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Train question?

We'll be traveling on Monday September 19,2016 from Bath to penzance then return from penzance to London on
Thursday September 22.
That is the only train travel during our trip.
What should we use , Brit rail pass?
Any suggestions would be helpful .

Posted by
2426 posts

simply buy Advance tickets when they go on sale (about 12 weeks before travel) from the train operating company
a pass is a waste of money

Posted by
110 posts

Short answer: No.

Longer answer: Looking on the National Rail site as far in the future as they will let me (end of July), prices are
Regular class, adult fares, no senior discount or two-together options.
Bath to Penzance: Lowest 27 gbp/pp - Highest 46.50 gbp/pp
Penzance to London: Lowest 23 gbp/pp - Highest 62.60 gbp/pp
So anywhere from 50-109 pounds per person. (75-165 usd)

Cheapest Brit Rail pass to meet your criteria is 3 days across one month, which is 277 usd per person.

Best suggestion: train tickets go on sale on the national rail site 12 weeks before. Go there on June 30 and buy those individual tickets and raise a glass to us with one of the extra beers you buy with that leftover $110 per person.


Posted by
6113 posts

Britrail passes are rarely good value and aren't recommended for the few rail journeys that you will be undertaking. Buy your tickets 12 weeks out and travel after 9.30 am for the best value tickets.

Posted by
16893 posts

Slight correction to Hamlet's Shrink: Actually the cheapest BritRail pass option that covers this is 4 consecutive days for England-only at $221 for an adult. Or the 3 days in one month version for England-only is $228 and could cover at least one leg of the Heathrow Express that you're taking, but I believe you already bought those tickets.