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1st Class train travel - worth it?

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6y, 2w agoPosted 6 years, 2 weeks ago
Got a 2.5 hour train journey on Wednesday morning... Is 1st Class worth it? I very rarely travel by train and on the occasions I have, I've found it comparable to hell. Do you get anything extra or is it just a case of comfier seats and fewer people?
Thanks.
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6y, 2w agoPosted 6 years, 2 weeks ago
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#1
I would suggest that the people sitting in first class are bigger twonks than those in second class tbh
1 Like #2
barky
I would suggest that the people sitting in first class are bigger twonks than those in second class tbh

I don't care. I want comfort at 7 in the morning, not someone's child screaming in my ear.
#3
Bigger,comfier seat and free tea or coffee.
TBH it isnt worth the extra cost
#4
went down london 1st class not too long ago & it was lots better IMO , travel quite a bit by train and it was much quieter & cleaner than standard class.. more room too.
free snacks and coffee offered once on the journey then you had to pay the next time round.
banned#5
To be fair fishy, you are clearly a rich mother ****, and I can't see you being happy sitting next to scum.

Also if you were sat next to me, I'd try and touch you. Bare that in mind - and go 1st.
#6
baffledsalmon
barky
I would suggest that the people sitting in first class are bigger twonks than those in second class tbh


I don't care. I want comfort at 7 in the morning, not someone's child screaming in my ear.


kids do still go in 1st class there is no escaping that
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kassy2005
baffledsalmon
barky
I would suggest that the people sitting in first class are bigger twonks than those in second class tbh
I don't care. I want comfort at 7 in the morning, not someone's child screaming in my ear.
kids do still go in 1st class there is no escaping that

At least the 1st Class kids will be screaming in Latin.
#8
A seat is a seat, I'd rather pay more to sit down than risk standing in a crowded carriage. Doubt there will be any screaming kids at that time though.
#9
I suggest you get on the train at the opposite end and ask loudly in every carriage you walk through where First Class is.
1 Like #10
Depends on the price difference, sometimes it can actually be cheaper for first class!
#11
All depends on what it costs extra and what you feel you can afford. First class is worth it if you need to work on the train, or possibly if you don't have a reservation and you know the train is going to be packed. Otherwise, its often not worth the extra IMO.
#12
kelly_o_fanatic
Depends on the price difference, sometimes it can actually be cheaper for first class!


was £2.00 dearer to go 1st when we went, would never pay a stupid amount more

Edited By: kassy2005 on Nov 15, 2010 16:31: typo
#13
Buy a standard class ticket and ask the guard how much for an upgrade to 1st is, 9 times out of ten when I ask Its £10, well worth a tenner so you dont have to sit next to a murderer who wants to tell you their miserable life story.
banned#14
angelfairee
I suggest you get on the train at the opposite end and ask loudly in every carriage you walk through where First Class is.


Don't you normally go on the coal trains?
#15
vibeone
angelfairee
I suggest you get on the train at the opposite end and ask loudly in every carriage you walk through where First Class is.


Don't you normally go on the coal trains?


I don't use public transport.
#16
DKLS
Buy a standard class ticket and ask the guard how much for an upgrade to 1st is, 9 times out of ten when I ask Its £10, well worth a tenner so you dont have to sit next to a murderer who wants to tell you their miserable life story.

But then what if it's even more than normal! I'm going on a rush hour train from London to Birmingham - doubt they'd do it for £10!
banned#17
angelfairee
vibeone
angelfairee
I suggest you get on the train at the opposite end and ask loudly in every carriage you walk through where First Class is.


Don't you normally go on the coal trains?


I don't use public transport.


You class a coal train as public transport?

Mowed down any wildlife lately?


Edited By: vibeone on Nov 15, 2010 16:30: gdfgd
#18
baffledsalmon
DKLS
Buy a standard class ticket and ask the guard how much for an upgrade to 1st is, 9 times out of ten when I ask Its £10, well worth a tenner so you dont have to sit next to a murderer who wants to tell you their miserable life story.


But then what if it's even more than normal! I'm going on a rush hour train from London to Birmingham - doubt they'd do it for £10!


If it's a long journey... I tend to split the journey in half, which can make it cheaper.... eg: Ticket from Newport - Paddington can be cheaper if you get one ticket from Npt to Swindon and then another one from Swindon to Paddington. Sometimes, you get lucky and get a cheap 1st class ticket by splitting the journey.
#19
Like previous post, I've paid a couple of quid extra to travel first class, quite pleasant and at least its quieter, but I wouldn't want to pay much for the 'extras'.
#20
meandog101
baffledsalmon
DKLS
Buy a standard class ticket and ask the guard how much for an upgrade to 1st is, 9 times out of ten when I ask Its £10, well worth a tenner so you dont have to sit next to a murderer who wants to tell you their miserable life story.
But then what if it's even more than normal! I'm going on a rush hour train from London to Birmingham - doubt they'd do it for £10!
If it's a long journey... I tend to split the journey in half, which can make it cheaper.... eg: Ticket from Newport - Paddington can be cheaper if you get one ticket from Npt to Swindon and then another one from Swindon to Paddington. Sometimes, you get lucky and get a cheap 1st class ticket by splitting the journey.

You're talking to someone who has used a train once in the last year! How can I split the journey between Birmingham and London? Watford?
#21
baffledsalmon
DKLS
Buy a standard class ticket and ask the guard how much for an upgrade to 1st is, 9 times out of ten when I ask Its £10, well worth a tenner so you dont have to sit next to a murderer who wants to tell you their miserable life story.


But then what if it's even more than normal! I'm going on a rush hour train from London to Birmingham - doubt they'd do it for £10!


Works for me and I go Wakefield - London about twice a week
#22
Had conversation about 1st class travel last night and we both saying makes no real difference really so not worth paying more.As now the 1st class just at end of carriage and not in seperate rooms like they used to be in a carriage of their own.

Reason it come up as we in cinema and they asked us if we wanted the VIP seats,just went standard,doesn't make a great deal of difference.
#23
It also depends which train network you go on, south eastern i wouldnt bother as there 1st is the same as standard, but virgin trains seem a bit nicer in 1st than normal although if you book your ticket you will have a seat anyways.
#24
fridgehead
It also depends which train network you go on, south eastern i wouldnt bother as there 1st is the same as standard, but virgin trains seem a bit nicer in 1st than normal although if you book your ticket you will have a seat anyways.


Yep South Eastern here,no difference really.
1 Like #25
baffledsalmon
meandog101
baffledsalmon
DKLS
Buy a standard class ticket and ask the guard how much for an upgrade to 1st is, 9 times out of ten when I ask Its £10, well worth a tenner so you dont have to sit next to a murderer who wants to tell you their miserable life story.
But then what if it's even more than normal! I'm going on a rush hour train from London to Birmingham - doubt they'd do it for £10!
If it's a long journey... I tend to split the journey in half, which can make it cheaper.... eg: Ticket from Newport - Paddington can be cheaper if you get one ticket from Npt to Swindon and then another one from Swindon to Paddington. Sometimes, you get lucky and get a cheap 1st class ticket by splitting the journey.
You're talking to someone who has used a train once in the last year! How can I split the journey between Birmingham and London? Watford?

lol Watford is like 20 mins from London...assuming you're going to Euston, so it's not really a worthwhile split

I thought you were loaded anyway, dont you have like a £2000 handbag, whats a few quid extra on a trian ticket :p

Edited By: numptyj on Nov 15, 2010 17:14
#26
Yes its worth it
#27
like the other say...worth it if the 1st class is any good.

cant u reserve a seat in normal class?
#28
numptyj
lol Watford is like 20 mins from London...assuming you're going to Euston, so it's not really a worthwhile splitI thought you were loaded anyway, dont you have like a £2000 handbag, whats a few quid extra on a trian ticket :p

Alright Stalky McStalkerson. You been sharing databases with DLM?
#29
baffledsalmon
numptyj
lol Watford is like 20 mins from London...assuming you're going to Euston, so it's not really a worthwhile splitI thought you were loaded anyway, dont you have like a £2000 handbag, whats a few quid extra on a trian ticket :p


Alright Stalky McStalkerson. You been sharing databases with DLM?


haha nope, I just remember stupid inane things. Dont worry I'm not watching you.
#30
FFS its not a hugely long journey from Brum to London - just go bog standard - wasn't a problem when I had to do it - got a seat and it was quiet. Stick your headphones in and suck it up!
#31
If you can afford it, go for first class.

I don't know about lines from Birmingham, but the train journeys we have done in the past couple of years, SW - London, have frequently been packed out nightmares; I would gladly have travelled first if the tickets had been in my price range. BTW we have had seats booked, but if the whole 'gangway' is full of people and suitcases it's ghastly all round.

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