainline London stations. It showed 60 mins from Kings X to Euston the other week. It's a 10 min walk at worst! They just allow an hour in case of delays etc.
Toomany travelling alone sounds great! Hope your trip goes well.
knitting Interesting! DH said he was sure the last time he was at St Pancras he saw trains to Brighton and I told him he was wrong, oops! Our tickets did specifically say 'via Victoria' though so many be we wouldn't've been allowed on.