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Amanda has been living in the UK for less than 3months and she offers those yet to come her travel advice on trains. 

Getting around London and the surrounding areas can be confusing and expensive if you don't know where to start.

I personally do not live in London, so I do not have that much experience with the tube, but I have taken the train a lot. The National Rail service in England is fantastic, especially when travelling to other cities around London.  I live in Chelmsford, approximately 40 minutes outside of London.

If you are planning on going sightseeing for the day, I suggest you begin your day around 10am.  This will avoid "peak time" on the train, and your fares will be lower.  If you do need to travel during peak time, make sure you allot yourself extra time as the line for tickets is usually quite long in the morning.

As for train times, most trains travel constantly all day and you never usually have to wait more than 10 minutes for the next one.  This also gives you peace of mind if you miss one, knowing the next is on its way.  Changing trains is also easier because of this.  Simply read which platform you need to go to, and a train will arrive. Be aware that there are a few trains that only depart once an hour, so if you have to travel a long distance check the website to be sure. 

One website that has been extremely helpful every time I have travelled is  You simply type in your starting address and where you need to go and it will give you all of your transportation options to get there.  It will list the method of transportation, the cost of each, and how often the trains depart.  If you need to switch trains, or take a train then a bus then walk it will also give you details for each step.  Rome2Rio is also an app you can download, however the app does not list the cost of each so I find the website more helpful.

Just remember, keep your train tickets handy. You need them to get in and out of the stations!

Do you have travel advice that you would like to offer? Email Megan ( to share your tips. 

Tags: AmandaH, Chelmsford, Canada

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