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    • popadom
    • By popadom 22nd Aug 19, 9:56 PM
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    Cheapest way to travel London to Cardiff
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    • 22nd Aug 19, 9:56 PM
    Cheapest way to travel London to Cardiff 22nd Aug 19 at 9:56 PM
    Due to separating with my partner, I am having to move back home to Wales leaving my ex in London. We have a 9 month old daughter and my ex is keen to see her as often as he can. Ideally weekly ( he doesnít mind travelling) or I think more realistically, every two weeks.

    He works in London and doesnít drive so would be reliant on public transport. He plans to come up Friday after work and leave Monday morning ( compressed days every two weeks).

    When Iíve looked at train tickets, they are £107 as itís peak travel time. Coaches would take four hours and he might miss the last train to where I live .

    Does anyone have any good ideas? I really want him to keep contact with his daughter regularly but donít want to cost him huge amounts of time and money.
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    • stragglebod
    • By stragglebod 23rd Aug 19, 10:03 AM
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    • 23rd Aug 19, 10:03 AM
    Have a look here
    https://ticketysplit.trainsplit.com/timetable_fares.aspx

    It's offering £72.80 by splitting at Swindon (though he doesn't need to actually change trains).

    Doubt he'll get anything much cheaper at that's a busy commuter route at the best of times, there are especially a lot of people who live in South Wales, stay in London during the week and commute back for the weekend.
    • martindow
    • By martindow 23rd Aug 19, 12:44 PM
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    • 23rd Aug 19, 12:44 PM
    If he books ahead cheaper tickets are available. Looking at 1st November returning 3rd November if you avoid peak trains from Paddington on the Friday evening you can pay £46.50/ £35.50/ £32 for trains leaving at 18.45/ 19.15/ 20.15. Returning there are tickets at £19 or £23.50.


    These prices are from gwr.com Splitting might save a bit more.
    • PennyForThem
    • By PennyForThem 29th Aug 19, 1:40 PM
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    • 29th Aug 19, 1:40 PM
    National Express or Megabus is the cheapest but takes 4 hours ish. If you book ahead can be as little as £20 or less return.
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