I will be spending two weeks in the UK next year and want to visit Lincoln, the Lake District and Somerset as well as London and maybe something of Scotland before going on to Ireland. I have heard the trains are more expensive than Europe and buses not much better. Can anyone advise me? Hiring a car might be an alternative for some of the trip. I will arrive London and depart for Dublin from Holyhead.
OOPS! I put this in North America. Sorry - I'm an accountant not a geographer!
I think public transport is excellent in the UK, especially when compared to parts of Europe.
Why note check out the national rail enquiries site to see how the rail network can fit into your plans?
Anyway, I'm sure you'll have a great trip.
All the best,
train travel does tend to be very expensive, especially if you don't book in advance. you might be best off going with one of the bus companies for at least some of your trip. try www.megabus.co.uk and www.nationalexpress.com for cheap bus tickets. you can also buy some train tickets on mega bus.
If you plan to go up to Scotland you may well find that flying could be the cheapest and obvioulsy fastest option.. try easyjet or ryanair for some good deals. I have found that a one way flight from the Middle of England to Scotland is the same (if not cheaper) price than a coach or train.
Hope this helps.
You can get a train ticket from London to Glasgow for £15 if you book early enough, it used to only take 3 and a half hours but now it's more like 6. Try the trainline about 3 months before you're going to travel. The rule is definitely book in advance though. If you turned up on the day of travel and bought the same ticket (London to Glasgow) it could cost £100.
[ Edit: Edited on Jun 28, 2007, at 10:38 AM by BlankFrack ]
im from the uk n i find the train obscenely expensive here.
www.nationalexpress.co.uk and www.megabus.co.uk are good and cheap coaches as mentioned in previous message.
You can sometimes find some real bargain flights on some of the low cost carriers. here are a few for you.
or if you don't want to do a seperate search for all of them: www.flightassistent.com
[ Edit: Edited on Jun 28, 2007, at 3:20 PM by Herr Bert ]
Trains are the nicest way to travel in the UK, but make sure you book way in advance, look for apex tickets, avoid travel on Friday afternoon and peak times which is usually before 9.30am Mon-Fri or 4-7pm Mon-Fri. It is also sometimes cheaper to book 2 singles rather then a return.
If you are travelling by train or coach there is another money saving trick you can use apart from booking early which is totally legal. For instance I often travel from Liverpool to Canterbury. Now, if I booked a ticket on the coach direct it would cost me about £40 BUT if i booked early and booked Liverpool to London, then another ticket from London to Canterbury I could get the same journey for £4. You are travelling in exactly the same way as all coaches to Canterbury go through London where you have to change coaches. You can do the same thing with the trains. It means you have to do a bit more booking, but seeing as you have a year to book it it will save you a lot of money.
Hire a car. Not many of the interesting bits of Somerset, Lake District and Scotland (are there any interesting bits in Lincoln?) are within walking distance of a train or bus station so you will find yourself getting to the general area and then scrabbling around for local buses or something. You could waste a lot of a two week holiday that way.
Assuming that you're flying from Australia to Heathrow or Gatwick, why not "do" London first? Then hire a car for driving round the UK and return it to London (different return locations add to cost and reduce flexibility). Finally, take the train to Holyhead.