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from USA traveling from London Heathrow to Barnstaple

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from USA traveling from London Heathrow to Barnstaple

Hoping to take a train from London Heathrow airport to Barnstaple to visit family in May. Would I need to take a train from LHR to Paddington and from there travel to Barnstaple? What is the best (fastest and most economical) way to get from LHR to Barnstaple? Thanks from visitor from California

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1. Re: from USA traveling from London Heathrow to Barnstaple

The railair bus to Reading and then train changing at Exeter is likely to be fastest. The train to Heathrow then train will be nearly as fast but more expensive.

Only very slightly slower and probably cheaper will be the National Express coach (bus). However there are only 3 departures a day (winter - summer won't be a lot more if any) all in the afternoon. There are more departures to Exeter where you can get a local bus or train to Barnstaple

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2. Re: from USA traveling from London Heathrow to Barnstaple

Use the Heathrow Connect (NOT Express) to get to Paddington, then it'll probably be train to Exeter then another train to Barnstaple

Buy the HEC tickets when you arrive but use www.eastcoast.co.uk to book the tickets from Paddington to Barnstaple collecting them at Paddington - do it about 6-12 weeks in advance in order to get the best prices which can be as low as £12

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3. Re: from USA traveling from London Heathrow to Barnstaple

Railair coach to Reading costs £14 single, £23 return as opposed to £7.90 single for the HEC and the cost of a train from Reading to Barnstaple isn't much lower than from Paddington to Barnstaple.

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4. Re: from USA traveling from London Heathrow to Barnstaple

I agree with other posts. Train for entire journey. 2 changes London & Exeter, as follows.

1) Heathrow - London Paddington

2) Paddington - Exeter

3) Exeter - Barnstaple (pretty local route)

2 train companies operate Heathrow Airport - Paddington.

Heathrow Express is slightly quicker & more frequent, but more expensive. Very efficent.

If you want lower fare then Heathrow Connect is best option. Still a good service but few stops en route..

Look at: www.heathrowexpress.co.uk or www.heathrowconnect.com

First Great Western Trains will operate both routes for the remainder of the journey. www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk has all the info you need.

Click "tickets & fares" with links for Brit Rail info & advance purchase tickets.

You should be able to book through ticket for the entire journye if you wish.

Just to advise: try to avoid travelling out of London between 4-6 pm Mon-Fri as "rush hour" - as well as very busy, many lower fares not valid, and prices are extreme. Also mon-fri avoid travelling into London to arrive before 1000 as same applies. These restrictions often do not apply Sat/sun & Bank Holidays. If you purchase Brit rail passes they often do not have time restrictions, so great for flexibility.

If you are unsure of prices etc, let me know & i can check for you, before you book. Best to send direct message for quicker reply.

Hopr this helps.

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5. Re: from USA traveling from London Heathrow to Barnstaple

Extremely helpful. Thank you.

Thank you all for taking the time to offer help!

~Merry Christmas

KYOUNGATHEART

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