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    • Runningfast
    • By Runningfast 22nd Sep 16, 12:00 AM
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    • 22nd Sep 16, 12:00 AM
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    Train Tickets 22nd Sep 16 at 12:00 AM
    How far in advance do the train companies release the discounted train tickets?

    Would like to visit Bath in December (midweek - and a set date). Trains are currently showing as £134.
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    • Hasbeen
    • By Hasbeen 22nd Sep 16, 5:00 AM
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    • 22nd Sep 16, 5:00 AM
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    • 22nd Sep 16, 5:00 AM
    Perhaps better more response posting on the Public transport and cycling board for train tickets
    • frugalmacdugal
    • By frugalmacdugal 22nd Sep 16, 5:16 AM
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    • 22nd Sep 16, 5:16 AM
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    • 22nd Sep 16, 5:16 AM
    Hi,

    I think it's 12 weeks before travel, so should be showing soon, just need to keep checking.
    Y'all take care now.
    • rhysadams
    • By rhysadams 22nd Sep 16, 10:33 AM
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    • 22nd Sep 16, 10:33 AM
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    • 22nd Sep 16, 10:33 AM
    Approx. 12 weeks before travel.

    Split the journey, where are you travelling from?
    • daveyjp
    • By daveyjp 22nd Sep 16, 1:01 PM
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    • 22nd Sep 16, 1:01 PM
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    • 22nd Sep 16, 1:01 PM
    12 to 26 weeks depending on operator and journey.

    GWR aren't as open as Virgin with info. |Virgin are currently advising:

    "All tickets are currently available up until :
    Friday 09 December 2016"
    • Runningfast
    • By Runningfast 22nd Sep 16, 6:43 PM
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    • 22nd Sep 16, 6:43 PM
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    • 22nd Sep 16, 6:43 PM
    Thanks everyone I will keep an eye open for reduced fares over the next week or so and then will need to book something. If the Bath tickets are still around £130 I will book something else a day out in Dublin or somewhere is currently looking a lot cheaper door to door and quicker.
    • daveyjp
    • By daveyjp 22nd Sep 16, 10:23 PM
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    • 22nd Sep 16, 10:23 PM
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    • 22nd Sep 16, 10:23 PM
    Look at prices for mid November as these will be in the 12 week window so you'll get an idea of advance fare prices.

    As others have said consider split tickets to reduce fares.
    • Sharon87
    • By Sharon87 22nd Sep 16, 10:50 PM
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    • 22nd Sep 16, 10:50 PM
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    • 22nd Sep 16, 10:50 PM
    Is that from London? If so I can recommend National Express coaches, they're not that much slower from Bath than the trains, and a lot cheaper. I went to visit there and decided the cheapest way was an advance ticket to there and the bus back.

    Good luck with the advance tickets. I love getting 1st class advanced tickets if they're a good price!
    • dzug1
    • By dzug1 23rd Sep 16, 7:37 AM
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    • 23rd Sep 16, 7:37 AM
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    • 23rd Sep 16, 7:37 AM
    Off peak returns are now showing up to 15 December - starting at £71.20. Can be bought on the day


    Not sure where £134 comes from
    • Runningfast
    • By Runningfast 23rd Sep 16, 7:40 AM
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    Is that from London? If so I can recommend National Express coaches, they're not that much slower from Bath than the trains, and a lot cheaper. I went to visit there and decided the cheapest way was an advance ticket to there and the bus back.

    Good luck with the advance tickets. I love getting 1st class advanced tickets if they're a good price!
    Originally posted by Sharon87
    Thanks for the message, unfortunately I live in a small town in West Lancashire so nearest main line train stations would be Preston, Liverpool, Manchester and possibly Wigan.

    The buses are cheaper but not really doable for a day trip from my location
    • Runningfast
    • By Runningfast 23rd Sep 16, 7:44 AM
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    Off peak returns are now showing up to 15 December - starting at £71.20. Can be bought on the day


    Not sure where £134 comes from
    Originally posted by dzug1
    That was a day ticket on the day I can travel from Liverpool and Manchester. Looking at mid november as 12 weeks prices drop to £76 cheapest return but that isnt a day return as I would get home the following morning
    • Runningfast
    • By Runningfast 23rd Sep 16, 7:45 AM
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    I can only travel on a set day in december due to work commitments
    • Runningfast
    • By Runningfast 23rd Sep 16, 7:53 AM
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    Look at prices for mid November as these will be in the 12 week window so you'll get an idea of advance fare prices.

    As others have said consider split tickets to reduce fares.
    Originally posted by daveyjp
    Thanks, for comparison the price drops to £76 but not really suitable for day returns. An example being if i took the 8pm train home i would not arrive in say Liverpool until over 9 hours later. I can't get 2 days off work in December unfortunately.

    Think Dublin it is. I can get from my house to Dublin city centre return for cheaper and flight times are good for a day trip.

    Thanks for the suggestion.
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