Skyscanner for trains?

OH is a train fan - we have been watching the train journeys programmes with Bradshaws guides and I have bought the books - I'd like to treat us to some tickets for a trip to go in the parcel.

We are on the Norfolk coast (Norwich nearest big station, Tunstead and Hoveton nearest little one) - and a Friday night/Saturday morning journey, overnight and return - I don't care where really.

A town with something to do would be lovely - York? Harrogate? London (not my favourite) - maybe Oxford.

The purpose of the weekend would be the journey rather than the city (YSWIM).

Anyway - any ideas? And how do I find cheap tickets given my flexibility?

I tried York and it was ridiculous! It would be cheaper to drive - in fact, it would be cheaper, as there are two of us, to pay someone to drive us I think! I want a nice cheap as chips train journey - not a second mortgage.

Is there a way to get cheapy cheapy travel?
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  • yorkie2
    yorkie2 Posts: 1,595 Forumite
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    When are you travelling?


    Fares can be very cheap if you can snap up the lowest priced Advance fares when they first go on sale.


    For York (and Harrogate/Knaresborough) it may be cheaper to "split" at Peterborough.
  • Seanymph
    Seanymph Posts: 2,873 Forumite
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    thanks yorkie - this is all new to me! It doesn't matter when we go - I'd just like to put them in the parcel...
  • Kite2010
    Kite2010 Posts: 4,304 Forumite
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    If there is 2 of you travelling, consider getting a "Friends and Family" railcard to give you some discounts
  • wealdroam
    wealdroam Posts: 19,181 Forumite
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    Kite2010 wrote: »
    If there is 2 of you travelling, consider getting a "Friends and Family" railcard to give you some discounts
    A Family and Friends Railcard is not suitable for two adults travelling.

    To use a F&F Railcard there must be at least one child travelling.

    The OP hasn't mentioned any children travelling.
  • Seanymph
    Seanymph Posts: 2,873 Forumite
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    nope, no children - just the OH and I
  • p00hsticks
    p00hsticks Posts: 12,751 Forumite
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    Seanymph wrote: »
    I want a nice cheap as chips train journey - not a second mortgage.

    Give us a budget and we can see what we can come up with..... £10? £20 ? £40?
  • yorkie2
    yorkie2 Posts: 1,595 Forumite
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    Saturday 22 February

    • Norwich - York departing 0653: £11.55 per person
    • York - Harrogate departing any train: £7.90 per person
    • Harrogate - Norwich departing 1818: £13.35 per person

    This allows you to visit York, Knaresborough, and Harrogate. You will also travel round the entire 'Harrogate loop' line.

    For less than £10 extra, you could book your return journey instead as follows....
    • Harrogate - London departing 1714 (£13), and
    • London - Norwich departing 2130 (£8),
    ...if you wanted to cover the longer route via London (1 hour allowed to change termini, for which you'd need to take LU or a bus).

    The fares above are subject to availability, and will rise shortly, as the lowest fares are snapped up. The only fare that is the exception is York - Harrogate, which is available at any time right up to departure, and allows travel on any train (including break of journey at Knaresborough).
  • Kite2010
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    wealdroam wrote: »
    A Family and Friends Railcard is not suitable for two adults travelling.

    To use a F&F Railcard there must be at least one child travelling.

    The OP hasn't mentioned any children travelling.

    I stand corrected, I thought it was available when you have 2 adults travelling together without kids
  • alanrowell
    alanrowell Posts: 5,365 Forumite
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    Kite2010 wrote: »
    I stand corrected, I thought it was available when you have 2 adults travelling together without kids
    In West Yorkshire you can buy a Family DayRover which doesn't need children for it to be valid
  • Seanymph
    Seanymph Posts: 2,873 Forumite
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    Good grief yorkie You are brilliant!

    I could only find returns for about £80 each. Which was too much really.

    £30 is brilliant - I'd be happy up to about £50.

    It's Mr Portillo and his Bradshaws that is to blame.
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