East Coast is reporting a surge in ticket sales for day trips to London for the wedding of the year – the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Sales of East Coast’s bargain advance tickets for travel on the big day, Friday, 29 April, are up by 44% compared with an average Friday. The cut-price book-ahead tickets only went on sale on February 3 via the train company’s website.
The news comes as East Coast begins taking advance reservations tomorrow (Friday, 25 February) for its exciting new timetable, which includes 19 more weekday services, new services from London to Lincoln and Harrogate and faster typical journeys, and which launches on Sunday, 22 May.
East Coast made available 7,000 extra Standard Advance tickets and 3,000 extra First Class Advance tickets for the Royal Wedding Day – all on top of the usual advance ticket availability for a Friday.
Customers who registered via the website received an email alert the moment tickets for travel on the big day went on sale.
Thousands of travellers have already snapped up bargain East Coast tickets, starting from just £26 for a standard advance return from York or Leeds to London – but many more are still available and the train company is advising those who want to travel to London for the big day to book quickly.
East Coast Commercial Director Peter Williams said: “The train really is the easiest and best value way to travel to London for Royal Wedding Day, which promises to be an unforgettable day in the capital.
“When you compare our bargain advance train tickets, from just £26 for a standard advance return from York or Leeds to London, with the high cost of hotel rooms in and around London for the Royal Wedding weekend, it’s clear to see why thousands of people have already voted with their feet and chosen the train for this great day out.”
Sightseers visiting London on the big day will be able to soak up the atmosphere on the capital’s streets as crowds cheer the Royal newlyweds on their carriage procession, passing famous landmark sights including Parliament Square, Whitehall and Horse Guards Parade before travelling up The Mall to Buckingham Palace.