Posted June 27th, 2007, 05:59 PM
THe cruise I'm considering disembarks at Harwich supposedly starting at 4 AM.
What do you think is the earliest time of day that day I should safely book a transatlantic flight back to the US?
The first weekday train to from Harwich International to London Liverpool Street at the moment looks like it's at 0710, arriving at 0848. (There are earlier departures at 0542 and 0627 but both require you to change trains at Manningtree.)
You should allow an hour to connect from Liverpool Street to London Paddington for a Heathrow Express train, and then another 30-40 minutes to get to check-in from the time the train departs from Paddington. That would get you to check-in at about 1030, so your earliest safe flights are going to be from about 1300 onwards if this is how you want to do it.
If you got the very first train of the day at 0542, you'd arrive at Liverpool Street at 0710, so basically 1½ hours earlier. But even with a scheduled 0400 arrival, you'd have no guarantee that you'd make an 0542 train.