Australian family of 5 ( mum/dad daughter 13, son 10 and grandma 70 ) . We are leaving our apartment in London ( near London Bridge ) mid October and heading down to Brighton for one day/overnight before heading to Southhampton for one day before going on a cruise from there. I am looking at my options and need some advice please. We will have 5 large suitcases and backpacks and all persons are healthy & mobile :
Train London to Brighton ( too early but appears about 89 pounds ) 1hr
Brighton to Southhampton ( about 59 pounds ) 2Hrs
Total 148 GBP
Total travel time 3.0hrs
Private transfer in mini van approx 1.5 hrs & 2.0hrs
Combined cost 270GBP
Total travel time 3.5 hrs
Bus National express 3 Hrs 27GBP
Brighton to Southhampton 3hrs 41 GBP
Combined total 68 GBP
Total travel time 6 hrs
Is there a view that cant be missed on trains ? Will we get a seat and have storage facilities for bags, is the bus a better option even through it is longer and cheaper. Leaning towards the mini bus transfers but they are the most expensive obviously.
Any advice is greatly appreciated.