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    • MSE Jenny
    • By MSE Jenny 5th Oct 10, 9:09 AM
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    MSE Jenny
    Cheap Train Fares guide discussion
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    • 5th Oct 10, 9:09 AM
    Cheap Train Fares guide discussion 5th Oct 10 at 9:09 AM



    Hi, we've written a Cheap Trains guide to help you play the train ticket system with hidden tricks. You can also check out the latest travel offers, vouchers and discounts on our Cheap Train & Coach Deals page.

    If you've tried the techniques mentioned in the guide, were you successful? How much did you save? Is there anything you'd add?

    Thanks for your help

    MSE Jenny
    Last edited by Former MSE Debs; 08-03-2013 at 1:11 PM.
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    • Pelepeg
    • By Pelepeg 3rd Oct 18, 6:15 PM
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    Pelepeg
    Voucher saves!
    Hi,
    Just wanted to let you know that although I couldn't see an easy way to split my train tickets for savings, I did manage to save a massive 147.30 using Tesco Clubcard vouchers. I bought a Friends and Family Railcard for 15 (full normal price 30). This reduced my rail fare from 162.30 down to 91.95. Then booked through Red Spotted Hanky, using vouchers again, currently 1/3 of the price, so paid 30 (vouchers) and 2.95 to cover the last little bit and 1 booking fee.
    :rotfl :
    • Titas
    • By Titas 14th Oct 18, 6:18 PM
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    Titas
    West Yorks to Manchester Airport bargains
    If travelling to Manchester Airport from West Yorkshire there are some absolute bargains if using Northern services only eg 5 each way if booking 3 weeks in advance on Northerns website. You have to travel on Calder Valley route from Brighouse or any station past on route going towards Southport and using the advanced search feature on ticket booking page, change Going Via to Salford Crescent Station if you don't it wont work for return.
    You may have to experiment using different options and as these are Advance fares you have to catch the train specified but even if only booking the day before there are still very cheap fares.
    As ever if depending on trains to catch a plane allow loads of time, better to be 5 hours early than 5 minutes late
    • dekkard
    • By dekkard 9th Jan 19, 9:12 PM
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    dekkard
    Ebookers currently offering 3% cashback on UK train bookings.
    • anoraknerd123
    • By anoraknerd123 7th May 19, 6:41 AM
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    anoraknerd123
    Hi MSE-ites. I am trying to book an advance first-class ticket from Euston to Windermere. I realise that the last leg will not offer first-class travel.
    However, one website requires me to change at Preston. Another requires me to change at Lancaster. Since both the Virgin train and the Northern train also stop at Oxenholme, I would like to stay on the first-class service as far as possible and change at OXN. I do not want to breach the T&C, Is there a way to buy the actual ticket for the actual journey I want?
    • miller
    • By miller 7th May 19, 7:48 AM
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    miller
    I went on the virgintrains.co.uk website; under 'Extra Journey Requirements (optional)' change Journey Options to 'Direct Services Only' from 'All Services' and Go Via to Oxenholme.

    That seems to force the change there.
    • anoraknerd123
    • By anoraknerd123 7th May 19, 9:02 AM
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    anoraknerd123
    THank you
    That was really quick. Thank you. I have tried for the Sunday 21 July but regrettably it did not work for me.
    I shall keep trying though. (I might wait until the timetables for the summer are finalised.)
    • miller
    • By miller 7th May 19, 9:55 AM
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    miller
    According to https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/times_fares/ticket_types/44703.aspx the booking horizon for Sundays is only up to 14 July for advance tickets.

    Not sure why the trick I used didn't work with regard to changing at Oxenholme. Maybe worth trying fiddling with the various options/different websites.

    Good luck (oh and welcome to the forum)!
    • anoraknerd123
    • By anoraknerd123 7th May 19, 9:58 AM
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    anoraknerd123
    Thank you
    NB I am not actually a total newbie - my previous account ANORAKNERD seems to have got stuck in a muddle of "new password not being recognised". It was quicker to reinvent myself.
    • The Miser
    • By The Miser 26th Jun 19, 4:15 PM
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    It ain't necessarily so
    BEWARE
    As a pensioner my council subsidises cheap rail fares subject to asking them to issue the document by mail.


    I applied, citing the code issued by the Council and got nothing. I chased up and they claim that they issued a second voucher. Fine, but nothing arrived. I reported this and their answer was that they will never ever issue a ticket to this postal address again. Ergo my council subsidy is lost for the rest of my life.


    It transpired (and I have the letters to support this) that the Post Office dacided. without reference to me and without any permission, to send all my mail to a foreign country. Citing their regulations they have refused to cover the cost of retrieving three months of correspondence - and there were NO travel tickets in the items when I did retreive them at personal cost. The Ombudsman ruled in their favour because I didn't claim in the few days allowed. They even refused to cover registered letters missdelivered and destroyed


    In dealing with them do not assume you will get anything
    Last edited by The Miser; 26-06-2019 at 4:17 PM.
    • Grandad2b
    • By Grandad2b 12th Jul 19, 7:12 AM
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    Grandad2b
    I can't believe how messed up train ticket prices are
    Example: my missus is going to visit a friend in Lincoln. We live near Doncaster. The return advance fare from Donny to Lincoln is 18.10 yet if I put our local station as the start it shoots up to 42.60, even though a return from our station to Donny is 11.00.

    This split fare isn't found by raileasy either
    Last edited by Grandad2b; 12-07-2019 at 7:12 AM. Reason: Autokorrekt
    • Grandad2b
    • By Grandad2b 12th Jul 19, 7:32 AM
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    Grandad2b
    Spent most of morning trying all your suggested ticket split tools and they definitely did not provide me with any cheaper deals..?

    Are we supposed to split the journey ourselves into sections to keep the costs down.. or is the tool supposed to look at the options which we can then select..I got the same prices quoted across all sites! Then as I repeated searches over the same sites with similar dates over a 2-3 hrs period they all went up!!!!

    Theses search engines are all rigged to cost you more and more money without giving you time to think of your options it is disgusting.

    Thank you Though money savings expert for trying to help us
    Originally posted by tor green

    I completely agree. Look for tickets from Reading to Wakefield. There are two viable routes - via Brum or via London. Raileasy doesn't appear to know the Brum route even exists - it insists that you have to go via London and make your own way across the city.

    You'll find that because the websites have set cookies on your computer that repeated searches cost more - the software recognises your earlier search. I try to use a different browser (firefox or opera) if I'm searching for the same thing more than once.
    • miller
    • By miller 12th Jul 19, 7:35 AM
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    miller
    Example: my missus is going to visit a friend in Lincoln. We live near Doncaster. The return advance fare from Donny to Lincoln is 18.10 yet if I put our local station as the start it shoots up to 42.60, even though a return from our station to Donny is 11.00.

    This split fare isn't found by raileasy either
    Originally posted by Grandad2b

    I am going to sound like a pedant here, but it is important to differentiate between fares "bought in advance" and Advance fares.


    The walk up Anytime Day Return fare from Doncaster to Lincoln is 18.10 which can be bought on the day or in advance (i.e. it is the most you should pay).


    Advance fares for that journey start from 6.50 (valid on Northern only).
    • Grandad2b
    • By Grandad2b 12th Jul 19, 10:44 PM
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    Grandad2b
    I am going to sound like a pedant here,
    Advance fares for that journey start from 6.50 (valid on Northern only).
    Originally posted by miller
    I'm a pedant too

    Now looking for fares @ 6.50
    • Grandad2b
    • By Grandad2b 12th Jul 19, 10:47 PM
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    Grandad2b
    Now looking for fares @ 6.50
    Originally posted by Grandad2b
    No sign of anything cheaper than the walkup fare. Probarly left it too late
    • miller
    • By miller 14th Jul 19, 11:49 AM
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    miller
    No sign of anything cheaper than the walkup fare. Probarly left it too late
    Originally posted by Grandad2b

    I've just checked that while Advance fares for Doncaster to Lincoln on Northern "exist" they are suppressed by journey planners. There doesn't appear to be a direct service provided by them which may account for that (so you didn't miss out on anything!)
    • Kite2010
    • By Kite2010 14th Jul 19, 8:23 PM
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    Kite2010
    I've just checked that while Advance fares for Doncaster to Lincoln on Northern "exist" they are suppressed by journey planners. There doesn't appear to be a direct service provided by them which may account for that (so you didn't miss out on anything!)
    Originally posted by miller

    Before the May 2018 timetable change, there used to be a direct stopping service from Doncaster to Lincoln, via Sheffield. Since the timetable change the Lincoln services have come from Leeds instead.


    Try putting "via Sheffield" in the journey planners, otherwise I can see the default route offered as changing at Retford [or one of the handful of EMT services]
    • frosty12345
    • By frosty12345 15th Jul 19, 6:22 PM
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    frosty12345
    Advance tickets
    Hi,
    I am looking to book advance tickets travelling from Manchester-London on 15th October in the morning. (Virgin trains route)



    As of today, advance tickets seem to be available until 6th October from the Virgin website. (Disagrees with National Rail https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/times_fares/ticket_types/44703.aspx)



    I've signed up to an alert via thetrainline,but can anyone tell me when exactly these tickets will be available (date/time)? Then I can make sure I'm in a place to buy them.



    Thanks!
    • KeithP
    • By KeithP 15th Jul 19, 9:11 PM
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    KeithP
    I've signed up to an alert via thetrainline,but can anyone tell me when exactly these tickets will be available (date/time)?
    Originally posted by frosty12345
    No sorry, no-one can do that.
    .
    • cassie13
    • By cassie13 7th Aug 19, 1:05 PM
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    cassie13
    No cheap train tickets available
    I work for NHS London and have to visit my mother in Glasgow. As she is getting frailer I need to see her frequently. I have always been able to get cheaper train tickets but this seems to have stopped for all journeys from Glasgow to London Euston. The standard price of 146 is offered for every date/time from now up to January 2020. I can get cheaper offers from London to Glasgow but not for return journey, Can anyone help and advise why this has happened?
    • miller
    • By miller 7th Aug 19, 2:16 PM
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    miller
    I looked on

    https://www.virgintrains.co.uk/
    For Wednesday, 02 October 2019 - Glasgow Central to London Euston and found 30 advances on the 1400, 1440, 1540...


    not sure what's going wrong your end.
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