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train travel from London to Bath

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train travel from London to Bath

Does anyone know whether first class train travel from London Paddington to Bath is worth the extra cost? I can't find a description of the difference between coach and first class. We will be traveling in the middle of the day, probably between 1100 and 1300 and will be purchasing a round trip ticket. Thanks.

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1. Re: train travel from London to Bath

In standard class there are two seats either side of a centre aisle

In first class there are two seats one side and one the other and the rows of seats are further apart. And I think free refreshments at least some of the time

Up to you whether the extra legroom is worth the extra cost

First Class advance singles are often available and can be bargains. On some routes (don't know about this one) they can be sometimes less than standard class as the latter sell out quicker and many people don't bother to check first

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2. Re: train travel from London to Bath

The seats in first class are slightly wider and with a bit more leg room than in standard class, but that's about it.

The class of passenger in first class is questionable ! ;-)

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3. Re: train travel from London to Bath

Seat size is the main difference.

Matt is dead right about the quality of some of the customers.

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4. Re: train travel from London to Bath

Thank you so much for the information. It definitely sounds like first class isn't worth the money. I think we'll go with standard.

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It will be worth the money once you see what you have to travel with in Standard. They don't call it cattle class for nothing.

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6. Re: train travel from London to Bath

A couple of points to add.

You get free coffee, tea, soft drinks, snacks etc in first class. Also they will serve you smallish meals and alcoholic drinks at your seat.

Also advance fares (with restrictions) can be excellent value and often much cheaper than standard off peak fares. They go on sale about three months in advance.

Also you can upgrade at weekends for a fee at your seat from a standard class fare. Just sit in first class and pay the fee - £10 ish?

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7. Re: train travel from London to Bath

Does anyone know whether first class train travel from London Paddington to Bath is worth the extra cost?

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No, as you haven't said what it is and even most of the naysayers would probably pay five or ten pounds.

Edited: 08 August 2012, 20:37
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8. Re: train travel from London to Bath

Well, thanks again everyone. The cheapest price I see online is 22 pounds roundtrip for standard and 56 pounds for first class. That seems like a lot of difference for a short trip. We will be going next month on weekdays.

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9. Re: train travel from London to Bath

We've done it both ways. It really depends on your circumstances.

The time we took first class was because we had travelled from Vancouver to Heathrow, in to Paddington and out again to Bath, jet-lagged and with luggage and it was worth paying the premium for a quieter carriage with more room (for us and our luggage). (And, yes, more experienced members of TALF, we realize that this was not the most efficient way to get from Heathrow to Bath. However, for a variety of reasons, it suited us in that particular case.)

We are headed out to Bristol way next month and have booked standard. We have no luggage and will buy something to eat at Paddington. It's not really that long a trip and the leg room really is manageable, at least for us.

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