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    • Money_Man_Steve
    • By Money_Man_Steve 31st Oct 05, 8:53 PM
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    Megatrain - Single Train Fares From 1!
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    • 31st Oct 05, 8:53 PM
    Megatrain - Single Train Fares From 1! 31st Oct 05 at 8:53 PM


    Update Note 1 June 2006:

    Virgin Trains (Cross Country) is now also providing Megatrain routes. Stops include Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester and Carlisle.

    Official Insert:

    Megatrain has just expanded its routes. As well as Portsmouth and Southampton you can now also book tickets to London Waterloo travelling from Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Bournemouth, Salisbury, Weymouth and Yeovil.

    Back to the original post......


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    Megatrain will be starting to do off-peak single fares between London and Portsmouth/Southampton from £1 single (plus 50p booking fee) from 14th November.

    Unfortunately, these are the only routes mentioned at the moment, but hopefully they will add more in future.

    Bookings must be made online or by phone. However, phone bookings are via an 0900 premium-rate 60p/min phoneline, so you're much better off booking online!

    See the Megatrain website for more info. There's also an item about the offer on the BBC News website here.


    Money Man Steve




    Last edited by Former MSE Dan; 11-09-2007 at 6:10 PM.
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    • Money_Man_Steve
    • By Money_Man_Steve 8th Nov 05, 11:34 PM
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    • 8th Nov 05, 11:34 PM
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    • 8th Nov 05, 11:34 PM
    The Megatrain service starts next week - I'd be interested to hear from anyone who has bought a ticket and travels with them.

    At 1 single it's almost worth finding an excuse to travel down to the coast for a day out...!
    • boybeck
    • By boybeck 8th Nov 05, 11:53 PM
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    • 8th Nov 05, 11:53 PM
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    • 8th Nov 05, 11:53 PM
    I've got a day off work in a few weeks time so I've booked myself a little trip up to London. Travelling up from Southampton to Waterloo and back again. 2.50... what a bargain!!!!!!!!!!

    Apparently megatrain is a trial at the moment but let's hope they make it a bit more permanent. Trains are too expensive and this will encourage more of us to use them.
  • sezdav
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    • 9th Nov 05, 9:14 AM
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    • 9th Nov 05, 9:14 AM
    I may be being stupid. But when im entering dates that i would like to travel the return train leaves before the inward bound one arrives!!

    Also couldnt find any journeys for 1. Sorry i might be being dumb!
    • Money_Man_Steve
    • By Money_Man_Steve 9th Nov 05, 9:22 AM
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    • 9th Nov 05, 9:22 AM
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    • 9th Nov 05, 9:22 AM
    I may be being stupid. But when im entering dates that i would like to travel the return train leaves before the inward bound one arrives!!

    Also couldnt find any journeys for 1. Sorry i might be being dumb!
    by sezdav
    I found some last night when I looked. But it may be that the cheaper ones have sold out - I think the parent company are using Megatrain to sell off the spare capacity on quiet trains.

    Keep trying!
    • Money_Man_Steve
    • By Money_Man_Steve 18th Nov 05, 12:19 AM
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    • 18th Nov 05, 12:19 AM
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    • 18th Nov 05, 12:19 AM
    Anyone actually travelled on a Megatrain cheap fare yet? What was it like?
    • pompeyrich
    • By pompeyrich 18th Nov 05, 7:15 PM
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    • 18th Nov 05, 7:15 PM
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    • 18th Nov 05, 7:15 PM
    Anyone actually travelled on a Megatrain cheap fare yet? What was it like?
    by Money_Man_Steve
    My Aunt travelled down to Portsmouth from Waterloo on monday on Megatrain. She was really pleased with her "bargain" ticket which cost 2 plus the booking fee of 50p.
    The guard announced over the PA system that all Megatrain ticket holders had to sit in the 2nd carriage from the front but there was no markings on the carriage to identify it as the right one. Monday was the 1st day it was running so maybe the stickers hadn't arrived in time.
    She said there were 7 other people in the carriage, so assuming that no one else had booked tickets and missed the train this would indicate that there arent many 1 tickets available on each train.
    • MSE Andrea
    • By MSE Andrea 6th Apr 06, 9:36 AM
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    • 6th Apr 06, 9:36 AM
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    • 6th Apr 06, 9:36 AM
    Megatrain's just added new routes. As well as Portsmouth and Southampton you can now also book tickets to London Waterloo travelling from Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Bournemouth, Salisbury, Weymouth and Yeovil
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    • Money_Man_Steve
    • By Money_Man_Steve 7th Apr 06, 9:22 AM
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    • 7th Apr 06, 9:22 AM
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    • 7th Apr 06, 9:22 AM
    Megatrain's just added new routes. As well as Portsmouth and Southampton you can now also book tickets to London Waterloo travelling from Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Bournemouth, Salisbury, Weymouth and Yeovil
    by MSE Andrea
    Brilliant news! Guess I will 'let the train take the strain' again soon!
    • BobToo
    • By BobToo 7th Apr 06, 5:17 PM
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    I've travelled on a Megabus from Dundee to London and back for 1 each way plus 50p booking fee on the total.

    The bus that arrived in Dundee was a 1989 Leyland Olympian double decker. It was filled to the gunwales, horrendously noisy and full of diesel fumes. I considered not getting on but it transpired this bus was only going to Glasgow. Some people had been on the Olympian from Inverness or Aberdeen! (can't remember which). The trip to Glasgow was as harrowing as you'd expect but then we were put on a brand new Neoplan coach that was so quiet and smooth that you had to look out of the window to tell you were moving. There were no stops between Glasgow and London, except briefly for the drivers to swap over (this used to be done on the move but you can't do that sort of thing nowadays). One of the drivers, called Magic Joe (!) proudly announced that we'd arrived at London half an hour early- around 6am. Thanks Joe, I really needed another 30 minutes waiting for stuff to open.

    The return journey was on a 1999 Neoplan, which was still quite decent but the driver couldn't turn the heating off. This journey was through the day and there were a couple of rest stops and a half hour wait in Glasgow before the same bus continued to Dundee.


    I got where I was going, and back, but I don't think I'd do it again. The total journey time was an entire day out of a weekend. I certainly wouldn't pay much more than the 1 fare, once you get into double figures it's edging into train fare territory- a much more civilised way to travel. I reckoned it wasn't much slower than flying though, once you take the faffing around that flying involves into consideration.


    I don't think my Megabus experience was any the worse for being cheap. I went to London on a Bluebird coach in 1981 and I don't remember that being significantly better. You are sacrificing flexibility for cost, if what they offer fits what you want it's a bargain. If it doesn't it isn't.
    • lynzpower
    • By lynzpower 9th Apr 06, 9:56 AM
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    This looks EXCELLENT.
    Ive used megaBUS before once london to bristol ( perfectly acceptable) a few weeks ago london ot bournemouth ( shambolic going there, fine coming back) and to be fair you cant grumble at the pric can you. this train looks fantastic. One of the downers of megabus is the random drop off points ( bournemouth in particular) but the train wont have this problem! Were booking it, any excuse to go back to the inlaws!! 4.00 each way im getting quoted for later this month. Superb!
    Well aint funny how its the little things in life that mean the most? Not where you live, the car you drive or the price tag on your clothes.
    Theres no dollar sign on piece of mind
    This Ive come to know...
    So if you agree have a drink with me, raise your glasses for a toast
  • Titfield
    Not sure what you mean by random drop off points.

    The University is eminently sensible and using the Triangle is low cost whereas, presumably, there is a charge for using the Transport Interchange at Bournemouth Railway Sttaion
  • Mental Mentor
    Does anyone know if the train from Waterloo to Portsmouth stops at Haslemere and can you get off here with the 1 fare?

    Thanks
    Mental Mentor
  • joe_cool_joe
    I think the t&cs say you can get charged a penalty fare for doing that. What I would do is buy the cheap fare to the nearest stop and then buy a single from the nearest stop to where you want to get off. They can't moan at that
  • keaveney
    Megatrain Deals
    It's always the same old story with these Deals and Offers.
    The secret is always Booking early. I tried the Megatrain Site, and booked Three Weeks in advance. No problem....,I got some very good offers from here in Bournemouth. Hope They keep it going !........................Patlad.
  • ought
    Are you guranteed a seat though. A friend on a recent journey from Exeter said people paying even normal full fare had to stand all the way to London!!

    I could not stand that.
    • Minimods
    • By Minimods 7th Jun 06, 5:17 PM
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    Thanks for this. I am from Southampton so its a good excuse to London on the train. I normally drive because of the stupid train costs but £2.50 return is a bargain

    Train prices are just crazy, my sister paid £80 to go from Southampton to North Wales!
  • rsbright
    Thanks!!
    Just booked Exeter/London for 4.50 + 50p booking charge. We don't often get cheap fares from this part of the country!
    • the devil made me do it
    • By the devil made me do it 8th Jun 06, 2:45 PM
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    the devil made me do it
    pretty pointless if you live in the north east :rolleyes:
    • isasmurf
    • By isasmurf 8th Jun 06, 8:26 PM
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    Not if you live in Morpeth, Alnmouth or Berwick and want to go to Edinburgh.
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