Arriva Trains Wales network (& beyond) : £24-£29 return rail trip for aged 55+ (8 day return, out 1 Sep - 27 Oct 2016)

Arriva Trains Wales network (& beyond) : £24-£29 return rail trip for aged 55+ (8 day return, out 1 Sep - 27 Oct 2016)

Posted 31st Aug 2016
Details have appeared on the Arriva Trains Wales site that they are yet again repeating their Club 55 travel offer this Autumn - ie travelling out from 1/9/16 to 27/10/16 (return up to 8 days later).

Essentially anyone aged 55 or over can buy a "Club 55 ticket", a special off-peak return ticket, which entitles you to travel from Station A to Station B and back for £24 (or £29 if you wish to travel on a Friday).

You must travel out on the date shown on ticket and return within 8 days (ie day out + 7). So latest journey is out 27/10 and back 3/11.

Can be bought online or at stations. I'll add more details in the first post below with links.
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There are two different tickets available to buy online or at station ticket offices, even on the day,
- Club 55 “Not Friday” ticket = £24
- Club 55 “Anyday” ticket = £29
(Railcards: only Senior/Disabled railcard holders get a discount, and only £1)

You may/will require proof of age: ie "...the following valid, original document; passport, driving licence, proof of age related pension, Senior Railcard or birth certificate. Please note bus passes are not accepted."

The tickets are "off peak" in nature in that you can only travel from 9.00am weekdays, although there are quite a lot of routes allowing earlier travel - see their FAQ page.

Although it's an Arriva Trains Wales offer over their network, their map shows, as in previous years, "add-on" fares to extend the area into neighbouring train operating company areas - eg +£2.50 for Merseyside/NorthernRail area; £6 London Midland; £11.50 CrossCountry, £21 Chiltern Railways.

Details appear best on these pages (links on ATW's own site are a bit flakey):

Purchase page with summary of the ticket offer (maybe only from 6pm today 31/8+):

which includes a link to their 2016 Club 55 leaflet - a PDF:

and FAQs about the promo including details of pre 9am use on some routes

and where you can travel map including details of the add-ons with neighbouring TOCs

"Tickets can be bought from 6pm today 31/8."

If you buy a "non-Friday" £24 ticket and then need/want to return on a Friday (within the 8 day ticket validity!) you can pay a £5 upgrade/ excess (it's mentioned in their leaflet).

NB: "Break of journey is permitted with this ticket" ie it's not like an Advance ticket where you have to travel from A to B without breaking your journey or ending your journey early.
National Rail details re break of journey with an Off-Peak Return ticket:

There seems to be no opportunity to buy other than online or from a ticket office - ie not from conductor on train.

Edited by: "mk-donald" 31st Aug 2016
The rail network in Scotland used to offer similar "Club 55" offers, but when the Scotrail franchise updated last year, they provided a replacement offer called "Club 50" which is a real "club" with a photo membership card and ongoing 20% discounts on some fares, as well as periodic discounted return tickets (similar to the Club 55 deals).

Those first year memberships was initially offered free, though that year is just about to run out and requires £15 fee for a fresh year's benefits! (If you have a card you should have received a renewal offer email from them!)

While we're on topic of train travel in Wales... realise there are a host of rail tickets valid from 1 day to 8 days over vastly different areas of the Wales rail (&bus) network...

Their Explore Wales Passes - valid 4 days trains & 8 days buses:

and a host of Rovers & Rangers

Over all the UK rail network I recommend this website to realise what offers are available - select your station(s) in the drop down list at the top right of the rite:
Just don't try to travel the North Wales coast line on Friday or Monday mornings this summer.

The TWO-coach trains are FULL of people headed to the holiday camps in Rhyl & Prestatyn.

You'll be lucky to be allowed on the train at all, let alone find a seat!
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