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Train tickets.. this doesn’t add up? watch

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    Okay so I’m looking at train tickets for open day at Exeter on the 14th of March, for an advanced return from Reading to Exeter its £48.20 (these are at pretty awkward times, if you miss one train the ticket is no longer valid, also you can’t break your journey along the way so zero flexibility), for an open return its £65.65.

    Bristol is a stop on the way, and if i got an open return from Reading to Bristol its £31.60, and an open return from Bristol to Exeter is £19.55 giving me a total of £51.15 for an open return, thats £14.50 cheaper than buying a single open return and only £3 extra than an advanced return (for the flexibility its worth it)! It also means I have 1 month to return rather than having to follow a strict date/time, which is really useful for anyone at uni going home to visit.

    Why are train tickets priced like this?… it makes you wonder how much you could be saving with little tricks like this. All I’ve done is break my journey into 2 parts, I dont even need to change trains or anything. I could probably save even more if i calculated the timings and got an advanced return from Reading to Bristol and then Bristol to Exeter using matching times so its for the same train.
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    Just the way it is. Are those prices with a rail card?
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    (Original post by DrawTheLine)
    Just the way it is. Are those prices with a rail card?
    Hmm… a nice little trick, glad I found it. Someone should make a website which searches and computes ways to make such savings. And yep, i probably should’ve mentioned that, sorry!
 
 
 
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