Cheap off peak train tickets from London with Oyster, eg London-Brighton £5 return - HotUKDeals
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If you have an Oyster card or a Freedom pass, between 26 June and 25 July, you can get cheap off peak return tickets from London Mainline stations to a few different places for between £5 and £20. eg

£5 return: Brighton, Bognor Regis, Eastbourne, Littlehampton or Southend-on-Sea.
£5 return: Arundel, Chichester, Dorking or Windsor.
£10 return: Oxford or Cambridge.
£15 return: Salisbury, Stratford-upon-Avon or Winchester .
£15 return: Birmingham, Liverpool or Southampton.
£20 return: Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff or Norwich.

Each adult needs to have an Oyster card, or a Freedom pass and have a voucher that you print from the WWW site.

You can only get the tickets from London travelling out - and back. You couldn't use it to go from Brighton-London-Brighton.
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#1
If you don't have an Oyster card you can get them from https://oyster.tfl.gov.uk/oyster/link/0005.do

You need to charge it with some money, and pay a £3 deposit which is refundable if you hand the card back.
#2
dont forget use your freedom pass in brighton on buses as well
#3
very hot!
nice find
#4
5 to Portsmouth return but 15 to Southampton....:?

Shame it's not available for heading into London.
#5
Brighton & This Deal Both Very Hot:-D
#6
Blimey, this is a fantastic deal. Funny, I work for Oyster and didn't know about this...
#7
brilliant
#8
What counts as off peak? Ater 9:30am?
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nice to see us getting something back considering how much of a rip off transport in london is. paying an extortionate amount to travel on a network of trains that are overcrowded, unreliable and closed on weekends for half of the year!
#10
thepearce
5 to Portsmouth return but 15 to Southampton....:?

Shame it's not available for heading into London.


there is £5 to southampton from victoria

i was hoping there would be something to devon for my brother , he may need a £5 to southampton and then some other deal?
#11
Nice find; much appreciated.
#12
dnc316
What counts as off peak? Atfer 9:30am?


As a rule of thumb, off peak trains leave after 9.30am on a weekday, or anytime on a weekend or bank holiday. You can't use off peak tickets on some trains between 4pm and 7pm. Occasionally, off peak tickets might be allowed on trains before the cutoff - if there would otherwise be a long wait for the next train.

The best way to find out which you can use is to search for train times somewhere like [url]www.thetrainline.com[/url] and see which trains are listed with off peak tickets.
#13
Very hot!! +1 Any suggested place to visit?
#14
brum
there is £5 to southampton from victoria

i was hoping there would be something to devon for my brother , he may need a £5 to southampton and then some other deal?


National Express have a coach that runs between Southampton and Exeter, but it takes 5 hours and would be hideous. With this deal, he could get a train to Salisbury (£15) or to Weston Super-Mare (£20) which have trains to Exeter.

You are allowed to use different tickets for different parts of your journey, but the train that you are on has to stop at the station when you switch between tickets.
#15
nice.
#16
This is great - partner's parents are coming for a month and they will be able to go on day trips over the south-east! Many thanks OP. Only fly in the ointment is that you have to go to a central terminus to get the tickets and start/end your journey - that could double the cost in some cases.
#17
Cool ...so I can get to Brighton for a fiver return

"YOU, I wanna take you to a gay bar". (I'm presently cutting the buttock cheeks out of some leather strides I can no longer fit into)

How much do they charge for the kids to travel? (might want a sedate day out at the beach instead)
#18
A time machine to take you back to the '70s and a ticket to New York will cost you a bit more than £5 I'm afraid dear.
#19
Great deal! We just moved to London from the U.S. Looking for some weekend trips--where should we go? We'll probably do one overnight and one same-day.
#20
Nice find. Some tickets are even 1 month return.

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#21
Great information,
Thanks
#22
HankMcSpank
How much do they charge for the kids to travel? (might want a sedate day out at the beach instead)


http://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/oyster-voucher-help.aspx#7 says:

Do child or Railcard discounts apply?

There are no specific Child discounted fares for this promotion. Children (aged 5-15) accompanying the Oyster card or Freedom pass holder will pay the normal child fare (including child flat fares where available). Where the normal child fare for the journey costs more than the adult promotional fare, the child may be issued with the adult promotional fare instead (max. 4 children per adult) – this will not require a separate downloadable voucher.
#23
pibpob
Only fly in the ointment is that you have to go to a central terminus to get the tickets and start/end your journey - that could double the cost in some cases.


The tickets only start from the main terminus stations, but you can buy them at any staffed station ticket office. You can't get them from a machine.
#24
Can anyone tell me if the £5 return trip includes the fare it costs to get to London in the first place? Or is it a £5 charge on top of the oyster charges to get into London?
Many thanks.
#25
ahenry;8878420
The tickets only start from the main terminus stations, but you can buy them at any staffed station ticket office. You can't get them from a machine.
Thank you - that could help some people but not in my case because the journey to the terminus would be made by Tube - unless I get them in advance of course.
#26
yellowred;8878423
Can anyone tell me if the £5 return trip includes the fare it costs to get to London in the first place?
Read my earlier post. If it did, they'd be shouting from the rooftops. That's why the possibility of buying the tickets from a station other than the terminus and joining at, say Clapham Junction or Vauxhall to avoid going into Zone 1 is an interesting proposition.

Edit: this is nicer than Advance fares where you have to travel on a specific train. For instance, if you wanted to go to Brighton but connect with the Tube system at Balham (Zone 3) then you would be allowed to change at East Croydon if the Brighton train didn't stop at Balham. Your ticket would be valid on the train from Balham to East Croydon even if it didn't come from Victoria and it wouldn't be going to Brighton.
#27
ffs....they do this just as i finish university :(
#28
You can sometimes get cheaper individual tickets from Southern Trains, but if that is £5 return then it can't be beat unless you have a student card. Cracking deal which I could have used this coming week.
#29
Krude1
nice to see us getting something back considering how much of a rip off transport in london is. paying an extortionate amount to travel on a network of trains that are overcrowded, unreliable and closed on weekends for half of the year!

Public transport in London is cheaper, more frequent and better run and managed than anywhere else I've lived or visited in the country. The weekend closures are to help minimise unreliability and upgrade the infrastructure so more trains, carrying more passengers, can run.
#30
mix
Public transport in London is cheaper, more frequent and better run and managed than anywhere else I've lived or visited in the country. The weekend closures are to help minimise unreliability and upgrade the infrastructure so more trains, carrying more passengers, can run.


yes transport is better than the rest of the country but compared to other world cities it could be much better! and with regards to price i find that it is very expensive especially travelling through zone 1, a season ticket including zone 1 is very expensive
#31
very hot!
#32
This seems very strange. It says to travel to Liverpool the train operator, instead of being Virgin trains, is London Midland and instead of the journey taking the normal 2 hours 10 mins with this deal it takes a whopping 3 hours 24 mins (204 mins).

For some of the routes they seem to be sending people on non direct trains which take a lot longer than the normal ones. If you're booking in advance you might be better buying normal advance tickets instead.
#33
Taksim_Red
This seems very strange. It says to travel to Liverpool the train operator, instead of being Virgin trains, is London Midland and instead of the journey taking the normal 2 hours 10 mins with this deal it takes a whopping 3 hours 24 mins (204 mins).

For some of the routes they seem to be sending people on non direct trains which take a lot longer than the normal ones. If you're booking in advance you might be better buying normal advance tickets instead.


Not all of the train companies are participating in this promotion, and with some of them, the discounts are bigger than others.

http://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/oyster-voucher-help.aspx#5 says:

The following train companies are participating in the Oyster card/Freedom pass promotion:

* c2c
* Chiltern Railways
* First Capital Connect
* First Great Western
* London Midland
* National Express East Anglia
* Southern
* South West Trains
#34
Good deal, but shame it's £15 for a day return at my station and month return at others!
#35
Voted hot
#36
Sorry for the dumb question, but what is the difference between a "day return" and "month return"? I'm assuming "day return" means you have to return the same day? Does "month return" mean you can mean any time within a month?
#37
Krude1
yes transport is better than the rest of the country but compared to other world cities it could be much better! and with regards to price i find that it is very expensive especially travelling through zone 1, a season ticket including zone 1 is very expensive


Other world cities don't have an incredibly old infrastructure that's suffered from decades of chronic under-investment. And what you don't pay in fares in other countries, you end up funding through taxation/government subsidy.

My annual Travelcard is £760 (Z2+3) which allows me to get between home and work on the Tube, the train down to watch the cricket at the Oval, buses in the centre of London, safe and frequent transport home through the night, etc. £2 a day is fine by me -- less than a single bus ticket in most other places in the country!
#38
Do you think it would work if I bought a day return ticket from London -> Brighton on a Saturday and bought another for the following day (Sunday) then only used the OUT portion on Saturday and the RETURN portion on the Sunday? Basically getting a £10 next day return ticket?
#39
After making a dummy booking and reading the terms and conditions, it seems you can:
a) buy the tickets at any staffed station
b) join the train anywhere along the route - possibly avoiding the need to travel in to london, and assuming you live along the route you want to use.
c) whilst not encouraged you can use the tickets as singles - although it would pay to check there isn't a cheaper advance ticket. On the monthly returns this is attractive as you can use the return portion on any off-peak train.

Looking at the Bristol/Cardiff route, this is a good deal. An advance single can be got for about £15 (with luck and advance booking) for a specific train, so £20 single is good value. If you were to start the journey in Bristol, just buy the ticket, and use the return portion.
#40
mix
My annual Travelcard is £760 (Z2+3) which allows me to get between home and work on the Tube, the train down to watch the cricket at the Oval, buses in the centre of London, safe and frequent transport home through the night, etc. £2 a day is fine by me -- less than a single bus ticket in most other places in the country!


That's pretty good value considering you live in London. My annual pass for 3 zones (bus & train) on Merseyside costs £809 and the trains to where I live are only every half an hour at peak times.

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