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Travelling from London to Northern England

London is a major transport hub and connects to the majority of destinations around the world. As England is a relatively small country, it is quick and easy to travel around.

Travel by train

Travelling by train is the quickest way to get to the north and the national rail network serves most major cities with ongoing links to regional services.

The East Coast

The East Coast rail line links Kings Cross & St Pancras railway stations with popular destinations along the east coast. Just two hours from London you can explore Lincoln Cathedral, home to one of the original copies of the Magna Carta, wander the historic Shambles in York or indulge yourself on a shopping bonanza in cosmopolitan Leeds.

Three hours from London and you can explore the impressive UNESCO World Heritage Site of Durham City, take afternoon tea at Betty's in charming Harrogate or immerse yourself in the buzzing city of NewcastleGateshead.

The West Coast

London Euston offers direct services to the north west of England. In around two hours you can sip cocktails in Manchester or take a Beatles tour in maritime city, Liverpool. Journey a little further north and the stunning Lake District is just under three hours away.

Book in advance

Tickets for train travel are always cheaper in advance and tickets go on sale up to three months beforehand. If you need to buy a ticket on the day, avoid travelling at peak times (before 9.30am and between 4.30pm and 7.30pm) as this increases the cost significantly.

Travel by car

England's extensive network makes driving around England easy. Motorways and major roads link London to the North and distances are relatively short. The A1(M) runs from London the length of England to Newcastle and the North East. The M40 joins London to the M6 for trips to Manchester, Liverpool, the Lake District and the North West.

Travel by bus

National Express and Megabus run regular intercity services from London to northern England. Bus journeys are often cheaper than taking the train but will take longer.

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