Getting to Cambridge from London Watch

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Go to Kings Cross at 10am on the 4th of October, then quickly while nobody is looking walk through the barrier between platforms 5 and 6. You will reach platform 5 and 1/3 where the Cambridge Express should be waiting for you. Surely you were told this in your letter they sent when you were accepted?!?
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(Original post by Sanyore)
Erm, I've been trying to find a ticket to go to Cambridge around Mid-september, and they all cost around 30 pounds each. I wouldn't be able to get it any cheaper now, would I?
eh? A return with railcard with railcard normally costs £15 odd (probs £22 or so without). Maybe you're trying to book for peak time...?
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(Original post by Alexander)
eh? A return with railcard with railcard normally costs £15 odd (probs £22 or so without). Maybe you're trying to book for peak time...?
Saver returns are almost £18 with a railcard now. Not sure how much it is for peak time. It's not generally worth booking in advance though, AFAIK.
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Virgin trains do a really good rate. In fact, it seems a bit too good to be true.
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(Original post by Sanyore)
Virgin trains do a really good rate. In fact, it seems a bit too good to be true.
Virgin from London-Cambridge? :confused: Where?
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(Original post by Helenia)
Saver returns are almost £18 with a railcard now. Not sure how much it is for peak time. It's not generally worth booking in advance though, AFAIK.
You're right actually, that's a pity. Although day returns are slightly cheaper, and Cheap Day Returns (i.e. not valid at peak times) are a fair bit cheaper.

If cost is an urgent issue the coach is cheaper, especially if you are able to pre-book.
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Virgin from London-Cambridge? :confused: Where?
On the website. I hope I wasn't on LSD or something, because I saw a ticket that left in the morning and returned in the evening for 14 pounds.
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On the website. I hope I wasn't on LSD or something, because I saw a ticket that left in the morning and returned in the evening for 14 pounds.
Virgin doesn't actually run the route or any kind of special offer on that though, they sell tickets for any route on their website. AFAIK there are no tickets for which you can get a discount for pre-booking on the London-Cambridge route, you might as well just buy your ticket at the station. A 'Cheap Day Return' (valid after 9.30) with Railcard costs £11.90 anyhow.
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But I don't have a railcard, so will the Virgin ticket be enough? You have to get the stamp of the college for the railcard, don't you?
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But I don't have a railcard, so will the Virgin ticket be enough? You have to get the stamp of the college for the railcard, don't you?
http://www.railcard.co.uk/

Anyone aged 16-25 can get a 16-25 railcard. The clue's in the name. It costs though.
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Anyone aged 16-25 can get a 16-25 railcard. The clue's in the name. It costs though.
If you get a student account with the right bank you can get a free one for 5 years. I don't know which ones offer it at the moment, I use HSBC.
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Yes, that's all fine and dandy; but I'll have to prove I'm a student, and that involves getting a stamp from the college, I assume. I go back to college on the 18th. I need to go to Cambridge before then; so, the Virgin ones will probably suffice.
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The Virgin ones will be the same price as the standard turn up and pay on the day off peak ones.

You don't need to prove your a student to get the railcard, turn up with your proof of age and pay! Student Oysters you do, but they are very different.
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(Original post by Sanyore)
Yes, that's all fine and dandy; but I'll have to prove I'm a student, and that involves getting a stamp from the college, I assume. I go back to college on the 18th. I need to go to Cambridge before then; so, the Virgin ones will probably suffice.
The 16-25 railcard does cost, but not much. You need proof of ID (passport etc.) before you get one, but nothing special. I bought my first one 3 years ago, and it paid for itself in one trip.
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christ i havent heard such a load of ****ing ******** in years

USE THE NATIONAL RAIL ENQUIRES WEBSITE
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(Original post by Sanyore)
Erm, I've been trying to find a ticket to go to Cambridge around Mid-september, and they all cost around 30 pounds each. I wouldn't be able to get it any cheaper now, would I?
Get a 16-25 railcard - seriously worth it.
They cost £24 for a year but you'll save loads of money over the whole year if you're going to uni or in yr 13 (I was going all over the country for open days and interviews). You save 1/3 on every journey you do.

And I'm pretty sure that the Cambridge Express is about £12 return when you buy on the day with a railcard.
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--> or £9.25 according to the National Rail website.
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