Is it necessary or advisable to advance book National Express tickets from Heathrow to Bath?
Arriving the afternoon of 5 September.
Necessary - no. Advisable - I always book everything I can.
If you go through the booking system at www.nationalexpress.com you will find that for 5 pounds you can book a flexible ticket, rather than committing yourself to a specific departure
We got very good advice which was to get the RailAir coach from Heathrow to Reading station and train from Reading to Bath. The trains from Reading run more frequently to Bath and moreover if you catch it from Heathrow you will need to change trains. We found the bus station very easily and only waited a few minutes for the RailAir coach which we had pre-booked but you can also buy tickets at the ticket office in the bus station.
Thanks for the tip, we will look into it.
There's nothing wrong with the RailAir coach to Reading and then transfer to the train except that it involves a change whereas the National Express coach is direct all the way. There's also a risk at present that the rail service can be disrupted by upgrade engineering works; you can check at nationalrail.co.uk.
I believe that the RailAir coaches and the trains are faster overall and more frequent than the National Express coaches. Balanced against that is the extra convenience in not having to transfer between bus and train at Reading.
I'd probably go with National Express if, as usual, I'm not in a huge hurry. Normally I'm just so glad to be off the aircraft that I'm happy to kill a bit of time with a tea or coffee before continuing onwards!
Yes, thank you. Decided to book the National Express Coach tickets today.
Railair plus the train is likely to be m9re expensive.
As you have probably already worked out, I think that's the right decision!