Will prob be traveling to the UK in early Nov, and I have a multi-city itinerary as Mrs would like to visit friends. Likely cities to visit: Nottingham, Manchester, Plymouth, Newton Abbot, London for a few days before heading home.
I'm trying to estbalishwhether renting a car would be a better option than going by train, cost wise. I've checked some car rental websites and I can get a compact car for 6 days for less than GBP200 from Budget and Thrifty. OTOH, a casual enquiry on National Rail lists GBP53 as the cheapest pair of tix by train to Newton Abbot (using that as an example to get a gauge on costs).
A car offers great flexibility but I'm aware that petrol costs something like GBP1.35 per litre so a full tank would be in the region of 60-70 pounds sterling. Assuming 3 refills, the total cost of the car would be somewhere around GBP350 - 400.
But a train is more restrictive, and I'm not keen on lugging luggage from station to wherever. So I'm thinking I'll take the train only if the total cost of traveling by train are significantly cheaper.
Any thoughts/comments? Thanks.