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    1st Class train travel - worth it?

    Got a 2.5 hour train journey on Wednesday morning... Is 1st Class worth it? I very rarely travel by train and on the occasions I have, I've found it comparable to hell. Do you get anything extra or is it just a case of comfier seats and fewer people?
    Thanks.

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    I would suggest that the people sitting in first class are bigger twonks than those in second class tbh

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    barky

    I would suggest that the people sitting in first class are bigger twonks … I would suggest that the people sitting in first class are bigger twonks than those in second class tbh



    I don't care. I want comfort at 7 in the morning, not someone's child screaming in my ear.

    Bigger,comfier seat and free tea or coffee.
    TBH it isnt worth the extra cost

    went down london 1st class not too long ago & it was lots better IMO , travel quite a bit by train and it was much quieter & cleaner than standard class.. more room too.
    free snacks and coffee offered once on the journey then you had to pay the next time round.

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    To be fair fishy, you are clearly a rich mother ****, and I can't see you being happy sitting next to scum.

    Also if you were sat next to me, I'd try and touch you. Bare that in mind - and go 1st.

    baffledsalmon

    I don't care. I want comfort at 7 in the morning, not someone's child … I don't care. I want comfort at 7 in the morning, not someone's child screaming in my ear.



    kids do still go in 1st class there is no escaping that

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    kassy2005

    kids do still go in 1st class there is no escaping that



    At least the 1st Class kids will be screaming in Latin.

    A seat is a seat, I'd rather pay more to sit down than risk standing in a crowded carriage. Doubt there will be any screaming kids at that time though.

    I suggest you get on the train at the opposite end and ask loudly in every carriage you walk through where First Class is.

    Depends on the price difference, sometimes it can actually be cheaper for first class!

    All depends on what it costs extra and what you feel you can afford. First class is worth it if you need to work on the train, or possibly if you don't have a reservation and you know the train is going to be packed. Otherwise, its often not worth the extra IMO.

    kelly_o_fanatic

    Depends on the price difference, sometimes it can actually be cheaper for … Depends on the price difference, sometimes it can actually be cheaper for first class!



    was £2.00 dearer to go 1st when we went, would never pay a stupid amount more
    Edited by: "kassy2005" 15th Nov 2010

    Buy a standard class ticket and ask the guard how much for an upgrade to 1st is, 9 times out of ten when I ask Its £10, well worth a tenner so you dont have to sit next to a murderer who wants to tell you their miserable life story.

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    angelfairee

    I suggest you get on the train at the opposite end and ask loudly in … I suggest you get on the train at the opposite end and ask loudly in every carriage you walk through where First Class is.



    Don't you normally go on the coal trains?

    vibeone

    Don't you normally go on the coal trains?



    I don't use public transport.

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    DKLS

    Buy a standard class ticket and ask the guard how much for an upgrade to … Buy a standard class ticket and ask the guard how much for an upgrade to 1st is, 9 times out of ten when I ask Its £10, well worth a tenner so you dont have to sit next to a murderer who wants to tell you their miserable life story.



    But then what if it's even more than normal! I'm going on a rush hour train from London to Birmingham - doubt they'd do it for £10!

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    angelfairee

    I don't use public transport.



    You class a coal train as public transport?

    Mowed down any wildlife lately?

    Edited by: "vibeone" 15th Nov 2010

    baffledsalmon

    But then what if it's even more than normal! I'm going on a rush hour … But then what if it's even more than normal! I'm going on a rush hour train from London to Birmingham - doubt they'd do it for £10!



    If it's a long journey... I tend to split the journey in half, which can make it cheaper.... eg: Ticket from Newport - Paddington can be cheaper if you get one ticket from Npt to Swindon and then another one from Swindon to Paddington. Sometimes, you get lucky and get a cheap 1st class ticket by splitting the journey.

    Like previous post, I've paid a couple of quid extra to travel first class, quite pleasant and at least its quieter, but I wouldn't want to pay much for the 'extras'.

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    meandog101

    If it's a long journey... I tend to split the journey in half, which can … If it's a long journey... I tend to split the journey in half, which can make it cheaper.... eg: Ticket from Newport - Paddington can be cheaper if you get one ticket from Npt to Swindon and then another one from Swindon to Paddington. Sometimes, you get lucky and get a cheap 1st class ticket by splitting the journey.



    You're talking to someone who has used a train once in the last year! How can I split the journey between Birmingham and London? Watford?

    baffledsalmon

    But then what if it's even more than normal! I'm going on a rush hour … But then what if it's even more than normal! I'm going on a rush hour train from London to Birmingham - doubt they'd do it for £10!



    Works for me and I go Wakefield - London about twice a week

    Had conversation about 1st class travel last night and we both saying makes no real difference really so not worth paying more.As now the 1st class just at end of carriage and not in seperate rooms like they used to be in a carriage of their own.

    Reason it come up as we in cinema and they asked us if we wanted the VIP seats,just went standard,doesn't make a great deal of difference.

    It also depends which train network you go on, south eastern i wouldnt bother as there 1st is the same as standard, but virgin trains seem a bit nicer in 1st than normal although if you book your ticket you will have a seat anyways.

    fridgehead

    It also depends which train network you go on, south eastern i wouldnt … It also depends which train network you go on, south eastern i wouldnt bother as there 1st is the same as standard, but virgin trains seem a bit nicer in 1st than normal although if you book your ticket you will have a seat anyways.



    Yep South Eastern here,no difference really.

    baffledsalmon

    You're talking to someone who has used a train once in the last year! How … You're talking to someone who has used a train once in the last year! How can I split the journey between Birmingham and London? Watford?



    lol Watford is like 20 mins from London...assuming you're going to Euston, so it's not really a worthwhile split

    I thought you were loaded anyway, dont you have like a £2000 handbag, whats a few quid extra on a trian ticket
    Edited by: "numptyj" 15th Nov 2010

    Yes its worth it

    like the other say...worth it if the 1st class is any good.

    cant u reserve a seat in normal class?

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    numptyj

    lol Watford is like 20 mins from London...assuming you're going to … lol Watford is like 20 mins from London...assuming you're going to Euston, so it's not really a worthwhile splitI thought you were loaded anyway, dont you have like a £2000 handbag, whats a few quid extra on a trian ticket



    Alright Stalky McStalkerson. You been sharing databases with DLM?

    baffledsalmon

    Alright Stalky McStalkerson. You been sharing databases with DLM?



    haha nope, I just remember stupid inane things. Dont worry I'm not watching you.

    FFS its not a hugely long journey from Brum to London - just go bog standard - wasn't a problem when I had to do it - got a seat and it was quiet. Stick your headphones in and suck it up!

    If you can afford it, go for first class.

    I don't know about lines from Birmingham, but the train journeys we have done in the past couple of years, SW - London, have frequently been packed out nightmares; I would gladly have travelled first if the tickets had been in my price range. BTW we have had seats booked, but if the whole 'gangway' is full of people and suitcases it's ghastly all round.
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