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    • j4messs
    • By j4messs 26th Sep 16, 4:55 PM
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    Please make my season ticket cheaper
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    • 26th Sep 16, 4:55 PM
    Please make my season ticket cheaper 26th Sep 16 at 4:55 PM
    My station is zone 8 swanley

    My season ticket should be £3040 ish, per year
    Are there any ways at all to make it cheaper? This will be the forth year im paying that and I'm only 22
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    • reehsetin
    • By reehsetin 26th Sep 16, 5:06 PM
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    • 26th Sep 16, 5:06 PM
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    • 26th Sep 16, 5:06 PM
    Pay on a cashback card and get a % or so back
    Yes Your Dukeiness
    • j4messs
    • By j4messs 26th Sep 16, 5:13 PM
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    • 26th Sep 16, 5:13 PM
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    • 26th Sep 16, 5:13 PM
    Good idea! but any ideas about splitting the fair or buy with a travel card?
    • ThemeOne
    • By ThemeOne 26th Sep 16, 5:19 PM
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    • 26th Sep 16, 5:19 PM
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    • 26th Sep 16, 5:19 PM
    Depends where you're going to - if it's somewhere in Zone 1, a point-to-point season to London Terminals is £2504, but this means it's only valid on that route, and is no longer a travelcard. Also no use if your place of work is not near one of the London Terminals stations.

    Another possibility is getting the train to Zone 2 and going the rest of the way by bus (which is included in the Zone 2 season). It'll most likely be a longer journey but would take the price down to £2448.
    • elverson
    • By elverson 27th Sep 16, 10:48 AM
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    • 27th Sep 16, 10:48 AM
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    • 27th Sep 16, 10:48 AM
    Can you cycle or get a lift to St Mary Cray, which is in Zone 6?
    • Coinmachine
    • By Coinmachine 27th Sep 16, 1:18 PM
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    • 27th Sep 16, 1:18 PM
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    • 27th Sep 16, 1:18 PM
    Make sure you claim for any delays, most companies will reimburse in cash or vouchers either of which you could put aside to get a discount each year.
    • ThemeOne
    • By ThemeOne 27th Sep 16, 2:57 PM
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    • 27th Sep 16, 2:57 PM
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    • 27th Sep 16, 2:57 PM
    Make sure you claim for any delays, most companies will reimburse in cash or vouchers either of which you could put aside to get a discount each year.
    Originally posted by Coinmachine
    I forgot about that, yes very good point. Assuming the OP's rail co is SouthEastern Delay Repay is claimable after 30 minutes delay.
    • spiro
    • By spiro 8th Oct 16, 12:35 PM
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    • #8
    • 8th Oct 16, 12:35 PM
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    • 8th Oct 16, 12:35 PM
    Another trick I used years ago was not to buy an annual season ticket, you need to bear in mind that a monthly season ticket is for any period of a month or more. So if you can plan your year ahead (holidays etc) you always buy a monthly ticket that starts on a Monday (or Tues after bank holiday) and finishes on a Friday. Some times it will only be a couple of days over a month at others times it could be nearly 2 months.
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    • The Groat Counter
    • By The Groat Counter 9th Oct 16, 3:41 PM
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    • 9th Oct 16, 3:41 PM
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    • 9th Oct 16, 3:41 PM
    Depends where you're going to - if it's somewhere in Zone 1, a point-to-point season to London Terminals is £2504, but this means it's only valid on that route, and is no longer a travelcard. Also no use if your place of work is not near one of the London Terminals stations.

    Another possibility is getting the train to Zone 2 and going the rest of the way by bus (which is included in the Zone 2 season). It'll most likely be a longer journey but would take the price down to £2448.
    Originally posted by ThemeOne
    Consider these ideas. You could also look at paying for any bus or Tube journeys individually using Oyster or contactless.

    An annual rail-only season ticket from Swanley to Elephant & Castle costs £1,620 - could you then travel on by bus or Tube from Elephant & Castle, paying separately?

    A London bus journey costs £1.50 (now with the option of taking a second bus for 'free' within an hour). A zone 1 Tube journey costs £2.40.

    (A discounted zone 1 Tube fare of £1.60 is available on Oyster with your Annual Gold Card season ticket if you travel outside of peak times, but for standard hours commuting purposes that's of little help.)
    Last edited by The Groat Counter; 09-10-2016 at 3:47 PM.
    • guestman
    • By guestman 10th Oct 16, 3:24 AM
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    nevermind.
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