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1. Posted by lys_8 (Budding Member 17 posts) 11y

Hi guys

Im about to leave Australia to live in England (Bath) for a year. I'm going to, or am hoping to do a fair bit of travelling around the UK and Europe. I was looking at buying a concession card for the trains, or a eurorail card or something of the like, but was told that a national express concession card would be of more use to me because buses are HEAPS cheaper. Is this true?? If anyone who lives in the area or has done a similiar thing could help me out it would be great. ta. :)

2. Posted by MichaelW (Budding Member 37 posts) 11y

bus = cheap = crappy

train = micer = can take overnight trains alot of the time = save on hotel.

just my thought

3. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 11y

yeah i hav to say buses are cheaper but terrible.
over crowded and my stomach does twists n turns on the UK hilly country roads, by the end of any bus trip here I envy the dead!

Trains are good - but compared to mainland europe - are a disgrace to timetables. I take a train everyday to get to work and its always late.

4. Posted by lys_8 (Budding Member 17 posts) 11y

hahaha... ok i get it so buses are crap...but come on guys im going to be on the im-so-broke-i-cant-afford-to-eat diet...i cant exactly afford to be picky. i hadnt thought about taking trains at night to save on accommodation though...thats a good idea.

So are we thinking maybe i should just buy both?? I suppose they wouldnt ever really go astray would they?

5. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 11y

woah wait!
are u lookin to just travel in the UK right? is that the issue?

6. Posted by lys_8 (Budding Member 17 posts) 11y

well...heres the go.
im working in a school in Bath. So from day to day i need to get around im thinking the bus will be the only option there right?? and then i was told it is cheaper to catch a bus to London i thought i would get a national express card. But i get all of the term breaks at the school i am going to be travelling around europe then.I dont know if i am going to be catching trains a lot during that time...but i would assume so considering the advantages.I don't know if this is reason enough to apply for a concession card...what you think??

7. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 11y

one thing i most regret was not gettin a concession card in the UK.
Trains are so expensive! Ide get it anyway - buses are crap

I was on the "im-so-broke-i-cant-afford-to-eat diet" budget last year so i know the feelin!

And UK trains are hardly overnight since u would have to go LONG distances in the Uk - say Edinburgh to London would be overnite - but most trains in the south wouldnt have overnite trains.

On the continent - i hav never gotten europass - most of my travel is in eastern europe where trains are so cheap anyway and often dont accept any student discounts. I took a train from Budapest to Venice last summer (long distance) for 50$ - so u get the point how cheap it is.

8. Posted by lys_8 (Budding Member 17 posts) 11y

OK so get the concession card for UK trains...dont worry about eurorail card...and rethink the buses. Im going to check it out anyways...probably more so when i arrive there and suss out how far i actually am from town etc...Thanks heaps for your help. Have a good xmas..and if you have any more advice on MUST SEE places or cheap places etc...anything really id love to hear it. I've never even left Australia...and its getting a bit scary now!!

9. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 11y

National Express only do long distance routes so there wouldn't be any saving at all for getting to work. If you wanted to do really cheap long distance travel in Great Britain, Megabus is the way, but it can be really really really uncomfortable.

Also cheap flights (ryanair, german wings etc) can work cheaper than train travel across europe.

10. Posted by Desiree (Inactive 157 posts) 11y

If you are thinking of going by bus, the buses of eurolines, are one of the best in europe, still they are indeed quite crappy, but in the mainland of europa, the roads are better and these buses are a good way to travel if you have enough time..

it's not that i want to advertise about eurolines, but they are quite good. I travelled from amsterdam to rome with it, it took me almost 2 days, *trains would be 1,5 days*, but i met great people and it saved me ehm 150 euros..