Is it okay to get on a train without a ticket?Watch
was there a permit-to-travel machine? you only need to put in 10p (or whatever money you have on you), it gives you a printout so you can prove that you got on at the station that you say you got on (and whatever money you put in to get the permit, will be deducted from your ticket when you buy it, as long as you remind him/her)
I recently missed a train because the ticket office (and even the automatic ticket machines) had long queues - by the time I got my ticket the train had just left. Would I have faced any penalty for just getting on the train and buying my ticket from the ticket inspector? (the station didn't have any ticket barriers).
At a station where the ticket office is open and staffed, or ticket machines are working, then you must buy a ticket before you board the train.
Failure to do so leaves you liable to a Penalty Fare, and deems any Railcard you may wish to use for purchasing that ticket valueless.
I doubt you would have been in trouble if you bought the ticket on the train though.
However, you can't use any railcards (disabled persons railcards are exempt from this rule on some services).
You can buy tickets on trains cant you? That's what I do anyway...
Only if there isn't a manned ticket office at the station.
Most trains let you buy tickets on trains but won't give you the "discount" for a railcard, which is just moronic. But that's what happens when big businesses get hold of public services.
OP, I've been taking the train pretty much every day for 5 years and have never once been fined. As long as you have the money on you so that you can pay on the train or at the other end of the line if anyone is there, then they're cool with it.
EDIT: okay, I've noticed a lot of people saying you can't use your rail cards actually on the train. I've never had a problem with that, so I guess it depends on the line.
Besides, let's be honest, what are they gonna do? Hold you against your will until you surrender your details?