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    So my friend is having a party this weekend at his flat at Oxford, and I was wondering what would be the cheapest option to get there?
    I've been having a look at some train lines but all a bit steep, so I'm asking here for help

    Coach could be an option too, although I hate them and I get travel sick :mad:.

    I have a 16-25 railcard.

    Muchos thankos
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    Get a coach from Manchester to London - should be no more than five or six pounds if you book online ahead of time - and then the train from Paddington to Oxford which should be four pounds if you book online.
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    Coach will definitely be far cheaper than train if you can stand it
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    Get the coach and some anti sickness tablets . I went from Birmingham to Manchester for 2 quid last year with National Express.
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    Megabus - there's a line straight from Manchester to Oxford. you also get a 10percent discount using an nus card.
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    (Original post by channy)
    So my friend is having a party this weekend at his flat at Oxford, and I was wondering what would be the cheapest option to get there?
    I've been having a look at some train lines but all a bit steep, so I'm asking here for help

    Coach could be an option too, although I hate them and I get travel sick :mad:.

    I have a 16-25 railcard.

    Muchos thankos
    Have to admit you've left it a bit late to get the best deals on the trains.

    I assume you're staying over and so might travel up on Friday and back on the Sunday:

    The 2036 from Oxford straight to Manchester Piccadilly (arr 2337) costs £16.85 with a 16-25.

    Getting back is a bit of a pain due to engineering, but 1502 (Sunday) from Piccadilly to Oxford (change at Birmingham International for a R/R bus to Banbury then a train to Oxford) is £10.90.

    So the cheapest I can get you is £27.75.

    However if you want to keep your options open and not be tied down to any specific (non-peak) trains then an Off-Peak Return (with Railcard) is £38.10
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    Walking is the cheapest way that I can think of.
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    (Original post by kuntimagee)
    Get a coach from Manchester to London - should be no more than five or six pounds if you book online ahead of time - and then the train from Paddington to Oxford which should be four pounds if you book online.
    5 or 6 pounds? Are you serious? It's at least £45 on Virgin isn't it?

    I would've thought that coach was quite cheap this time of year OP.
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    megabus.com

    will be about a 5r + 50p booking

    i've used them from manc to london and to birmingham and back and it's a comfortable ride

    EDIT: just checked it's 10-13 quid to oxford ... surprises me as it's was only 4 quid back from birmingham last week, and about 8 quid on to from/london

    still quite cheap but i'd just do what the below has recommended, 16.50 on he train ain't all bad
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    http://ojp.nationalrail.co.uk/en/s/farefinder/search

    You can get down to Oxford on a Saturday morning for £16.50.
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    Cheers for all the info guys.


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    Have to admit you've left it a bit late to get the best deals on the trains.

    I assume you're staying over and so might travel up on Friday and back on the Sunday:

    The 2036 from Oxford straight to Manchester Piccadilly (arr 2337) costs £16.85 with a 16-25.

    Getting back is a bit of a pain due to engineering, but 1502 (Sunday) from Piccadilly to Oxford (change at Birmingham International for a R/R bus to Banbury then a train to Oxford) is £10.90.

    So the cheapest I can get you is £27.75.

    However if you want to keep your options open and not be tied down to any specific (non-peak) trains then an Off-Peak Return (with Railcard) is £38.10
    Yeah I may just go for the return train ticket for 38 squid. Wish I had booked it earlier, ah well, life story.
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    The off peak return should be valid on all services between Manchester and Oxford, so I'd go with that for the sake of ease.
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    Get the Coach it will be much cheaper, and buy some tavel sickness bands/pills
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    (Original post by channy)
    So my friend is having a party this weekend at his flat at Oxford, and I was wondering what would be the cheapest option to get there?
    I've been having a look at some train lines but all a bit steep, so I'm asking here for help

    Coach could be an option too, although I hate them and I get travel sick :mad:.

    I have a 16-25 railcard.

    Muchos thankos
    Try going on thetrainline.com and looking at off peak times. Then you're looking at about £35 for a return journey. Or you could brave the megabus, but this close to the date, it'd be about the same price, give or take a few quid.
 
 
 
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