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Trainline has landed on Apple Watch

Welcome to Trainline on Apple Watch! We’ve designed one of the first travel apps in the UK that brings the latest innovations from our mobile app to your wrist.

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Our Apple Watch app works seamlessly with your Trainline iPhone app to help you access all the on-time info you need to make your journey smoother, from start to finish. After getting directions to the nearest station on a map, your app tells you exactly how long you’ve got until your train leaves, so no more mad dashes and sloshing coffees. We’ll even tell you which platform to head to (we’re nice like that). Live journey progress gives you clear info on your expected time of arrival at each station en-route, as well as the platform you’ll be arriving at, so that special someone can meet you with a bunch of flowers. If you’ve already purchased your tickets, Apple Watch will show you the booking reference you need to collect them from the station’s ticket machines.

Key Features

  • Gives you directions to nearest railway stations on a map.
  • Tells you how long until your train departs, and what platform to go to at a glance.
  • Monitors the live progress of your train, gets arrival times for each station and which platforms you’ll be arriving at.
  • Presents your booking reference for collecting tickets at the station.

Download our App

“How do I get it?” we hear you ask… Just sync your new Apple Watch with your iPhone, and Trainline’s features become available (you need to have an iPhone with our free mobile app installed to use the Apple Watch app).

Coming to a wrist near you from April 24th

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6 Ways to Spring into action

Rejoice! The sun has started to come out! The flip-flops and pasty legs are already appearing, and we haven’t even hit 20 degrees yet! Here at trainline towers, we thought we would give you the low down on some of the coolest things to do this spring time. You can thank us later.

1. Boating or Goating?

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Timeout

Yes, it’s that time again for the Boat Race! Head down to Putney and watch the Oxford and Cambridge teams row for glory. Alternatively, goats running for glory in East London will also suffice. Bring on the Prosecco! 

Trains to London

The Boat Race: The Thames, Apr 11 http://theboatraces.org
The Goat Race: Spitalfields City Farm, Buxton Street, E1 5AR, Apr 11

2. Udderly Brilliant

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 South Bank Centre

The big purple cow is back for its 6th year at London’s South Bank Centre. Watch your favourite comedians, some new faces and loads of other awesome performances. Moooooo-arvellous!

Trains to London

Udderbelly: Thursday 10 April 2014 – Sunday 13 July 2014: South Bank Centre

3. Medieval Mayhem

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Warwick Castle

Got little ones to entertain this spring? Nothing keeps kids interested like a court jester and some good old historical gore! Popular series ‘Horrible Histories’ is pitching up at Warwick Castle throughout the spring. Something brilliant for the kids (and the big kids). 

Trains to Warwick

Medieval Mayhem: Warwick Castle, Warwick
28th March – 12th April
2nd May – 4th May
23rd May – 31st May
18th July – 6th September

4. Meat and musical madness in Manchester

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Grillstock

Europe’s largest BBQ and music festival returns to Manchester next month! Expect mouth-watering meat, two music stages with bands and DJ’s and competitive eating competitions! Hot Wing Challenge, anyone?

Trains to Manchester

Grillstock Festival: Albert Square, Manchester 30th-31st of May

5. Deep Sea Diving

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Natural History Museum

Head down to London’s Natural History Museum and discover ‘Secret Cities of the Sea’. An awe-inspiring exhibition on coral reefs. A great day out for all ages! (Snorkel and flippers not required) 

Trains to London

Coral Reefs, Secret Cities of the Sea: Natural History Museum, until Sunday 13th September

6. Big Bugs!

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Visit Bristol

Perhaps this isn’t one for the Entomophobes out there. 

For the next 6 months, 13 huge animatronic bugs are making Bristol Zoo Gardens their home. It’s great fun for all the family, but don’t get too close. They move, hiss and even spray water.

Trains to Bristol

Big Bugs at Bristol Zoo: Bristol Zoo Gardens Until 6th September

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Top UK Christmas shopping destinations, as chosen by you

We asked you for your top Christmas shopping destinations across the country, you sent us your favourites, and here they are!

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Birmingham’s Bullring shopping centre is one of the largest in the UK, but this 21st century shopping mecca isn’t all the West Midlands City has to offer. Head over to The Mailbox for a taste of cutting edge fashion paired with contemporary art and furnishings. If the hustle and bustle isn’t for you, why not browse through some of Birmingham’s best independent offerings in the Grand Western Arcade or pick up something sparkly in the Jewellery Quarter.

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10417520_720232888059867_20834247332345839_nFrom the somewhat Dickensian St Nicholas Christmas Fair to a bustling city centre and beautiful architecture, a shopping in York is a must this festive season. York city centre is pedestrianised, making browsing the wide array of boutique shops and markets easy. If you’re feeling really adventurous, check out the Medieval Market at Barley Hall for some truly one-of-a kind gifts.

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With the likes of The Arndale centre with 240 shops, and even more in the bustling city centre, it’s clear that shopping is a topic taken very seriously in Manchester.  Head to the Northern Quarter, for the biggest selection of independent retailers outside of London, for that really special gift, and take advantage of late night shopping as hundreds of stores open their doors for longer hours at Christmas.

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In addition to Edinburgh’s excellent Christmas market, there are some great places to shop in the vibrant Scottish capital this Christmas.

Check out our Top 5 Christmas Markets Countdown

Start off in the city centre, passing through all the essential shops on Princes Street and St Andrews Square. Move on to George Street and get your groove on with an exclusive selection of boutiques, showcasing the top names in fashion and jewellery. Don’t forget to stop for lunch in one of the many eateries in the area (shopping is thirsty work). Finally, for those who are a little harder to buy for, pick up some unique fashion or a rare book in one of the vintage boutiques of Grassmarket.

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Okay, so you can find all the big names on London’s Oxford Street… but London has so much more variety to offer you intrepid Christmas shoppers this season. Carnaby Street, birthplace of the swinging sixties, features a great selection of bars and retail stores set back from the hustle and bustle of Regent Street. A short walk through Soho will land you in Covent Garden, with its vibrant selection of high street names and boutiques, as well as some stunning Christmas lights. For the more intrepid shopper, London’s regular markets become a buzz of activity over the festive period. Try Portobello Road Market (West London) or Spitalfields Market (East London) for something different.

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5 Awesome Ways to Celebrate this New Year’s Eve

1. The Traditional

Fireballs festival, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire

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Goodness gracious, blazing balls of fire! Stonehaven’s Fireball festival sees a parade of participants swinging flaming balls above their heads. Following the parade, the fireballs are cast into the sea at the harbour, and the stunning firework display at the Bervie Braes begins. This traditional welcome to the new year has been part of Aberdeen’s Hogmanay celebrations for over four hundred years. If you’re looking to end the night in a more contemporary setting, head back to the market square for a disco until 2am.

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2. The Wild Night

Newquay

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If partying into 2015 is what you’re looking for, then heading to Newquay this New Year is for you. The street party and midnight firework show are local traditions, and local bars and clubs offer tempting specials on food and drinks. Bar Help will even hose you down with ‘snow’ to welcome you to 2015.

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3. The Family Outing

Winter Wonderland, Cardiff.

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Image: Jon Candy, Flickr

Get your skates on and spend the new year on ice at the Admiral ice rink in Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland. Those of us with less balance can enjoy a great selection of rides and attractions, as well as live music and a free bus service.

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4. The Wild Card

Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth

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Stephen Harper, Flickr

Fancy toasting the new year 500 feet in the air? You can do just that at Portsmouth’s Spinnaker tower. DJ’s, great views and the world’s largest glass floor make for a one-of-a-kind new year experience at Portsmouth’s world-famous landmark. Tickets are £45 and must be pre-booked here.

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5. The Big Bang

London

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Image: Matthias Rosenkranz, Flickr

Who can forget the Capital’s explosive welcome to 2014, and this year’s celebration looks to be just as epic! The midnight skies light up with increasingly innovative pyrotechnic displays, using the world famous landmarks along the River Thames. The event draws over 500,000 visitors each year, more than any other new year celebration in the UK, so turn up early to guarantee a good viewing spot. Tickets for the event are £10 and are available here.

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New personalised home screen on our iPhone app

In the latest version of our iPhone app (version 3.2) we’ve added a feature our Android users liked – a personalised home screen and simpler navigation! Take a peak below at the new look or download the app for yourself here

(Don’t have an iPhone? We also have an Android app or our Windows app)

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The new home screen allows you to set your home station, check times, tickets & live departures and also view your recent and saved journeys more easily.

Tap the menu icon on the top left of the home screen to access other features of the app quickly. See below for details of the handy features you can access from the menu.

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Features available in our latest iPhone app

Let us know your thoughts!

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Time for one more?

I hate it when I’ve turned down that ‘one last drink’ to find my train home has left without me. I could have had ‘just one more’.

It doesn’t happen much these days. My trainline app knows my ‘home’ station so I just tap ‘next train home’ and see whether there’s time for one more or it’s time to dash. Genius.

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