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Manchester-London Cheaper to travel First Class £45.50

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banned6y, 11m agoFound 6 years, 11 months ago
I was looking to travel to London this weekend, and noticed that a Standard Single from Manchester to Euston is £54, but a First Class ticket is only £45.50. First Class come with free hot drinks and free Wi-Fi, worth over £6 alone!
Even cheaper with 18-25 Railcard.
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#1
train travle is a joke....went on business the other day and had to buy ticket on the day...... cheapest ticket via birmingham standard class was £124 by getting ticket reading to banbury and 2nd one banbury to brum (always do that as its 1/3 price of direct and no train swapping!) then brum to leeds
cheapest ticket reading to leeds via london was £242...i said i wanted to travel on the train not actually BUY the ruddy seat!! how the hell can they justify the cost!!

voting cold as i hate greedy train companies
#2
royals
train travle is a joke....went on business the other day and had to buy ticket on the day...... cheapest ticket via birmingham standard class was £124 by getting ticket reading to banbury and 2nd one banbury to brum (always do that as its 1/3 price of direct and no train swapping!) then brum to leeds
cheapest ticket reading to leeds via london was £242...i said i wanted to travel on the train not actually BUY the ruddy seat!! how the hell can they justify the cost!!

voting cold as i hate greedy train companies


What on earth!!!

If you were travelling via London, then just get a fare to London and then an off peak from London to Leeds!
Even buying two Anytime tickets would have only cost about £140, and you should have been able to get it down much less than that.
I have little sympathy with people who get on trains without prebooking and then moan about the fares, especially onboard as you will be charged effectively a penalty fare. (I disagree with as it should be the cheapest walk-on fare if applicable, normally an off peak)
#3
If you travel Virgin First during the week you usually get much better snacks etc, as it seems that they cut the weekend down to minimal extras included in the price.
#4
We never turn up and buy our train tickets. Travelling to Birmingham from Ashford International the price on the web for a standard single ticket was £187...... We booked in advance and paid £11.00 (is £25 alone for the high speed train to get to London from Ashford!). Makes you wonder how the rail network gets away with it!
#5
trains suck in the UK ! not voting either way
#6
I'd only ever take public transport anywhere if I was desperate. Driving where I want, when I want & having a rough idea of the cost of fuel far justifies the extra expense of car ownership for me. If uk public transport was more frequent & a damn sight cheaper then I'd consider it.
#7
Cold, as VT are a joke.
I have never successfully managed to complete a trip with them without problems, and on one memorable occasion, they diverted away from the station I was due to get off at completely for no given explanation (something they've done numerous times)
#8
Cold, i just checked and a normal single is £33.10, and if you book a week in advance it's £11.
#9
Surprised we don't have train ticket touts!
#10
Cold, normal tickets are £33.10

But the rail system is a mess, and it is true that sometimes the first class ticket prices are less than normal standard tickets.
#11
..i said i wanted to travel on the train not actually BUY the ruddy seat!! how the hell can they justify the cost!!

Guess what? That money won't buy you the seat but it also won't buy you the privilidge of sitting on the seat either.

If the train is packed, you have to stand up and pay the same price.
#12
Went to London recently with a family member first class. (Have travelled first class mid week before and enjoyed all the benefits fo first class).Thought it'd be a nice surprise. On return got to Euston and lounge closed at 5pm. Got on train and was advised they don't do anything complementary on a Saturday apart from the seat and free wifi. The train was empty and I could have had an entire compartment to myself if I wanted. A waste of money at the weekend going first class in my opinion. If you book early you can have standard price and still reserve a seat, use the rest of the money you saved on first class to buy a meal before you get on the train.Great service , but only mid week
#13
Cold, Virgin train ticket prices change daily and this is relatively expensive for that ticket.
#14
just compared with what i bought a few days ago... 1st class is still a lot dearer. But I normally buy tix a few weeks before + will only be valid on the reserved train. So those who buy Standard Single might still want to check.
#15
you get an extra 10% off if you buy in advance with your Virgin Credit card
#16
cheap_hunter
Went to London recently with a family member first class. (Have travelled first class mid week before and enjoyed all the benefits fo first class).Thought it'd be a nice surprise. On return got to Euston and lounge closed at 5pm. Got on train and was advised they don't do anything complementary on a Saturday apart from the seat and free wifi. The train was empty and I could have had an entire compartment to myself if I wanted. A waste of money at the weekend going first class in my opinion. If you book early you can have standard price and still reserve a seat, use the rest of the money you saved on first class to buy a meal before you get on the train.Great service , but only mid week


ive had exactly the same experience, £10 more for "first class" - and found out on journey that no food beverages at the weekend (I was travelling on sunday). When I asked about any extras, the coductor said that u get more room !!

P :)
#17
£54 for a single? its £66 for an open return...
#18
yep, its £66 off peak return, valid anytime at weekends, or outside the peak mon-fri. A half price (off peak) single is available for £33 on virgin trains website, as long as you purchase an advance single for the other leg (out or return) at the same time.
Best to book 2-3 months in advance, and singles can be had for £8-£11.
For last min travel, either pay £66 rtn or, London Midland trains offer off peak returns (valid anytime weekends) London to/from Stoke on trent for £22. from there its £9.70 return to Manchester.
the reason virgin offer cheaper 1st class tickets is usually due to heavy booking in standard, and trying to offload people to 1st which is usually quieter. If you have a standard ticket, you can always upgrade to 1st on weekends for £15 payable on the train.....:thumbsup:
#19
is this thread a joke. the rail journey is still a rip off for £45.50. I lived in Holland for 3 years and a standard journey off peak from Eindhoven to Amsterdam weekday or weekend was 11 euros and with a discount card which can accomodate you and 4 other friends made the journey 7 euros each. The British railway system is a flipping joke and a rip off. Britain has alot to learn from Holland,Switzerland, Germany (infact from their European friends) VOTED COLD
#20
Majnu
is this thread a joke. the rail journey is still a rip off for £45.50. I lived in Holland for 3 years and a standard journey off peak from Eindhoven to Amsterdam weekday or weekend was 11 euros and with a discount card which can accomodate you and 4 other friends made the journey 7 euros each. The British railway system is a flipping joke and a rip off. Britain has alot to learn from Holland,Switzerland, Germany (infact from their European friends) VOTED COLD


Well try getting a train ticket for 7 euros valid for any UK train journey of more than about 10 miles, move back there if your that bothered.
Newsflash!!! UK rail system more expensive than european equivalent. Wow, helpful!!! :roll:
#21
This link might be useful if they're travelling on Virgin Trains between any of the stated destinations:

http://www.farefinder.virgintrains.co.uk/
#22
bargaindeals
This link might be useful if they're travelling on Virgin Trains between any of the stated destinations:

http://www.farefinder.virgintrains.co.uk/


That is useful! Thanks!
#23
We went to London a couple of weeks ago. We got a train into Manchester and then on to Euston for £35 each way. The WiFi on the train kept disconnecting every few minutes but it was definitely better than the cattle-class. Got to use the lounge at Euston for free as well. We almost missed the train back because they waited so long to announce which platform it was leaving from. We left the lounge and waited downstairs and when they finally said which platform it was on, everyone had to run to the train. The train has its uses but I'm not a fan.
#24
Thrasher
Got to use the lounge at Euston for free as well.


What's in the lounge btw? And is it only for 1st class riders?
#25
Gosh, lots of complainers in this post! :cry:

I noticed this as well the other day, first class open tickets were cheaper by about 20% on VT routes. Quite a bargain for last-minute travellers! Also remember that there are fewer benefits at weekends.

tomwenn
Cold, i just checked and a normal single is £33.10, and if you book a week in advance it's £11.

digitalexpertDCE
Cold, normal tickets are £33.10

truebrit155
Cold, Virgin train ticket prices change daily and this is relatively expensive for that ticket.

It applies to situations where 'Advance' tickets are NOT AVAILABLE, so this is only for travelling in the near future where only regular price tickets are available.

bingowings85
trains suck in the UK ! not voting either way

Helpful, thanks for your contribution to these forums :thumbsup:

sotomonkey
Guess what? That money won't buy you the seat but it also won't buy you the privilidge of sitting on the seat either.

If the train is packed, you have to stand up and pay the same price.

Ever heard of reservations? :whistling:

truebrit155
Cold, Virgin train ticket prices change daily and this is relatively expensive for that ticket.

ADVANCE tickets are open to changes by the company, but the open and off-peak fares have to remain the same.

Phew.... :p
#26
sotomonkey
Guess what? That money won't buy you the seat but it also won't buy you the privilidge of sitting on the seat either.

If the train is packed, you have to stand up and pay the same price.




you numpty, if you buy your tickets online then you get a choice to book a seat, i have always got my seat and found it very comfy. oh, no you have to stand. :O try being a commuter., STANDING on the TUBE for 30minutes each way, after getting off a train for 2 hours.!!

Virgin Trains have always been very helpfull, whenever i have asked for a refund i got one!:gift:

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