By far the most sensible, budget-friendly and convenient way to travel is by using the bus. Services are numerous and a variety of ticket options can make bus travel very economical. Connections between the major towns are generally fast, frequent and reliable.
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While it is not impossible to travel everywhere by rail, the choice of places to visit will be limited. Generally the railway will bring you to a central destination and from there you will have to rely on other modes of transport. More than likely buses.
On longer journeys the train may be better value for money - travel times are usually shorter than on a bus, there are toilets on board and you can stretch your legs by walking about a bit.
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What if you cannot walk or cycle to your destination and don't feel like driving?
Have you considered public transport?
There are alternatives available, none of them perfect, but a combination of road and rail travel is an interesting option.