Beat the train price rises in 2015 which are due to be announced (Approx 4%) (or just cheaper ways to travel) Feel free to share your discounts / Tips!
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Beat the train price rises in 2015 which are due to be announced (Approx 4%) (or just cheaper ways to travel) Feel free to share your discounts / Tips!

SuperEd 64
SuperEd
Found 19th Aug 2014
Rail companies are expected to rises their train ticket prices around 4% today so i have had a look around and tried to find the best way of getting tickets cheaper.

If i have missed any please feel free to add to the thread as i hate paying stupid prices as much as you do.

1. Buy your season ticket before the end of December 2014 otherwise you will pay the new prices on Jan 2015
Also if you buy a 12 month ticket you can take children along for £1 or you can take upto 3 Adults with you and they get a third of their ticket prices.

2. If you have a Santander 123 credit card you can get upto 3% back on any tickets you buy

3. If travelling off peak you can get 4 tickets for the price of 2 on Chiltern

4. Up to four children aged 5 to 15 years may travel Off-Peak for only £2 each when accompanied by an Adult with a valid ticket at Southern Railway.

Child Flat fares are available for £2 in conjunction with Off Peak fares, with a maximum party size of 4 and 1 Adult required within any DaySave booking up to 3 Children can travel for £2 each

5. Book tickets either very early or late as possible for a bigger saving.

6. 10% off selected railcards using discount voucher code @ Railcard hotukdeals.com/vou…433

7. The £30 16-25 Railcard is for under-26s or full-time students of any age buy before your 24th and it will still be vaild for 3 years

8 If you travel with another person a lot either colleague or partner then use twotogether-railcard.co.uk/ You'll both need to be aged 16 or over and the card gives you a third off standard and first class anytime, off-peak and advanced fares. You'll only get the discount when travelling with the other named person on the card and the price is £30

9. Always check single Journeys before buying a return as quite a few can be had cheaper use RSH (RedSpottedHanky or similar to check before you pay)

10. The Network Railcard The £30 Network Railcard for southern England gives a third off most rail fares for journeys in the Network Railcard area. Up to three adults can travel with you and get the discount, and up to four children (five to 15 years) and vaild for 12 months network-railcard.co.uk/ and you can see the area it covers here network-railcard.co.uk/dow…pdf

11. With crosscountrytrains.co.uk You can get an extra 10% off our great value CrossCountry and Grand Central Advance tickets with your NUS, Graduate or Apprentice extra card

12. If travelling with a group of 3 - 9 people You could get 20% off your train fair with Virgin Trains virgintrains.co.uk/tic…el/

13. Also of booking with Virgin Trains you can get 2 nectar points for every £1 spent. If you book before 11th October 2014 Virgin will DOUBLE your points (4 for £1)

14. If your train is delayed for more than 30 minutes you may be able to claim back some of the cost. You should keep your ticket and pick up a reclaim form from the station

15. Split your journey use faresaver.org/spl…ts/ a lot of the time you stay on the same train but pay a lot less then direct.

16. If you are disabled, you can buy a Disabled Railcard for only £20 or £54. Save 1/3 on Standard and First Class rail fares

17. Groups of 3-9 people travelling together can get 34% off their tickets when buying online or at the station. Children can make up part of the group – and get the discount – but will need to buy an adult ticket @ London Midland

18. Few more offers here nationalrail.co.uk/tim…spx look on left hand side of list and 2 for 1 days out etc to help

[User: Khairul]
You can double-up Clubcard points to spend on train tickets at Redspottedhanky.com
A good way of gaining these points is Topcashback - you have the option of converting upto £50 of your cashback earnings into Clubcard points.

Lots more oft-updated tips available here:
moneysavingexpert.com/tra…ets
- Khairul

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Original Poster SuperEd

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Also see below - Will add to as and when

Cashback available via TCB/Quidco:

Trainline
East Midlands Trains
First TransPennine Express
South West Trains
First Hull Trains

Thanks Karlie88

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If you have a gold card season ticket then you can get a Network Rail Card for a second person for £1.

Thanks N1Andy


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Use your clubcard vouchers to get some half price tickets
tesco.com/clu…191|Travel*4294958884|Transport

Thanks WongWing101

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FCC do carnet tickets which are not well publicised. Its cheaper than a full price return if you are only making the journey 3 times a week and so can't justify a season ticket. - Thanks samjac26


Edited by: "goonertillidie" 20th Aug 2014

If anyone has any more tips or ways of saving money on a season ticket from ramsgate to london st pancras on high speed HS1 I am all ears
£6k a year is an enormous price to pay

Cashback available via TCB/Quidco:

Trainline
East Midlands Trains
First TransPennine Express
South West Trains
First Hull Trains

Original Poster SuperEd

tolester

If anyone has any more tips or ways of saving money on a season ticket … If anyone has any more tips or ways of saving money on a season ticket from ramsgate to london st pancras on high speed HS1 I am all ears £6k a year is an enormous price to pay



Wow crazy prices!


karlie88

Cashback available via TCB/Quidco:TrainlineEast Midlands TrainsFirst … Cashback available via TCB/Quidco:TrainlineEast Midlands TrainsFirst TransPennine ExpressSouth West TrainsFirst Hull Trains



Completely forgot about cashback via Quidco / TCB etc. Thanks

If you have a gold card season ticket then you can get a Network Rail Card for a second person for £1.

Here is a great tip to save yourself a huge amount of money on any train journey - DRIVE!
It is cheaper, you get aircon and no smelly people around

AnnaMak

Here is a great tip to save yourself a huge amount of money on any train … Here is a great tip to save yourself a huge amount of money on any train journey - DRIVE! It is cheaper, you get aircon and no smelly people around



What a daft and poorly thought out comment. How is it feasible for the to drive in to London? I would need to factor in petrol, congestion charging and parking.

I pay £3500 per year for my train ticket. Unfortunately like many other people in my positive I have no other alternative.

Mada06

What a daft and poorly thought out comment. How is it feasible for the to … What a daft and poorly thought out comment. How is it feasible for the to drive in to London? I would need to factor in petrol, congestion charging and parking.I pay £3500 per year for my train ticket. Unfortunately like many other people in my positive I have no other alternative.


Motorbike then (lane filtering)

tolester

If anyone has any more tips or ways of saving money on a season ticket … If anyone has any more tips or ways of saving money on a season ticket from ramsgate to london st pancras on high speed HS1 I am all ears £6k a year is an enormous price to pay


I travel in from Faversham on HS1 for £5200 and noticed that it is the same price from Hernia Bay (3 stations up the line), so I ended up getting my season ticket between there and St Pancras - this has several bonuses, 1. I can travel for free to anywhere between Faversham & Hernia Bay, 2. the unscrupulous might look at delay repay implications as there are often delays in that section of track.

My point is, look at the stations around yours as some might be cheaper/the same price, so if you happen to travel anywhere locally you could get that effectively for free.............I noticed that despite being further out Gravesend is notably cheaper on HS1 than Ebbsfleet, so all those that catch HS1 into St Pancras from Ebbsfleet mighht be better off buying a ticket for Gravesend instead!
Edited by: "N1Andy" 19th Aug 2014

croz123

Motorbike then (lane filtering)



Not an option, I wouldn't want to ride a motorbike in London. I can see that being extremely dangerous.

Mada06

Not an option, I wouldn't want to ride a motorbike in London. I can see … Not an option, I wouldn't want to ride a motorbike in London. I can see that being extremely dangerous.



It actually isn't poor or daft, in a majority of cases the cost per year will be less if you drove that used the train. Plus you can go to other places by car and it will directly get you from A to B and not needing to walk for 15 mins in the rain.

My current commute is 24 miles plus dropping kids off (but I will leave them out for now). It take me 45 mins by country A roads.

Train:
10 mins drive to the train station or 2 miles walk walk
Finding parking space and paying for it.
1h 45 mins train journey at a cost of £18 each way.
15 mins to the office

Now why would I want to do that!? When I can drive for less than £10 both way?

AnnaMak

It actually isn't poor or daft, in a majority of cases the cost per year … It actually isn't poor or daft, in a majority of cases the cost per year will be less if you drove that used the train. Plus you can go to other places by car and it will directly get you from A to B and not needing to walk for 15 mins in the rain.My current commute is 24 miles plus dropping kids off (but I will leave them out for now). It take me 45 mins by country A roads.Train:10 mins drive to the train station or 2 miles walk walkFinding parking space and paying for it.1h 45 mins train journey at a cost of £18 each way.15 mins to the officeNow why would I want to do that!? When I can drive for less than £10 both way?



That's great for you or for people who work in small towns, but the idea is flawed for any major cities, especially London. Parking charges alone will most likely mean the train is the better choice.

Mada06

Not an option, I wouldn't want to ride a motorbike in London. I can see … Not an option, I wouldn't want to ride a motorbike in London. I can see that being extremely dangerous.


realistically you don't want to find a solution.

croz123

realistically you don't want to find a solution.



There is no solution other than the train. I agree a motorcycle would save money but it's not convenient or safe.

Looks like I am stuck paying £3500 per year.

AnnaMak

It actually isn't poor or daft, in a majority of cases the cost per year … It actually isn't poor or daft, in a majority of cases the cost per year will be less if you drove that used the train. Plus you can go to other places by car and it will directly get you from A to B and not needing to walk for 15 mins in the rain.My current commute is 24 miles plus dropping kids off (but I will leave them out for now). It take me 45 mins by country A roads.Train:10 mins drive to the train station or 2 miles walk walkFinding parking space and paying for it.1h 45 mins train journey at a cost of £18 each way.15 mins to the officeNow why would I want to do that!? When I can drive for less than £10 both way?


What is your journey and how on Earth does a 24 mile train journey take 1hour 45mins???? Or is that because there's no direct train line for your journey?

Edited by: "N1Andy" 19th Aug 2014

Mada06

There is no solution other than the train. I agree a motorcycle would … There is no solution other than the train. I agree a motorcycle would save money but it's not convenient or safe.Looks like I am stuck paying £3500 per year.


Yes, I can just imagine bombing down the M2 in my suit in the pouring raijn/snow to get to a meeting in central London.
Edited by: "N1Andy" 19th Aug 2014

N1Andy

What is your journey and how on Earth does a 24 mile train journey take … What is your journey and how on Earth does a 24 mile train journey take 1hour 45mins???? Or is that because there's no direct train line for your journey?



Although I live in the West Midlands in a city and travel to a city, you are correct, no direct fast train1
There is one I think but it stops at every possible stop lol
Edited by: "AnnaMak" 19th Aug 2014

Mada06

That's great for you or for people who work in small towns, but the idea … That's great for you or for people who work in small towns, but the idea is flawed for any major cities, especially London. Parking charges alone will most likely mean the train is the better choice.



Not any cities, I used to work in Leeds and Manchester, both big cities but far cheaper to drive to than get a train. I now work in Leicester and same applies. The train isn't necessarily or even probably the cheapest for most people. That's why we're not dealing with the pollution problem here. Public transport is significantly more expensive than private.

N1Andy

Yes, I can just imagine bombing down the M2 in my suit in the pouring … Yes, I can just imagine bombing down the M2 in my suit in the pouring raijn/snow to get to a meeting in central London.



Nowhere to change at work?

For anyone outside London I can't see why they would commute by train.

I had to experience public transport recently and it was a disaster.

Walk to the bus stop....bus to the station...walk bus to train...wait for train (timetables not coordinated) ...walk from train to destination.

Now, walking is good exercise, but not when the sunny day to start with becomes horrendous rain on the return trip.

Ah the bus - it must have been designed by a 5ft midget - less legroom than Ryanair. And as for the bus suspension - what suspension? At least car seats give the impression of having some ergonomic design built in. And, of course, bus drivers only have two speeds - GO and STOP. With bus stops every 100 yards, not only does the journey take for ever, but you are constantly being shaken and stirred.

No....for me it's the car every time.

khufu

Not any cities, I used to work in Leeds and Manchester, both big cities … Not any cities, I used to work in Leeds and Manchester, both big cities but far cheaper to drive to than get a train. I now work in Leicester and same applies. The train isn't necessarily or even probably the cheapest for most people. That's why we're not dealing with the pollution problem here. Public transport is significantly more expensive than private.



That's because you can conveniently ignore depreciation, insurance and maintenance costs, because you pay those regardless of whether you take a journey by public transport. I had a friend, who found they could ditch their car and simply pay for whatever was the most convenient transport walk, cycle, taxi, bus or train, after the first year they found they were actually saving money compared with car ownership.

In my own case I used to travel to work for around £600 annually, I'd love to see how anyone could do this with a car, bearing in mind I don't own a car, and I couldn't use my wife's car for the journey.

I'm about to take my two children on a trip to Cornwall, the ticket price, including the cost of the railcard is around 90% the price of fuel alone, to travel in the wife's car, so rail can work, but you've have to be in a position to either ditch a car or not buy a second car.

mike

Without wanting to sound rude, but if you don't need to commute by train then why are you in this thread? Unfortunately, for some of us, there is no viable alternative and therefore we might wish to find every and any conceivable way of making that commute as cheap and painless as possible.........and I honestly don't believe that anyone actually wants to commute, whether that be by desire or laziness.

p.s. I'm afraid riding a motorbike 70+ miles each way every day is NOT a viable option for most, especially if working in an office.

goonertillidie

Also see below - Will add to as and whenCashback available via … Also see below - Will add to as and whenCashback available via TCB/Quidco:TrainlineEast Midlands TrainsFirst TransPennine ExpressSouth West TrainsFirst Hull TrainsThanks Karlie88------------If you have a gold card season ticket then you can get a Network Rail Card for a second person for £1.Thanks N1Andy



karlie88

Cashback available via TCB/Quidco:TrainlineEast Midlands TrainsFirst … Cashback available via TCB/Quidco:TrainlineEast Midlands TrainsFirst TransPennine ExpressSouth West TrainsFirst Hull Trains


karlie88

Cashback available via TCB/Quidco:TrainlineEast Midlands TrainsFirst … Cashback available via TCB/Quidco:TrainlineEast Midlands TrainsFirst TransPennine ExpressSouth West TrainsFirst Hull Trains




Unfortunately TCB on South West Trains excludes season tickets (Weekly, Monthly, Annual) so does not work for me. 3.5 daily tickets = cost of a weekly, so weekly is the better option than the cashback on daily tickets.
I use the Santander 123 credit card, but the 3% is capped at £300 spend on travel per month. Since my train fare is over £300 per month it is still £9 back per month so worth having.
If anyone knows any other ways of saving on the daily London commute on South West Trains I'd definitely appreciate the advice? Thanks

karlie88

Cashback available via TCB/Quidco:TrainlineEast Midlands TrainsFirst … Cashback available via TCB/Quidco:TrainlineEast Midlands TrainsFirst TransPennine ExpressSouth West TrainsFirst Hull Trains



Unfortunately TCB on South West Trains excludes season tickets (Weekly, Monthly, Annual) so does not work for me. 3.5 daily tickets = cost of a weekly, so weekly is the better option than the cashback on daily tickets.

I use the Santander 123 credit card, but the 3% is capped at £300 spend on travel per month. Since my train fare is over £300 per month it is still £9 back per month so worth having.

If anyone knows any other ways of saving on the daily London commute on South West Trains I'd definitely appreciate the advice? Thanks

work for a train company and pay nothing.

Go by car and share a lift

liftshare.co.uk
or
blablacar.com/

Edited by: "Hammondhammond" 19th Aug 2014

You could try a bus. Simililar to trains but you're less likely to bump into Michael Portillo.

It amazes me it's £9.50 to London from my local station and £12 to Manchester 30 miles away

Banned

Buy an open return both ends of your journey, off peak. Dodge clippy where feasible and never use automatic barriers
Reduce your fares by 70-80%
You're welcome

I take the coach. More specifically, the Greenline coach into London from Luton. £10 return to Brent Cross. Door to door commute is 3 hours to Baker street but I get to sit down and have access to free Wi-Fi.

Just to confirm as well. I use to be a season ticket holder. Opting for the coach saved me around £2K per year (that's an instant £200 per month salary increase!)
Edited by: "siliconbits" 19th Aug 2014

captainbeaky

You could try a bus. Simililar to trains but you're less likely to bump … You could try a bus. Simililar to trains but you're less likely to bump into Michael Portillo.

a bus from Manchester to London? Hello World.

Nice. If you have an American Express card you can save £10 when spending £50 with First Great Western at the moment - deal link.

Also season ticket holders, see whether you can get a company loan to pay for it. Big company usually run such a scheme.

Look on the brightside.
Travel London will probably strike on Boxingday again this year.
The drivers will want a slice of the ever increasing ticket prices....oh wait they are probably the number 1 cause of them.


I work in London, live outside and my fares are going up to £4k. I started using the,train in 2010 when motorbike v train broke even at 3.2k.

Over my distance I was basically writing off a bike over 3 years due to mileage, c17k per year.

So if you go for a £4000 bike as I was doing, the bike cost £111 per month,
I was using 2.5 tanks of of fuel per week at c£20 so £195 per month,
add a rear tyre every quarter,
a service every quarter,
a chain once a year,
bike parking in Westminster,
insurance,
road tax.

Is it really cheaper than £333 per month for the train?

rodman

a bus from Manchester to London? Hello World.



Sorry. I forgot the north of england doesn't have access to roads or cafe latte.

Unfortunately this country has ruined public transport especially when compared to the rest of Europe. Don't worry though, they want to spend 30 billion on making more routes instead of helping out the common man/ woman actually afford the train. The train is going to be a mega luxury soon. And yes I've had a drink and my disappointment with the rail service over the years is bubbling to the surface. Apologies

Use your clubcard vouchers to get some half price tickets
tesco.com/clu…191|Travel*4294958884|Transport

AnnaMak

Here is a great tip to save yourself a huge amount of money on any train … Here is a great tip to save yourself a huge amount of money on any train journey - DRIVE! It is cheaper, you get aircon and no smelly people around



Oh yes, I'll just make the drive from Manx to London twice a week, I'm sure that'll be a lot less stressful and cheaper! I will definitely be a lot smellier to EVERYONE else after doing that!

You can double-up Clubcard points to spend on train tickets at redspottedhanky.com
A good way of gaining these points is Topcashback - you have the option of converting upto £50 of your cashback earnings into Clubcard points.

Lots more oft-updated tips available here:
moneysavingexpert.com/tra…ets
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