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    • 33Lurcher
    • By 33Lurcher 11th Oct 16, 8:05 AM
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    Rail Travel
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    • 11th Oct 16, 8:05 AM
    Rail Travel 11th Oct 16 at 8:05 AM
    Looking at 4 adults (all 65) travelling to Southhampton Central from Manchester next May and instead of driving thinking about the train .
    Can anyone point me in the right direction for best return fares , am I right in thinking I need a Senior Rail Card ?
    Also is it advisable to book journeys early or a week or so before ?

    Many Thanks
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    • Hasbeen
    • By Hasbeen 11th Oct 16, 9:17 AM
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    • 11th Oct 16, 9:17 AM
    • #2
    • 11th Oct 16, 9:17 AM
    Looking at 4 adults (all 65) travelling to Southhampton Central from Manchester next May and instead of driving thinking about the train .
    Can anyone point me in the right direction for best return fares , am I right in thinking I need a Senior Rail Card ?
    Also is it advisable to book journeys early or a week or so before ?

    Many Thanks
    Originally posted by 33Lurcher
    Rail cards are £30 each, does anyone in group have cards? if not that's £120 spent to get 1/3 off.

    Advance tickets would probably be the best way to go. Available usually 12 weeks before travel. If not the cards would probably pay for themselves for that trip.
    Last edited by Hasbeen; 11-10-2016 at 9:26 AM.
    • luvchocolate
    • By luvchocolate 11th Oct 16, 11:09 AM
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    • 11th Oct 16, 11:09 AM
    Sometimes there is a deal for 2 people traveling together, as said above book 12 weeks in advance to get the best price, I think you have to book the train times both ways
    • missile
    • By missile 11th Oct 16, 11:37 AM
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    • 11th Oct 16, 11:37 AM
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    • 11th Oct 16, 11:37 AM
    Be careful. It cost me price of another 2 full price tickets, when we missed our return off peak journey.
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    • cbsexec
    • By cbsexec 11th Oct 16, 12:25 PM
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    • 11th Oct 16, 12:25 PM
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    • 11th Oct 16, 12:25 PM
    If you check you can get a reduction under "three together" or "group save".

    That worked out cheaper for us. You should get offered it at a booking office or if booking in advance (12 weeks is the magic number i believe) go to the "add railcards" bit and I think it comes up there.
    • 33Lurcher
    • By 33Lurcher 11th Oct 16, 12:43 PM
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    • 11th Oct 16, 12:43 PM
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    Thanks for replies .
    • Cezzy
    • By Cezzy 11th Oct 16, 2:22 PM
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    • 11th Oct 16, 2:22 PM
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    • 11th Oct 16, 2:22 PM
    If you consider going the Senior Rail Card route (£30 which as gives you a 1/3 off travel for 1 year) you can use Tesco vouchers. £15 worth of vouchers will double up to the £30 required. Go to the Tesco website, its really quick and easy to do and the card is despatched straight away to your home. I travel around a lot by train and it saves me a fortune. I also book online and get nectar points for the cost of my ticket. It also will show cheaper options or sometimes an upgrade to first class for a minimal amount extra. I also recommend that you try to book as early as possible however agree with Missile, only book specific time journeys if you can be absolutely sure you won't miss them or it can costly.
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    • 33Lurcher
    • By 33Lurcher 11th Oct 16, 6:16 PM
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    • 11th Oct 16, 6:16 PM
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    • 11th Oct 16, 6:16 PM
    Good tip re the Tesco vouchers .
    • Wicked Lady
    • By Wicked Lady 11th Oct 16, 9:56 PM
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    • 11th Oct 16, 9:56 PM
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    • 11th Oct 16, 9:56 PM
    DH and I have always used Tesco reward points for our Senior railcards - very efficient service.
    If you have an Oyster card then don't forget to link your Senior railcard to that to get cheaper Underground travel as well.
    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 15th Oct 16, 1:46 AM
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    If any of you would be entitled to a Disabled Railcard, that's a better option than the Senior, because a) it's a bit cheaper and b) two of you get the same discount even if only one of you has the card.

    Having a hearing aid qualifies you, for example.
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    • 33Lurcher
    • By 33Lurcher 15th Oct 16, 1:51 PM
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    Thanks Savvy_Sue , just applied for one as it applies
    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 15th Oct 16, 10:26 PM
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    Thanks Savvy_Sue , just applied for one as it applies
    Originally posted by 33Lurcher
    Then I will also point out that there are some discounts you can get with the Disabled Railcard, they will send various emails, but apart from that ...

    I have found that cinemas and theatres seem to give a seniors discount to the over 60s, but ATG venues give discounts for at least some performances if you are 'registered disabled'. When I asked what proof of that would be needed because as far as I know there is no longer any obligation on anyone to 'register' disabilities, I was told disabled railcards were good enough!

    So, four tickets for Billy Elliott, three of them at a discount because we hold DRCs!
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    • 33Lurcher
    • By 33Lurcher 19th Oct 16, 10:12 AM
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    DPRC came this morning , good service
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