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Book rail tickets thru National Rail - no booking fee, no card fee
Book rail tickets thru National Rail - no booking fee, no card fee

Book rail tickets thru National Rail - no booking fee, no card fee

Was booking rail tickets thru theTrainline.com and, when i got to the payment page, found there was a £1 booking fee and also £3.50 charge to use my Credit Card. Checked out NationalRail.com and paid First Great Western direct - no booking fee, no charge to use credit card. Saved £4.50!!

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Moral of the story, don't use thetrainline.com and use MOST other train company sites - Virgin, London Midland..

Dave

Moral of the story, don't use thetrainline.com and use MOST other train … Moral of the story, don't use thetrainline.com and use MOST other train company sites - Virgin, London Midland..



no, dont use trains - they are massively overcrowded, massively overpriced, poorly managed and supported with unhelpful couldnt give a damn staff (bar a few exceptions), dirty, cramped, badly designed, poor facilities, run by conmen who will sell you the highest priced ticket, unless you know the system (eg reading to birmingham new street is about £80 peak but if you ask for a ticket from reading to banbury and another for banbury to birmingham new street its near £36 and you use the SAME train and dont need to get off at banbury!! total s**m)
Edited by: "royals" 18th Feb 2011

If you book at the East Coast website, you get a 10% discount on their fares AND no card fees. Voted cold
Edited by: "ramraideruk" 18th Feb 2011

the train line still can offer deals surprised this is getting cold votes ?

Totally endorse Royals post (#2), this industry is a disgrace and offers crumbs only in the way of hot deals, no matter what site you choose. Budget airlines may rightly deserve a lot of the flak that they receive on HUKD, but jump through their paper hoops and they will consistently undercut the railways for long distance domestic travel. For shorter distances go by coach. If you are unwilling or unable to do either then you need to play the railways at their own game, again along the lines (sorry about that!) that Royals suggests.

royals

no, dont use trains - they are massively overcrowded, massively … no, dont use trains - they are massively overcrowded, massively overpriced, poorly managed and supported with unhelpful couldnt give a damn staff (bar a few exceptions), dirty, cramped, badly designed, poor facilities, run by conmen who will sell you the highest priced ticket, unless you know the system (eg reading to birmingham new street is about £80 peak but if you ask for a ticket from reading to banbury and another for banbury to birmingham new street its near £36 and you use the SAME train and dont need to get off at banbury!! total s**m)



I've just tried this and the site automatically found a £33 peak fare:
http://img594.imageshack.us/img594/912/trains.png

The booking system was made a lot better a few years ago and now automatically finds the best ticket in most cases.

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