BusesInformation on bus services and rail connections can be found at:
- Traveline helps you plan a journey combining bus, coach, train and ferry services
- Showbus.com Directory of links to UK bus/rail timetables and journey planners
- Barry Doe Directory of printed bus and rail timetables, websites and enquiry offices
- Traveline data How Traveline is maintained
- Travel From Here Searchable directory of links covering all modes of transport
- Bus Users UK Independent user group campaigning for better bus services
- Bus Pass Heaven How to get the best from your bus pass
- The Scenic Britain by Bus booklet is no longer published but you may be able to find a secondhand copy
- Love the bus video will give you a different view of bus travel
PlusbusYou can buy a Plusbus add-on to your rail ticket which gives you bus travel in the immediate area of many destination towns for a low fixed cost.
TaxisFind a taxi at any station with Traintaxi.
On 30 May 2018 Virgin Trains West Coast launched a new partnership with Uber to encourage people to leave their cars at home and take the train. Customers buying their ticket on the Virgin Trains website will have the option to receive an SMS reminder with a link to book an Uber trip to the station and at the end of their Virgin Trains journey.
CyclesTaking your bike on trains can be a fantastic experience but can also cause some problems. The following links provide advice:
Bike & Go explains how the scheme works and which stations participate.
Car parkingCar parks are available at most stations – price (if managed by the train operator) and capacity can be found on the National Rail website. Enter the name of the station in the search box, then click on ‘Getting to and from the station’.
There may be other, cheaper car parks near the station – and some people living near stations offer parking on their driveway for a reasonable fee. You can search around a station and see the locations of both on a map of the area at Parkopedia.
It is often possible to park on the street within a reasonable walk of the station for free. If you are not familiar with the area, the best way of finding these places is to use Google Earth – you can see the yellow lines and where cars are parked, and even read the parking restriction signs on StreetView!
The biggest danger you will face on your train journey is getting to the railway station by road. Brake is the road safety charity.
LuggageVirgin Trains have started a luggage collection system called Bag Magic which on Mondays to Fridays will collect your bags from home and deliver them to your final address. At weekends you have to take your bags to a drop-off point and collect them from one.
Station access mapsAccess maps of each station, showing entrances, facilities and platforms, can be found on the National Rail website – enter the name of the station in the search box, then click on the ‘Stations Made Easy’ graphic.
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