Do you enjoy coach travel? Do you travel a lot via coach?

United Kingdom
February 16, 2009 2:04pm CST
This might seem like a strange question but I'm thinking to myself that I have never actually done this, well not for many years anyhow and I'm also thinking that I'm really missing out on something! There's a good friend of mine that lives out in Wales, I'm in London and I thought that I would visit him via coach! This would be like a new experience for me. Do you travel far on coaches and do you enjoy the journey? I don't know whether this is a good discussion or not but this came to mind so I thought I would give it a try!!! Andrew
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16 Feb 09
To answer quickly; not a lot and not very often! But yes coach travel can be good, especially when it's difficult to book a reasonably priced rail ticket. However coach travel is usually slower and not quite so comfortable as a train. I've gone to London from the West Country many a time by either coach or train. Have also travelled all the way to Preston in Lancashire (on the way to Lake district, north of Manchester) by coach and by train. Once did a coach trip to Loch Awe and back staying overnight in Glasgow in Sauchiehall street. That was an experience, especially the night when an England/ Scotland match was on! Saying that have also gone to Edinburgh by train! Scarborough by coach. It's interesting to travel by both to ring the changes and at the same time to save some money when the train is just too expensive to justify the expense! Unfortunately, they don't serve snacks on the National Express any more, so you won't be able to see the hostess with the backside of a small country any more - as the song goes!
• United Kingdom
17 Feb 09
It sounds like you have done a fair amount of travelling yourself! That's a real shame about the hostess thing, I didn't even think about that but now that you mention it I would have thought that on the very long journeys they would provide some kind of refreshment! The whole travel experience is quite exciting I think. Anyway, I guess I want to do some serious travelling this year, explore my own land as it were! Andrew
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17 Feb 09
Thank you!
@wolfie34 (26820)
• United Kingdom
16 Feb 09
I am not keen on coaches my friend, more because I have long legs and coaches are not really designed for people who are tall, I get cramp easily and I can't bear long coach journeys, I need to take two seats so that I can stretch out, so providing there's a spare seat I will use a coach but only if there is absolutely NO alternative. I used to travel from London Victoria to Oxford by coach once every two months, it was a cheap way of doing it compared to what Great Western charge for the train fare. But I'd much rather go by train or car. I think 2 hours is the longest I can stand being on a coach and that is at a push!
• United Kingdom
16 Feb 09
Hi wolfie, I guess I haven't been doing much in the way of travel and I thought to myself that I would like to do something different. I'm thinking also, Inverness from London! That's about thirteen hours according to National Express! I thought that it might be a good opportunity to take in new scenery, especially the countryside. Well, my first coach trip is a friend I'm going to see in Wales, I'll be doing this at some point in March. It's also quite cheap which is key I guess! Good to hear from you again. Andrew
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@Jezebella (1446)
• United States
16 Feb 09
I don't mind flying coach. I mean most of my flights aren't that far so i could care less. I just sit in the seat and read a book or listen to my ipod the way I would if I was driving somewhere.
• United Kingdom
16 Feb 09
I suppose when you do it on a regular basis you become used to it. I'm going to have to give myself lots of experience in relation to travel then I will hopefully become comfortable with it. Thanks. Andrew