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Taken from Simon Calder's Blog (It's my first post!)

Southern Railway has come up with just such a promotion, for a deal available on Thursday, 26 May only. The deal is: 90 per cent off Advance tickets on Southern Railway, the train operator that links London with Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire. Southern wants to publicise its website and the advantages of booking online, and is willing effectively to give away tens of thousands of seats in a promotion that cuts the cost of travelling by train to less than a penny a mile.




What do I have to do? Book as many trips as you like for up to 12 weeks ahead (until 18 August) at southernrailway.com. The booking page on the website is confusing, with lots of boxes, but normally the top left one has the lowest advance fares.




What's the attraction? If you are able to commit in advance, you will pay fares as low as 50p each way from London Victoria to destinations such as Brighton, Hastings and Southampton. You can even use a Senior, Young Person's, Family or Disabled railcard to get a 34 per cent discount, reducing the lowest fare to 33p.




What if none of those appeal? Arundel and Chichester are two of the most appealing great historic locations that are also on the network. More enticingly, though, is the prospect of locking in to cheap tickets to and from Gatwick airport for summer holidays. Since the deal is valid for tickets to 18 August, that covers a lot of prospective holiday journeys.




Catches: none that I can see beyond the usual Advance tickets rules, which are roughly as follows.

(a) You must book by 6pm the day before.

(b) You must travel on the booked train; if you try to use an Advance ticket on a different Southern train, or another operator, you will effectively be travelling ticketless.

(c) The same applies if you "break your journey", ie get off before your final destination; an example is using a London-Eastbourne ticket only as far as Gatwick airport.

(d) Tickets are quota controlled; for peak-hour trains, the quota is normally nil or next to nothing; on off-peak trains, there are three fare levels and when one sells out then a higher price applies.

(e) No Advance tickets are available for public holidays, ruling out Whit Monday.

(f) The only First Class tickets valid for this deal are on the London Victoria-Brighton, for which the lowest fare is £1.25.

NOT EXPIRED!!!!!
As of 01:20; Just book tickets at 90% off, well finally :)
- John92
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banned#1
Looking to take the family to London in June, will check this out. Thanks.
#2
Has anyone been able to locate a network map on their website?
2 Likes #3
Crapweasel
Has anyone been able to locate a network map on their website?

http://www.southernrailway.com/uploads/network_map/largeNetworkOffPDF.pdf
#4
Only for end to end journey. No discount on smaller routes in their network.
#5
Only works if you use their trains as well so the routes are a bit limited for me but excellent deal anyway
#6
Missing the word "off" from the title ie "90% off", thanks for posting.
#7
Roll on Thursday!
#8
looks good to me!
2 Likes #9
Nytr0x
Missing the word "off" from the title ie "90% off", thanks for posting.


Yeah, I noticed that - I assumed you only got 90% of the way there. Kind of like Ryan Air.
#10
wileycat
Only for end to end journey. No discount on smaller routes in their network.

Can't you book an end-to-end ticket so that you'll have a valid ticket for travel but only use it for the part of the journey you require?
#11
Crapweasel
Has anyone been able to locate a network map on their website?


http://www.southernrailway.com/your-journey/network-map/
1 Like #12
Advanced tickets don't allow you to "break" your journey, so if you have a Brighton to London Victoria ticket you have to go all the way to Victoria, you cannot get off anywhere else.
#13
Rubbish website. Don't try to buy a monthly season ticket starting on the 31st, it will charge you for an extra day compared to any other site. Who knows how many other bugs it has.
suspended#14
Heat added.
Missed out though as I won't be needing to use them until later :(
2 Likes #15
£1.25 london to brighton First class includes FREE REFRESHMENTS!! cant be bad.....8)
#16
its letting me book manchester - peterborough. but how if its southern rail only?
#17
Nice find. Heat up!
#18
Madafwo
Advanced tickets don't allow you to "break" your journey, so if you have a Brighton to London Victoria ticket you have to go all the way to Victoria, you cannot get off anywhere else.

Got visions of a guard dragging you back onto the train kicking and screaming............
#19
the link shows 26% off, or am I blind?
#20
Ur rite, I can see 26% too.
1 Like #21
Beanny
the link shows 26% off, or am I blind?


deal available on Thursday, 26 May only


Is today May 26th? No, didn't think so.
Take time to read the description first next time, ok? :{
#22
derbys
£1.25 london to brighton First class includes FREE REFRESHMENTS!! cant be bad.....8)

I'm trying to do Caterham to Brighton First Clas, but cheapest is like £6..I must be doing something wrong :(
#23
Quality deal, cheers OP.
#24
bruvasemkidd
I'm trying to do Caterham to Brighton First Clas, but cheapest is like £6..I must be doing something wrong :(

Try booking it on Thursday when the sale actually starts, you are only getting 26% off at the moment
#25
Johnboy_1975
Madafwo
Advanced tickets don't allow you to "break" your journey, so if you have a Brighton to London Victoria ticket you have to go all the way to Victoria, you cannot get off anywhere else.


Got visions of a guard dragging you back onto the train kicking and screaming............


Not quite. Just the possibility of a penalty fare of £20 or double the standard single fare, whichever is higher.
#26
derbys
£1.25 london to brighton First class includes FREE REFRESHMENTS!! cant be bad.....8)


A13
Beanny
the link shows 26% off, or am I blind?


deal available on Thursday, 26 May only


Is today May 26th? No, didn't think so.
Take time to read the description first next time, ok? :{


Why are people claiming to have made purchases then?
1 Like #27
Madafwo
Johnboy_1975
Madafwo
Advanced tickets don't allow you to "break" your journey, so if you have a Brighton to London Victoria ticket you have to go all the way to Victoria, you cannot get off anywhere else.


Got visions of a guard dragging you back onto the train kicking and screaming............


Not quite. Just the possibility of a penalty fare of £20 or double the standard single fare, whichever is higher.


I've been on the train with the family and we had the wrong tickets, was threatened with fine but I just got off the train and ignored the guard.
#28
What happens if the train you've pre-booked for is cancelled, can you use your ticket on the next train or do you get refunded?
#29
where is best place to go cheap?
#30
You tell them you have a pre-booked ticket only valid on that service and they will normally say just use next service ,the conductor will know previous train was cancelled so you will be alright.

Beware if you are thinking of booking a ticket and getting off short of your destination , the rules say it"s not allowed and if caught you could have to pay penatly fare or even a standard new ticket for the whole journey you"ve just made with no reductions . Many southern stations have ticket barriers so for eg a Victoria - Brighton ticket wouldnt let you through the barriers at Haywards Heath etc

>What happens if the train you've pre-booked for is cancelled, can you use your ticket on the next train or do you get refunded?
#31
rodman
where is best place to go cheap?


Have a play around Thursday and see ! I just looked at Victoria - Eastbourne 12 weeks ahead without this offer and it came up at £3.65 each way - Bargain !!!

Going somewhere just because it"s cheap may not be best idea , try doing Sussex sightseeing google searches etc , Eastbourne is nice for the day ,Portsmouth for the history , Isle of Wight (ferry not included) , Southampton ( you could always book ticket to Southampton then book a South West Trains ticket from there to Bournemouth or Weymouth )....
#32
This is a very big fat lie!! how the hell can you see the 90% off!!!!!
I will report this offer
3 Likes #33
midowazzan
This is a very big fat lie!! how the hell can you see the 90% off!!!!!
I will report this offer


If only we could report stupid people.......:|
#34
fearless149
Beware if you are thinking of booking a ticket and getting off short of your destination , the rules say it"s not allowed and if caught you could have to pay penatly fare or even a standard new ticket for the whole journey you"ve just made with no reductions . Many southern stations have ticket barriers so for eg a Victoria - Brighton ticket wouldnt let you through the barriers at Haywards Heath etc

>What happens if the train you've pre-booked for is cancelled, can you use your ticket on the next train or do you get refunded?

My experience is that the barriers do let you through in cases like this, where your official journey spans a greater distance. You could be doing an extended 'change', or have accidentally got a wrong train or something. The rule is completely unenforceable, IMO.
#35
It's a shame the First Great Western line doesn't ever offer anything like this.. But unfortunately, yes its owned by 'First'!
#36
A13
Beanny
the link shows 26% off, or am I blind?


deal available on Thursday, 26 May only


Is today May 26th? No, didn't think so.
Take time to read the description first next time, ok? :{


I can't read properly :p

Why people like you always jump with nasty comments? I was only asking. This is a place where you share and don't jump on people at the 1st opportunity.
#37
oh, great, thanks. was looking forward to go to seaside with kids :)
#38
midowazzan
This is a very big fat lie!! how the hell can you see the 90% off!!!!!
I will report this offer

Berrrry big lie? /borat voice
#39
Love this
Took the kids for a trip on the train from Southampton & to see the sights a couple of years ago for £3 return total (2 adults, 2 kids)
#40
Booking early with Southern is always a good deal, but this sounds amazing!

Gatwick airport to worthing (50 minute journey) is showing up as a pretty dirty cheap £3.50 (without rail card) right now, so hopefully wait a few days and nab it for under a quid!

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