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Britrail pass

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Britrail pass

I am traveling with my wife to the UK (basically London and Liverpool) in September and am wondering if we should get a Britrail pass. One of the concerns we have is whether we are able to make advance booking to secure seats with the Britrail pass, as we don't want to go to the station on the day of travel and realise the train is full and will have to wait for the next train. Thanks!

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It sounds like you would be better off just buying point-to-point tickets for the journeys you wish to make.

London to Liverpool is operated by Virgin Trains. Book in advance via their website to obtain the cheapest Advance fares, which also come with a seat reservation.

If you want more flexibility, you can also buy 'Off Peak' tickets. You can have seat reservations with this if you want, but you aren't tied to those trains if you want to change your plans. On a return journey you can even mix-and-match an Advance fare on one leg and an Off-peak fare on the other.

There are also 'Anytime' tickets but the price of these will make your eyes water. So long as you avoid leaving London before 09.30 or between 15.00 and 18.50 Monday-Friday, or arriving back in London before 11.30 Monday-Friday, you won't need these expensive tickets.


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If a train's full, you stand and grab a seat when people get off at the first stop.

The longest journey you seem to be planning is just over 2 hrs, so that highly unlikely eventuality would be only a pain.

But if your only plans are to travel round London and Liverpool, then get a train between them, it's astonishingly unlikely a Britrail pass will be any use to you.

To travel round London, you need a TfL Travelcard or Oystercard, not a Britrail pass which isn't valid on the overwhelming majority of London or Merseyside public transport options . To travel between the two cities, I can't imagine the Britrail pass is remotely as cheap as any deal offered at www.nationalrail.co.uk

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Thanks a lot!

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Book your train tickets NOW as the price will only go up.

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Tacking on to this. Will be in London for a week in July, 2013. Only plans out of town are a day trip each to IWM Duxford and one to Portsmouth Harbour with a side trip to Bournemouth. Based on what I priced out, a Britrailpass doesn't seem to make sense, especially since we wouldn't be departing London at off-peak times. Am I missing something in my math?

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No, I think you are right. I very much doubt it would be worth buying a pass to cover those trips, though I am not compeltely up to date with current Britrail prices in the US.

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@Richard K

Go to www.nationalrail.co.uk to check train times and fares.

There is no point in you buying a Britrail pass for the journeys you want to do.

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