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15 January 2008 @ 03:24 pm
Okay, my friends and I are trying to figure out your public transport system. It is not easy. You think it's easy, because you're used to it... but we Americans are generally driving cars. I know I hadn't been on any sort of public transport for about 15 years until John took me on the Tube in September. So, that said - help please??

- How necessary is it to book train or coach tickets ahead of time? Will there be some chance that they'll get booked up?

- We're trying to figure out transport WITHIN cities as well... like how to get from the Glasgow airport to the hostel to the venue to the coach station... Is it fairly easy within a city? It seemed like it within both London and Oxford, but what the hell do I know?

- Is no one around/near Manchester? Boo hoo.
I feel: curiouscurious
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folk: Britishfolk on January 16th, 2008 07:01 am (UTC)
What he said.

Morri, the easiest thing is likely to be for you to tell us where and when you need to get from A to B, and then we can point you in the right direction, to the right train companies, explain the ridiculously complex ticketing structures, etc.
Vicki: Jared - MWAHhermorrine on January 16th, 2008 09:48 am (UTC)
See my response to Rob and let me know what you think?
Vicki: Jared - Sanity is so overratedhermorrine on January 16th, 2008 09:47 am (UTC)
I often wonder if your roads would be easier, but I really can't afford to rent a car and buy tons of petrol. :P

I tried to buy a coach ticket via MegaBus and the damn site refused my American credit card. :P A friend in Dublin is going to purchase my tickets for transport between Glasgow-Manchester, Manchester-Liverpool and Liverpool-Leeds. I'll then need to get a ticket myself from Leeds-Middlesborough, since I'm going to see Meg and Chris. I'll then be flying from Tees to Dublin (and the flight from Dublin to Glasgow was easy, too).

Now, we do have some concerns about how to get from the coach/train station/airport to the venue/hostel area and then back to whatever station we need to get to in each city. About all I can do is tell you where each venue is - I don't know if you could help me from there?
folkfolk on January 16th, 2008 11:53 pm (UTC)
Okay. Go ahead and give us a list of how you're arriving into each city, where you're staying, where the venue is and how you're departing the city. I'm sure we can help out between us.
Vicki: Jared - in my happy placehermorrine on January 17th, 2008 09:58 am (UTC)
New post up - thank you!

Wanna come up to Manchester and hang with me and Chris and other crazy people for a day? I know it's way far for you, though... I just like to tempt you. :P
Oddreelambrini_girl on January 16th, 2008 09:05 am (UTC)
A few tips.
Use googlemaps to find out where you hostel (and anything else you want to visit within a city) is in relation to the coach station, the airport etc.

Check (perhaps on Wikipedia) to see if the city has a tube--which will generally make things easier (although Glasgow's tube isn't really fit for going anywhere useful!) and you may even be able to get the tube map online so you can make yourself a little more familiar with it.

If you can, avoid rush hour on any mode of public transport--they may not be booked up, but you still might struggle to get a seat.

And as a rule of thumb, only trains and coaches in the rush hour or at the beginning/end of a public holiday are likely to be fully booked.

For Glasgow, the airport has a shuttle bus to Paisley station (one stop out from the main railway station). The main railway station is called "Central Station" because it really is quite central; but Queen Street station is only a few streets away. For the coach station, you can turn left out of the train station, walk all the way up Buchanan Street and then pop behind the Opera House to find it.

As John said, tell us where you're planning to go to and we can probably cover off quite a few British cities for you.

Except Manchester. No-one in their right mind goes there or admits to knowing it's public transport system : p
Vicki: Jared - Make me smilehermorrine on January 17th, 2008 10:00 am (UTC)
Thank you! I've posted a new post with exact stuff, so hopefully everyone can help.
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Vicki: Jared - Pondering youhermorrine on January 17th, 2008 10:03 am (UTC)
Alas. I seem to keep missing other people when I go, though I got a few London types last go-round.
guylikeuguylikeu on January 16th, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
I'm near Manchester!
What specifically do you need to know?

Glasgow is easy, there are trains and buses and things. If you are staying at Euro Hostel, it is literally 5 minutes from the bus stop and main train station. If you are flying into Glasgow Prestwich, there is a train every 30 mins into Glasgow Center

I'd try and book as much as possible before you arrive - it's much cheaper and you're guaranteed a seat. thetrainline.co.uk has the cheapest fares
Erica.: T yrblady_e2484 on January 16th, 2008 08:56 pm (UTC)
Ditto to what you said about Glasgow ;)

You can get a bus (it's called the 747 i think) straight outside the airport and it'll take you to multiple stops around the city centre. So all you need to do is figure out where to get off nearest your hostel :D

Good I can't believe its almost a week away 0_o .... I'm sooooooooooo excited :D

Vicki: Jared - Giddy as a schoolboyhermorrine on January 17th, 2008 10:02 am (UTC)
I leave in less than a week, OMG!!!!

And you'd better find me at the gig! Are you street-teaming?
Erica.: Tomo vmalalady_e2484 on January 17th, 2008 03:24 pm (UTC)
Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee *jumps up and down*

Hell yeah I'm street teaming !!! Me and my Sister will be out in fource :D Never done it before tho so may need u pro's to show us the ropes LOL

Vicki: Jared - Lookit!!hermorrine on January 17th, 2008 10:01 am (UTC)
That icon scares me. o_O

I KNOW you'll be in Manchester when I will, silly! So you may be stuck with me and Adee and Marie and a bunch of other people. LOL

Thanks for your suggestions on Glasgow - those definitely helped! I can't wait to see you. :)
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