I know this topic has been thrashed out a number of times before and I've read many threads on this before, but still id like some specific advice.
I planned my trip quite late (about 2 weeks back) to London in mid june with my wife and 2 kids (10 and 15). I will be there for 10 days. I plan to take day return journeys to Bath, Cambridge, Salisbury and most specially to the Coventry Transport museum (my son wants to see the Thrust SSC).
My queries are:
I checked the individual point-to-point rail fares for these day trips (e.g., the return day trip to Bath from Paddington for the 4 of us, even with the family and friends rail card, was costing 120 GBP). The cost of the 4 days-in-a-month Britrail London plus pass (we chose this because we plan to do only 4 day trips out of London and the rest will be spent in London) for the 4 of us, with the family and friends rail card was 350 USD ( approx. 250 GBP). I think buying the Britrail pass would work out cheaper for us than buying the individual tickets. Am i right in assuming so?
Where can I buy the family and friends rail card?
The limits of the Britrail London Plus pass do not cover Coventry. Should we then buy the Britrail England pass (cost 462 USD, approx 320 GBP) or just get down at Leamington Spa station and buy onward tickets upto Coventry ? Do we even need to get down at Leamington Spa or can we just buy the tickets from LS to Coventry right now online and remain seated in the same train?
Any suggestions on local transport within Bath, Cambridge and Coventry? Should we buy bus passes or tickets? Where can we buy these? I know of the PLUSBUS in Bath bundled with the rail pass. Is this okay? Any other modes of transport in these cities?
Your advice will be most helpful. Thanks