Virgin Trains East Coast tickets from £5 for travel this weekend
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Virgin Trains East Coast tickets from £5 for travel this weekend

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Found 31st May 2017
Just got an email from Virgin Trains East Coast. Cheap tickets on sale for travel this weekend.
Last minute. Low priced. Selling fast.
Our Hot Cakes give you scorching savings on last minute tickets – perfect for all you impulsive trip takers. They're cooked and ready to book for travel this Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 June, but will all be gone by midday on Friday 2 June – so grab a bargain, grab your bag, and seize the weekend. Example fares Leeds to London £5 or York to Edinburgh £10.
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xenole

I didn't get my tickets checked at all at the weekend either way (well, … I didn't get my tickets checked at all at the weekend either way (well, ticket inspector walked past me on the way to London). Especially annoys me when I had to pay £43 to get from Kings Cross to Doncaster due to the BA flight failures and then you find you could have ridden without a ticket.



I never get frisked by security guards when I leave the supermarket. Especially annoying as I could have just walked out without paying for the food.
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Doesn't seem quite as good as last weekend as a few trains not available and the first class fares are higher in places.
Shame I'm working Sunday as I won't get a good chance to experience another day at Heathrow
Doncaster to London, £50 return (2a,3c). Home to Doncaster £31.

Cheaper to drive
GeoDogger

Doncaster to London, £50 return (2a,3c). Home to Doncaster £31. Cheaper t … Doncaster to London, £50 return (2a,3c). Home to Doncaster £31. Cheaper to drive


Or buy a £5 ticket from Leeds and get on at Doncaster
I didn't get my tickets checked at all at the weekend either way (well, ticket inspector walked past me on the way to London).
Especially annoys me when I had to pay £43 to get from Kings Cross to Doncaster due to the BA flight failures and then you find you could have ridden without a ticket.

Seems to be plenty of £5 Don-KX tickets for me on Saturday although as said earlier, not on every train like last weekend.

Edited by: "xenole" 31st May 2017
xenole

I didn't get my tickets checked at all at the weekend either way (well, … I didn't get my tickets checked at all at the weekend either way (well, ticket inspector walked past me on the way to London). Especially annoys me when I had to pay £43 to get from Kings Cross to Doncaster due to the BA flight failures and then you find you could have ridden without a ticket.



I never get frisked by security guards when I leave the supermarket. Especially annoying as I could have just walked out without paying for the food.
GeoDogger

Doncaster to London, £50 return (2a,3c). Home to Doncaster £31. Cheaper t … Doncaster to London, £50 return (2a,3c). Home to Doncaster £31. Cheaper to drive



An adult day return fare of £10 from Doncaster to London are you're still complaining?

I doubt you could even park your car in London for that, never mind the cost of petrol, traffic jams and the stress of driving!
UncleWilly

An adult day return fare of £10 from Doncaster to London are you're still … An adult day return fare of £10 from Doncaster to London are you're still complaining?I doubt you could even park your car in London for that, never mind the cost of petrol, traffic jams and the stress of driving!



Depends where I guess. You can easily park your car at a Tube station for hell of a lot less than that (it can be around £1.50-5 a day on weekends), Oyster charges into London are cheap too. For example Stanmore has 450 spaces, is £2.00 to park all day Saturday, £1.50 to park all day Sunday. Tube from there to Leicester Square is only £3.10.

This is how I do it from Nottingham, because the price of trains to London are not only extortionate, they are also sadly unreliable and slow. Last time I did London and back I used less than £25 worth of fuel, and that's in a petrol car.

The train makes sense if you're travelling alone, but if you're in a couple or more it's often a lot cheaper to drive.

What I've actually started to do now is booking hotels slightly out, and in slightly awkward places like Greenwich. You can drive straight in, hotels are cheap, parking is sod all. You just have to get into London on the DLR or Clipper, both nicer than the Tube.
Edited by: "ollie87" 31st May 2017
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UncleWilly

An adult day return fare of £10 from Doncaster to London are you're still … An adult day return fare of £10 from Doncaster to London are you're still complaining?I doubt you could even park your car in London for that, never mind the cost of petrol, traffic jams and the stress of driving!



Like i said, 2 Adults, 3 Children...

London is 170 miles away (340 return). Car (old diesel) does 650-700 miles per £60, therefore £30 return. I can park inside the M25 corridor, and grab a Oyster Day Zone card for each person and pay to park somewhere (shopping centre with tube access (Maybe Uxbridge?)) for less than the costs of this deal.

I guess now your going to tell me that i have to pay for tyres/wear and tear etc. Its on 218,000 miles, we simply add fuel these days...
I parked my car at Doncaster station for £6 last Saturday.

Usually about £40 of petrol from Cleethorpes to Heathrow and back, or around 80%+ of a tank.
3.5hrs drive depending on whether they've decided to close the key parts, for me, of the A46, M62, A1, M1 and M25 like they've done overnight a few times recently.

Sometimes I'll just get the train up to Newcastle and fly down from there. May take longer and be more hassle, but sometimes it can be half the price of the train.
DON-NCL is quite often up to a quarter of the price of DON-KX.

Did go first class from DON-KX last weekend for £20. £36 this weekend.
Ignore that, it wasn't showing all the promo fares until I ticked the box.



Edited by: "xenole" 31st May 2017
For York to Edinburgh, could you get on in Teesside? as the train runs through here then usually it's change at Newcastle for Edinburgh. Be great if railcards could be applied to but can see they not .


xenole

Shame I'm working Sunday as I won't get a good chance to experience … Shame I'm working Sunday as I won't get a good chance to experience another day at Heathrow



Probably cheaper booking British Airways flight than Virgin Tatties, they even throw in a free day in the terminal at weekends

Edited by: "seaniboy" 31st May 2017
EDI - NCL £50 rtn not £5 each way
seaniboy

Probably cheaper booking British Airways flight than Virgin Tatties, they … Probably cheaper booking British Airways flight than Virgin Tatties, they even throw in a free day in the terminal at weekends



I'll get the train to Heathrow, have lunch and a few glasses of champagne in a lounge and then fly somewhere and get a local train from there
Not sure whether to spend £5 booking an evening train home just in case!


Seems to be £10 in standard from Doncaster to Edinburgh. Not sure why Newcastle to Edinburgh is so costly.
I would say buy a ticket from EDI-DON, but the barriers at NCL might be a problem.

Apparently I can't apply my e-vouchers from Nectar to these fares.



Edited by: "xenole" 31st May 2017
seaniboy

EDI - NCL £50 rtn not £5 each way



There are still several tickets available on that route at a fiver. Yes you'll have to go early or late, but they're there.
lazyfatboy

There are still several tickets available on that route at a fiver. Yes … There are still several tickets available on that route at a fiver. Yes you'll have to go early or late, but they're there.



I can see @ £5, for Saturday EDI-NCL, 6:20am, 6:55am, 7:30am, 8:00am, 12:00pm, 13:00, 14:30, 15:00, 15:30, 16:00, 16:30, 17:00, 17:30, 18:30, 19:00, 20:00.
Few more morning options @ £20 in first class.

Need to get a regional train from Leeds-Doncaster. £7.10 on Virgin so cheaper paying £5 to Kings Cross and getting off early.





Edited by: "xenole" 31st May 2017
psychobitchfromhell

Or buy a £5 ticket from Leeds and get on at Doncaster



Poor advice as these are like Advance tickets which are only valid between the From/To stations and if detected you could be charged an excess to the £89 Off-Peak / £101 Anytime Single fares per adult for Doncaster-KingsCross! or £312-£354 for that group
National ToC:
"You can: Start, break or resume your journey using trains on which your ticket is valid unless you are told about particular restrictions that apply to the use of your ticket. Note that you cannot break your journey except to change trains with Advance."
and my highlighting re excess fare:
"If you start, break and resume, or end your journey at an intermediate station when you are not entitled to do so, you will be liable to pay an excess fare. This excess fare will be the difference between the price paid for the ticket you hold and the price of the lowest priced ticket(s) available at a ticket office for immediate travel that would have entitled you to start, break and resume, or end your journey at that station on the service(s) you have used."

Edited by: "mk-donald" 31st May 2017
xenole

Apparently I can't apply my e-vouchers from Nectar to these fares.



Yeah I found that with their occasional "Sale" tickets (eg with a weekday First Class c£30-£40 from Kings Cross to Scotland bargains)
"Virgin Trains East Coast eVouchers are only valid against Virgin Trains East Coast Advance tickets"

ie Can't even use those eVouchers against standard price tickets let alone Sale/RedHot:(
Edited by: "mk-donald" 31st May 2017
lazyfatboy

There are still several tickets available on that route at a fiver. Yes … There are still several tickets available on that route at a fiver. Yes you'll have to go early or late, but they're there.


Must have to book singles then as a RTN at anytime is £50-70, I found 1 for £26 and odds but I wanted £5ers - I've a hotel to pay lol
xenole

I can see @ £5, for Saturday EDI-NCL, 6:20am, 6:55am, 7:30am, 8:00am, … I can see @ £5, for Saturday EDI-NCL, 6:20am, 6:55am, 7:30am, 8:00am, 12:00pm, 13:00, 14:30, 15:00, 15:30, 16:00, 16:30, 17:00, 17:30, 18:30, 19:00, 20:00.Few more morning options @ £20 in first class.Need to get a regional train from Leeds-Doncaster. £7.10 on Virgin so cheaper paying £5 to Kings Cross and getting off early.


Yes I think the £5 singles are hidden when you do a RTN journey as they didn't show for me ?
mk-donald

Poor advice as these are like Advance tickets which are only valid … Poor advice as these are like Advance tickets which are only valid between the From/To stations and if detected you could be charged an excess to the £89 Off-Peak / £101 Anytime Single fares per adult for Doncaster-KingsCross! or £312-£354 for that groupNational ToC: "You can: Start, break or resume your journey using trains on which your ticket is valid unless you are told about particular restrictions that apply to the use of your ticket. Note that you cannot break your journey except to change trains with Advance."and my highlighting re excess fare:"If you start, break and resume, or end your journey at an intermediate station when you are not entitled to do so, you will be liable to pay an excess fare. This excess fare will be the difference between the price paid for the ticket you hold and the price of the lowest priced ticket(s) available at a ticket office for immediate travel that would have entitled you to start, break and resume, or end your journey at that station on the service(s) you have used."


I read his original post wrong. He can get a £5 from Donny.
Hot deal,shame it always falls the weekend I am working.
These 'Hot Cakes' fares show up in the results table with a Red Dagger/Obelisk and "VTEC Standard/First Promotion Single"
Excellent. That's a day out in London for me this Saturday. Leeds to Kings Cross £10 return.
managed durham to London £10 each way on Saturday, ideal for the cricket sri lanka vs south africa
Mum2ConnornCerys

For York to Edinburgh, could you get on in Teesside? as the train runs … For York to Edinburgh, could you get on in Teesside? as the train runs through here then usually it's change at Newcastle for Edinburgh. Be great if railcards could be applied to but can see they not .



You could try but would risk being charged extra if you're found doing it as far as I'm aware. Why not just get on in Darlington? Darlington is on the East Coast line and is only £10 return p/p on a lot of journeys.
Psychobunni

You could try but would risk being charged extra if you're found doing it … You could try but would risk being charged extra if you're found doing it as far as I'm aware. Why not just get on in Darlington? Darlington is on the East Coast line and is only £10 return p/p on a lot of journeys.




True I was thinking that. Well I live in Stockton and don't want be driving out to Darlington. I know when I've had trips to Edinburgh either for a break or using airport I've paid around £40 for me and children on railcard return....just I was thinking of going without any children and I'd want to drink too so no driving either.

Mum2ConnornCerys

True I was thinking that. Well I live in Stockton and don't want be … True I was thinking that. Well I live in Stockton and don't want be driving out to Darlington. I know when I've had trips to Edinburgh either for a break or using airport I've paid around £40 for me and children on railcard return....just I was thinking of going without any children and I'd want to drink too so no driving either.



Psychobunni

You could try but would risk being charged extra if you're found doing it … You could try but would risk being charged extra if you're found doing it as far as I'm aware. Why not just get on in Darlington? Darlington is on the East Coast line and is only £10 return p/p on a lot of journeys.



GeoDogger

Like i said, 2 Adults, 3 Children...London is 170 miles away (340 … Like i said, 2 Adults, 3 Children...London is 170 miles away (340 return). Car (old diesel) does 650-700 miles per £60, therefore £30 return. I can park inside the M25 corridor, and grab a Oyster Day Zone card for each person and pay to park somewhere (shopping centre with tube access (Maybe Uxbridge?)) for less than the costs of this deal.I guess now your going to tell me that i have to pay for tyres/wear and tear etc. Its on 218,000 miles, we simply add fuel these days...


Don't forget,you don't need to buy an oyster card nowadays.

Can use a contactless card,fares will be capped just like an oyster card,but you won't need to pre-load unlike an oyster card
Has anyone found anything leaving Manchester that is part of the promotion?
k1mmy88

Has anyone found anything leaving Manchester that is part of the … Has anyone found anything leaving Manchester that is part of the promotion?



That's west coast isn't it?

Could always get from Manchester to Leeds and then pay the £5 from there although it's probably twice the price to do that by train.





Edited by: "xenole" 1st Jun 2017
seaniboy

EDI - NCL £50 rtn not £5 each way



​iv just booked 10 each way if you do them as seperate bookings plenty of seats that cheap.. only vosts 20 for me and a child to return newcastle edin on Sat!
Trip from Edinburgh - Newcastle return on 03/06 = £10 cheers OP voted Hot
thanks. bought some tickets.
xenole

Doesn't seem quite as good as last weekend as a few trains not available … Doesn't seem quite as good as last weekend as a few trains not available and the first class fares are higher in places.Shame I'm working Sunday as I won't get a good chance to experience another day at Heathrow



​never good enough for you, is it mate?
maltikism

never good enough for you, is it mate?



My life is just a constant stream of disappointments!

Edited by: "xenole" 2nd Jun 2017
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