CrossCountry

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CrossCountry - Info

General

CrossCountry runs trains from Penzance to Bristol to Birmingham to Manchester/York and further up north to Newcastle, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. The trains of CrossCountry are comfortable; in 1st class free drinks and a small meal are included.  

CrossCountry is a daughter company of Arriva which is a daughter company of the Deutsche Bahn, the German railways.  

Map

2nd class

  • Comfortable seats
  • Seat reservations are optional
  • At-seat catering is available on most trains 
  • Free wifi 

1st class 

  • Comfortable seats with more leg room
  • Solo seats 
  • Reservations are included if you buy your tickets online 
  • Quiet atmosphere
  • Power sockets at all seats 
  • Free wifi 
  • Drinks are included
  • A small meal is included

Catering
For second class passengers at-seat catering is available on most trains.  

Wifi
Wifi is available for free 

Power sockets  
Available at all 1st class seats.

Children

  • Children up to 4 years travel for free when they don't need an own seat.
  • Children from 5 untill 15 years get a 50% discount on most tickets
  • Seat reservations are possible for kids between 5 and 15, but not for children below 5 years. 

Animals
Small dogs, cats and other small are allowed, max. 2 per person. Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times unless contained in a basket. 
Dogs without leads, cats, birds and small animals must be carried in an enclosed basket, cage or pet carrier. Animals and containers must not occupy seats, otherwise a charge will be made. 

Animals are not allowed in restaurant cars. Caledonian Sleeper allows dogs to accompany able-bodied passengers subject to a charge for a heavy duty clean. Booking for all dogs travelling in Sleepers should be made at least 48 hours in advance.

Luggage
Officially there is a luggage limit of two large suitcases per passengers with the height+width+length not larger than 158 cm and not heavier then 32 kg each, but in practice this isn't enforced.  There are luggage racks for big suitcases and backpacks near the entrance doors, for smaller bags there is space in the overhead luggage racks and under your seat. 

Boarding 
No. 

Railcards  
You can use all national Railcards on all trains of CrossCountry. 

Interrail / Eurail / BritRail 
Passengers with a valid BritRailInterrail or Eurail-pass can use all trains. Seat reservations are optional and can be made up to one day in advance. 

Groups 
For groups from 6 persons we offer special group fares, see Group travel by train.

Business
The first class offers all the amenities needed for the business traveller to work and relax on board including special departure lounges, flexible fares and meals and wifi on board. See also Business travel by train.

At the station
Most stations served by CrossCountry are not very big and it's easy to find the right platform. On the major stations Manchester Piccadily, Edinburgh Waverley and Birmingham New Street, it can be busy and chaotic. Check the large departure boards to find the right train - if it's not clear do not hesitate to ask one of the many helpful staff.   

Manchester Piccadilly - Info

Railway Station Manchester

"Manchester Piccadily" is the name of the main train station of Manchester. Another major station in Manchester is "Manchester Victoria" in the northern part which is used mainly by regional trains. 

Collection of pre-purchased tickets

  • From ticket office: yes
  • Ticket machine: yes

Operator(s)

Station map

Ticket office 

  • Monday - Friday 04:30 - 22:30
  • Saturday 04:30 - 22:30
  • Sunday 07:00 - 22:30

Facilities 

To the city centre

  • Walking: 10 minutes
  • Bike: 5 minutes
  • Tram: -
  • Bus: 5 minutes, free
  • Taxi: yes

To the airport 
Nearest Airport is Manchester International Airport approximately 9 - 10 miles away. There are 6 trains an hour during the course of the day, services are limited throughout the night.

Finding your platform:
Check the large departure boards to find the right train - if it's not clear do not hesitate to ask one of the many helpful staff.  

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Motel One Manchester Piccadilly****

5 minutesby foot from the train station. Modern, stylish - recommended. High ratings.  

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Aparthotels Manchester Piccadilly****

Near the station and 300 meters from Canal Street. Spacious rooms, modern. Affordable 4-star hotel.     

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Double Tree by Hilton****

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Birmingham New Street - Info

Railway Station Birmingham

"Birmingham New Street" is the name of the main train station of Birmingham for all trains to London and Manchester. Another major station in Birmingham is Birmingham Moor Street, just 5 minutes by foot from Birmingham New Street.  

Collection of pre-purchased tickets

  • From ticket office: yes
  • Ticket machine: yes

Operator(s)

Station map

Ticket office 

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 05:15 - 23:00
    Sunday 07:00 - 23:00

Facilities 

  • Bicycle parking: yes
  • Bicycle hire: no
  • First class lounge: On the paid concourse between Platforms 3 & 4
  • Wifi: yes
  • Left luggage:  Baggage Storage (Lockers). Located on the Station Forecourt. Mon - Sat 07:00 - 23:00. Sun 08:00 - 22:00
  • Parking: yes, paid

To the city centre

  • Walking: 10 minutes
  • Bike: 5 minutes
  • Tram: -
  • Bus: -
  • Taxi: yes

To the airport 
Regular train service to Birmingham International. 10 - 15 minute journey

Finding your platform:
Check the large departure boards to find the right train - if it's not clear do not hesitate to ask one of the many helpful staff.  

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easyHotel Birmingham**

5 minutes by foot from the train station. Budget hotel, but clean and modern. High ratings.  

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Edinburgh Waverley - Info

Railway Station Edinburgh

Edinburgh Waverley is the name of the main station of Edinburgh.

Collection of pre-purchased tickets

  • From ticket office: yes
  • Ticket machine: yes

Operator(s)

Station map

Ticket office 

  • Monday - Friday 05:00 - 23:59
  • Saturday 05:00 - 23:59
  • Sunday 07:00 - 23:59

Facilities 

  • Bicycle parking: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Parking: yes, paid, New Street: Long Stay, http://www.trainstationparking.co.uk/ 
  • First class Lounge: yes
  • Left luggage: Lockers located on Platform 19. Mon - Sun 07:00 - 23:00.

To the city centre

  • Walking: 15 minutes
  • Bike: 5 minutes
  • Tram: - 
  • Bus: 15 minutes 
  • Taxi: yes, www.traintaxi.co.uk 

Rent-a-bike: 

Bike & Go: Bikes available for public hire from the station concourse. Register online: www.scotrail.co.uk/bike-and-go

To the airport: 

  • 'Airlink 100' express shuttle bus, operated by Lothian Buses. For details: www.lothianbuses.com 

Finding your platform:
Check the large departure boards to find the right train - if it's not clear do not hesitate to ask one of the many helpful staff.  

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5 minutes by foot from the train station and 300 meters from the castle. Modern, stylish - highly recommended. High ratings.  

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The Scotsman****

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The Balmoral*****

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