I am planning a 10 day exploration of UK before a concert in London early July this year and could use some advice on riding the rails. My wife and I start by bus to Bath from Heathrow after crossing the pond, and then renting a car for a few days thru the Cotswolds.
My plan is to drop the car at Leamington Spa and take an early direct train to York (Sunday July 1st) Then on to Edinburgh Tuesday afternoon, then back to London on Friday for a long weekend before returning home.
My uncertainties are...
I hear the Caledonian Sleeper is upgrading this year and it's intriguing idea for me, allowing us the day in Edinburgh and one less Hotel night? Or would the view be worth the day trip? Taking Virgin or Cross Country trains any different?
Would it be cost effective to purchase the Two together rail card?
It looks like the hotels I selected are but a short trek from the stations. But is uber or taxi options if not? (We pack very light)
Booking three months out seems to be the way to purchase and mid day travel seems to make the most sense on UK trains.
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