England, Wales and Scotland in 11 days but the last three in London. Can someone help?

Looking to figure out my cheapest travel methods. I am not opposed to buying individual tickets but a pass seems easier and cheaper if we can use it for every location we are going but I am having problems finding all that information. Can someone help me?

We are flying into Heathrow no the 26/8 and going directly to bath spa
29/8 going to York station stopping in Wales first (not sure which stop)
31/8 go to Newcastle
1/9 go to Edinburgh Scotland
3/9 Edinburgh to London spend three days there and leave on 6/9 to go to Heathrow
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 08, 2018 18:57
    Hi Valerie,

    For the requested itinerary, your best option would be the BritRail Pass. This pass covers travel in England, Wales, and Scotland.

    For the BritRail Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/britrail-pass-5891.

    The BritRail Pass will cover all your trains, including the Heathrow Express.

    Heathrow Airport to Bath

    From Heathrow, you would first have to commute into the city of London. Trains to Bath depart from the London Paddington station. To get from Heathrow to the city, you would take the Heathrow Express. Conveniently, the Heathrow Express trains arrive into Paddington station.

    The Heathrow Express and trains from London to Bath are both covered by the BritRail Pass. The BritRail Pass is all you would need to board.

    Heathrow Express trains depart once every 15 minutes throughout the day (taking about 15 minutes from terminals 1, 2 and 3 to Paddington and 23 minutes from terminal 5 to Paddington). The ride from London to Bath takes about 1.5 hours.

    For planning purposes, you can use the route search feature under 'Tickets & Reservations' on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) just to view schedules for trains from London to Bath Spa.

    Bath-Wales-York

    The BritRail Pass is valid to cover on trains between Bath, destinations in Wales, and York.

    York to Newcastle

    On trains from York to Newcastle, the BritRail Pass is all you would need to board. The ride takes about an hour.

    For planning purposes, you can use the route search feature under 'Tickets & Reservations' on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) to view schedules for trains from York to Newcastle.

    Newcastle to Edinburgh

    On trains from Newcastle to Edinburgh, the BritRail Pass is all you would need to board. The ride takes about 1.5 hours.

    For planning purposes, you can use the route search feature under 'Tickets & Reservations' on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) to view schedules for trains from Newcastle to Edinburgh.

    Edinburgh to London

    On trains from Edinburgh to London, reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to a rail pass. However, passholder reservations for trains in the UK are only able to purchased locally when you're there. To purchase reservations for a train from Edinburgh to London, you would just go the ticket counter in the station and mention that you have the BritRail Pass.

    In the meantime, you can use the route search feature under 'Tickets & Reservations' on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) to view schedules for the trains from Edinburgh to London. The ride takes about 4.5 hours, although some of these trains take 5.5 hours.

    London to Heathrow Airport

    To get from London to the Heathrow Airport, you would once again take the Heathrow Express out of the Paddington station, and your BritRail Pass will be valid to cover you.
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  • Thank you for all of your help.

    So does this mean I should not have to make any "reservations" or get tickets for any of the legs of travel except the Edinburgh to London? So I dont have to do all the planning for days and times of travel ahead of time?

    Also, can you tell me about how much it will cost to purchase the supplemental reservation for Edinburgh to London?
    • Jeff (Official Rep) June 08, 2018 20:29
      Yep, you got it. Of the trains you mentioned, reservations are only recommended on the trip from Edinburgh to London. For the rest of your trips, the BritRail Pass is all you need. Regarding rail travel in the UK, reservations are only recommended on individual trains taking over 2 hours.

      We don't have a quote for reservations purchased locally, but it should just be a small amount. I'd expect something around €10 per person max.
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