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National Express East Coast Ticket Options

Introduction

In the past, I’ve tended to buy Advance Single tickets for most of my journeys between Durham and London. This is usually the best option when booking a couple of months ahead, but when you have to book at shorter notice, I often overlook some of the return fares.

Despite the supposed simplification of UK train fares, it’s not straightforward to find all the relevant information in one place, so I thought I’d write it up here. I hope other people might find this useful, but please double-check with the NXEC website or a Travel Centre before spending any money.

Fares from Durham to London

Ticket Type Cost
Super Off-Peak Return 105.00
Off-Peak Return 163.80
Business Carnet 239.40
Anytime Return 266.00
First Class Anytime Return 370.00

Super Off-Peak Return Conditions

Northbound

Valid on any train from London King’s Cross except those timed to depart before 0929 Monday-Friday and from 1457-1859 inclusive, Monday-Thursday and from 1457-1815 on Fridays.

On a weekday, this means you can travel on the following direct services, departing London: 0930, 1130, 1230 & 1430, 18301, 1900, 19301, 2000, 2100.

Southbound

Valid on any train timed to arrive in London King’s Cross 1117 or later, Monday-Friday.

On a weekday, this means you can travel on the 0845 departure from Durham or any later train.

Off-Peak Return Conditions

Northbound

Valid on any train from London King’s Cross except those timed to depart 0645-0815 inclusive, Monday-Friday. Outward portions also barred 1559-1745 inclusive, Monday-Friday.

On a weekday, this means you can travel on the following direct services, departing London: 0615, 0830, 0930, 1130, 1230 & 1430, 1530, 1820, 1830, 1900, 19301, 2000, 2100.

Southbound

Valid on any train timed to arrive in London King’s Cross 1020 or later, Monday-Friday.

On a weekday, this means you can travel on the 0804 departure from Durham or any later train.

Business Carnet

References

1 Fridays only

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