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Station. 031 556 8464. Glasgow. 9am arrives 5.25pm. 11am arrives 6.10pm. 1pm arrives 9.25pm. 8pm arrives 6.29am. 10.30pm arrives 6.25am. The 11am service is the Cordon Bleu service. the fastest coach at around 7 hours 10 minutes. Includes video and refreshment but costs a little extra (£14.50single. £22.50 return). From Edinburgh 9am arrives 6pm. 11.30am arrives 7pm. 10pm arrives 7am. 11pm arrives 8.25am (this service goes via the Borders and Cambridge making additional stops). Glasgow and Edinburgh coaches arrive at London Victoria Coach and Bus Terminal. Fares £12.50 single. £20 return (£22 when leaving on a Friday). 0 Cutters Coachline Glasgow services leave from 12 Crimea Street. 041 221 8042; Edinburgh from car park opposite offices at 59 Lothian Road. 031228 6045. Edinburgh and Glasgow coaches connect at Abington and travel on to Russell Square in the very centre of London. Leave Edinburgh and Glasgow 9.45am arrives 5.45pm. 10.30pm

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Beverages. sandwiches etc are extra £14.90 single.£28.50 return. Reductions for students and nurses etc don‘t begin again until 29 September.

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although you can‘t break your journey and you must return within one calendar month. Student Railcards can be used giving a third offsaver prices but these have. of course. to be bought first. Saver return from Glasgow £38 Sun to Thurs. £48 Fri and Sat over the summer. In July the Fri and Sat fare

' goes up to £53 as a £5 supplement for

, the peak period is added. From Edinburgh the Saver Return is £45

l Sun to Thurs. £55 Fri and Sat with

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9 and Saturdays in July. bringing it up

to £60.

Nightrider is cheaper still. £19 one way from Glasgow (£25 Fri and Sat over summer) £20 (£26 Fri and Sat over summer). The Nightrider is a long trip over 8 hours but you do it in first class comfort. Nightriders leave Glasgow at 10.15pm daily. Edinburgh 11.35pm Sun to Fri. 11.30pm Sat. Sleeper berths are £15 (on top of fares) one way.

0 Intercity 1258 leave Edinburgh Waverley. 031 556 2451. Mon to Fri at 7.35am and then at 35 mins past the hour until 6.35pm. In addition a train leaves at 9am. and 10.55am. Overnight a sleeper train with some seating leaves at 11.20pm. and a sleeper only leaves at 11.40pm. On Sats during the day there is an additional train at 10am and 5pm; on Suns trains start at 9.35am and are then at 35 mins after the hour until 5.35pm. there is also a train at 12.05pm. Note that when travelling on Sundays for the foreseeable future you can expect severe delays— journeys are taking up to eight hours.

0 Intercity 125s leave Glasgow Central. 041 204 2844. Mon to Fri at 7.10am.9.10am.11.10am.1.10pm. 3.10pm.5.10pm. Overnight trains leave at 11.10pm (sleeper only) and 12.39am. The Nightrider leaves at 10.15pm. On Satsthere is a 7.10am. 9.10am.10.10am.11.10am.l.10pm. 3.10pm. 5.10pm. and overnight services at 10. 10pm (sleeper only) and 10.15pm (The Nightrider). On Sun trains are at 10.10am. 12/10pm. 2.10pm. 4.10pm. 5. 10pm with overnight services at 10.15pm (The Nightrider) and 11.10pm (sleeper only).

Compared to some countries British internal flights are still expensive but shuttle services have made London by air— by far the fastest way of

getting there at one hour ten minutes

more and more possible.

0 Britlsh Midland (031 447 1000) operate services to London from Edinburgh and Glasgow. Prices are the same from both cities. Fairly complicated fare structure with. as well as normal fares. three bargain returns and three bargain one way fares. Normal single £66. return £132. Day return £1 19. Domestic Excursion Return (travel any flight but stay must include a Saturday) £114. Super Key Return £71 . Single Key return £46. Peak Standby £46. Off Peak Standby £43 (1 1am to 3pm