Commuting from Luton to Covent Garden

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  1. arii1986

    arii1986 New Member

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    Hi Guys,

    I have recently been offered a new graduate job in Covent Garden (London).

    Problem is I live in Luton. What is the cheapest way to travel? Would really appreciate the advice.
     
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  3. yorkie

    yorkie Administrator Staff Member Administrator

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    Welcome to the forum :)

    My suggestions are:

    Walking along Fleet St from City Thameslink

    There is a Season to London Thameslink, which includes City Thameslink, which around 1 mile - so walkable - from Covent Garden. A 1 month* Season from Luton to London Thameslink is £326.40

    The walk looks reasonably straightforward and may take around 20 minutes. Someone who is more familiar with London than me, may be able to advise on that.

    Tube from West Hampstead

    A 1 month* Season from Luton to West Hampstead Stns is £280.80, and a 1 month* Travelcard Season for Zones 1-2 is £106.00. Total = £386.80, a saving of around £60 per month compared to a Travelcard from Luton to Zones 1-6. This combination would be valid on trains that call at West Hampstead (not valid on trains that run non-stop St Albans - St Pancras not calling at West Hampstead). On the plus side, the trains that call at West Hampstead are less busy from Luton (in fact, most of them start from Luton) so you will be much more likely to get a seat on these trains, than the faster trains.

    Walk to the front of the train, as the exit at West Hampstead (WHP) is near the front, and go up the steps to the road, it is a short 2 minute walk between the Thameslink (FCC) and Jubilee (LU) line platforms. Change at Green Park for Covent Garden. This would avoid changing at King's Cross.

    In a recent thread about St Albans to Victoria., a commute that shares some similarities to yours, it was suggested that West Hampstead is a good place to change:-

    The back of the train from West Hampstead is where you will be boarding in the morning, after having alighted from the front of the FCC train. So, you have much more chance of getting a seat from Luton - West Hampstead and West Hampstead - Green Park, than if you got a fast train Luton - St Pancras, and then got a tube from St Pancras.

    You could try the tube from West Hampstead for a month, and try walking from City Thameslink for a month, and see which you prefer. If you can buy an Annual Season, the best time to buy is just before the fares go up in early January, you get around 2 months of travel 'free' (compared to the monthly cost) and an Annual season also acts as a Gold Card. Some employers assist with the purchase of such tickets by offering loans deducted from your wages, it may be worth asking your employer if they run such a scheme.

    * If you work 5 days a week and do not usually travel at weekends, then it rarely makes sense to buy a calendar month season, and instead buy a Season to start on a Monday and finish on a Friday, lasting typically 5 weeks (varying for bank holidays, annual leave etc).
     
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    The new footbridge at West Hamsptead TL actually opens on 14 November, so you'd probably end up closer to the middle of the train depending on how long it is. The old footbridge will close the same day and reopen about 2 months afterwards.
     
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    stut Established Member

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    I'd walk (or cycle) from St Pancras, personally (meaning you can take the faster East Midlands trains if you time it right), and it's a pleasant journey through Bloomsbury.
     
  6. bb21

    bb21 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    You can, but it is no cheaper than going to City Thameslink.
     
  7. Carefree

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    True, it is no cheaper. But the walk from St Pancras to Covent Garden, through Bloomsbury, is far more pleasant than the peak-time pavement saturation of Fleet Street and The Strand.
     
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