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I don’t think I’ve ever been more worried about missing a connection than I was the day I went from Stratford-upon-Avon, England to Rome, Italy. I had literally booked it down to the minute. I wanted to get as much time as possible in Rome since I had only a few days, so every minute mattered to me.
Wake Up Hella Early
The first part of my travels started with waking up hella early in the morning. After getting dressed and leaving my lovely room at the YHA Stratford-upon-Avon Hostel I had to find a taxi to the train station. Now, I’m used to NY or LA where taxis are everywhere. I forgot that outside of the major cities of England, that’s not the case. I should have called and booked a taxi the day before, but it was too late at this point. Learn from my mistake, book before!
After trying to use the hostel pay phone which allowed me to hear who I was calling, but they couldn’t hear me, I ditched the pay phone and switched to my cell phone. Since it was a short phone call, it didn’t wind up costing me a whole lot. Called a couple of different taxis before finding my godsend! I was getting more and more worried with every call that resulted in ‘not available’ till I called this one taxi (sorry, my phone deleted the note) who was awesome!
On My Way from England to Rome
I got to the station and took my train to London Marylebone. This wasn’t the hard part, the hard part was that I needed to take a two tube rides to get to Liverpool station, which would take me to the Stansted Airport. When I arrived I had to find the tube station to take me to Liverpool Street station. I got in a panic and couldn’t find it at all.
There’s nothing worse than having a limited amount of time and getting lost. So I whipped out my phone with a saved London Tube Map on it which told me that if I got to the Baker Street station it would be one straight ride to Liverpool. I walked from Marylebone to Baker Street. It’s not a far walk and a rather straight walk South. Arriving at Baker Street, I hopped on the tube and made it to Liverpool, then onto Stansted Airport. Somehow I actually made it earlier than my expected ETA that Chiltern Railways had given me. To give you a better idea, check out the map below. Mind you I did all this in a couple hours. There was no direct way to get to Stansted Airport without renting a car.
Ryanair is Cheap for a Reason
From Stansted I took a Ryanair flight to Rome. Ryanair is cheap for a reason, always remember that. It got me there none the less. From there I took a bus to Roma Termini . The bus was just a few euro. I didn’t book ahead for this, but do book ahead on your way back cause it wound up biting me in the butt later. After about a half hour of so ride in, I took the Rome Metro red line to Lepanto which was closest to my hostel, Comics Guesthouse. Comics Guesthouse is fantastic! I’ll cover it fully in another post.
Needless to say, it did take me a plane, train and automobile to get from England to Rome. Was it worth it? Totally! But if you’re a nervous traveler I would say to make sure to plan ahead and maybe do it in portions. If I had time I probably would have gone back to London for a day, then done the second half of the trip.