The train times are:
- Euston: 09:43 (arrive Birmingham International 10:53)
- Birmingham International: 18:20 (arrive Euston 19:33)
It is possible to travel using Advanced tickets, which offer a cheap fare but no flexibility or refunds. These tickets usually go on sale 12 weeks before the date of travel and Virgin Trains offer a 25% discount for visitors attending shows at the NEC. That reduces the price from £8 for a single journey to £6, i.e. a total of £12 return. It is possible that these prices will rise slightly with the annual fare increase on 1 January 2017.
Last year, some people wanted to return earlier from the show, but discovered they were unable to do so without buying a full price standard fare (£88 on Virgin, £50 on the slower London Midland trains). It is possible to purchase in advance an off peak flexible single ticket (currently £26-35) which will allow travel on any permitted off peak service. This does not seem to benefit from the 25% NEC discount.
In order to be able to sit together on the services listed above, I shall make a group booking. Anyone who wishes to return on an earlier train should buy their own tickets directly, which makes life simpler for me.
Below is the link for the show, which has a facility to purchase admission tickets at earlybird prices. Train tickets bought with the NEC discount are only valid in conjunction with a ticket for the show.
This is the link for booking train tickets in conjunction with the NEC promotion.
https://www.buytickets.virgintrains.co. ... earch.aspx
If you wish to go to the show with the club, would you respond on this thread, stating whether you will be travelling on the 18:20 service from Birmingham International or will make your own arrangements for coming home.
There is no deadline as such, but I will be booking the train tickets soon after Xmas when they become available as they can sell out quickly.
* Or are susceptible to tempting bargains.