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Transportation help for London and Cotswolds?

Our family of 4 adults will be arriving at Heathrow in a few weeks. Our first accommodation is in South Bank on Belvedere. Would a taxi be the most feasible way to get there from the airport?

We will be in London seeing the sights for 5 nights then traveling to Banbury for 3 nites and return to London for 2 nights. When we return, we may do a day trip to Dover and will stay closer to Heathrow and see Kensington Gardens. My question is about the transportation...Should we get the 7-day travelcard for use in London?

Do you recommend train or bus to get to Banbury? Does anyone know what station to use from London to Banbury? I think Victoria for the bus and maybe Waterloo for the train? Thank you so much for any recommendations you have!

Posted by
5385 posts

Trains to Banbury leave Marylebone not Waterloo.

Posted by
33337 posts

Only trains operated by SouthWest Trains use Waterloo, generally towards the southwest.

Posted by
15 posts

Thank you for info about train to Banbury. We plan on renting car in Banbury to travel around the Cotswolds and possibly Blenheim Palace then to Oxford for one night where we will also return car. Since this will be our first time driving in UK, would this be a fairly easy route and the best way to see the area? Thank you all for your help!

Posted by
16894 posts

Since both of your London area accommodations seem to be well outside of the city, have you reviewed transportation schedules? Is your Belvedere location near a train station (30 minutes by train to London Bridge station)?

Posted by
51 posts

We rented a car from Enterprise in Banbury. The location was just fine for us. You can be in the Cotswolds proper in no time.

It was also our first time driving in England. We had to get gas first which involved a roundabout right off the bat and we got turned around trying to figure out how to get to the gas station. The road leading out of Banbury is very narrow. It was baptism by fire for us.

Having said that don't be afraid of driving there. I just want you to be aware of what to expect. If you search transportation on the forum you can check out some websites that will give you advice on driving. You'll be glad you had a car in the Cotswolds.