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Travel mode Glasgow to South of England

We prefer train to flight or rental car. With that in mind, with 2 days to get from Glasgow to either London or Bath, what are your recommendations?
If flight simply makes more sense, flight it will be.

Posted by
213 posts

If you prefer train then take it. Virgin run direct trains from Glasgow Cental to London Euston.

As for Glasgow to Bath, at least one change will be required. The most direct is one change at Bristol Temple Meads, however the route with two changes (Glasgow Central > Birmingham New St > Bristol Temple Meads > Bath Spa) is more frequent.

Posted by
4734 posts

Glasgow to Bath can be done alternately as a flight to Bristol Airport and a bus from there.

Posted by
631 posts

The Virgin Trains from Glasgow to Birmingham aren't just more frequent, they are 2 hours faster!

Posted by
1934 posts

It might well be cheaper to pre-book an advance ticket with Virgin from Glasgow to Birmingham New Street - worth a look around central Birmingham if you don’t mid dragging your cases. Then, pre purchase another ticket from Birmingham New Street to Bath (with 1 change at Bristol Temple Meads). www.nationalrail.co.uk

For flights from Glasgow to Bristol - see www.skyscanner.net

Posted by
247 posts

Thank you for these insights.
When checking for train travel options, I use my Rail Europe ap. Do the Virgin Rail lines appear on that sight, or do I need to download a different apt to access Virgin?

For flight options, I refer to Skyscanner regularly. It seems to me RS recommends KAYAK (especially for international) over Skyscanner (best for inter Euro continental), but I find Skyscanner more user friendly with the smiley face guide easily showing ease of travel as opposed to cheep but troublesome flights with hidden fees and length of travel with complicated, perhaps unreliable connections.

Posted by
213 posts

For rail, use nationalrail.co.uk. It's the official website for our rail network and you can book any route on it.

Skyscanner has limited flight listings, iirc, so you may not see every flight option available to you. The only airline operating flights between Glasgow and Bristol is easyjet, so if you want to fly go direct to their website.

Posted by
631 posts

Rail Europe is run by the French, they struggle to explain their own trains!!

Unfortunately Nationalrail are struggling to run their website so it may just hang on you.

Posted by
7698 posts

Try trainline.com for UK trains too.

But not RailEurope!

Posted by
247 posts

Wow. So glad I asked. Thanks for the intel. Will go back to my Europe through the Back Door section of train travel.

Posted by
1063 posts

"Try trainline.com for UK trains too."

Don't use the Trainline unless you want to pay more (booking fees).