Reducing train costs

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Public Transport & Cycling
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samfuller1samfuller1 Forumite
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Public Transport & Cycling
I go to Uni in Greenwich and commute from Greenhithe. From September to February I caught the train which was £40/week or £150/month depending on my schedule (sometimes have reading week so weekly tickets are cheaper). I commuted by bicycle in March, saving myself around £130, which was great but I'm a fair weather cyclist so unlikely to do that when I go back in September.

Does anybody know a way of reducing my fare without relying on cycling? For example, I also run a fair bit so would be happy to catch a station to a station and run 3-4 miles from there if it would save a good chunk of money in the long run.

This year I have had 4 days of Uni, 3 days catching an Anytime day return (£11.10) and one day an off-peak day return (£6.20).

I have tried a few stations (Greenhithe to Charlton, Dartford to Greenwich) but couldn't find a way of saving anything significant. I'm sure you are all much more astute at this than I though. :D

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  • ceb1995ceb1995 Forumite
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    samfuller1 wrote: »
    I go to Uni in Greenwich and commute from Greenhithe. From September to February I caught the train which was £40/week or £150/month depending on my schedule (sometimes have reading week so weekly tickets are cheaper). I commuted by bicycle in March, saving myself around £130, which was great but I'm a fair weather cyclist so unlikely to do that when I go back in September.

    Does anybody know a way of reducing my fare without relying on cycling? For example, I also run a fair bit so would be happy to catch a station to a station and run 3-4 miles from there if it would save a good chunk of money in the long run.

    This year I have had 4 days of Uni, 3 days catching an Anytime day return (£11.10) and one day an off-peak day return (£6.20).

    I have tried a few stations (Greenhithe to Charlton, Dartford to Greenwich) but couldn't find a way of saving anything significant. I'm sure you are all much more astute at this than I though. :D
    I presume the journeys arent at times you could use a railcard?
  • edited 25 April 2017 at 10:41AM
    samfuller1samfuller1 Forumite
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    edited 25 April 2017 at 10:41AM
    Three were this year but I have no way of knowing my timetable for next year for quite a while yet.
  • edited 25 April 2017 at 10:57AM
    elversonelverson Forumite
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    edited 25 April 2017 at 10:57AM
    Two possiblities:

    Try cycling from home to Slade Green? You can use an Oyster card from there and it's in Zone 6 so cheaper than Dartford or Greenhithe.

    Get the train as far as Maze Hill and walk from there - it's Zone 3 rather than Greenwich which is Zone 2, but still close to the university assuming you're near the Cutty Sark?
  • Mr_SingletonMr_Singleton Forumite
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    samfuller1 wrote: »
    I commuted by bicycle in March, saving myself around £130, which was great but I'm a fair weather cyclist so unlikely to do that when I go back in September.

    I'd draw your attention to Rule #9 & Rule #5
  • elverson wrote: »
    Two possiblities:

    Try cycling from home to Slade Green? You can use an Oyster card from there and it's in Zone 6 so cheaper than Dartford or Greenhithe.

    Get the train as far as Maze Hill and walk from there - it's Zone 3 rather than Greenwich which is Zone 2, but still close to the university assuming you're near the Cutty Sark?

    Thanks for the tip. Slade Green to Greenwich is £3.60 peak/£2.60 off peak. It's a 6 mile journey from home to SG so I'll either cycle or run there.
  • I'd draw your attention to Rule #9 & Rule #5

    If I wanted to adhere to a set of rules to please people I'll never meet I'd join a religion ;)
  • elversonelverson Forumite
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    I'd draw your attention to Rule #9 & Rule #5

    And I'll draw your attention to Rule #43 ;)
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