We are traveling to the UK this June and I have been reading the Man in Seat 61. I have a few questions that I am hoping some experienced UK travelers can answer.
We will travel by train to Bath from London, from Oxford to York, and York to Edinburgh. We also will travel from Waterloo train station to Kew one way (planning to take boat back).
I plan to buy Advance tickets which I gather are available 12 weeks ahead of time but my reading suggest that the cheapest ones often don't show up until 8 weeks ahead of time. Is this correct? How would you strategize to get the cheapest tickets?
We just turned 60 and so could buy either the senior card or the two together rail card. Is there an advantage to one or the other? Something I read made me think that the two together card (for both of us) was 30 pounds while the senior card would be 30 for each of us. Is that correct?
Regardless you can buy the advance tickets online but must buy pass in person at a railroad station as cards are not delivered outside UK. There is no number required to indicate your specific pass. Is this correct?
I read also about digital cards which seems like a good option but then when I clicked on the link for buying cards outside UK I got the information for 3 above. I wasn't sure if that is because site had not been updated since digital cards became a possibility or if you needed to be a resident of the UK to buy a digital card. Does anyone know?
We are staying at Premier Inn London County Hall which is near the Waterloo station. There is a somewhat longer train from there to Bath which is where we are going after leaving London. I was thinking it might still be easier and maybe not any different in total time than going to Paddington Station with our luggage. Thoughts?
I also have read about 2-4-1 tickets for attractions. We will take the train from Waterloo to Kew Gardens and that will allow us to buy 2-4-1 tickets for Kew. Is this correct?
Thanks for the help! Trains are certainly more complicated in the UK than anywhere else I have traveled.