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    Buying Off-Peak train tickets online

    I am interested in knowing whether or not when booking train tickets online, do the times you specify alter the tickets validity?

    eg. If I specified 0839 as the outward journey time when using thetrainline, would the ticket only be valid for journeys during and after this time and vice verse with the return part. Or is the ticket going to work the same as a standard off peak return?

    Tim

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    Depends on the ticket you buy - although 0839 is not going to be off-peak anyway. Its usually pretty clear what sort of ticket(s) you are buying, be they anytime, off-peak or advance.. If they are advance you can only get the train(s) you specify, if they are off-peak you have to get off-peak trains (which varies depending on the journey but is usually after 0930 or 1000 Mon-Fri and anytime weekend).
    Edited by: "jah128" 4th Mar 2011

    Don't use The Trainline, use one of the train operators' websites.

    0839 would be a peak ticket? Unless you're talking weekends.

    ^ Agreed, often better deals on the actual operators websites (and probably never worse than trainline anyway). If its a one-operator journey anyway.

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    emasu

    Don't use The Trainline, use one of the train operators' websites.0839 … Don't use The Trainline, use one of the train operators' websites.0839 would be a peak ticket? Unless you're talking weekends.



    would be this saturday.

    If its a Saturday you may well be allowed an off-peak, you would be obliged to follow the off-peak rules if traveling back on a weekday, so that probably means getting a 9:30AM or later train. If you enter the 'expected' time of your return train it should make it clearer; it won't let you reserve seats on trains you would be unable to get with the chosen ticket type...

    Original Poster

    Basically, Ive got Rhyl to Irlam and Irlam to Rhyl tickets (both valid unstamped) return tickets.

    Looking to visit the trafford centre and manc.

    I usually buy Irlam to Manc from picadilly itself but in this case, I assume buying the ticket online (before journey) would be a decent idea incase Urmston is staffed.

    Another question is, would I get a Irlam to Manchester STNS or CTLZ (gmpte free tram city centre) ticket if I were to buy online?

    Tim

    If its just an off-peak return the prices are probably the same at the station on the day as they are on-line. Its only advance tickets that are generally discounted online.

    BTW - Whats Urmston? Is it Irlam?
    Edited by: "jah128" 4th Mar 2011

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    jah128

    If its just an off-peak return the prices are probably the same at the … If its just an off-peak return the prices are probably the same at the station on the day as they are on-line. Its only advance tickets that are generally discounted online.BTW - Whats Urmston? Is it Irlam?



    Urmstons part of Trafford I believe.

    Irlam is 1 or 2 stations before,somwhere inbetween Warrington and Manchester.

    Are you planning to get off the train at Irlam and get tickets, or go all the way?

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    jah128

    Are you planning to get off the train at Irlam and get tickets, or go all … Are you planning to get off the train at Irlam and get tickets, or go all the way?



    I was looking at getting the train from warrington and getting off at urmston (to get to the trafford centre), then continuing the journey to manchester later in the day.

    That said, after looking at it, might be worth doing it on the return from the manchester instead.. trafford centre doesnt open till 10am on saturdays.

    Original Poster

    Just noticed some sort of loophole.

    If you go to any train networks website, go to their advanced search - do Rhyl to Warrington Bank Quay and select Go Via Manchester , the outward journey will go via Manchester and back down to Bank Quay, even though you stop at Bank Quay on the way.

    http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p205/timothyw9/jezza.jpg

    Would the ticket say Route: Via Manchester or would it just say Any permitted route? (making the ticket only valid for getting to bank quay normally)

    Tim
    Edited by: "timothyw9" 4th Mar 2011
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