Let the train take the strain.
My preferred method of transport round the United Kingdom is the train. Due to the out of town locations of London airports, time-consuming security checks etc. I find it about as quick to get on the train in a central London station. Unfortunately, this convenience does not come cheap and I was once told that the train fares here are the most expensive mile for mile in the world. I am not sure how true this is but walk-up prices are steep. The solution is to book online well in advance and you can get some good bargains. an example of this is that in October 2012 I got a single ticket from London Marylebone to Warwick for £6, which would be competitive with a coach. The walk-up fare is £27:40.
The journey was with Chiltern Railways on a clean, modern train with a catering trolley service and took an hour and 20 minutes. Arriving at the station on an early Friday afternoon, there seemed to be a distinct lack of staff or facilities and the booking office was closed. It was clean and tidy enough and I passed quickly through. The station is on the Leamington side of Warwick and it is a bit of a walk into the centre of the town so if you have large baggage consider a taxi.
Regrettably, there are very poor facilities for the disabled with step free access only available to platform 1 and no accessible toilets.
Daytrip from London by train
Visiting Warwick on a day trip from London is easy, head to the Marylebone train station (from the Marylebone tube, follow the BritRail signs) and ask for a cheap day return, only for journeys after 9:30am on weekdays, all day on Saturday and Sunday.
In July 2004 we got a combined train and castle admission but I don't see that option listed anymore. Instead this time because we had five people, we used the Group Saver where 4 travel for the price of two and the 5th person who was a child rode for £1. Up to 4 kids can join you for a £. The ride took about 1 1/2 hours.
At the Warwick station, there was someone handing out maps of the area but you might print one out to get your bearings in case he isn't there that day. There are two stops with Warwick in the name, you want Warwick, not Warwick Parkway. The castle is a short walk from the train station and there are directional signs throughout town.
For more info, click on the website below, click on the days out link, and then Warwick Castle.
The Shakespeare Explorer train pass looked like an interesting option if you wanted to try and combine a visit to Warwick with nearby Stratford, Kenilworth or Royal Leamington Spa. I looked into this option but decided I only wanted to do a day trip to Warwick and as we were running late that day knew we wouldn't have time to make it over to Stratford.
You can get a 1 day or 3 day pass so that you can go into Warwick and out of another town (or vice versa) plus go between the cities.
In December 2003, Coventry Airport was given a passenger license. It is only about eight miles from Warwick.
Thompson will start flying a low cost airline based there from April 2004.
The flights will be to and from:
Some of the prices are crazy!
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Warwick is very conveniently connected by train and buses from London and Birmingham. The main railway station is just 10 minutes from city. You can get a train from Paddington and Marylebone. The scheduled National Express buses also run from Victoria station. Warwick is just around 100 miles from London so you can drive down there as well.
Don't Get Up Early
Just a quick tip for visitors to England using the train to get around.
Don't set out early, the rush hour trains have a premium on their price.
Set out after half past nine in the morning and your ticket price will be much cheaper.
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