Virgin Train, Preston - Glasgow return 24th March £6.00 @ Megabus
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Virgin Train, Preston - Glasgow return 24th March £6.00 @ Megabus

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Found 4th Mar 2015
Using megabus ticketing you can travel to Glasgow and back for the princely sum of just 6 quid. I have to go up there, for the day, on the 24th March so was actually going to use megabus, discovered they also do tickets for trains.

Experimented a little and found it works for may other times and destinations aswell. Have a little play around and snap yourselves up a bargain rail ticket.

Happy hunting everyone.

This is the one I booked.

uk.megabus.com/Jou…n=1

32 Comments

wow £10 for day out in Glasgow great just wish they did it from Manchester too!

Original Poster

I doubt I`ll get an answer but for those voting this cold could you say why? I cant get my head round why a ticket costing only 6 notes from Preston - Glasgow return isnt seen as an absolute steal, TBH. Remember this works for other destinations aswell.

this is brilliant! my Mum visits her pal in Blackpool and this is super cheap way of going down.

HOT

susieqt

this is brilliant! my Mum visits her pal in Blackpool and this is super … this is brilliant! my Mum visits her pal in Blackpool and this is super cheap way of going down.



A few likely answers are that they don't live in Preston and don't want to go to Glasgow, I wouldn't let it get you down.

Cheers, I've never thought of looking on megabus for cheap train tickets, good reminder

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eg "Glasgow to Carlisle/Oxenholme/Preston/ Crewe/Warrington/Birmingham"
and I know from checking recently Birmingham-Glasgow and Birmingham-Edinburgh typically Monday to Thursday @ either dawn or late-night also regularly appear.

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Just select your local station (or where you're going to visit) into the search box at top right and it will list out the ticket offers that include that station in their area of validity.

PS Forgot to remind anyone who's with Virgin Money they too can get 10% off any Virgin Trains [ie original West Coast TOC not new Virgin Trains East Coast TOC] Adult Advance ticket this year
hotukdeals.com/dea…271
Edited by: "mk-donald" 4th Mar 2015

Thanks

I've successfully used the Megatrain routes to travel to Edinburgh for £9.50 from Birmingham! Fantastic service!

Can someone explain how this works please? I never used megabus to book trains before, so do you get the orange rail ticket at the station or not?

ftbf444

Can someone explain how this works please? I never used megabus to book … Can someone explain how this works please? I never used megabus to book trains before, so do you get the orange rail ticket at the station or not?


No. You get a reference which you have to print off or show the conductor (who will check it against a manifest).

You also do not get a seat reservation, and have no right to claim should the train be delayed (delay repay).

sowotsdis

wow £10 for day out in Glasgow great just wish they did it from … wow £10 for day out in Glasgow great just wish they did it from Manchester too!



Virgin Don't run the Manchester-Glasgow route so that wouldnt happen you could combine with some cheap tpepress singles?

I regularly use Megatrain and usually pay £1 each way on that route. The £1 tickets go pretty quickly though so £3 each way is not bad.

mocmocamoc

A few likely answers are that they don't live in Preston and don't want … A few likely answers are that they don't live in Preston and don't want to go to Glasgow, I wouldn't let it get you down. Cheers, I've never thought of looking on megabus for cheap train tickets, good reminder



And some people just plain hate certain companies so will vote COLD regardless of the deal.

ftbf444

Can someone explain how this works please? I never used megabus to book … Can someone explain how this works please? I never used megabus to book trains before, so do you get the orange rail ticket at the station or not?


As WillPS has already replied to you, the relevant T&Cs are:
"Megatrain Terms & Conditions
"b. A valid booking reference acts as the ticket for your journey. You must present this when requested by a member of staff whilst travelling on the train or to enter/leave a station.
"g. If the rail part of the megatrain service you are booked on is cancelled, or delayed by 60 minutes or more, please seek advice from station staff as you may travel on the next available rail service towards your destination. If you then decide not to travel, you may have a full refund of the megatrain fare and booking fee.
"h. No compensation will be offered if your journey is cancelled or delayed.

BTW: The Megatrain tickets are on East Midlands Trains, South West Trains & Virgin Trains [ie West Coast mainline].
Be interesting to see if Virgin Trains East Coast [ex East Coast] ever join up.


Edited by: "mk-donald" 4th Mar 2015

WillPS

You also do not get a seat reservation, and have no right to claim should … You also do not get a seat reservation, and have no right to claim should the train be delayed (delay repay).


Interesting you highlight those differences as personally had only used Megatrain in SouthWestTrains area and not thought about either issue.

The two points you highlight are the key differentiations between these discounted "Megatrain tickets" and regular "Advance tickets" as both are only valid on a specific train.

So looking at OP's original deal/route/dates:
the £3'ish Megatrain fares (+50p reservation fee) compare to £15+ for a Virgin Trains Advance ticket with a reserved seat and delay repay (50% after 30mins, 100% after 60mins, 100% of entire return fare after 120mins).
(Though a TPE Advance at £11.20 shows up too, and I've ignored the 10%/20% Virgin discounts I mention earlier in the thread.)

So there you're saving say 75% but giving up a reserved seat and a chance of 50%+ back if journey delayed by 30+ mins (which unfortunately lots of people don't know about and/or don't claim even when their Virgin ticketed journey is delayed). Highlights that being a games theorist isn't just useful for Greek Finance Ministry, but just being a savvy UK train passenger oO

Edited by: "mk-donald" 4th Mar 2015

I bet the weather will be really cold in Scotland so I will give it a miss until the summer. Good find though, heat from me

Voted hot as you can easily get a connecting train from Manchester, Blackpool or Wigan. Would of booked only for being away already. Will search for others.

mystery_man

I bet the weather will be really cold in Scotland so I will give it a miss until the summer. Good find though, heat from me



I've been using this route on Megatrain tickets for around 7 years (this is not a new deal!), and they've often stopped having tickets for a month or two in the summer. I've just checked my booking history and they definitely had tickets in August last year, so hopefully it will be the same this year.

Urgh Preston, cold.

I'll probably get banned for this ...

Why are people's comments or jumbled and u cannot read them

orgfilao

Urgh Preston, cold. I'll probably get banned for this ...



Oi! As a Prestonian I resent that!!

tonaza

[quote=orgfilao]Urgh Preston, cold. I'll probably get banned for this ...


oops forgot to include a "lol" at the end ;)))

Why dont they do trains from Glasgow to London? Trains everywhere else are so expensive.

sophb1992

Voted hot as you can easily get a connecting train from Manchester, Blackpool or Wigan. Would of booked only for being away already. Will search for others.


The train in question actually is the Wigan-Glasgow train, if that helps in the future. No need to get off if you time it right

Why would you leave the greatest city in Britain to go to Scotland?

I like trains.

Great price for a train ticket heat added, does it come with a police escort from Preston to Glasgow?

JusticeForThe96

The train in question actually is the Wigan-Glasgow train, if that helps in the future. No need to get off if you time it right ;)



So you could just do a split ticket then as it's the same train so no faffing about with changing trains. Thanks.

Has anyone managed to find another train route on the Megabus system? I can't find any.

book 4-6 weeks in advance for best fares,eg.glasgow-birmingham in mid to late april £3 single.sometimes able to book birmingham-london £6 without changing trains,(split ticketing) go to megabus website,enter details,but when given the option of "bus", "train" or "all"you MUST select "all", 50p booking fee,price includes seat number.This can be done from edinburgh also,on virgin trains.bit more difficult on return journey to get same deal but can come close if you split ticket from birmingham to either oxenholme or preston or carlisle to glasgow or one of the other stations in-between,seems to be no regularity in fare price,have patience in searching out these fares,big big savings if a group is travelling together.these fares above are avaliable today.

thingswelike

Has anyone managed to find another train route on the Megabus system? I … Has anyone managed to find another train route on the Megabus system? I can't find any.



Spotting where there are Megatrain routes is never easy but MoneySavingExpert have an (old) map/list which may give you some ideas:
moneysavingexpert.com/tra…ets
eg "Glasgow to Carlisle/Oxenholme/Preston/ Crewe/Warrington/Birmingham"
and I know from checking recently Birmingham-Glasgow and Birmingham-Edinburgh typically Monday to Thursday @ either dawn or late-night also regularly appear.

sellingmysoul666

Spotting where there are Megatrain routes is never easy but … Spotting where there are Megatrain routes is never easy but MoneySavingExpert have an (old) map/list which may give you some ideas:http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/cheap-train-tickets#map eg "Glasgow to Carlisle/Oxenholme/Preston/ Crewe/Warrington/Birmingham" and I know from checking recently Birmingham-Glasgow and Birmingham-Edinburgh typically Monday to Thursday @ either dawn or late-night also regularly appear.



Or to give you the full benefit of my earlier posting, from which this is a copy/paste:
hotukdeals.com/dea…581
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