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Travelling by train from Glasgow to Birmingham - anyone done it?

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glasjam Wed 22-Oct-08 14:42:51

Hiya - in case there is anyone tuning into this board (it's a bit quiet usually...)

I need to travel to Birmingham with my toddler who is 15 months. I've had a quick look at the trains but it seems to me that it takes 4-5 hrs to get there from Glasgow and about 6/7hours to get back?! Am I just not looking properly - can't see why there is a discrepancy in the travel times on the outward and return journeys.

Will be looking into airfares as I did this last time but am thinking that I could do it cheaper by train surely? Would be travelling at the weekend so peak time but won't be going for a few weeks so theoretically should be able to get a cheaper deal.

BexieID Thu 23-Oct-08 22:20:44

Maybe the difference in length of journey is due to a slighly different route or more stops? I used to travel from Reading to Glasgow alot, until one time the train was really delayed and I had to change trains a few times, so always flew after that. Now we go by car as I now live in Scotland.

I can't imagine going on the train for that length of time with my Tom (2.6), who clings onto me for the 40 min trip to Glasgow from Dumbarton!

Leeza2 Thu 23-Oct-08 22:32:56

if you look on the train line site they will give you the routings so you might be able to choose a better time for your return journey

glasjam Fri 24-Oct-08 10:29:28

Yes, I had a look at and they certainly don't give any better options - they just give a nice 4 hour journey there and then a MINIMUM of a 5 and a half hour journey back with a change in Carlisle (with a 10 minute changeover). Don't fancy having to change trains with a pushchair and baggage in tow. I just find it ridiculous that they have a direct route there and NO direct routes back grrrrrr! I haven't even looked into the cost as it's just not an attractive alternative to a direct flight - guess I'll just have to keep stomping up that carbon footprint!

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