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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

    SPLIT TICKETING ROUTES


    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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    • loopy_lass
    • By loopy_lass 9th Feb 07, 12:17 PM
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    loopy_lass
    after asking to split my ticket between york, manchester and liverpool the other week i was met with a grunt and a "why"! its the same price, "oh no it isnt says i, i save 9. The chap very said well ill do it this time and reluctantly gave me my tickets. The people behind me had overheard to conversation and did the same and the chap had a real tantrum.

    Anyway, went back to station this week to do the same and theres a big sign up saying we no longer split tickets. Can they do this? have the rules changed?

    loops
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  • GingerStokie
    Doncaster to Northampton
    Hi. This is my first post, so please be kind.

    The following journey works on paper, but have not yet tried it in practise. Also the costs include a Young Persons Railcard.

    Doncaster to Northampton with one Split (I'm looking into the economics of using several Splits, and will eventually look at Splitting Singles).

    The Saver Return costs 33.20
    Important Note: Where does your train stop?

    If the train stops at Burton-on-Trent, Split the ticket here.
    DON-BUT 14.65 + BUT-NMP 10.50 = Total cost 25.15

    If the train doesn't stop at Burton-on-Trent, Split the ticket at Derby
    DON-DBY 11.15 + DBY-NMP 16.75 = Total cost 27.90

    Saving of, at most, 8.05 with a YP Railcard.

    This can be used on any day, but may be cheaper to go to Virgin advanced deals if you have time.

    Addtional Note: This assumes a physical change at Birmingham New Street. Recent Engineering works may scupper these plans during such works.
    • Altarf
    • By Altarf 10th Feb 07, 7:32 AM
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    Altarf
    after asking to split my ticket between york, manchester and liverpool the other week i was met with a grunt and a "why"! its the same price, "oh no it isnt says i, i save 9. The chap very said well ill do it this time and reluctantly gave me my tickets. The people behind me had overheard to conversation and did the same and the chap had a real tantrum.

    Anyway, went back to station this week to do the same and theres a big sign up saying we no longer split tickets. Can they do this? have the rules changed?
    by loopy_lass
    They have to sell you any ticket you ask for, but they do not have to find the cheapest combination of tickets to get from A to B. Unfortunately some people don't understand that and get annoyed with the staff when they won't work out the cheapest combination of tickets for them, and the station staff also know that a lot of people don't know the rules, such as the train needing to stop at the split station, so there will be aggro when they get an excess fare.

    So next time don't mention 'split tickets', just ask for a ticket from York to Manchester, and then when they have sold you that, ask for a ticket from Manchester to Liverpool. There are many valid reasons why you may want such a combination of tickets, such as a meeting in Manchester before your meeting in Liverpool, which is why they have to sell you whatever you ask for.
  • malcolmwilliamson
    I was refused the following split ticket yesterday at Hatfield station,First Capital Connect run. They've supplied without question many times previously:

    Hatfield (Herts) <>Hadley Wood (£2)+ Zones 1-6 CDTC(£2)

    (Prices based on my New Deal discount card.HW is in zone 6.The benefit of the split is the £2 New Deal child Zones 1-6, £2.80 less than for other discount cards. Same amount cheaper than a Hatfield <> London inc. CDTC)

    Instead I had to buy the Hatfield<>HW, get off at HW where the office was unmanned and the FCC machine doesn't cater for New Deal cards.
    I bought the nearest equivalent (Disabled discount) for £4.80.

    Have written a long closely argued letter to complain.

    Any bets on whether FCC will
    a) reimburse the extra £2.80 + apologise for the inconvenience+ promise it won't happen again , or
    b) charge me with illegally travelling on a Disabled discount card

    I'll post to let you know.
  • AngLangS
    Cardiff to Birmingham - Split Ticket
    Cardiff to Birmingham open return is 50.70

    Cardiff to Gloucester Saver Return 16.50
    Gloucester to Birmingham 21.80

    Total using split ticket is 38.30 ticket is valid for early morning rush hour!

    Better still do Bridgent to Birmingham for 34.30 (seems to be valid for same journeys)

    Mad! track equivalent to Highway Robbery!
  • AngLangS
    Cardiff to Birmingham - Split Ticket
    Cardiff to Birmingham open return is 50.70

    Cardiff to Gloucester Saver Return 16.50
    Gloucester to Birmingham 21.80

    Total using split ticket is 38.30 ticket is valid for early morning rush hour!

    Better still do Bridgent to Birmingham for 34.30 (seems to be valid for same journeys)

    Mad! track equivalent to Highway Robbery!
    • monkeyspanner
    • By monkeyspanner 12th Feb 07, 8:49 AM
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    monkeyspanner
    Barnstaple to Cardiff Standard single £30 plus
    Split Barnstaple to Bristol Temple Meads £11.50 + Bristol Temple Meads to Cardiff £2.50. £14 total.
  • weymuffred
    apologies if this i in the wrong bit but as I have stated in the DFW my family and i may be travelling to see my dad who is dieing. We live in Weymouth and will be going up to Manchester. I have tried to get my head round this ticket thing but I just cannot work it out, there is 3 adults 3 children. I would really appreciate help in working out the cheapest way up there.
  • chelvic
    can anyone find me cheapest train travel return from birmingham to luxembourg, thanks
    • kondormid
    • By kondormid 14th Feb 07, 3:24 PM
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    kondormid
    Here is a bit of an explaination of how to do this split ticketing just incase someone is having problems.

    I want to go to Skegness from Landywood, return Mon - Fri holiday. I want to start out at 7am so off I trot to thetrainline and get a quote of prices...
    2 adults and 4 kids
    train leaves at 7am, gets to Skeg at 11.38.
    Suits me fine.
    Now first the price without any family railcard...
    £204.80
    OK thats a lot of money, so I go back and add the railcard which costs me £20

    Thats better, £106.60 (£126.60 inc my rail card)
    So far I have saved myself about £80 but I can do better.

    Clicking on the depart time on thetrainline gives me the operator, which happens to be central trains. Typing central trains map into google links me to central trains map, and I download it and open it with a pdf viewer.

    Now I can see the journey better, I can see the trainstations it passes through I can try to split the ticket by buying two tickets, after a bit of trial and error I get the following results...

    Landywood to Tamworth = £30.40 (2 x 15.20 singles)
    Tamworth to skeg = £73.70
    total return = £104.10

    Landywood to Burton on Trent = £27.00
    Burton on Trent to Skegness = £59.20
    total return = £86.20

    Landywood to Derby = £30.10
    Derby to Skegness = £44.50
    total return = £74.60

    thats £74.60 + £20 for my railcard = £94.60. Way bellow the original £204.80 and a fair ol whack below the £126.60 if buying one ticket.

    The reason for this is the "saver return" policy. I can travel in my own area before 9am and still get them. If I go past Derby then I can not. Yet I hit Derby just after 9am and so can buy two saver returns. Which a it happens, is still cheaper than a later saver return on an unsplit ticket.

    So the tip here is, if your travelling from the west midlands and have to pass through Derby, test to see if buying a split ticket to and from their is cheaper.
    • nanamags
    • By nanamags 14th Feb 07, 7:17 PM
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    nanamags
    I go to Peterborough from Liverpool frequently and the journey takes 3.45 and costs 58.00. I managed to save aprrox 10.00 and saved 30 minutes by traveling to Nuneaton by Virgin and then catching the Central train service [which starts in Liverpool] to Peterborough. Not a huge saving but every little helps as Mr T says.

    • cannycat
    • By cannycat 14th Feb 07, 10:19 PM
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    cannycat
    Hi weymuffred, don't know if this will help, the best (of a lot of bad) options I could see on thetrainline.com was Weymouth to Southampton Central; then Southampton Central to Oxford; and then Oxford to Manchester. Other routes were: Weyouth to Bristol; Bristol to Birmingham New Street; Birmingham New Street to Manchester. The last 2 seem to be available relatively cheaply, the main problem seems to be getting out of the south west unless you live in Bristol (by any mode of transport - I currently live in Exeter but my family is up in the north east so I regularly face the joys of road/rail/air!). Other options might be Weymouth to Bristol; Bristol to Coventry; Coventry to Manchester though I couldn't quite work out if this was cheaper or more expensive than the first suggestion; OR you could try Weymouth to Gloucester, Gloucester to Manchester. Hope one of these routes works out for you - best wishes.
    • spudfish
    • By spudfish 16th Feb 07, 10:28 PM
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    spudfish
    hi all, splitting is a great idea, but i'm having some problems.

    I want to travel from Middlesbrough to London in mid-march, my problem is that i dont do this route often - can anyone suggest stations to split tickets with?

    thanks in advance,

    spud.
  • aboylikeme
    Hi,

    Can anyone help me in finding the best option with regards to splitting tickets for a journey from preston to oxford????

    my friend and I are taking the trip - i have a railcard, he doesn't, though it may be advisable for him to get on?
    it is 43.10 with a railcard, 65 without!

    any help would be very much appreciated!!

    thanks in advance
    • alanrowell
    • By alanrowell 20th Feb 07, 5:50 PM
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    alanrowell
    I want to travel from Middlesbrough to London in mid-march, my problem is that i dont do this route often - can anyone suggest stations to split tickets with?
    by spudfish
    If you split the journey it's going to cost you MORE as even a cheap day return to Darlington is 4 and Darlington to London is at least 9.80 each way

    Book over the GNER website and Middlesbrough to London is from 11.55 each way.
  • bunking_off
    Hi,

    Can anyone help me in finding the best option with regards to splitting tickets for a journey from preston to oxford????

    my friend and I are taking the trip - i have a railcard, he doesn't, though it may be advisable for him to get on?
    it is 43.10 with a railcard, 65 without!
    by aboylikeme
    Preston - Oxford saver return is 65.30 (as you say).

    Preston - Wolverhampton saver return = 33.40
    Wolverhampton - Oxford saver return = 26.00
    total = 59.40.

    Think railcards just give a straight 1/3 off, so above savings should stand up with your card. Can't comment if it's worth putting your friend onto a railcard.
    I really must stop loafing and get back to work...
  • gyinnit
    Cardiff to London
    The Cardiff to London open return has got even more expensive recently at 144.

    Saver return can be bought for 54 but this obviously limits the times you can travel.

    I've been trying for hours to get a good split ticket - cardiff - reading, reading to london. cardiff - bristol, bristol to london, cardiff - swindon, swindon - london. The fares aren't much different, am I doing this wrong?

    Any successful Cardiff - London split ticketing journeys found?
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    • alanrowell
    • By alanrowell 26th Feb 07, 5:56 PM
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    alanrowell
    Cardiff to Birmingham by Central Trains - 10
    Birmingham to London by Virgin Trains - 10

    Same on the way back
    • aah
    • By aah 28th Feb 07, 3:11 PM
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    aah
    Book over the GNER website and Middlesbrough to London is from 11.55 each way.
    by alanrowell
    And if you can't get this price - which is excellent - then try splitting the Darlo - London journey at Peterborough. You must find a train that stops at Peterboro, but stay on it to London. You then buy Boro - Pb, and Pb - London.

    This has worked for me a lot on the GNER - London route

    but GNER aren't even shortlisted for the new franchise - later this year or 2008... BOOHOO
    • Magenta_Wolves
    • By Magenta_Wolves 1st Mar 07, 4:05 PM
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    Magenta_Wolves
    My mom wanted to go from Wolverhampton to Great Yarmouth and was quoted £66.20 for a saver return. However if she does the following using the same trains it works out much cheaper

    OAP Travel Pass - Wolverhampton to Birmingham - FREE
    SINGLE Birmingham to Peterborough - £8.00 x 2
    SAVER RETURN Peterborough - Great Yarmouth £18.00

    Total cost: £34.00

    Saving of £32.20

    And if she purchases a railcard it will bring the cost down to £22.50
    Not bad as she does this journey 4 times a year!

    What a wonderful site this is!!
    Last edited by Magenta_Wolves; 16-03-2007 at 9:03 AM.
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