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1. Posted by Buttfish (Respected Member 298 posts) 8y

hi there,

a few of us are going to the uk for about a month or so this upcoming august. we were planning on getting one of the rail passes to cut down on costs, until someone that travelled there suggested we just pay day-to-day, as it would be cheaper... ?

we'll be there from august 4th to the end of the month (not counting ireland at this point, just gb). seeing as we'll be travelling all over the island - would day-to-day be cheaper?

ok, that's a question that's kind of ridiculous to ask, since it's sort of impossible to answer. but anyone out there who's done the run in the uk - any ideas/suggestions/experiences?

thanks a lot,

kat

2. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 8y

I never heard of anyone using a rail pass...as far as I kno, you need to be a student as well. But they are not so common. I would do day to day, in some places buses may be cheaper as well. I spent a month about 10 years ago and used buses and trains - depending on distance and cost.

3. Posted by alsalis (Full Member 63 posts) 8y

It depends how far you want to go and how many journey's you're likely to make. you can book tickets in advance on line for relatively little but if you want flexibility and are going to buy tickets as you go they can be expensive. You can check out prices at: http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/ then compare that to the cost of the pass.

If you are a student/under 26 you may be able to apply for a student rail card which saves you 1/3 off all travel and costs about £20 I think.

4. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 8y

www.nationalexpress.com

It's a little slower but dirt cheap compared to trains in the UK. You'll save a lot of dough. I found day to day tickets in England pretty darn expensive. If you're in a hurry, as suggested by others, get the BritPass which offers a discount to under 26's.

5. Posted by alsalis (Full Member 63 posts) 8y

I forgot buses, try megabus that can be even cheaper, but it only does major cities

6. Posted by pjdscott (Budding Member 31 posts) 8y

It very much depends on how much travelling you intend to do. You should consider a rail rover - anyone can buy them. You might investigate buying it through a tourist agency in your own country - it is possible to get them sometimes and they *might* be cheaper. Otherwise you can get them from major rail stations when you arrive.

A warning about your planning - UK longer-distance rail tickets are much more expensive when you buy them on the day of travel. Buying a few days before can make a big difference - you can order online and designate a station from where you will collect them from a ticket machine (which are open as long as the station is open).

You will find links and further information on this site:
http://www.dur.ac.uk/p.j.d.scott/cheaprailtickets.html

Happy planning!

Quoting Latarina

hi there,

a few of us are going to the uk for about a month or so this upcoming august. we were planning on getting one of the rail passes to cut down on costs, until someone that travelled there suggested we just pay day-to-day, as it would be cheaper... ?
...snip

kat

7. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 8y

Yes, buy your tickets in advance. Also Megabus have just started a service called Megatrain with tickets somewhere between 10 and 50 times cheaper than normal services, to places like Sheffield, Bristol and Exeter (and stations between) to and from London, providing you book far enough in advance (and are prepared to travel at odd times).

8. Posted by claireh (Respected Member 318 posts) 8y

Travelling by train booking tickets day by day in England can be VERY expensive, especially if you want to travel in the mornings. Do look on the national rail website as already advised to check prices. You can save by booking tickets in advance, the more in advance you book, often the cheaper the ticket (again, you can check fares on website). Many train operators in the uk also do deals on group travel if you book in advance. Again, see the national rail website, or the websites of the individual rail operators.

Another good way to get around the UK, especially between major cities, is by National Express coach. They usually work out quite a bit cheaper than the train, but are of course slower.

9. Posted by aimsuk (Full Member 112 posts) 8y

i agree with everyone else...train travel in the UK can be very expensive if you just turn up and buy your ticket, but if you know your route and dont need the flexibility, the more in advance you book the better and you can get some quite good deals

10. Posted by hobo1985 (Inactive 52 posts) 8y

National express operate the fair which connects major cities for just £1. best thing to do is try the buses before the coach. you can buy the young persons rail card, but unless you book in advance you will find the trains to be quite expensive. Rail passes are only available to under 26s i think