Is there a way of getting cheaper train tickets? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks :)

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Found 6th Nov 2016
Hi, I was trying to book some train tickets for two adult family members but the prices seem really steep! Does anyone know any way of bringing the price down? Or could point me in the right direction of a good website etc? The tickets prices are coming in just short of £200 for two adults. Or is that normal for prices?

The dates are 26th Jan-2nd feb so I thought with booking in advance they would be a little cheaper. Travelling from Blackpool to Exeter St Davids.

I have spent so many hours sat flicking through websites thinking it would be cheaper to go and get them and drive back down but its quite a lengthy journey.

Any help would be appreciated,

Thanks for reading.

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Train tickets are notoriously expensive all over the UK. With that said, if you're spending that much it's probably worthwhile getting a railcard.

Other options would be the megabus which is usually a fraction of the cost, but you do end up on a megabus

Could they rent a car for the day?

A duo railcard costing £30 will bring the total price down by a third. Also try splitting the train tickets - hotukdeals.com/dea…012

Try tickety split website you may be able to research your travel for those dates if that does not work enquire at main line station

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LetoKynes

Train tickets are notoriously expensive all over the UK. With that said, … Train tickets are notoriously expensive all over the UK. With that said, if you're spending that much it's probably worthwhile getting a railcard. Other options would be the megabus which is usually a fraction of the cost, but you do end up on a megabus ;)Could they rent a car for the day?



Oh I didn't even think of a railcard, that is a good idea.

Both are disabled so cant drive anymore, I did have a quick look on the Megabus website, I think it was over 9 hours but that might definitely be an option.

Thank you I haven't been on a train in such a long time I nearly fainted seeing the prices.

I also offered to pay for the tickets (before knowing the prices of trains) so definitely need to get the price down a bit.

Thanks for your help

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ysm1234

A duo railcard costing £30 will bring the total price down by a third. … A duo railcard costing £30 will bring the total price down by a third. Also try splitting the train tickets - http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/manchester-london-13-train-split-change-trains-works-other-routes-aswell-2490012



Oh fab! Thank you, I will look into this. Someone did mention about splitting the tickets but I think this is were I gave up Thanks

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stoneyduke

Try tickety split website you may be able to research your travel for … Try tickety split website you may be able to research your travel for those dates if that does not work enquire at main line station



Thank you, I haven't tried that website so will have a nosey. Thanks

Try splitting the ticket at Birmingham New Street. I found tickets on 26 Jan splitting and changing at Birmingham with a total price of £36 per adult. Supposing it's also available for the way back that'll come to £144 for 2 adults. I would think there's cheaper than that if one splits the ticket more than once but that probably involves a lot of manual searching for those splits.

The following steps are what I use. I usually travel for less than a tenner on a long train journey usually costing £60. In fact, my next journey was booked for £4.70.

1. Use a railcard (I got mine for free from my bank, there are discounts for buying railcards too).
2. Tickety Split - as mentioned above you can split single tickets to save money.
3. Look for advance tickets and look for slightly slower routes for the same journey, which are sometimes cheaper.
4. Look for special offers - GWR currently have 50% off advance tickets for 16-25 railcard holders, other TOC's do other promotional offers, including family offers, senior discounts, etc.
5. Some TOC's let you earn Nectar Points (GWR do, and I've earned so many points, and with double up coming up it's certainly worth it).
6. I believe you can use Tesco Clubcard points at RedSpottedHanky, so if you have some of those to spend, could be worth buying the tickets from there instead.

Hope this helps!

If your friend is disabled a disabled persons railcard is much better value than any other.
It costs £20 and gets 30% off two people travelling at any time, unlike other cards which are restricted to off peak.
I have used redspottedhanky with a Tesco points that gets effectively a further 50% off because £10 of Tesco vouchers gets you £20 of tickets on redspottedhanky.
Edited by: "bobmccluckie" 6th Nov 2016

Eden0032

The following steps are what I use. I usually travel for less than a … The following steps are what I use. I usually travel for less than a tenner on a long train journey usually costing £60. In fact, my next journey was booked for £4.70. 1. Use a railcard (I got mine for free from my bank, there are discounts for buying railcards too).2. Tickety Split - as mentioned above you can split single tickets to save money. 3. Look for advance tickets and look for slightly slower routes for the same journey, which are sometimes cheaper. 4. Look for special offers - GWR currently have 50% off advance tickets for 16-25 railcard holders, other TOC's do other promotional offers, including family offers, senior discounts, etc. 5. Some TOC's let you earn Nectar Points (GWR do, and I've earned so many points, and with double up coming up it's certainly worth it). 6. I believe you can use Tesco Clubcard points at RedSpottedHanky, so if you have some of those to spend, could be worth buying the tickets from there instead. Hope this helps!



​And one can use Tesco clubcard vouchers to buy a railcard.

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ysm1234

Try splitting the ticket at Birmingham New Street. I found tickets on 26 … Try splitting the ticket at Birmingham New Street. I found tickets on 26 Jan splitting and changing at Birmingham with a total price of £36 per adult. Supposing it's also available for the way back that'll come to £144 for 2 adults. I would think there's cheaper than that if one splits the ticket more than once but that probably involves a lot of manual searching for those splits.



Oh that's amazing! A lot cheaper, thank you so much. I will have a look on there. Thanks

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Eden0032

The following steps are what I use. I usually travel for less than a … The following steps are what I use. I usually travel for less than a tenner on a long train journey usually costing £60. In fact, my next journey was booked for £4.70. 1. Use a railcard (I got mine for free from my bank, there are discounts for buying railcards too).2. Tickety Split - as mentioned above you can split single tickets to save money. 3. Look for advance tickets and look for slightly slower routes for the same journey, which are sometimes cheaper. 4. Look for special offers - GWR currently have 50% off advance tickets for 16-25 railcard holders, other TOC's do other promotional offers, including family offers, senior discounts, etc. 5. Some TOC's let you earn Nectar Points (GWR do, and I've earned so many points, and with double up coming up it's certainly worth it). 6. I believe you can use Tesco Clubcard points at RedSpottedHanky, so if you have some of those to spend, could be worth buying the tickets from there instead. Hope this helps!



Oh I knew I was asking on the right site! Thank you, that's such a good help. I was always a bit wary of splitting tickets and couldn't get my head around it so will have a good luck. Thank you that's a massive help

I use either Red Spotted Hanky.com or the Virgin Trainlines app

with a disabled card the price on the mse ticket splitter site is £28 each from blackpool pleasure beach to Exeter 08.22 train changing at preston and birmingham. sorry but not had chance to look at returns. you need to play around with times as they vary greatly.

little bit early maybe to be getting the cheapest advance fares for 26th jan to 2nd feb, chances are the prices will drop for these particular dates if you check in another few weeks time

If u wait a few weeks then go on trainline. Com. It's searches the cheapest and going after peak times make it cheaper too

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sevinozwell

with a disabled card the price on the mse ticket splitter site is £28 … with a disabled card the price on the mse ticket splitter site is £28 each from blackpool pleasure beach to Exeter 08.22 train changing at preston and birmingham. sorry but not had chance to look at returns. you need to play around with times as they vary greatly.



Thank you so much! That's by far the cheapest. Coming back is a little more than going there but even still you have just saved me over £100. Thank you so much

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wiffles

little bit early maybe to be getting the cheapest advance fares for 26th … little bit early maybe to be getting the cheapest advance fares for 26th jan to 2nd feb, chances are the prices will drop for these particular dates if you check in another few weeks time


Ah I wasn't sure if it was best to book as soon as the tickets have become available? They have only come on in the past week or so.

yes there is a window of opportunity when they drop to the lowest price level. try searching now for a few weeks earlier than you actually want the tickets for, and that should give you some idea of the best possible advance single price for that route

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wiffles

yes there is a window of opportunity when they drop to the lowest price … yes there is a window of opportunity when they drop to the lowest price level. try searching now for a few weeks earlier than you actually want the tickets for, and that should give you some idea of the best possible advance single price for that route



Thank you I have just checked a few dates and the price does change. Not massively but enough to maybe wait another couple of week.

Thank you, to everyone. You have all been a massive help

Try the sales office in the station. When we went to the airport in the summer the ticket man said we would have saved nearly half by buying in the station!
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