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Transportation between Salisbury and Winchester

Stuck in North Texas
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Transportation between Salisbury and Winchester

There will be 2 couples of us (50's and 70's) staying in one of these towns (still looking for a place) but want to see both towns and check out the Cathedrals. We actually have been to both but that was 30 years and the younger couple hasn't been to either. Anyway, we will have to use public trans- which do you suggest; the train or the bus?

Thanks for your help!

Ottawa, ON
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1. Re: Transportation between Salisbury and Winchester

There seems to be no direct bus or train service between the two cities. Given that, train would be the better option, with a change in Southampton, taking a little over an hour in total.

London
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2. Re: Transportation between Salisbury and Winchester

Train is easier and more frequent. On average, two train connections per hour (weekday).

By bus it's route 68 to Stockbridge then connect to route 78 to Salisbury, but the buses are only every two hours, so train seems a much better idea.

England
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3. Re: Transportation between Salisbury and Winchester

Unfortunately rcspeirs bus information is a bit out of date as service 78 no longer operates. The only sensible way of getting from Salisbury to Winchester is now by train, changing at Southampton.

Phil-the-Bus

London
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4. Re: Transportation between Salisbury and Winchester

It's strange. Winchester to Salisbury is one of those bus links that you think should exist - but it doesn't.

England
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5. Re: Transportation between Salisbury and Winchester

The problem is that not many people live along the road that runs between Salisbury and Winchester - its mainly cows and sheep !

P-t-B

Surrey UK
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6. Re: Transportation between Salisbury and Winchester

You can still do the journey by bus via Romsey (but only just, and only on weekdays)

Winchester- Romsey timetable here:

http://www.stagecoachbus.com/PdfUploads/Timetable_17917_66%20(Winchester).pdf

Romsey-Salisbury timetable here:

wdbus.co.uk/site/uploads/publications/317.pdf

The train is a much better option. You can change at Eastleigh if you don't want to make the detour via Southampton (or Basingstoke). But there aren't quite so many trains that stop at Eastleigh and the fare is probably the same - ask at the station or check on the web www.southwesttrains.co.uk

Edited: 11 February 2012, 23:25
Chippenham, United...
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7. Re: Transportation between Salisbury and Winchester

It's best to check and plan yor train journey ahead if you can - either on national rail or south west trains' websites. Buying your ticket in advance will give you the best choice of cheaper fares. Enjoy your visit.

UK
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8. Re: Transportation between Salisbury and Winchester

With 4 people, consider a taxi, yes it will cost more but not too much more sharing the cost, and you wont spend half the day on trains or buses which has got to be worth something?

Cotswolds
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9. Re: Transportation between Salisbury and Winchester

<<Buying your ticket in advance will give you the best choice of cheaper fares>>

Not on this route alas - no advance cheapies, only normal fares

and with a £14.40 single fare a taxi isn't going to be that nuch more - if any.

Edited: 14 February 2012, 10:51
Salisbury
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10. Re: Transportation between Salisbury and Winchester

There was a direct bus until about six months ago when, for some strange reason, Stagecoach removed the Salisbury to Stockbridge section of it. It used to be one bus with two different numbers. The number changed in Stockbridge but you could just remain on the bus and continue to Winchester. It's a real shame that it is no longer possible to do this. If you decide to use the bus via Romsey, don't forget that if those in their 70s are British they can use their bus passes.