22/03/2022 at 11:14 #3756
We will shortly be staying in London, and have some questions that I wondered if someone could answer for us please.
We are planning on visiting the Warner Brothers Harry Potter studios.
According to the information on the Warner Brothers studios website, it mentions that the nearest train station to the studios is Watford Junction, and from Watford Junction, there is a shuttle bus operated by Mullany’s Coaches, which takes approximately 15 minutes from there to the studios.
We would be staying in London, and travelling from London Euston station.
We were wondering which is the easiest train to travel on, from Euston to Watford Junction. From my understanding we could board an Avanti West Coast train or a London North Western train or a London Overground train.
I presume with the London Overground train, we would board this like a London Underground train, and by this I mean, there would be a ticket barrier system in operation for the London Overground platform/s, where we would tap in at Euston, and tap out at Watford Junction (that’s if there is ticket barriers like I’ve mentioned at these stations) ?
I presume both the Avanti West Coast and London North Western trains, would require me to purchase a ticket or E Ticket prior to boarding those trains, and there would not be an option to use the previously mentioned ticket barrier system that I have previously mentioned ?
If this is the case, this could be a bit inconvenient, as we would not know, at what time we would be returning to Watford Junction from the Warner Brothers Studio and from there back to London Euston, and as such our tickets/E Tickets might not be valid on those particular time trains.
I’m unsure of which between the London Overground, Avanti West Coast, London North Western trains, which of these would be the more frequent, less expensive trains to travel on?
Any help would be gratefully appreciated.22/03/2022 at 12:02 #3757
I can help a little bit here. You won’t be able to use Avanti trains as although they call at Watford Junction it’s a pick up point on journeys from London and set down only on journeys to London.
You can use Oyster or contactless on the Overground. There are Oyster readers at both Euston and Watford Junction.
You will need to purchase a ticket to use London North Western trains. They don’t accept Oyster or contactless.
I’m not sure of pricing but I imagine Overground should be the cheapest and you get the benefit of capping.
Chris22/03/2022 at 12:31 #3758
Thanks very much Chris for the help, that’s extremely helpful and as certainly cleared up the uncertainty of travelling along the route in question.
I’d never considered the fare capping benefit on the Overground, and never gave it a thought as I’d always associated it exclusively with the Underground.
I suppose the only downside to the London Overground is the journey times from London Euston to Watford Junctions and vice versa, as there is quite a lot of stations on route (from what I can see on the Citi Mapper app there is 18 stops on route and journey time from Euston to Watford Junction of around 50 minutes).
With regards to using the London Overground service from London Euston to Watford, am I correct in thinking that you will see all the next train times on that route on the screens on the main concourse on Euston station (like I have done with the Avanti West Coast trains), and from there you will see the platform the London Overground train will be leaving on, and you would encounter an Oyster/contactless card reader ticket barrier on route down to that particular platform, and I would see a similar Oyster Card/contactless card reader at Watford Junction?22/03/2022 at 16:14 #3759MikeModerator
Thanks Chris, but Oyster and contactless definitely are valid on London North Western services. I’ve used them many times.22/03/2022 at 16:20 #3760MikeModerator
See note above. All trains appear on the departure boards at Euston. London Overground and most LNWR trains leave from the middle 4 platforms which have their own gateline with Oyster pads. If a LNWR train leaves from an unbarriered platform then there will be an Oyster pad to touch along the side of the walkway down to the platform. The exit at Watford Junction is also a gateline with Oyster pads.22/03/2022 at 20:54 #3761
Thank you all very much for all the help. It has helped us out a lot, and we now have answers to our questions, prior to travelling.24/03/2022 at 07:56 #3762
I forgot to ask earlier, with regards to the London Overground trains.
Are these run pretty frequent from London Euston to Watford Junction and vice versa?24/03/2022 at 08:19 #3763
Overground trains run at about 15 minute intervals during the day, 7 days a week between the two stations with a journey time around 52 minutes.
Thanks Mike, I didn’t realise there were Oyster readers on the LNWR platforms and I went through there on Tuesday (as you know I like to get around!) – guess they’ve done a “Waterloo” where the reader isn’t in an obvious place like on the Waterloo and City line.
Journey time on the LNWR is much quicker at about 20 minutes.
Chris24/03/2022 at 08:38 #3764
Thanks very much Chris appreciate all the help.24/03/2022 at 20:19 #3767
With regards to LNWR trains. Do they run as frequent as the London Overground trains?
Thanks.24/03/2022 at 20:43 #3768
Just looking at realtraintimes there are loads of LNWR services from Euston to Watford Junction so easily as frequent as the Overground.
By the way, have you looked at Golden Tours? They do a coach from various pick up points to the Studios including entrance and return trip.
The only downside to that is the coach trip from London is surprisingly quite long but it is then an all in one ticket.
Chris24/03/2022 at 20:51 #3769
Thanks very much again Chris, appreciate the help. I’ll have a look at the Golden Tours thanks.
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