Husband and I are unsure about the best way to travel from Bath to York. We prefer not to go through London, and we're not interested in driving a vehicle. Anyone have any experience with this? Thanks!
Travelling by train and avoiding London is very easy. Bath Spa station to Bristol Temple Meads takes under 20 minutes, and from there you can get a direct Crosscountry Trains service to York, which takes around 3 hours 30 minutes. The cheapest fares are those you book well in advance, up to 90 days, but these will only be valid for the specific departure time you booked. For example, an 'Advance' single on the 10.00 departure from Bath on the 28th of November will cost you £40 if you buy it today but you couldn't use it on any other train. The cheapest fare on the same departure if you turned up and bought the ticket on the day would be £106 for an 'Off-peak' single, although that would be valid on other off-peak trains. Take a look at the journey planners on www.nationalrail.co.uk and www.crosscountrytrains.co.uk for details and ticket purchases. Those will show you routes via London as well as Bristol, so watch out for that.
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Kevin - thank you for the suggestions! We ended up buying train tix that go to York through Bristol.