a VirtualTourist member asked on Oct 18, 2013
I want to visit Nottingham in December for my University graduation ceremony. I will travel from Dusseldorf and I would like to ask for the most efficient way to reach Nottingham. I suppose I have to fly to London and then....?
Please guide me...!
You will be able to take train or long-distance bus from any London airport, although you may have to change train or bus on your way to Nottingham.
Train times, details and fares on www.nationalrail.co.uk
Long-distance bus times, details, fares and online booking (whether you do this or not depends on you, but remember that buses can and do get full up):
Megabus also run buses London>Nottingham, but from London itself rather than the airports:
I'd guess you are thinking of flying into Gatwick from Dusseldorf with Easyjet? You might also think about flying into Manchester with Flybe (book well in advance for best fares) or Lufthansa and taking train or bus from there. Or, perhaps the best option, flying with Flybe or Lufthansa into Birmingham and then taking train or bus.
www.skyscanner.net will give you all carriers and usually fares for your route and dates. Book on the airline's own website.
It's really a matter of researching fares and timings to see which is most feasible for you.
What about an ICE DB train from Dusseldorf to Brussels and then Brussels to London St Pancras on Eurostar. At St Pancras you would just change platforms and then take a Nottingham train (they go every 30 minutes).
That would certainly be a feasible option. Make sure you book the under-Channel Eurostar well in advance for best fares. The UK 'booking window' is open 120 days in advance of travel but I'm not sure about the German 'window'. Official website:
WOW! Thank you for your immediate and so informative response! I will surely consider all the option proposed!
I initially though of flying with Easyjet to London but I had no idea on how to continue...
I think it's definitely worth checking fares for Flybe>Birmingham and then bus to Nottingham. Birmingham is the nearest airport geographically which has direct flights to Dusseldorf.
East Midlands airport is actually the nearest to Nottingham but Dusseldorf flights to there involve a change of plane. Not sure that will be worthwhile in time or cost, but it may be so if budget isn't too much of a factor. There's a direct airport bus service from East Mids to Nottingham (5 GBP one-way, 8GBP return):
So, I ve followed your suggestion and I ve booked my flight with Flybe from Dusseldorf to Birmingham. Next step is to get from Birmingham to Nottingham. Considering my option I see that it is about the same cost to use either the train or the coach. If I am also correct I see that there is a coach station inside the airport while for the train I have to get a bit outside the airport (please if possible confirm this for me). Does anyone have experience in using either services? Is there anything I should be aware of?
Although it takes a bit more I am considering to choose the coach since its station is in the airport. Should I book my tickets from now or is it safer to see what time I arrive and get my luggage and then I take the first available coach?
Thanks (in advance)!
Also I am considering to stay in Britannia Hotel. I am considering it as I see it is located in the center of the city, near the market and surrounded by bus and train stations.Has anyone stayed there recently and wish to share his experience? I am also considering Ibis Nottingham Center...
I am interested in bed & breakfast type of accommodation and cannot give more than €300 for a 4 nights staying (double room). So any suggestions?
I've used both long-distance coaches and trains in the UK, though admittedly not on your exact route.
There is nothing in particular to be aware of. Trains and coaches (long-distance buses) are both safe and reliable enough. Coaches take longer than trains but are cheaper. They have holds for luggage and you should be absolutely fine with a normal-sized suitcase (for the hold) and hand luggage.
There is a rather whizzy automatic monorail service which will take you from Birmingham Airport Terminal to Birmingham International railway station from where you can catch the train to Nottingham. Train times, details and fares on www.nationalrail.co.uk Make sure you search for Birmingham International. Depending on your time of arrival you will have to make either one or two changes of train to get to Nottingham.
There isn't a bus station at the airport as such. There are just bus stops directly outside Terminal 2. So that's easy as well.
Birmingham isn't a huge airport. It only takes a few minutes to walk from one part to the other (inside or outside). It's all well-signed and you shouldn't have any problem finding either bus stop or the monorail.
If you have checked (hold ) baggage allow around an hour from landing time (which is touchdown, not gate time) before you can expect to be landside.
You can buy your tickets online if you wish and if you choose coach then I suggest you do so, because coaches can and do fill up. Allow about 1.5 hours between touchdown and coach departure time, to be on the safe side. If you miss your coach because of inbound flight delay they will generally try and put you onto the next departure (if there is one).
If you don't buy your coach tickets online you can buy them from the Visitor Centre at the airport and...possibly...from the driver (but i would not guarantee this). The Visitor Centre is open from 0700-2000 every day. You'll find it at Arrivals.
The same doesn't apply to trains. Trains cannot get so full that you are not allowed to board and if you miss your train, you miss your train and have to buy a new ticket. So I personally wouldn't buy my tickets in advance online, although you may save a bit of money by doing so. It's really up to you to decide whether the risk of missing the train is worth the saving you can make. But that saving depends on the departure time and for most departures on this route buying in advance doesn't make any difference.
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If it was me, I'd go by coach (assuming I didn't have to wait for too long) and I'd book my ticket in advance online. :-)
I haven't stayed at the Britannia Hotel but you can check its reviews here:
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And the Ibis (not Vt reviews):
Booking.com reviews can only be posted by those who book through the site and have completed their stay. It is a very reliable site so I suggest you check out what is on offer for your dates before you decide.
I would go for the Ibis. Ibis hotels are generally new and they always get good reviews. The Britannia range of hotels are generally old hotels that have been bought up by the Britannia group and they are slowly renovating them but generally they are often in old buildings that are sometimes difficult to change much. I have never stayed in the Nottingham branches of these hotels but I would go for the Ibis.
As Leics says whether you choose the bus or train to Nottingham you will have no issues. Nottingham has a lot of tramway construction at the moment as the tram system is enlarged so there is a little disruption on some main roads at the moment.
I've just seen a new survey which puts Britannia at the bottom of the UK chain hotels. For that reason I'd go with the Ibis too....although I've always found Premier Inns to be very pleasant.
Than you leics!!! You are once again (as always) very helpful!!!!
Ooops, Ibis is already fully booked for the dates I am searching! (it seems that the University's Graduation ceremonies have played their role!).
May I ask (as I am not sure) what is the difference between twin and double room?
Yes, I'm afraid graduation will mean rooms fill up quickly (and prices will reflect that demand).
A twin room has two single beds. A double room has a double bed. A triple (sometimes 'family') room usually has a double bed and a single bed (or two, if it's a family room), occasionally 3 single beds.
Thanks [VT member 73696]! I will try to book my room in weekend! Thanks [VT member 73696] again for all your support and guidance!
No problem. It's just what we do on VT. :-)