Can I...purchase train ticket for different station?

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Found 14th Apr 2010
Hi...I was hoping you guys could help me?!

I need to travel by train to gatwick airport for my hols (yay!) from Eastbourne. I have been looking at the costs for this and even though it is further up the line, and calls at Gatwick, it is cheaper for me to book a ticket to London Victoria (!). Would you think it is OK to but this ticket then just get off the train "early"?

Also, coming home do you think this would be a problem...getting on at Gatwick with a ticket purchased to travel from Victoria?

It is only £3 each way to Victoria or £13.60 to Gatwick!

Thanx for your thoughts guys x

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Does the Victoria train stop at Gatwick, as if it's on route it will be ok, but if you don't go through Gatwick then you won't be able to do it.
I do a similar thing when I go to Ipswich from Lowestoft, it's cheaper for me to buy a ticket to London Liverpool Street and get off at Ipswich, but as it's on the way I can do it.

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its deffo ok to do this (i live in eastbourne myself) also if you go to the Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre they sell very cheap train tickets as well but you have to travel after 10 or something like that

I asked the conductor once about this, and he said it's fine on the return journey. But on the outgoing the barriers (if there are any) won't open.

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03bintls;8359961

I asked the conductor once about this, and he said it's fine on the … I asked the conductor once about this, and he said it's fine on the return journey. But on the outgoing the barriers (if there are any) won't open.


conductor was talking out his rear. I have stopped off midway many times at different stations and barriers always open.

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csiman;8359970

conductor was talking out his rear. I have stopped off midway many times … conductor was talking out his rear. I have stopped off midway many times at different stations and barriers always open.



me too becuase sometimes you have to change trains on long trips and might have to wait 45 mins for that train so you go for a bite to eat etc the barriers always open

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Yes you can.

No barriers at Gatwick anyway when I went through recently!!

I do it regularly as fares from "commuter stations" are always MUCH higher than from the "hubs". I've just saved £42 by booking a journey from Coventry to Southampton rather than my local train station

Original Poster

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Thanks guys, i'm glad that is the case...will save money for that duty free shopping

The only issue I think I will have will be estimating the return time as you have to specify which train you will be on so I think best to book a slightly later one incase fo delays...

csiman;8359970

conductor was talking out his rear. I have stopped off midway many times … conductor was talking out his rear. I have stopped off midway many times at different stations and barriers always open.



maybe so but the truth is that it depends on the type of ticket you have purchased. some tickets state categorically that no break in journey on the first ticket is allowed so you could face a penalty fare if you misuse your ticket. return journeys are more relaxed and most return journeys you are allowed to break between destinations or shorten your trip entirely.
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