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Brit Rail England Flexi pass good from ???

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Brit Rail England Flexi pass good from ???

Just online here and wondering if the above mentioned pass will be valid on which ever train takes passengers from Waterloo station to Worcester? For our limited time in the UK, we have sleuthed out that the only pass for us would be the B.R.Eng.Flexi pass - is this pass valid for all trains going to and from the London area? (ie london-bath, or oxford or stradford on avon?

Thanks for your expert input!!

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1. Re: Brit Rail England Flexi pass good from ???

Should be valid, but if those are the only places you are going, have you checked the prices of individual journey tickets which may well be a lot cheaper than a pass?

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2. Re: Brit Rail England Flexi pass good from ???

Passes tend to be useful if you are doing a lot of long distance travel & prefer not to book ahead

If you know when you are travelling you can get some REALLY cheap tickets - eg London to Edinburgh for £12.50

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3. Re: Brit Rail England Flexi pass good from ???

There are no direct trains from London's Waterloo station to Worcester, Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, and only a limited service to Bath Spa. For all except Stratford, direct trains run from London's Paddington station; for Stratford, the direct trains leave from London's Marylebone station.

The best site to check your trains times is http://www.traintimes.org.uk/ - it's the "clean" link to the official site for Britain's passenger railway and doesn't suffer the advertising that covers the official site; it'll also give you information on the fares for each journey.

A BritRail England Flexi Pass will indeed be valid for the journeys you intend to make and will allow you to travel by any train without restriction. Please note that if you are staying in the Waterloo area, the BritRail pass will *not* include the London Underground trip across to Paddington or Marylebone. You might like to ask for advice about best prices for London's transport in the London forum.

Other posters are recommending that you consider advance purchase tickets as they can be cheap. I agree with them, but with an important caveat: advance purchase tickets are only valid on the train you book seats on, which means that if you like a place a lot you can't decide to catch a later train if you want to spend longer there.

Walk-up fares (the technical term for tickets you can buy at the station immediately before travelling) are more expensive than the advance purchase tickets, may be cheaper than the pass and give you the same freedom to choose your travel times as the pass.

Having said that, given that BritRail passes are priced in US dollars and the dollar is very weak against the pound at the moment (1 pound is very close to 2 dollars today), there may not be all that much much in it - the 4-day pass at USD 235 equates about GBP 120.

For comparison, the cheapest "walk-up" return fare being quoted by National Rail (through the traintimes link above) to Bath Spa is GBP 47 [*], Worcester around GBP 30, Stratford GBP 27.50, Oxford GBP 17.50.

Based on those prices, I'd say the 4-day pass is worth buying as long as the American dollar stays weak against the pound.

Hope this helps some and doesn't confuse too much (Britain's rail ticketing confuses everyone, including the rail staff!)

Ross

(UK rail staff)

[*] Yes, Bath is much more expensive to reach than the others. There are historical ticketing reasons as to why, which are far too complex to explain here!

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4. Re: Brit Rail England Flexi pass good from ???

Ross-

Thank you so very much for your expert knowledge/opinions! I can admist to being confused but you've cleared it up somewhat!! Will write again after exploring the website you gave me.

Thx alot

Susan

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