Friday, March 6

Fulham travel guide


Fulham
Craven Cottage, South West London
Saturday March 7, kick off 17:15
FA Cup 6th round


Tickets
Out of a capacity of 25,500, United got 3,800 tickets costing £30 for adults, £20 for over 65s and £10 for under 16s. They have all been sold and posted out.

There are one or two spare tickets being offered on internet forums and it is worth checking with United's ticket office for returns from 9am today.

Internet touting agency World Ticket Shop has tickets available at £116.10. All home end tickets have been sold.

TV
The match will be shown live on ITV1 and ITV1HD in England, with the show starting at 16:45 and ending at 19:15.

In Scotland, it will be shown on Setanta Sports 2, with the show starting at 16:45 and ending at 19:25.

Travel

Car - £64
If you are using a satnav of a routeplanner, use the destination postcode KT3 6PT.

Take the M6 to Birmingham, then the M42 and the M40 and go onto the M25. Follow that south towards Gatwick Airport and get off at junction 10.

Take the first exit and go on the A3 towards London for 11 miles and then the ground is on the left off Malden Way. It takes about three hours, 45 minutes each way.

Petrol costs about £32 each way. Add £4 on each way if you want to take the M6 Toll Road.

Parking - free
You can pay £1.60 an hour to park on side streets off Fulham Palace Road (the A219) like Kingswood Road and Gowan Avenue. Some of them have one-hour restrictions.
But they only apply between 9am and 5pm, so you should be okay if you park after 4pm. But check the signs clearly.
The further you get from the ground, the more likely you are to find free parking spots.

If you want to play it safe, there are a few marshalled car parks off Stevenage Road and Woodlawn Road at a fiver each.
Train - £69.40
The nearest train station to the ground is Putney – you can get there from Manchester in three hours with two changes (one Tube).

It will cost you £69.40 at the cheapest (an off-peak return bought on the day).

The ground is also served by three Tube stations - Fulham Broadway, Putney Bridge and Parsons Green.

If you take that route, you can reach the ground in two hours and 45 minutes.

It will cost you £71.70 (an off-peak return from Piccadilly to Euston for £66.10 and then a one-day Travelcard covering zones 1 and 2 on the Tube for £5.60.

Manchester to the game
No matter which of these two routes you decide to take, the first journey is always from Manchester Piccadilly to London.

From 06:35, direct trains from Piccadilly to Euston leave at 15, 35 and 55 minutes past the hour and take just over two hours. We advise you don't leave later than 13:15.

Onward journey by Tube and train
From Euston, take the Victoria Line to Vauxhall, which takes half an hour and services run every five minutes.

If you have bought train ticket from Manchester to Putney, your train ticket will be valid for the Tube.


At Vauxhall, take the train to Putney, which takes 10 minutes. Services run every six minutes.

Putney Train Station (pictured left) is a 25-minute walk to the ground.

Walk north up Fulham High Street and cross the Thames on to Putney Bridge Approach. Then walk up Fulham High Street and continue onto Fulham Palace Road. The ground is on your left.
Onward journey by Tube
From Euston to Putney Bridge, it takes 35 minutes. There are planned engineering works on Saturday but Tube services will run every five minutes anyway.

1. Take the Victoria Line from Euston to Green Park.
2. Then take the Piccadilly Line from Green Park to Earls Court
3. Then take the District Line from Earls Court to Putney Bridge.

It's then a 15-minute walk to the ground. To get there, walk up Fulham High Street and continue onto Fulham Palace Road. The ground is on your left.

The game to Manchester

By train
Trains leave Putney for Vauxhall at: 19:22, 19.29, 19:34, 19:37, 19:44, 19:52, 19:59, 20:04, 20:07 and 20:14. If you miss the 20:14, you're unlikely to get back to Manchester on Saturday night.

That journey takes 11 minutes. Then get the Victoria Line Tube to Euston, which takes half an hour.

On the way back, there are just three realistic trains leaving Euston for Piccadilly.

They leave Euston at 19:40, 20:20 and 21:00 and take two-and-a-half hours. After that you're looking at a 12-hour journey home.

By tube
1. Take the District Line from Putney Bridge to Earls Court
2. Take the Piccadilly Line from Earls Court to Green Park
3. Then take the Victoria Line from Green Park to Euston.

Coach - £30
United are running coaches to the game, with places priced at £30 per person and all places have been sold.


Coach and Tube - £25.60
Megabus is running four coaches from Manchester to London and one coach back from London to Manchester on the day of the game, with places costing £10 each way.

Leave Chorlton Street Bus Station: 04:00, 06:30: 08:45, 10:30
Arrive Victoria Bus Station: 08:10, 11:00, 13:30, 15:00

Leave Victoria Bus Station: 23:00
Arrive Chorlton Street Bus Station: 03:00

National Express is also running four coaches from Manchester to London costing £13 one way, but no reasonable coaches back.

However, you could get the Megabus service above back.

Leave Chorlton Street Bus Station: 06:25, 08:00, 09:15, 10:45,
Arrive Victoria Bus Station: 11:35, 13:20, 14:45, 16:20.

From Victoria Bus Station, walk five minutes down the road to Victoria Tube Station.

Then buy a one-day Travelcard covering zones 1 and 2 on the Tube for £5.60.

1.Take the Victoria Line from Victoria to Green Park.
2. Then take the Piccadilly Line from Green Park to Earls Court
3. Then take the District Line from Earls Court to Putney Bridge.

It's then a 15-minute walk to the ground. To get there, walk up Fulham High Street and continue onto Fulham Palace Road. The ground is on your left.

Plane - £173.20
You can fly from Manchester to Gatwick at 10:00, arriving 11:00 with British Airways for £88.20 and return at 20:20 for £85.60.

But the problem with this option is that, unless you check in online, get a taxi from the ground to the airport and have good luck with traffic, you'll never make the plane home. This route is best avoided.

2 comments:

Manc in London said...

What's the best boozer to go to before the game? I plan to be there at about 3 pm and wouldnt mind a few pints

vitty100 said...

Try the Larrick in New Kings Road, the Golden Lion in Fulham High Street or the Eight Bells in Fulham High Street.