So I spent my wonderful weekend in Kirkcaldy, to spend bonfire night with Katie and her family. It was fab; there was wine, soup, explosions and time well spent with good people.
On my way to Kirkcaldy I travelled by train. On my way back by bus. Both have their advantages, but they both also have their disadvantages. I personally prefer to train it, but sometimes budget becomes an issue, at which point I’m bussing it from here to Timbuktu. The bus is often considerably cheaper than the train, to the point it really is scandalous.
If you’re the type of person who likes to sit and watch the world go by, being taken straight to your destination, then the bus is for you. More often than not you will likely have to change somewhere or other in order to reach your destination by train. The same be said for buses, I’m not denying it, but it’s much less frequent. Admittedly, if you’re lucky there’ll be the occasional long distance train journey that won’t involve any changes, but they are few and far between, and are often so irregular in timetable it’s bizarre.
My favourite thing about the train is the often stunningly beautiful views outside the windows. Buses have to stick to roads and motorways, meaning often the views are obscured. You also have the downside of the fact that the seat in front if you masks the panoramic window, cutting off the scene outside. The windows on trains are so large that this almost never happens. Railway lines often run through sections of the country that roads tend not to touch, meaning you see stretches of fabulous countryside every direction you turn. I captured these shots of the sunset from the train on Saturday between Inverkeithing and Burntisland.
The main reason I will always prefer the train to the bus, however, is the fact that I get deathly travel sick on buses. I last maybe half an hour on a coach or bus and I can already start to feel faint, dizzy and sick. I’ll admit I do sometimes get travel sick on the train too, but not nearly as often, and never as badly as I get in buses.
What about you? Do you prefer bus or train? Why?