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Holders of Rail cards will be pleased to know that their rail cards can now be used on the cheapest fares on FGW. I am uncertain if other train companies will follow suit (or might be doing so already).

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#1
Good to know. I use the Paddington - Swansea route a lot to see in-laws. The First Minute fares are great value already. With my 1/3rd off, they'll be great.
#2
The biggest problem with these so-called 'cheap fares' is that you've got to do so much hunting around to find them, its easier just to drive!

Train companies don't care that it is difficult to find their cheapest tickets - they know some poor sap will be caught out and have to pay full whack on the day.

They really need to be showing a list of all the cheapest tickets available, and people can then choose from that. Most of the time, travellers are able to vary when they go, providing they know what the cheapest times are to go. Taking pot-shots with random values to search for the cheapest fares isn't the best way to do this.
#3
craigp
The biggest problem with these so-called 'cheap fares' is that you've got to do so much hunting around to find them, its easier just to drive!

Train companies don't care that it is difficult to find their cheapest tickets - they know some poor sap will be caught out and have to pay full whack on the day.

They really need to be showing a list of all the cheapest tickets available, and people can then choose from that. Most of the time, travellers are able to vary when they go, providing they know what the cheapest times are to go. Taking pot-shots with random values to search for the cheapest fares isn't the best way to do this.


I don't think this is different than any modality of travel e.g looking for a cheap air/coach fare . I never find it hard to check for cheap fares - them being available is another thing.

I can see it being difficult if you say, decide you can go on any day in the next month and only at a certain price - you then have to do multiple searches. But if you have more specific dates like any 2 weekends next month, It's fairly easy to check availability.
#4
im travelling to skegness for a 3 day break to butlins with my kids and fare is £80,not far off the price of my break,does anybody know how i can get the train fare a little cheaper????thanks niki
#5
nikinrobbie
im travelling to skegness for a 3 day break to butlins with my kids and fare is £80,not far off the price of my break,does anybody know how i can get the train fare a little cheaper????thanks niki



1. I take it you have a Family rail card?

2. Have you looked at the single fares (as opposed to return tickets)?

3. If still no luck - play around with breaking the tickets e.g instead of looking at say Bristol to Leeds - look for Bristol to Birmingham and then Birmingham to Leeds, you will often find cheaper tickets that way.

I take it you dates of travel are fixed? How soon do you go and where are you travelling from?

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