UK Travel on Boxing Day

Hello!
We are trying to find a way to get from Bath to Chester. We didn't know how shut down everything is on Boxing Day. Any mode of travel is acceptable. Any help is welcome!

Posted by Marco
Oxford, United Kingdom
783 posts

http://www.transportdirect.info/ comes up with: 13:00 Bath Bus Station: 339 bus to Bristol Bus station 14:15 Bristol Bus Station: 531 National Express Coach to Birmingham 17:00 Birmingham Coach Station: 305 National Express Coach to Chester
arrive 19:15. You could drive this in about half the time.

Posted by Nigel
East Midlands, England
8760 posts

No trains on Boxing Day. Perhaps taxi, if you can find one - it would be extremely expensive. Perhaps a car rental if it is started before noon on Christmas Eve would be lots cheaper. You could go via National Express coach taking at least 8 hours. Because the usual route of Bath to Bristol to Birmingham to Chester isn't available that day the coaches are serving the airports. The route is not findable as a direct connection from Bath to Chester. If you break the request into Bath to Birmingham you can get to Birmingham via a coach to Heathrow and then a coach from Heathrow to Birmingham, taking from over 5 hours to under 6 hours. You can then find an occasional coach from Birmingham Coach Station to Chester taking 2.25 hours but they are infrequent. I see one at 1300 and one at 1700 that might work. You'll have to jump if you want anything like a reasonable fare - they go up as the coach fills and the time is approaching. Traffic on the roads on Boxing Day may be challenging - both for coaches and for cars. Could you not travel a different day than Christmas Day or Boxing Day?

Posted by Marco
Oxford, United Kingdom
783 posts

Regarding prices, the route from Bristol to Chester via Birmingham currently has a cheapest adult fare of £38.50. The Bath to Bristol portion is on a First bus, so isn't bookable - and looking at the First site may not actually be running anyway.

Posted by Matt
Bennington
2 posts

Thank you for the responses and help. We are exploring buses, renting a car, and altering our travel plans.
There's lot of traffic on Boxing Day, yet nothing is open and running? There's so much I don't understand about Boxing Day! Next, you'll tell me people jump in frigid water and roll barrels down the street.

Posted by Nigel
East Midlands, England
8760 posts

But you missed the bit about the barrel being on fire.