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    I live in Sheffield. To travel from Sheffield to London on train is £90.

    I'm a student and can't afford £90 to see my friend for a few days over the holiday.

    Why is it cheaper to fly from UK to most European cities than it is to take a train from Sheffield to London?
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    (Original post by Uncouth body)
    I live in Sheffield. To travel from Sheffield to London on train is £90.

    I'm a student and can't afford £90 to see my friend for a few days over the holiday.

    Why is it cheaper to fly from UK to most European cities than it is to take a train from Sheffield to London?
    When are you travelling? And do you have a railcard? That would make it cheaper and it's a lot cheaper booking in advance.
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    (Original post by G8D)
    £10-14 each way.

    Book in advance ya dingus.
    Really? Show me. I tried to book in advance book I got very awkward times. Leaving at midnight. Returning at 1AM in the morning...
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    MegaBus - £5
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    Book in advance always and get a railcard.

    The 16-25 railcard has saved me fortunes.
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    http://ojp.nationalrail.co.uk/servic...80315/1830/dep
    (typical weekend trip, 2 months in advance without a railcard, costs that much)
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    Yeah megabus is the cheapest option

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    Get a coach?
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    Train fares are ridiculous; some of the most expensive in Europe. That said, the service and quality of trains is better than in some countries.

    Getting a young persons rail card has saved me so much money over the years, well worth it.
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    Maybe go on the Megabus
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    (Original post by tengentoppa)
    Get a coach?
    Someone to coach him on finding better train prices? That actually seems like a good idea.
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    (Original post by Uncouth body)
    I live in Sheffield. To travel from Sheffield to London on train is £90.

    I'm a student and can't afford £90 to see my friend for a few days over the holiday.

    Why is it cheaper to fly from UK to most European cities than it is to take a train from Sheffield to London?
    You could look into coach travel. Obviously takes longer but is much cheaper.

    Or just book tickets well in advance. I only need to travel from Exeter to Bristol (about an hour on the train) but if you book in the last few days it'll be about £25 each way, whereas booking a couple of weeks in advance I can often pick up a return ticket for around £5.
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    It often depends on when you book - I can get from Preston to Edinburgh and back for £18 if I book a month in advance. Also don't just try National Rail - try East Midlands Trains, East Coast, Virgin Trains, try every major operator as they'll all offer fares at various prices.
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    Megabus is definetly a cheap option but so is National express. I would highly recommend Getwayz.It's a coach comparison site with providers such as megabus, national express, terravision,etc. It has a flexible calendar search feature that finds deals as low as £1.Hope this helped
 
 
 
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