Train tickets – how much?!
Where and when in cumbria,there is a split ticketing web site that finds cheaper tickets, also try the various train operating companies, eg virgin, and cross country.
als try trains from Mcr that stop at airport and go further than cumbria, as long as train stops at station you may find cheaper tickets by getting on later or off sooner.Posted 5 months ago
Admittedly late December isn’t the best time to travel. I’m planning a quick trip back to the fatherland, but Manchester airport to Cumbria, two adults = seventy quid one way. It was about twenty quid last time, not three years ago. Return tickets almost as dear as the flights!
Splitting the journey at Preston saves a fiver, any other cunning tricks to get the price down? Not UK residents, so I guess railcards etc are no use.Posted 5 months agoBlobOnAStickSubscriber
Deffo too early. 12 weeks is the release ‘horizon’ for rail tickets, but Christmas is a nightmare for operators because of the engineering works planned by Network Rail. Frequently, the booking horizon shrinks from Sept due to NR not getting their act together so operators can’t release their trains for booking until closer to the time. Some years it can be down to about 2 weeks!
If the cheap tickets haven’t been released then booking websites (trainline for example) can only quote walk-up fares (i.e what you pay on the day – the most expensive ticket).Posted 5 months agojimmySubscriber
Just discovered rail cards that CraigW speaks of and they’re all worth it if you use them twice or more. Saved £80 on an upcoming trip for me and my daughter, who doesn’t need to have a ticket booked at 2 but doing so with the rail card makes it cheaper than my original fare alone and I don’t have to drive for 7 hrs.Posted 5 months agocrazy-legsSubscriber
Just looked up the price to get the train from Cheltenham to the bike show at the NEC next Thursday – £40!!
I got a return from Manchester to the bike show for less than that and the outward journey is first class!
Admittedly, trying to come back First Class would have been an extra £80 so there’s certainly a point in there somewhere…Posted 5 months agoRob HiltonMember
Not sure if it actually works but a colleague told me that if you needed to arrive during peak time, to try looking at a ticket to a station further on, that arrived after rush hour finished; but just get off earlier.
If that makes any sense…
This can work; many commuters Paddington -> Reading take advantage of it.Posted 5 months agopoolmanMember
I do mcr airoort lancaster a fair bit so book with tp express directly. If u use the trainline u dont get the 3 hour delay window u get with tpe. Set up an alert so u get an email when the low fares are available.
I usually pay 7 gbp mcr lancaster. Because of the 3hr delay window u can book a train allowing say 45 mins after flight lands, so if delayed at pp control u can get the next one.Posted 5 months agoallymcmurdoMember
As an aside……please don’t ever, ever use the trainline. com. They are, in my opinion, a complete den of c**ts if you pardon my tongue. You can use the booking system of any train operating company , regardless of which company you are travelling with an you won’t get charged booking fees or card fees. Standard post is usually free too if you are getting them posted out to you.Posted 5 months agomattyfezMember
always expensive if you leave before 9:30am,
My regular train leaves at 09:29, wonder why that is.
I have a season pass but the amount of times it’s been a couple of minutes late and people have argued they should be paying off peak prices.. Conductors have non of it saying it’s scheduled for peak time so it still applies..
Bit wrong that, I think.Posted 5 months ago
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