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Member Name: UKMaple
Advantages: Efficient, friendly and clean bus service.
Disadvantages: Two journeys per day.
I would agree with Nibelung's helpful and detailed review and confirm that Berry's Coach service leaves very little to complain about. The fare saved me about half off the cost of taking the train with just under two weeks advance notice (£23 for a weekend return instead of close to £50) and the trip into London from Yeovil went quickly, with pretty countryside views for the first half, growing more mundane as we approached London.
The coach was clean and comfortable, and the staff efficient and friendly, not at all snappy as many in this type of customer service arena tend to be. Snacks on board seemed reasonably-priced, although I had my own home-baked bread with me for the trip, and sitting on the upper level added to the pleasure of the view.
The only small quibble I might raise for some people is the bus leaving about 15 minutes late, though for my purposes this was no problem at all, and I was even very grateful for a late-departing second Berry's bus on the way back, when car traffic through the city made me late for my bus home. It was straightforward and quick getting on the tube for central London from Hammersmith.
Booking was also very easy, through the Tourist Information Centre, and I understand it is simple to book online or by phone. The overall superiority of Berry's for this trip, in comparison to National Express or pricier rail travel, reminded me of the excellent Chinatown bus network in the U.S., which fills such a useful niche along the East Coast, and in fact forced Greyhound to improve their service and lower prices in order to keep up with the market. I'm glad to recommend Berry's, if you are traveling between London and the South West (my bus also stopped in Taunton, Ilminster and Wincanton).
Summary: Excellent alternative to other buses and train service
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