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    • MSE Jenny
    • By MSE Jenny 5th Oct 10, 10:09 AM
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    MSE Jenny
    Cheap Train Fares guide discussion
    • #1
    • 5th Oct 10, 10:09 AM
    Cheap Train Fares guide discussion 5th Oct 10 at 10:09 AM



    Hi, we've written a Cheap Trains guide to help you play the train ticket system with hidden tricks. You can also check out the latest travel offers, vouchers and discounts on our Cheap Train & Coach Deals page.

    If you've tried the techniques mentioned in the guide, were you successful? How much did you save? Is there anything you'd add?

    Thanks for your help

    MSE Jenny
    Last edited by Former MSE Debs; 08-03-2013 at 2:11 PM.
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    • dggar
    • By dggar 26th Nov 12, 1:44 PM
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    dggar
    On the Bristol to Birmingham leg Cheltenham is usually the best slpit.

    On the Birmingham to Manchester leg try a split at Stoke on Trent.

    If going via Birmingham Derby Sheffield try splitting the journey to
    Birminghan Derby and Derby Sheffield.

    The trick is to know which sections of the full route have their fares set by which train operating company(TOC) and what restrictions each TOC apply to their part of the route.

    (I must be going word blind, I read Clitheroe as Cleethorps---Ignore Birmingham Derby Sheffield)
    Last edited by dggar; 26-11-2012 at 3:47 PM. Reason: Misreading original posting
    • Livingthedream
    • By Livingthedream 26th Nov 12, 3:26 PM
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    Livingthedream
    Hello everyone!

    I'm looking for an adult ticket from Bath Spa (at a push, Bristol) to Clitheroe (again, may be able to travel to/from Skipton if it brings down the price) on the 21st December, returning on the 23rd.
    Originally posted by loyceyhaj
    Try this;
    21/12 06:54 Bath Spa to Clitheroe via Newport (S.Wales) arrive 13:17 (change at Newport S.Wales,Manchester Piccadilly and Bolton) Advance single £28

    23/12 16:40 Clitheroe to Bath Spa via Newport (S.Wales) arrive 23:39 (change at Bolton, Manchester Piccadilly and Newport S.Wales) Advance single £28

    Total £56

    To get these fares to show up in your ticket search engine use more/advance options then select 'via' and then type 'Newport S.Wales'

    Advance tickets so you must travel on booked trains.
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  • Nice2Michu
    Hi all,

    I booked two (advance) single rail fares (£12 each) yesterday but I've just realised that I will probably need to change the date. As I understand it, you can't get a refund on advance fares and to change the time would incur an admin cost of £10 per ticket (plus any difference in fare cost).

    I paid for this online by credit card. Can I use the Distance Selling Regulations to claim a refund? They do state that "Your right to cancel starts the moment you place your order and doesn’t end until seven working days from the day after you receive your goods."

    Thanks.
    • wealdroam
    • By wealdroam 5th Dec 12, 12:00 PM
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    wealdroam
    Hi all,

    I booked two (advance) single rail fares (£12 each) yesterday but I've just realised that I will probably need to change the date. As I understand it, you can't get a refund on advance fares and to change the time would incur an admin cost of £10 per ticket (plus any difference in fare cost).

    I paid for this online by credit card. Can I use the Distance Selling Regulations to claim a refund? They do state that "Your right to cancel starts the moment you place your order and doesn’t end until seven working days from the day after you receive your goods."

    Thanks.
    Originally posted by Nice2Michu
    No, you cannot use the DSRs for this.

    On page 9 of the OFT's guide to the DSRs we are told...
    2.20 The requirements to provide pre-contractual information, written and additional information, the right to cancel and the obligation on the supplier to carry out the contract within a maximum of 30 days do not apply to the following types of contract:
    • Contracts to provide accommodation, transport, catering or leisure services (for example hotel accommodation; plane, train, or concert tickets; car hire; or sporting events) where you agree to provide the service on a specific date or within a specific period.
  • Mercy1
    any ideas for cheap singles from Ipswich to London.
    • redux
    • By redux 12th Dec 12, 4:46 PM
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    redux
    any ideas for cheap singles from Ipswich to London.
    Originally posted by Mercy1
    Off peak. Buy the ticket in advance. Travel only on booked train. From £19 am £14.50 pm
    • thelawnet
    • By thelawnet 12th Dec 12, 4:49 PM
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    thelawnet
    any ideas for cheap singles from Ipswich to London.
    Originally posted by Mercy1
    what date and time, for how many people adult/child? Advance fares start at £8, but not on most trains.

    Walk-up fare is £43.30, peak, but depending on the time of day fares can go as low as £25 using splits. Network Railcard can be used with split fares from Manningtree/Colchester/Chelmsford. Other railcards may apply.
    • Susan1942
    • By Susan1942 13th Dec 12, 4:39 AM
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    Susan1942
    Costs of travel for young people visiting UK
    I am out in Australia at the moment and my young Nephew is leaving OZ 26th Dec and will be in the UK for 7 weeks

    He has got his flights there and back but nothing else He is just 17 and has not thought the process through.
    They will be flying into Manchester where they will spend about 2 weeks in North Wales They then want to go to Glasgow/Edinburgh for a further 12 weeks

    They would also like to go to Ireland to visit my Son Nearest airport is Belfast but they could do Dublin and then coach. Finally they are coming to me in Harrogate and will then travel to Manchester for their flights home.
    They would also like to visit a friend in France but think they won't be able to affords.

    I have looked at young peoples rail card cost 28 pounds offering 33% off
    Also looked at National Express where the fares are much lower than the train.

    Finally looked at flights to Belfast or Dublin one way as all fares would be.

    Could anyone give me advice as to the best option for them would be based on costs

    They will not need to build in accommodation as they will stay with family and friends. 2 young people just 17 who want to travel a bit before they start University end of Feb.

    Any advice would be appreciated
    • dzug1
    • By dzug1 13th Dec 12, 8:25 AM
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    dzug1
    Noone can give you the best option - you or he will have to work that out for yourselves based on specific dates/times. You seem to have investigated very thoroughly anyway. It's just a question of a lot of arithmetic

    In general terms a mixture of transport modes wil be best depending what's on offer on the dates you want to travel

    Deciding and booking in advance - particularly for longer distances - is a must
    • Jeff Bridges hair
    • By Jeff Bridges hair 13th Dec 12, 11:00 AM
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    Jeff Bridges hair
    Look into railsail for the trip from Scotland to Belfast too as it will incorporate train and ferry crossing so could be cheaper than a flight if booked far enough in advance.

    Is your son an Australian resident/person? If so maybe buying a Britrail pass would also be of benefit as its once price travel
    "If you no longer go for a gap, you are no longer a racing driver" - Ayrton Senna
    • Susan1942
    • By Susan1942 15th Dec 12, 5:21 AM
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    Susan1942
    Thanks will look at these options again many thanks
  • wanderlust5
    Help please. Cheapest travel from Edinburgh to London Return
    I hear people talk of £10 return train travel from Edinburgh to London and £1 tickets!!! I never seem to find any! Any ideas? This would preferably be a regular thing, am I cheaper booking flights?

    Thanks in advance
    • wealdroam
    • By wealdroam 22nd Dec 12, 1:42 AM
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    wealdroam
    I hear people talk of £10 return train travel from Edinburgh to London and £1 tickets!!! I never seem to find any! Any ideas? This would preferably be a regular thing, am I cheaper booking flights?

    Thanks in advance
    Originally posted by wanderlust5
    Have you read MSE's Cheap Train Tickets article?

    Also worth keeping up to date with the Any train promotion codes out there? thread.
  • AdeleBird
    Hello! I need two tickets to get from Bexhill to London Euston on 26th Feb coming back the next day, cheapest I can get is about £60! Please can anyone find it cheaper? Thanks
    • dzug1
    • By dzug1 7th Jan 13, 8:39 PM
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    dzug1
    Your best bet is to use the Southern Railway site and buy tickets to London Victoria only. I can see £5 singles (per person) on a fair selection of trains each day - which leaves you a fair amount to get to and from Euston and still be cheaper than the fare you have found. Bus will be cheaper than tube, and both will be cheaper with an Oyster card
    Last edited by dzug1; 07-01-2013 at 8:41 PM.
    • seebee73
    • By seebee73 9th Jan 13, 2:07 PM
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    seebee73
    return train travel from swansea to gatwick airport
    Best I can get is £87.00 with an advance ticket. Flights already booked because I have to go to a funeral. Any suggestions for splits. The bus journey would take hours and hours and involve a 4am start. Any advice or tips would be appreciated
    • cosmojohnson
    • By cosmojohnson 9th Jan 13, 4:46 PM
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    cosmojohnson
    Best I can get is £87.00 with an advance ticket. Flights already booked because I have to go to a funeral. Any suggestions for splits. The bus journey would take hours and hours and involve a 4am start. Any advice or tips would be appreciated
    Originally posted by seebee73
    Without knowing times/dates it's hard to advise... The route avoiding London (i.e. change at Reading for the via Guildford service to Gatwick) is likely to be cheaper than going via London.

    I'd recommend not getting an Advance ticket for your return leg, as if you miss the booked train because your return flight to Gatwick is delayed then you will need a new ticket.

    A Super Off-Peak Swansea-Gatwick return is £81.50 (via Guildford/Reading) or £84 (via London). This lets you on a train from Swansea departing on or after 0845.

    If you need to leave Swansea earlier, the Off-Peak is £102.50/£104 (via Guildford/London respectively) and you can depart Swansea on or after 0715.

    Both the ticket types mentioned above allow return travel within a month of the outward journey.
    • thelawnet
    • By thelawnet 9th Jan 13, 5:30 PM
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    thelawnet
    There's a £63.40 off-peak return valid to travel Swansea - Salisbury, Salisbury - Clapham Junction, Clapham Junction - Gatwick.

    There are no time-of-day restrictions on it at all, despite being an off-peak ticket.

    I think it will be a much slower route than Swansea - Reading, Reading - Guildford however.

    Otherwise you will want to find Swansea - London Advance singles for a low price, and just buy walk-up fares for the London-Gatwick section.
    • lesshaste
    • By lesshaste 16th Jan 13, 12:56 PM
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    lesshaste
    Cheap monthly Bristol-London return
    I need to go from Bristol to London once a month at peak times. I leave at 7.01am and return at 19:15 on the same day. The open day return is 187 pounds. You can get this down to about 110 pounds by splitting at Didcot however. Even cheaper is to buy three singles, Bristol->Didcot, Didcot->London, London-> Bristol which comes to about 86 quid!

    Can you get any less than this given that I have to do the journey a lot and it still comes to almost 1000 pounds a year. Buying tickets in advance doesn't seem to save any money sadly. I was wondering if buying a network rail card and then buying london->didcot (which seems to be covered by a network rail card), then didcot->bristol might work. Any experts have any advice?

    I also need to get across london of course so maybe a Gold card makes sense if you can get one cheaply somehow?
    • dzug1
    • By dzug1 16th Jan 13, 1:13 PM
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    dzug1
    A Network Railcard is not valid to leave Didcot until 1000am - so no good to you.

    You might look at travelling to London Waterloo via Salisbury - but it's a much longer journey
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