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So We Get There By Train/Bus- Then What?

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So We Get There By Train/Bus- Then What?

My husband and I are going to be in London for 2 weeks, and we originally planned to rent a car for our second week there so that we can go explore places like Cambridge, Bath, and Oxford. (We have a Travel Card for the first 7 days for Zones 1-6 in London). My question is, if we were to buy a rail pass or purchase individual train tickets, what do we do once we get there? Call a taxi? Are there shuttles/buses ready to carry people away from the train stations? Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: So We Get There By Train/Bus- Then What?

You may buy PlusBus passes with rail tickets for local transport although the stations in Bath and Oxford are well situated for walking to sights; the station in Cambridge is a bit away from the city centre, ostensibly to act as a deterrent to students from making their way to the fleshpots of London.

Unless you plan to stay in zones 5 or 6 you have overspent on the Travelcards, but if you have purchased them then you will have to take it as a lesson learnt.

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2. Re: So We Get There By Train/Bus- Then What?

Thank you! The Travel Card came with our London Passes for a few extra pounds, and as we plan to do a lot of sightseeing throughout the city, it seemed like a good idea. If I may ask, why do you think the Travel Card is not worth the money?

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3. Re: So We Get There By Train/Bus- Then What?

The London Pass is almost always poor value, unless you aim to fit in dozens of top-priced "attractions".. That's what TP means and is the view of virtually all TA Forum experts

Getting around the centres of provincial towns is generally best done on foot. Even the walk in from Cambridge Station is no more than 20 minutes.

You can generally buy a ticket extension from boundary zone 6 to each of those towns, but it'll save you pence rather than pounds.

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4. Re: So We Get There By Train/Bus- Then What?

This may be an alien concept but it's called walking! All three of the cities mentioned have pedestrianised areas in the centre anyway. So even if you had a car you would need to park it some distance away (probably a bus ride away at the park and ride) and visit the city centre on foot.

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5. Re: So We Get There By Train/Bus- Then What?

The thing to know about UK towns and cities is that they are usually far more compact that those in the US. There is also public transport, i.e. buses, in UK towns and cities. Hiring a car to explore Bath, Oxford or Cambridge would be more of a hindrance than a help. Parking is often expensive and the roads congested with traffic. Unless someone in your party has mobility problems, you could dispense with a car totally.

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6. Re: So We Get There By Train/Bus- Then What?

Use the trains, we used to live under an hour from Cambridge, could take an hour to get there and another half hour to find somewhere to park, the station is in town. Driving from London to Cambridge (45 mins by train) is a silly idea.

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7. Re: So We Get There By Train/Bus- Then What?

<<,Are there shuttles/buses ready to carry people away from the train stations? >>.

Rail stations obviously have links to other transport buses/taxis since the idea of public transport is not to dump people in the middle of nowhere without onward transport. As stated earlier, in most towns/citiies walking is the easiest option (unless you are morbidly obese and/or unfit or have some other mobility issue)

Using a car would be crazy, but is often the knee jerk choice for people who come from countries with inadeqate public transport or who's idea of buses is clouded by home country concepts of them only being used by vagrants and 'low life'. Once they have hired the car and set out on the UK's roads (very non-US in style) they rapidly realise the error, and the cost, of their mistake

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8. Re: So We Get There By Train/Bus- Then What?

'Shuttles' are a concept virtually unknown in the UK.

Most people find the public transport perfectly adequate and for those who don't, there are taxis.

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9. Re: So We Get There By Train/Bus- Then What?

I haven't checked those particular cities, but the hop on hop off tourist buses usually include the railway station (or somewhere pretty close by) on their route for the obvious reason.

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10. Re: So We Get There By Train/Bus- Then What?

The HoHo tour buses in Bath start and end at Bog Island next to the Abbey and opposite Parade Gardens, which is a 5 minute walk from Bath Spa railway station along Manvers Street.