Replies: 21 - Last Post: Nov 5, 2013 8:05 AM Last Post By: Fwoggie
Nov 2, 2013 4:13 AM
Train ticketsYesterday a friend wanted to buy a train ticket from Truro to Birmingham and was told it would cost £138 single.....
which he thought was outrageous.
He then bought a single from Truro to Exeter, Exeter to Cheltenham, then there to somewhere else (not sure exactly) and then to Birmigham. TOTAL cost £68..............
So anyone looking at travelling by train in the UK, look at the stations en route for your final destination and see if it's cheaper doing what my friend did. It probably will be.
Nov 2, 2013 4:28 AM
1£138 is the fare you'd pay if you walked up to the ticket counter and travelled 10 minutes later.
So, given that you can travel tomorrow for £41 on a DIRECT train, it would seem that your friend either travelled on the day of the booking or wants to travel more than 12 weeks from when they booked
Minimum cost on this route is around £25 bTW
Nov 2, 2013 4:31 AM
Nov 2, 2013 8:02 AM
3Like any fare system you need to spend a little time understanding it unless you want to learn the hard way about what happens to fools and their money. The £138 fare (actually £137.60) is for an offpeak ticket which allows you to travel on any off-peak train, you are paying for flexibility which if you do not need it is usually a good way to waste your money, the cheaper fares are advance tickets which are for one specific train time only, miss it and you lose. It is not all that different from airline tickets, there are fully flexible tickets that are a lot more expensive and there are totally inflexible tickets that are cheaper, the big mistake is to think that there is a 'fare' from A to B when there are many fares from A to B.
Nov 2, 2013 9:12 AM
Nov 2, 2013 10:54 AM
Nov 2, 2013 6:13 PM
Nov 2, 2013 10:07 PM
Nov 3, 2013 6:07 AM
Nov 3, 2013 10:58 AM
9I've now heard of this site
which looks promising!
But surely we shouldn't have to go to all this bother? It's so confusing for the infrequent or foreign traveller.
Nov 3, 2013 10:33 PM
10I'd have hired a car and driven it myself (seriously, I have before).
At least those lines do advanced tickets. Yesterday I travelled from Haddenham (rural Bucks) back to Bonn (Germany). I knew 2.5 months in advance the Eurostar I'd need from London; could I get an advanced ticket on Chiltern Railways to connect to the Eurostar? Could I heck. Same price 2.5 months in advance or 5 minutes in advance. But if I'd booked from the next station back up the line, would have been 25% of the cost due to promotions from Bicester for all the Chinese shoppers using Bicester village. But you can get done for that, apparently.
Nov 4, 2013 12:46 AM
11That particular journey can be done for £73.70 on walkon tickets.
And even tomorrow £64.50 on an advance ticket on some (not just a few) trains. Sounds like the friend was picky on travel times.
A product of different train companies setting fares for different parts of the route
Isn't that the whole point of competition? It leads to choices. Choices mean complexity which can be difficult to evaluate
Nov 4, 2013 12:49 AM
Nov 4, 2013 1:55 AM
13Another factor is that these days, just like airlines, the ratio of cheap tickets to expensive tickets changes based on demand, expecting to get a cheap ticket the day before for the last day of the school half term holildays is certainly pushing your luck a bit far. That probably had a lot to do with why it was cheaper to split the journey into several segments than a single through ticket.
Nov 4, 2013 2:00 AM
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