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Train tickets

Postby Hemlawk » Sun Jun 15, 2014 12:03 pm

Hi all.
Im from the US, not to familiar with the UK train system. I'll be taking the train from Heathrow to Stevenage and back. I want to book the tickets now but who knows if my flight will get delayed and whatnot. Do you guys think it will be an issue to just buy the train tickets on the spot instead of prebooking?

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Re: Train tickets

Postby kipper64 » Sun Jun 15, 2014 1:27 pm

I don't imagine the train will cost too much as it's not that far a distance, but to be honest if you book in advance it'll be cheaper. As it's not a cross country train, I imagine the tickets will all be "all day" ones, so that means you can use them whenever on that day, as opposed to having to get a specific train at a specific time, but it should tell you when you are booking.
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Re: Train tickets

Postby Black Wizard » Sun Jun 15, 2014 1:35 pm

You can get an anytime return ticket which is open for all journeys on the route for 5 days after the start date for the outward ticket and 30 days for the return ticket.

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Re: Train tickets

Postby kipper64 » Sun Jun 15, 2014 1:38 pm

That's the one! I wasn't sure of the timeframe so just put all day but though it might actually be usable afterwards.
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Re: Train tickets

Postby Black Wizard » Sun Jun 15, 2014 1:56 pm

I use the trains a lot at the moment so I am well versed in train ticket lore. #CarbonFootprint

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Re: Train tickets

Postby Hemlawk » Sun Jun 15, 2014 3:04 pm

Ok thanks guys.
Im just a bit confused still though. Im looking at one website and its quoting me £37 and another website says £65 (for prebook scheduled trains). £65 seems really expensive. Also there will be 3 of us, at that point, it would be cheaper to rent a car. ha.

Can one of you guys post a link. it seems like there are so many websites for train tickets.
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Re: Train tickets

Postby CherryInHove » Sun Jun 15, 2014 4:08 pm

Cheapest I'm finding is £65 which is quite frankly ridiculous.

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Re: Train tickets

Postby CherryInHove » Sun Jun 15, 2014 4:09 pm

According to this you can get a Taxi from Heathrow to Stevenage for £67 so I'd investigate that as train tickets seem so stupid.

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Re: Train tickets

Postby Hemlawk » Sun Jun 15, 2014 4:14 pm

thetrainline.com had tickets for £37.

But really, the Anytime tickets cant be bad. Heathrow to Kings Cross, then from KC to Stevenage. Its not a far ride.

I take the train into New York City all the time and it doesnt cost that much...
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Re: Train tickets

Postby 0nlySam » Sun Jun 15, 2014 6:28 pm

Heathrow Airport is a bit of an odd one when it comes to buying train tickets - it's a tube station so you can't buy normal train tickets there. The ridiculous prices you're seeing probably include the extortionate Heathrow Express.

What you need to do is get a tube single from Heathrow to King's Cross (£5.70 or £3 if you get an Oyster card) and then buy a return to Stevenage at King's Cross (£25.90 as long as it's after 0930).

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Re: Train tickets

Postby Hemlawk » Sun Jun 15, 2014 7:28 pm

Sam I was thinking the same thing. Thanks for the advise. :)

Honestly, Its just easier to buy tickets on the spot. No need to book anything.
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Re: Train tickets

Postby Black Wizard » Sun Jun 15, 2014 10:15 pm

Travelling through London always ramps the price of travel up ridiculously.

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Re: Train tickets

Postby Hemlawk » Mon Jun 16, 2014 12:22 pm

What about renting a car from Friday - Monday. My buddy has a hard-on for renting a car but I'd rather not. Driving on the opposite side of the road is going to F with my head.
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Re: Train tickets

Postby lolatheminxx » Mon Jun 16, 2014 12:53 pm

You don't want to drive a car around London!

Cheapest option for you guys would be to get a Tube from Heathrow to London Victoria, and then get a coach from London Victoria Coach Station to Stevenage. The tube ticket should be about £5 and take 30-40 minutes and if I remember correctly, that coach costs about £12 and takes 40 minutes. You can buy tickets for both on the day.
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Re: Train tickets

Postby CherryInHove » Mon Jun 16, 2014 1:05 pm

I've booked Big Green coach from Victoria and that cost £31 return. (But drops you at the festival).

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Re: Train tickets

Postby Hemlawk » Mon Jun 16, 2014 1:33 pm

Ok thanks guys, excellent advise.

I can't do the coach, doing RR hotel. Staying in stevenage.

Sounds like taking the subway to KC is the best.
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Re: Train tickets

Postby Hemlawk » Mon Jun 16, 2014 2:06 pm

OK!
I just looked up round trip tickets from Kings Cross to Stevenage, £13!

So thats the plan. :)
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