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    • Marvel1
    • By Marvel1 8th Oct 12, 10:42 PM
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    Train ticket pries, does this make sense?
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    • 8th Oct 12, 10:42 PM
    Train ticket pries, does this make sense? 8th Oct 12 at 10:42 PM
    Travelling to Southampton on Saturday 10th November 2012, returning nexy day, viewing:
    http://www.thetrainline.com


    Out
    Saturday 10 Nov 2012, Depart 08:48
    Port Talbot Parkway PTA to Southampton Central SOU
    26.50


    Return
    Sunday 11 Nov 2012, Depart 12:15
    Southampton Central SOU to Port Talbot Parkway PTA
    74.00

    TOTAL = 100.50
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    Just to test something:

    I did a single one way from Southampton Central SOU to Port Talbot Parkway PTA
    Sunday 11 Nov 2012, Depart 12:15
    74.00


    So it costs 26.50 up and 74.00 back

    Can't remember the last time I booked a long journey train but am I missing something?
    Last edited by Marvel1; 08-10-2012 at 10:46 PM.
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    • wealdroam
    • By wealdroam 8th Oct 12, 11:43 PM
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    • 8th Oct 12, 11:43 PM
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    • 8th Oct 12, 11:43 PM
    Yes, you are missing something.

    On that Sunday, buses replace trains between Southampton and Salisbury.
    Your chosen return trip, and most others, is via Basingstoke and Reading.

    Apparently the train operating company does not feel it is appropriate to offer the cheaper Advance Singles on that day, as they don't want to encourage more passengers.

    Your outward ticket is an Advance Single at 26.50.
    Your return ticket is a Super Off Peak Single at 74.00.

    Maybe you could return earlier on the Sunday?
    Dep Southampton Central at 09:20 by bus to Salisbury, and train onwards, arriving at Port Talbot at 14:06.
    26.50 Advance Single is available on that departure only.

    If you haven't bought your tickets yet, your best bet is to buy a Super Off Peak Return at 75.00.

    Oh... and avoid the trainline and avoid their fees.
    You can get exactly the same tickets from most train operators without any fees.
    I'd use Southern Railway, because they will offer a money back guarantee on that Super Off Peak Return.
    • thelawnet
    • By thelawnet 9th Oct 12, 12:12 AM
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    • 9th Oct 12, 12:12 AM
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    • 9th Oct 12, 12:12 AM
    You can also get the Anytime Return 'via Salisbury'. for 52.30.

    Totally flexible.

    This would require you to take the Southampton - Salisbury bus replacement coming back.
    • redux
    • By redux 9th Oct 12, 3:17 AM
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    • 9th Oct 12, 3:17 AM
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    • 9th Oct 12, 3:17 AM
    Also, sometimes it's worthwhile to split the ticket purchases, to and from an intermediate station, and it certainly helps here. You don't necessarily change trains there, but the ticket must be to a place it will stop.

    All advance single tickets:

    Outward at those same times on the Saturday
    Port Talbot Parkway 0848 - Bristol Temple Meads 13.50
    same train
    Bristol Temple Meads - Southampton Central 1203 10

    For the return, if you can get that earlier train via Salisbury as above, it only saves about 50p to split, but if going via Reading it's definitely worth it, and by coincidence the timing you mentioned turns out to have the best price.

    Southampton Central 1215 - Reading 1304 9.50
    Reading 1313 - Port Talbot Parkway 1532 17.50
    • Marvel1
    • By Marvel1 13th Oct 12, 6:33 PM
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    • 13th Oct 12, 6:33 PM
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    • 13th Oct 12, 6:33 PM
    Southampton Central 1215 - Reading 1304 9.50
    Reading 1313 - Port Talbot Parkway 1532 17.50
    Originally posted by redux
    I love that, saves hassle with the bus and gives us a lie in that Sunday morning from drinking.

    Found out the outward train is Wales are playing in Cardiff for the rugby!
    Last edited by Marvel1; 13-10-2012 at 6:36 PM.
    • wealdroam
    • By wealdroam 13th Oct 12, 7:03 PM
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    • 13th Oct 12, 7:03 PM
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    • 13th Oct 12, 7:03 PM
    Just to point out that it is really important to buy Advance Single tickets as soon as possible.

    In the last four days some of the fares mentioned have gone up:
    • Port Talbot Parkway 0848 - Bristol Temple Meads 13.50 - now 16.50
    • Bristol Temple Meads - Southampton Central 1203 10 - now 12.50
    • Southampton Central 1215 - Reading 1304 9.50 - still 9.50
    • Reading 1313 - Port Talbot Parkway 1532 17.50- now 21.00
    • redux
    • By redux 14th Oct 12, 11:20 AM
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    • 14th Oct 12, 11:20 AM
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    • 14th Oct 12, 11:20 AM
    It's a good point that some advance fares go upwards as the time gets closer.

    That's a bit of a pain, though PTA to BRI seems to have gone back to 13.

    I noticed that leaving PTA half an hour earlier is 9, then wait at Bristol for the other train.

    Another possibility is ordinary return to Cardiff for 12.90, then a Freedom of Severn & Solent 3 in 7 days for 42. That would be for any train, though only via Salisbury not Reading, and it would be bus substitute to Salisbury the Sunday, so make a copy of the timetable via there.

    I assume this trip is for the football. Is it possible to share a car?
    Last edited by redux; 14-10-2012 at 3:59 PM.
    • WLM21
    • By WLM21 14th Oct 12, 3:08 PM
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    • 14th Oct 12, 3:08 PM
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    • 14th Oct 12, 3:08 PM
    Also, sometimes it's worthwhile to split the ticket purchases, to and from an intermediate station, and it certainly helps here. You don't necessarily change trains there, but the ticket must be to a place it will stop.

    All advance single tickets:

    Outward at those same times on the Saturday
    Port Talbot Parkway 0848 - Bristol Temple Meads 13.50
    same train
    Bristol Temple Meads - Southampton Central 1203 10

    For the return, if you can get that earlier train via Salisbury as above, it only saves about 50p to split, but if going via Reading it's definitely worth it, and by coincidence the timing you mentioned turns out to have the best price.

    Southampton Central 1215 - Reading 1304 9.50
    Reading 1313 - Port Talbot Parkway 1532 17.50
    Originally posted by redux
    No wonder you have had so many thanks ... What great service.
    Have another thank you from me
    • Marvel1
    • By Marvel1 15th Oct 12, 10:35 AM
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    • 15th Oct 12, 10:35 AM
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    • 15th Oct 12, 10:35 AM
    I assume this trip is for the football. Is it possible to share a car?
    Originally posted by redux
    Yes, I did think about that but too much hassle involved:
    Parking - where? As it's a night out with some mates from London who are meeting us there.
    Sunday morning - not worry if over limit for a long boring drive on the motorway.
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