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Cheap train tickets

Discussion in 'Personal' started by BelleDuJour, Feb 22, 2011.

  1. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    Pah! Been searching for a day return to London via the so-called cheap sites. I only live a 40 minute train journey away and the cheapest I can get is £45 and a bit!
    They advertise up to 80% off.
    Dogsbollox! If that were 80% off the full price would be a few hundred quid. Joke!
    I reckon this fare is 0% off....and the rest!
    If it weren't for parking it would be cheaper to drive and pay congestion charge.
    Thank God I don't want to go to Edinburgh!
    Rant over [​IMG]
     
  2. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    Pah! Been searching for a day return to London via the so-called cheap sites. I only live a 40 minute train journey away and the cheapest I can get is £45 and a bit!
    They advertise up to 80% off.
    Dogsbollox! If that were 80% off the full price would be a few hundred quid. Joke!
    I reckon this fare is 0% off....and the rest!
    If it weren't for parking it would be cheaper to drive and pay congestion charge.
    Thank God I don't want to go to Edinburgh!
    Rant over [​IMG]
     
  3. Are you travelling peak time?

    Are you booking well in advance?
     
  4. grandelf

    grandelf New commenter

    t'is cheaper....
     
  5. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    Where were you looking? East coast are supposed to be the best.
     
  6. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    Not going from east coast. Will keep looking but I think it's all a bit of a piss take and bloody expensive!
     
  7. Where are you travelling from? When do you want to travel and come back? Tell us and we can help you look!
     
  8. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    I live far from the east coast but they still do great prices for my trips to London.
     
  9. PlymouthMaid

    PlymouthMaid Occasional commenter

    We can never find cheap fares from Plymouth to London - cancelled our last planned trip as they wanted 175 return for two of us.
     
  10. lilachardy

    lilachardy Star commenter

    To get to my nearest city is £7.50.
    To get to London is £12.

    It's utterly ridiculous - you don't pay for the distance travelled, it's just a random set of prices so far as I can see!
     
  11. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    Basingstoke to Waterloo this Friday. Leaving 8.30am ish and returning anytime. Have scoured all websites and all are charging £45 for a travelcard.
     
  12. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    Just looked at Reading to London. £43 with travelcard but more expensive than Basingstoke without.
    I guess to work for the rail network you do not need a GCSE in Maths!
     
  13. Well that answers my question and explains the cost
     
  14. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

  15. ScotSEN

    ScotSEN Senior commenter

    have you tried the red spotted hanky site
     
  16. yep, if you can leave earlier or later it will make a large difference. from here to London is a £120 difference with peak and off peak travel
     
  17. Gardening Leaves

    Gardening Leaves New commenter

    Yep, that sounds about right. All the London routes are expensive and you can never find discounts. It's cheaper with a Network rail card but you have to travel after 10.00am.
     
  18. grandelf

    grandelf New commenter

    go the night before and have a jolly
     
  19. gergil4

    gergil4 New commenter

    I can travel 200+ miles return on a Saturday for £44 if I book 6 weeks in advance. If I take a child with me using a family railcard, it's cheaper (for 2 seats!!), if I pay on the day it's £180. That really encourages me to use public transport on a whim!!
     
  20. tafkam

    tafkam Occasional commenter

    I'm always surprised at how surprised people are by train fares. Just like airlines, they use low prices to try to persuade people to travel at times when trains are empty. They have no need to drum up business for rush hour - quite the opposite!
    And don't believe the 80% hype from online booking companies. Discounts are exceptionally taste on train tickets. The low prices come from traveling off-peak and booking in advance. It may well cost 80% less if you do that online... But it would cost exactly the same if you walked into a station months in advance too
     

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