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    • MSE Martin
    • By MSE Martin 4th Jan 07, 5:39 PM
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    Split Ticketing: Report successful routes here
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    • 4th Jan 07, 5:39 PM
    Split Ticketing: Report successful routes here 4th Jan 07 at 5:39 PM

    This thread is specifically for reporting successful


    as mentioned in my

    For OTHER ISSUES please use the
    Cheapest Train Fares Discussion Thread

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    Last edited by MSE Martin; 09-01-2007 at 8:35 PM.
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  • olympian
    • #2
    • 10th Jan 07, 10:12 AM
    Blackburn to Newcastle
    • #2
    • 10th Jan 07, 10:12 AM
    Split at York to give Blackburn - York and York - Newcastle. Cheaper for saver returns, also even greater savings between York and Newcastle by using advance purchase on GNER or value fares on Virgin for that portion of journey.
  • cowbagger
    • #3
    • 10th Jan 07, 12:15 PM
    • #3
    • 10th Jan 07, 12:15 PM
    I've made some great savings on the journey Peterborough to Cardiff, via Birmingham New Street. You travel on the same trains but splitting the journey/tickets into two stages Peterboro- B'ham then B'ham- Cardiff saves a lot of money. I always buy on the Trainline site and also make huge savings booking 2 singles. So for this return journey you may have to book 4 tickets, but save 's. e.g. Saver return Cardiff - Peterboro I was quoted 81:00. Buying a combination of tickets (in the latest case, Saver return Cardiff- B'ham and two singles for the Peterboro leg) the total came to 62. But I have done it a lot cheaper than this in the past.
  • djw
    • #4
    • 10th Jan 07, 1:17 PM
    Edinburgh to Oxford
    • #4
    • 10th Jan 07, 1:17 PM
    Splitting at Wolverhamton seems to give some good savings.
  • JaneAire
    • #5
    • 10th Jan 07, 3:24 PM
    Leeds-Newcastle split journey
    • #5
    • 10th Jan 07, 3:24 PM
    I couldn't get a cheap ticket to travel from Leeds to Newcastle on a Friday at the time I wanted to travel, so I got a cheap day Leeds-York ticket then a Virgin Value from York-Newcastle (staying on the same train). Cost is 9.50 plus 9 = 18.50 instead of 32.40 for a standard single. Very pleased with myself!
    • 16011996
    • By 16011996 10th Jan 07, 3:32 PM
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    • #6
    • 10th Jan 07, 3:32 PM
    • #6
    • 10th Jan 07, 3:32 PM
    swansea to preston, split at crewe and if booked early enough, book 2 singles, saved about £40 all together of straight reurn price.
    • carolinerunner
    • By carolinerunner 10th Jan 07, 3:42 PM
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    • #7
    • 10th Jan 07, 3:42 PM
    Split at London and at Oxford (different journeys!)
    • #7
    • 10th Jan 07, 3:42 PM
    I had to go Crewe to Bournemouth and Trainline said only full fare tickets available for travel less than a weeke away. By buying Crewe to London then London to Bournemouth I paid only about 10 more to go first class Crewe to London, then on return leg I split the journey at Oxford which allowed me to go first class from Oxford back to Crewe and still save 18 over the usual single fare! I love going first as you don't get so claustrophobic so this is a huge bonus. Always check the single fares as the value advance first class tickets on Virgin are amazingly cheap - eg my Crewe to London was 40 first class vs full fare of 137 first, 84.50 2nd.

    I thought I was a dab hand at so thanks for this tip!
  • bunking_off
    • #8
    • 10th Jan 07, 3:55 PM
    Lancashire - London
    • #8
    • 10th Jan 07, 3:55 PM
    Unfortunately, on Virgin West Coast a lot of the options are stymied by peak hour trains not having many intermediate stops, which is great for speed of travel, not so great for this kind of wheeze. E.g. the 0651 from Preston doesn't stop anywhere south of Stafford, 1715 from London doesn't stop anywhere south of Warrington. However, have picked out the following combination to demonstrate things can be done for Preston (Lancaster, Wigan, Warrington will be similar);

    0718 Preston - Rugby, returning on 1834 from Rugby is available as a Saver Return, 49.30.
    Remaining on same train down, Rugby-London cheapest fare is 32.50 (Advance standard B). Travelling from London on same return train (leaves London at 1745) costs 32.50 - again Advance Standard B.
    Total cost = 114.30.

    By comparison, booking straight through to London
    Preston - London on 0718 = Advance Standard B = 68
    London - Preston on 1745 = Advance Standard B = 68
    Total cost = 136 21.70 saving.
    Last edited by bunking_off; 10-01-2007 at 3:58 PM.
    I really must stop loafing and get back to work...
  • nyerun
    • #9
    • 10th Jan 07, 7:42 PM
    Wrexham to Glasgow (or any of North Wales/Cheshire)
    • #9
    • 10th Jan 07, 7:42 PM
    Go visit Scotland, for under 15 return if you're lucky

    Wrexham Glasgow according to National Rail

    Saver Return 78.80
    Open Return 127.00

    By going Wrexham-Manchester-Glasgow

    Saver Return Wrexham-Manchester 12.60
    Mega train Manchester- Glasgow from 1.00 each way!

    Total Price 14.60

    Saving a minimum of 64.20 but could well be a saving of over 100!!!!!!!!
    • alanrowell
    • By alanrowell 10th Jan 07, 7:45 PM
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    I always buy on the Trainline site and also make huge savings booking 2 singles.
    by cowbagger
    And do you pay the fee for CC use? AFAIK none of the train operating companies charge for CC use if you book through them
  • AlexWright
    SINGLE York to Banbury £14
    SINGLE Banbury to Haddenham £4.90
    SINGLE Haddenham to Banbury £4.90
    SINGLE Banbury to York £14

    Total cost: £37.80

    Saver return cost: £60.80
    Single York to Haddenham: £56.60

    Go figure!
  • purplemargy
    Ilford to York
    This route takes approx 3 hrs each way. Ilford is in NE London, whilst York is in ..errr..Yorshire. I want to travel in February leaving at 7am in the morning (peak) and returning from 2pm in the afternoon (off peak)

    I found that buying two single tickets (outward journey and return) was cheaper than buying a Return AND also cheaper than doing the split ticket thing.

    Note - 'Saver' Return ticket was 77.80, but none available for the departure time. Next best thing was Business Return at 117.50.

    Ilford to York Return = 117.50
    Ilford to York Single = 20.50; York to Ilford Single = 27. TOTAL = 47.50

    SAVING = 70!!!!
  • DomtheMon
    One to watch is travelling in peak time. Eg Wrexham or Ruabon to Birmingham cheapday returns not available before 0830. However they are valid from Gobowen (I have no idea why). So buy SDR Wrexham/Ruabon-Gobowen and then a CDR from Gobowen to Birmingham. Same train. Its about £12 instead of £20 if you buy the two tickets.

    Similarly Chester to London or Shrewsbury to London, saver returns not valid early in morning so you buy a standard open which is over £100 in both cases. The Chester or Shrewsbury booking office won't sell you a return (from the stations where savers ARE valid from) early in the morning but you can get round it if you buy the ticket the day before (assuming no cheap advance tickets available) eg Shotton-London (if from Chester) or Welshpool/Gobowen to London (if from Shrewsbury). If they query it you just say you are going in the car to Shotton/Gobowen as applicable and travelling in the morning. However, ensure the journey is possible, eg if you catch the first train from Shrewsbury at 0554 and you hold a ticket from Gobowen and no trains have yet arrived from Gobowen, an enthusiastic 'gripper' might delight in deeming your ticket invalid. However you could catch the 0640 or later trains. From Chester you have more scope as there are early trains from Shotton.
    • alanrowell
    • By alanrowell 10th Jan 07, 9:54 PM
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    Note - 'Saver' Return ticket was £77.80, but none available for the departure time. Next best thing was Business Return at £117.50.

    Ilford to York Return = £117.50
    Ilford to York Single = £20.50; York to Ilford Single = £27. TOTAL = £47.50

    SAVING = £70!!!!
    by purplemargy
    But if you'd booked on the GNER website that £47.50 would have been £18.25 + £24.05 = £42.30

    SAVING = £75!!!!

    And you might have been able to get the return trip at £18.25 as well

    SAVING = £80!!!!

    BTW the London to York trip would be £9.50 each way (£19.00 total). I suspect you could get the bus/tube from Ilford to KX for a lot less than £18 and still make the trip in 3 hours
    Last edited by alanrowell; 10-01-2007 at 10:06 PM.
  • u2o
    Manchester to London

    Not quite splitting but alternative route (and doesnt take that much extra)

    Many people tend to think that Virgin Value direct train is the cheapest at something like £12, but can get much cheaper by going via Sheffield using Transpennine Express and catching a Midland Mainline, cheapest combined fare £6 (MML + Connections)
  • Gina Blue
    Norwich to Manchester - ELY
    Ely is one of those prised places which acts as a crossover point and can cheapen your tickets.

    I often travel from Norwich to Manchester with a Railcard so this as a saver open return comes to 54.50 on the day.

    With the break at Ely, buying 2 return tickets, this comes to 47.55.

    The saving would be a larger one if you didn't have a railcard, but i have been told that the ely stop works for cheapening all journeys!

    Hope this helps!

  • billybond
    I don't have the exact figures but when travelling from Cambridge to Cheltenham or Gloucester getting two returns (Cambridge - Birmingham and Birmingham to Chelt/Glouc) instead of paying about 60 with a railcard I pay about 50.

    Also if going from Bath to Birmingham get two returns with Cheltenham as the central station. At certain times of day this can almost half the ticket price.

    I was also told by a rail employee that going from Bath to London can be cheaper if you get two returns with Swindon as the central station.

    Sorry I can't be more specific but hope it helps
  • lg06111985
    On the Bath to London front the following are all possible:

    Saver Return (most trains, return within one month): 45 (30 railcard)

    2x 'ValueAdvance' Tickets (travel on specific trains): from 9 each way; first class from 20 each (no railcards)

    ###Best option for day return trip buy on the day- saves 23##:
    Split the journey in Didcot Parkway- any time travel (not specific trains):
    Cheap Day return Bath-Didcot: 10 (7.90)
    Didcot Offpeak TRAVELCARD- includes zones 1,2,5&6 on tube: 16 (13)

    Note: Only half of the trains stop at Didcot from Bath (every hour)- but if you miss the didcot train, get on the next London train then wait at swindon for the next train that goes to paddington via Didcot!

    Also would be valid from bristol, presume cheap day returns are available from there too.

    Note these are all the pre price-rise values so I think saver and cheap day returns have gone up a bit.
    • mackay78
    • By mackay78 11th Jan 07, 11:16 AM
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    Leamington Spa to Newcastle
    I often travel this route - depending on how far in advance I book it can cost between 12 and 72 for a single.
    Read the email and with a trip up in a few weeks went to have a look. The best single up there was

    ... 50.50

    I've gone for Leamington to Birmingham New Street 5.70
    Birmingham to York 9.00
    York to Newcastle 9.00

    Over half price (Plus if I can get these prices when the fare is only available at 70 then that's even better)

    The return was available at 12 (no changes) - so I'll just enjoy the nap on the way home!

    The only downer is it's possible I'd have to move seats on the way up twice (I'm one of the annoying laptop users) - I wonder if you can buy a split ticket on the phone and ask to have the same seat all the way up. Perhaps that's pushing my luck!
    • Mojo29
    • By Mojo29 11th Jan 07, 11:57 AM
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    Birmingham - Bristol
    Birmingham - Cheltenham (Open Return)
    Cheltenham - Bristol (Day Return)[*] If doing a return more than one day, get the open return and buy 2 singles

    Bristol - London
    Bristol - Didcot
    Didcot - London

    Chiltern line stations south of Bicester - Birmingham
    Split your ticket at Banbury
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