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by sconnerley Online Now Mar 21, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Is it better to buy your train tickets for travel within Britian before arriving in England?

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    by kabbagirl Online Now Mar 21, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Generally the earlier you book the cheaper the tickets will be, but they don't normally release the tickets until 60 days before travel.

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    by Britannia2 Online Now Mar 21, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    How much travel by train do you need to make? If it is considerable a all line UK rail pass may be your best option.

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    by EasyMalc Online Now Mar 21, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    It's cheaper to buy tickets in advance but those tickets will be for the allocated trains reserved. Any deviation from that will mean those tickets are null and void.

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    by davidjo Online Now Mar 21, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Yes, if you know your schedule you can purchase your tickets well in advance to take advantage of the cheapest fares, There are also fares available the day before like cheap day returns where you can get a considerable discount but usually you are limited to certain times of the day (like non rush hour). There are two bus comanies that offer cheap travel also but again the cheapest tkts are available 90 days in advance if i remember correctly.
    www.megabus.com
    www.nationalexpress.com

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    by johngayton Online Now Mar 21, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    NO! Unless you have a very fixed itinary and know you will be able to catch each specific train at the times you have booked them. Most companies, offer "Advance" tickets but these are train-specific and non-changeable or refundable except if a connection is missed due to a problem with a connecting train.

    Having said that - "Advance" tickets are available up to 6 pm (1800 hrs) on the day before travel for less-popular journey times and routes which gives you some flexibility on a day-to-day basis but once again are train-specific.

    Monthly off-peak return tickets are very good value if you want more flexibilty. These are valid on any train outside of peak times (usually after 9.30 am) on the day of purchase but the return part allows you to dog-leg and stop-over enroute provided you are heading back towards the original starting point - once again not using peak time trains.

    If you post a specific route itinary we should be able to help further.

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    by toonsarah Online Now Mar 22, 2013 at 2:53 AM

    Book in advance if you can (although not necessarily before you arrive in this country) but only, as others have said, if you are 100% sure you can catch the train specified. If not, you should wait, as it would cost you more to change to another train than anything you have saved by booking in advance.

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    by Britannia2 Online Now Mar 22, 2013 at 3:37 AM

    Are you over 55 by any chance? If you are the First train companies often have £10 fares to anywhere on their networks.

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    by gordonilla Online Now Mar 22, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    The following two links are for National Rail and Transport for London; where possible buying ahead is better and cheaper. tickets can be collected from the machines at most stations or from ticket counters.

    http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/

    http://www.tfl.gov.uk/#

    I hope this helps a little.

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    by cubsur Online Now Mar 23, 2013 at 2:53 AM

    Also it depends where you will be travelling. You cannot buy tickets in advance for local travel around the big cities (and for London that distance extends to 60 or 70 miles on some lines) or for short journeys on most other lines.

    And to save money you need to avoid travel on weekdays before 0930am on many trains, as has been said.

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