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York to Cotswolds, looking for least expensive route

We will be taking a trip to the UK soon and have much of the itinerary already planned out. The last leg of our trip has us coming down from Scotland and passing through York. From York, it was our intention to get to the Cotswolds, spend two days there, and then get to London. Our primary mode of transportation will be trains. The ticket cost from York directly to the Cotwolds (Moreton-in-Marsh) is very expensive whereas, taking the train from York to London and then out to MIM would be a lot less. Is there another way to get there without breaking the bank or having to switch trains at London?

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when are you travelling and how many adults/childfren?

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I think I had been looking at traveling during different times and that's why it seemed to be higher. We do have the Two Together and those prices are reasonable. Any idea if the 5hr train ride from York to the Cotswolds is scenic?

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You may find that if you split the ticket you snag a cheaper Advance to cover part of the journey.

Unfortunately you have left it late to find the best price on this route which is £31.90 as it sells out quickly because of the low capacity of Cross Country.

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not especially scenic, but not particularity ugly either - run of the mill countryside with industrial bits as you pass through cities

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I found tickets that cost us $75 (total for both) with two changes. Everything else is coming to $200+ but the travel time is still the same. This seems like our best option. Thank you for your input. We are doing last minute planning and are still finding some good advance options, though not for all routes. One last question. On your last day in England, would you spending it taking in Bath, Stonehenge, and Windsor or more London (we only have 2 days alotted now).

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I wouldn’t do Bath, Stonehenge and Windsor all in one day. Each is a day on its own. London is worth much more than two days so I would spend the time there.

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The less expensive ones are on which route? What changes do you have to make?