Northampton v Ulster – travel update 1st February

The game will be at MK Dons Stadium in Milton Keynes at 2pm on Sunday 10th April.

irfurugby on twitter:
Heineken Cup: Leinster QF Sat April 9 at 6pm. Ulster QF Sun April 10 at 2pm,
posted at 15:23 on Wednesday 26th January

This makes Luton the nearest airport, however Northampton is likely to remain the favourite for travellling support, being a town with great rugby heritage.  Flybe fly from BCA to Birmingham and East Midlands.  EasyJet fly to Luton from BCA and BIA to  Stansted.    They also fly to Gatwick and Bristol.  Prices for most flights remain reasonable.  We have updated them again today.

Lots of options for travel. Check out www.skyscanner.net for details.  For a quick glance at flight times and some transfer details scroll down.

And as soon as we can find a less historic photo we will use it!

Curent deals on hotels are good value, many rooms from £45 per night.  Check out www.booking.com for details.  Holiday Inn Express, Ibis, Hilton, Park Inn, Holiday Inn – all of the usual suspects. You may do even better by booking direct once you have made your choice.

Flybe Belfast City to Birmingham

(Still seats available on all flights as of Tuesday 1st February)

Out Friday 8th April

(circa £39)

Out Saturday 9th April

(circa £62 – £87)

Back Monday 11th April

(circa £63 – £86)

Dep 07:00, Arr 08:05 Dep 08:35, Arr 09:40 Dep 07:00, Arr 08:10
Dep 12:40, Arr 13:45 Dep 12:45, Arr 13:50 Dep 08:35, Arr 09:35
Dep 14:15, Arr 15:15 Dep 14:40, Arr 15:40 Dep 11:10, Arr 12:15
Dep 16:10, Arr 17:15 Dep 14:40, Arr 15:45
Dep 18:30, Arr 19:30 Dep 16:05, Arr 17:05
Dep 20:30, Arr 21:35 Dep 20:00, Arr 21:00

National Express to Northampton:  Prices are around £10 return for advance booking at present.  Please note that the fares you first see on their site may sell out. You will be offered the lowest possible fare available at the moment you choose the time you want to travel.

Train from International to Northampton, LMS service direct, Approx £15 return for advance booking.  Duration 45 – 50 minutes, two trains an hour on Friday/Saturday.

Flybe Belfast City to East Midlands, (Derby)

(Still lots of seats available as of Tuesday 1st February)

Out Friday 8th April

(circa £13)

Out Saturday 9th April

(circa £13)

Back Monday 11th April

(circa £55 – £70)

Dep 07:05, Arr 08:10 Dep 07:05, Arr 08:10 Dep  08:35, Arr 09:40
Dep 12:55, Arr 14:00 Dep 14:25, Arr 15:30
Dep 16:15, Arr 17:20 Dep 17:45, Arr 18:50

easyJet Belfast City to Luton

(still seats available for all flights as of Tuesday 1st February but Sat am out and and Sun pm back are heavily loaded)

Out Friday 8th April

lowest quoted £30 – £70

Out Saturday 9th April

lowest quoted £120

Back Monday 11th April

lowest quoted £42 – £60

Dep 08:40 Arr 09:50 Dep 12:55 Arr 14:05 Dep 07:00  Arr 08:15
Dep 17:15 Arr 18:25 Dep 15:35  Arr 16:50
Dep 20:40 Arr 21:50 Dep 19:00  Arr 20:15

National Express Service 707 to Northampton, 7 times a day, Approx £20 return

Milton Keynes, 29 times a day, 45 minutes, various Service Numbers, Approx £14 return

easyJet Belfast International to Stansted

(Still lots of seats available as of Tuesday 1st February)  Out Sunday morning £59, back Sunday evening £120

Out Friday 8th April

lowest quoted £23 – £26

Out Saturday 9th April

lowest quoted £25 – £36

Back Monday 11th April

lowest quoted £25 – £42

Dep 06:10  Arr 07:25 Dep 06:10  Arr 07:25 Dep 07:50  Arr 09:05
Dep 10:15  Arr 11:30 Dep 13:55  Arr 15:10 Dep 11:55  Arr 13:10
Dep 16:20  Arr 17:35 Dep 17:55  Arr 19:10 Dep 18:00  Arr 19:15
Dep 19:15  Arr 20:30 Dep 20:55  Arr 22:10

National Express Service 777 to Northampton via Luton and Milton Keynes

Journey time: 3hr 55mins. Frequency: Up to 2 hourly. Approx £30 return advance booking.

Prices approximate, on 26th January 2011

We will keep you up to date on developments.  Meanwhile, here are some useful links:

Cheap flights, the best we have found so far:  www.skyscanner.net

Flybe: www.flybe.com

easyJet:  www.easyjet.com/asp/en/book/index.asp?lang=en

National Express:  http://www.nationalexpress.com/home.aspx

Hotel search:  www.booking.com