London to Birmingham (or vice versa) - £3.30 Students - £5 everyone else @ Chiltern Railways
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London to Birmingham (or vice versa) - £3.30 Students - £5 everyone else @ Chiltern Railways

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Found 9th Jan 2011Made hot 10th Jan 2011
From London Marylebone through to Birmingham Snowhill (sometimes beyond that to Stourbridge Junction too).
Off peak during weekdays, but available at weekends for most train journeys.
Yes, there are some engineering works at present at weekends which are impacting the prices of the reverse journey - from the Midlands through to London.
Takes under 2 hours to get to Solihull and a few minutes more to get to Birmingham itself.
This price also applies to stations in between such as Banbury; Leamington Spa; Warwick; Solihull etc

It's £5 single for normal people.
If you have a student railcard then it's £3.30.
I rarely see an inspector on these off peak journeys and when I do, they never seem to focus (I've accidentally given them old tickets to check and only realised much later on). Not that I am trying to encourage anything here as £5 for normal people is cheap enough without having to pretend to be a student to get another £1.70 off.

Anyway, a good use for this could be where you travel back home at weekends and rent in London during the week while studying at Uni or working etc £5 tickets are always available for use on trains departing Marylebone at 9pm and thereafter. Under normal circumstances (i.e. no engineering works) £5 tickets are available for almost every train coming back down to London on weekends.

Not as fast as Virgin Trains, but a lot cheaper.
You will probably need to book at least three or four days before hand (I book a week in advance personally and always find tickets available on the London to Birmingham journey). Otherwise the prices are a tad higher (like £7.50 for normal people travelling with 2 days notice - less for students.)

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Good if you can find the trains that are a fiver. I've been searching for 15mins now and i haven't found a seat for £5 yet.

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lucindagail

Good if you can find the trains that are a fiver. I've been searching for … Good if you can find the trains that are a fiver. I've been searching for 15mins now and i haven't found a seat for £5 yet.


I can see them from Thursday onwards off peak.
Prior to that they are £7.50 (less for students).
In the past I've booked them 2 or 3 days in advance. Perhaps now it's 4 days minimum to get the cheapest prices? Dunno; I normally know a week or so in advance when I have to travel between cities by train so don't have an availability problem in that respect.

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Birmingham? tried it once, didn't like it :-)

Why on earth would people from London want to go to Birmingham??

Hot deal though

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cool pic

now if only I could get to London....

I often find £4.95 virgin train from Birmingham new street to London euston nowadays, normally it's after 8pm. And £14.50 for first class.
Prices above with a railcard.
Btw, virgin train now with free wifi until end of feb. =D

Not the most reassuring pic. Is that Chiltern Railways at work? haha

There is no such thing as a "student railcard" ... I think you are referring to a 16-25 railcard (perviously known as a young persons railcard)... which as the name suggests is available to any 16-25 year olds and people in full time education over the age of 25.

Anyway the tickets purchased with a railcard will be marked Y-P ... the inspector looks for this and sometimes asks to see the supporting railcard. Also at gated stations sometimes the ticket inspectors program the gates to reject any railcard reduced tickets or child tickets, so you are forced to seek assistance where you will be required to produce the valid railcard with your tickets in order to be let in/out of the barriers.
Edited by: "unhappybunny" 10th Jan 2011

YYEEAAHH

Why on earth would people from London want to go to Birmingham??Hot deal … Why on earth would people from London want to go to Birmingham??Hot deal though



He did mention that it goes as far as Stourbridge...a much nicer place.

YYEEAAHH

Why on earth would people from London want to go to Birmingham??Hot deal … Why on earth would people from London want to go to Birmingham??Hot deal though



why...because London is s**t apart from sight seeing (and even that gets boring eventually) and the tubes (when not busy). Having lived in Birmingham for 15 years and now in London for 2 years (was born in London,am 28 years old) and thank god im going back in Feb for good! Most rude, stuck up, anti-social and angry people i have come across....and even staff in retail and professional areas like doctors and hospitals are the same, not that I blame them as they deal with Londoners. No one here has time for anything apart from working and then being in a pub mon - sun. Once people are here you get anti-social and no ones has time for anything, at least in Birmingham the people are nice and everyone is helpful. Your car breaks down most likely someone will help you push it as, you ask directions then stop and help not "i'm not from around here". And people say its all about making money, well why be in London making some extra money and paying double on rent, parking, cinema tickets, travel etc.....and don't even get me started on bus lanes and congestion!
Everything in Birmingham is local unless you really love sitting in packed stuffed tubes or in traffic, id rather be in Birmingham and drive A to B easily and quickly and back home to have a social/family life.

Yea its a nice place to visit but there is everything in Birmingham that London has including nicer people.

Voting hot just so if the car breaks down i can get out of this place quickly and cheaply!

PS. no offence

YYEEAAHH

Why on earth would people from London want to go to Birmingham??Hot deal … Why on earth would people from London want to go to Birmingham??Hot deal though

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Edited by: "rodman" 10th Jan 2011

YYEEAAHH

Why on earth would people from London want to go to Birmingham??Hot deal … Why on earth would people from London want to go to Birmingham??Hot deal though



Its a friendlier place than London though thats not hard!

Same applies to Brum, but why would anyone want to go to London, concrete jungle

sal2103

why...because London is s**t apart from sight seeing (and even that gets … why...because London is s**t apart from sight seeing (and even that gets boring eventually) and the tubes (when not busy). Having lived in Birmingham for 15 years and now in London for 2 years (was born in London,am 28 years old) and thank god im going back in Feb for good! Most rude, stuck up, anti-social and angry people i have come across....and even staff in retail and professional areas like doctors and hospitals are the same, not that I blame them as they deal with Londoners. No one here has time for anything apart from working and then being in a pub mon - sun. Once people are here you get anti-social and no ones has time for anything, at least in Birmingham the people are nice and everyone is helpful. Your car breaks down most likely someone will help you push it as, you ask directions then stop and help not "i'm not from around here". And people say its all about making money, well why be in London making some extra money and paying double on rent, parking, cinema tickets, travel etc.....and don't even get me started on bus lanes and congestion! Everything in Birmingham is local unless you really love sitting in packed stuffed tubes or in traffic, id rather be in Birmingham and drive A to B easily and quickly and back home to have a social/family life.Yea its a nice place to visit but there is everything in Birmingham that London has including nicer people.Voting hot just so if the car breaks down i can get out of this place quickly and cheaply!PS. no offence




couldnt agree more.....I live in Reading and its like a mini London but slightly friendlier.....worked in Brum alot and found Brum to be very friendly (city is a dump though, mind you so alot of London)

Couldnt agree more with sal and royals. hot deal.

The city could be better but i have heard they are planning on knocking down a lot of the buildings and making them newer to go with the Bull Ring.

A lot of people think Birmingham is a dump but they haven't been around and seen the nice places.The time it takes you to travel by car 4-6 miles in London can end up taking ages esp if caught is traffic. In Birmingham you have the opportunity to make use of YOUR car and if you want a change then can drive to Solihull, Stratford Upon Avon, Coventry etc in 20-40 mins.
Edited by: "sal2103" 10th Jan 2011

royals

couldnt agree more.....I live in Reading and its like a mini London but … couldnt agree more.....I live in Reading and its like a mini London but slightly friendlier.....worked in Brum alot and found Brum to be very friendly (city is a dump though, mind you so alot of London)



I used to live in Wokingham, and found reading fairly pleasent for a shopping trip, Went to uni in london and it was ok, but very self centred people imo.

Now I live near Birmingham, and it's a lot nicer up here. People on the roads are far more chilled out in birmingham too.

awesome pic hahahaha

yes i like the picture too!

heat for the pic lol X)
Edited by: "bloaty" 10th Jan 2011

The best part of any trip to London is the moment you are just pulling out of Euston station.

Seriously though, I wish there were more rail promotions that involved destinations other than London. People do want to make such trips.

My stop is Banbury, a few before snowhill my single home price from work is £28.50 costs a fortune

nice to see people sticking up for birmingham!!!

Voted hot for the pic

Cold.
Get the Virgin train from B'ham New St - Euston for around a £5 return and it's 45 mins quicker.

YYEEAAHH

Why on earth would people from London want to go to Birmingham??Hot deal … Why on earth would people from London want to go to Birmingham??Hot deal though



Too many people with 1970s opinions of what they think Birmingham is like. I was a Londoner all my life, but moved up to Brum mid-00s. Best thing I ever did.

sal2103

why...because London is s**t apart from sight seeing (and even that gets … why...because London is s**t apart from sight seeing (and even that gets boring eventually) and the tubes (when not busy). Having lived in Birmingham for 15 years and now in London for 2 years (was born in London,am 28 years old) and thank god im going back in Feb for good! Most rude, stuck up, anti-social and angry people i have come across....and even staff in retail and professional areas like doctors and hospitals are the same, not that I blame them as they deal with Londoners. No one here has time for anything apart from working and then being in a pub mon - sun. Once people are here you get anti-social and no ones has time for anything, at least in Birmingham the people are nice and everyone is helpful. Your car breaks down most likely someone will help you push it as, you ask directions then stop and help not "i'm not from around here". And people say its all about making money, well why be in London making some extra money and paying double on rent, parking, cinema tickets, travel etc.....and don't even get me started on bus lanes and congestion! Everything in Birmingham is local unless you really love sitting in packed stuffed tubes or in traffic, id rather be in Birmingham and drive A to B easily and quickly and back home to have a social/family life.Yea its a nice place to visit but there is everything in Birmingham that London has including nicer people.Voting hot just so if the car breaks down i can get out of this place quickly and cheaply!PS. no offence



Totally off topic but I am in a very similar situation. Agree with you 100%. Apart from the central tourist areas 80% of the rest is a dump and living standards below other big UK cities.

This doesn't stop at Coventry, is that correct? Looking for some cheap tickets....

twe

This doesn't stop at Coventry, is that correct? Looking for some cheap … This doesn't stop at Coventry, is that correct? Looking for some cheap tickets....



does stop at leamington spa and warwick

London to Birmingham for £5. Wonder how much High Speed Rail would charge for the same journey....? Somehow I dont think it will be a fiver!!!

cynic1

London to Birmingham for £5. Wonder how much High Speed Rail would … London to Birmingham for £5. Wonder how much High Speed Rail would charge for the same journey....? Somehow I don't think it will be a fiver!!!


When it arrives, five years late and four times over budget, only politicians of those on expenses will be able to afford it (not much different to now really)

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spock1958

When it arrives, five years late and four times over budget, only … When it arrives, five years late and four times over budget, only politicians of those on expenses will be able to afford it (not much different to now really)


The route that I've posted is undergoing an upgrade at weekends. Apparently it will take under 1.5 hours to get to Solihull; around 1 hour 40 mins to Birmingham once complete
Not sure what that will do to the ticket prices though.
And yes, the proposed high speed route from London Euston to Birmingham Curzon Street will probably be totally unaffordable to everyone bar those who are claiming it back.

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scoff

Cold. Get the Virgin train from B'ham New St - Euston for around a £5 … Cold. Get the Virgin train from B'ham New St - Euston for around a £5 return and it's 45 mins quicker.


Really? can you post some examples of these £5 return fares please as I would genuinely be interested in purchasing them myself.

Villa

Really? can you post some examples of these £5 return fares please as I … Really? can you post some examples of these £5 return fares please as I would genuinely be interested in purchasing them myself.



Megatrain.com - been around for years, no secret.
14/02/2011 all of the £1 tickets have gone but you can still get it for £3 each way, so £6 return. If you plan it right and get the tickets when they are released, you can do it for £2 return.

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scoff

Megatrain.com - been around for years, no secret.14/02/2011 all of the £1 … Megatrain.com - been around for years, no secret.14/02/2011 all of the £1 tickets have gone but you can still get it for £3 each way, so £6 return. If you plan it right and get the tickets when they are released, you can do it for £2 return.


Can you get tickets for £3.30 as little as 3 or 4 days in advance for midweek travel like you can with this Chiltern Railways deal, or can you only book several weeks in advance to get decent prices?
Edited by: "Villa" 10th Jan 2011

Yes you can book as little as 3 or 4 days away and you can book anytime up to 6 weeks in advance. They only release tickets upto 6 weeks ahead, so you can not book anything for March yet, but every day another day is released into the calendar. The earlier you book it usually gets the better prices.... prices are £1, £3, £5, so on and on. Not sure how many tickets they have available at each price but once the £1 ones have sold they then become £3 etc etc.

As a londoner, I can understand when people say london is crap. It usually depends though, some places are nicer than others, same goes for Birmingham I suppose.

Half the people who laugh at Birmingham have never been to it and only base their hatred for it on various comedians saying it's terrible.

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SamuraisShadow

As a londoner, I can understand when people say london is crap. It … As a londoner, I can understand when people say london is crap. It usually depends though, some places are nicer than others, same goes for Birmingham I suppose.Half the people who laugh at Birmingham have never been to it and only base their hatred for it on various comedians saying it's terrible.


I've spent about 23 years in London and at least 14 in and around Birmingham.
On the whole London is horrid and is getting worse by the day.
Birmingham, Manchester and other large cities are following London's decline but are still a few years away from the level of nastiness that London has reached thus far.
This whole country is on a downward spiral with London leading the way.
Morality; respect; kindness; tolerance; law & order - all on their way out

So there you have it.
Birmingham is better than London,people will always give you the time of day,it's got shops and it's got an IMAX.
At this rate we'll be flooded with Cockneys over the next few weeks

Hot for the pic alone
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