Thursday, 26 January 2012

Travel to London from Gloucester

Budget Travel to London, from Gloucester:

I am often asked by my art students the cheapest or best way to go the  London art galleries from Gloucestershire.

Undoubtedly Megabus (which is owned by Stagecoach) is the cheapest  way to travel.  Buses leave Cheltenham at 07:45 and Gloucester everyday at 08:10 hours, the journey takes about three hours and arrives at London Victoria bus station at 11:00. The return journey leaves Victoria bus station at 20:00 hours. Fares start at £1 per journey. I have never managed to get a trip for a pound but I know people  who have. We usually travel from Gloucester,  we park in the Bruton Way multi-story car park GL1 1DG. My wife Jane is always pleased when we return to find no attendant on duty at the car park so we don’t have to pay a parking fee! There is nothing smart about the buses but if you don’t mind a basic service it is okay. The biggest problems we've had: a Megabus without heating, a Megabus where the heating wouldn’t turn off, a Megabus with the lavatory out of order,  a Megabus arriving very late on a Friday evening, a Megabus not turning up at all, it was a very snow night.

National Express also runs a coach service from Gloucester and Cheltenham.  This is a superior service, coaches run about every hour so much more flexible but usually more expensive.  The National Express coaches are more modern and comfortable.

Both if these services terminate at Victoria Coach Station, Victoria Underground  are about a 5 min walk away along Buckingham Palace Road.

All of my pupils will know I am a great Costa coffee lover and there is a branch of Costa in the:
Victoria Place Shopping Centre
115 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria
London, SW1W 9SJ

There are some cheap train tickets to be had too often similar prices to National Express Coaches

Before you go to London buy an oyster card from  queues  for onward travel tickets can be very long at Victoria Underground. 
You will also find an excellent  journey planner  at ‘TFL’ for getting around London using public transport.

If you decide to use the car we find travelling to:
Gerrards Cross Station
Station Approach
Gerrards Cross
The best option you can park in the Gerrards Cross station car park for a reasonable amount of money it was £4 per day when we last parked there. Buy a combined train and underground ticket to London Marylebone. There are about three trains every hour.
We always take a packed lunch with us, there is usually somewhere to eat it in the galleries and we also take a packed breakfast to eat on the bus and then save our money to eat in a restaurant before our return trip. Alternatively there is a Sainsbury’s local near to Victoria underground
Victoria Place Shopping Centre
115 Buckingham Palace Road,
So you could have another meal on the bus on your return journey!

Have a good day.

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