While back in the UK on a break from our digital nomad adventure we decided to have a trip down to London, mostly to spoil Helen at the Warner Bros Studio Tour and to use our voucher for a meal at the Northall Corinthia. We decided not to drive and save the stress for another time, we caught the train using our new 16-25 railcards.
Journey Duration: 3 hours 5 minutes
Price Per Adult: £18.20 (using 16- 25 railcard) Per Person
We booked online using Trainline website to compare the best prices. We were booking quite late so worried we generally wouldn’t get any cheap deals. This was going to be our best chance of getting down to London without breaking the bank.
Within minutes of booking and confirming the dates and time, I had received the email and Etickets. There is also the option to print off your booking to collect or print tickets at the station if you prefer.
Seating And Comfort
Once inside the Grand Central train coaches we managed to board and find our seats easily. We had requested front facing seats with a table so we could catch up on work. We struggled a little with one of our bags but found that at the back of the carriage was a luggage spot which was just 2 rows back from our seats. Having the window next to us really helped as I sometimes suffer from travel sickness.
The seats were comfortable and had plenty of space to get settled in for our 3-hour journey. The table was smaller than I remember but was big enough to fit both Mac’s on side by side with room for the other person at the opposite side to use. There was a dual plug socket on the table to charge phones and laptops, I liked that you didn’t have to scramble under the table to find it.
The service onboard the Grand Central was great, the wifi though limited to was great and meant I could get plenty done. The snack cart was located the carriage previous to ours. I was slightly disappointed that they only had 5 sandwiches to choose from being on a train at lunch time I would have expected more. The food was limited and once it was gone that was it so the timing was everything for our lunch. The food was good and not terribly priced. The staff were helpful and friendly and so couldn’t complain.
Value For Money
Considering we have seen tickets to London single for 4x as much I would definitely say this was good value for money. I wouldn’t want to pay much more for the same journey. I think Grand Central was a great train service to use and would use again, as long as the price is cheap of course!