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Bus or Train ?

We will be staying in the Victoria station area at the end of August & are planning to make a day trip to each of these :
Bath
Dover
Canterbury
Salisbury
We would like your advice as to whether to take a bus or a train direct to these locations. Thank you in advance
We also want a day trip to Cambridge also.
Thank you in advance for the excellent information that you all provide, but this Texas gal is confused as to which is the best train website to plan these day trips.

We are staying at the Holiday Inn Express , 106-110 Belgrave Rd, & are currently trying to find which train & tube station is the closest. Thanks so very much for the advice.

Posted by
23465 posts

Simple -- check both schedule and see which is more convenient. Since you are staying in the Victoria Station area you are very close to the National Bus terminal so equal option for train or bus.

Posted by
6701 posts

Bath, Dover and Canterbury you can do easily by bus from Victoria. Salisbury has only 1 bus a day- evening from Victoria, morning from Salisbury. So that has to be train from Waterloo.

There are trans from Victoria to Canterbury (90 minutes) and Dover (2 hours) which you may find more convenient than tube to Kings Cross St Pancras then the High Speed service- 1 hour and 1 hour 10 minutes respectively.

Bath by train is from Paddington station.

Posted by
15679 posts

It really depends on what is important to you....cost? times? comfort?

Since these are day trips, take into account at what times the services operate and how long it takes to get to and from your destination.

And keep in mind, not all your train trips will depart from Victoria Station. Although you can get the tube to each of them from the Victoria Underground station.