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Phone operators and ways to reserve train tickets

Bangkok, Krung...
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Phone operators and ways to reserve train tickets

Hello,

We're travelling to the UK at the end of March and we're staying, mainly in Bristol, for 2 and a half months. The problem is that we don't know which phone operator we should use. I've heard that 3 has pretty good coverage in Bristol and the price is acceptable, but we would like some more opinions from real users/locals. We're also travelling to several parts of England and Scotland like York, Edinburgh and Glasgow, so signal coverage is very important, as well as data allowance and cost since we need to contact our families overseas (instant messaging applications have never been such a necessity!). We are going to go to Paris as well, so we would like to know if we should apply for roaming service or just buy a new SIM card there. What do you think? Which operator do you recommended?

Also, we would like to know how to reserve train seats online, like via apps or website. I myself have downloaded the thetrainline app and tried using it before, but I am wondering if there are any better ways to do this?

Thank you very much!

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1. Re: Phone operators and ways to reserve train tickets

Re: trains - book direct with the train operating companies. They don't charge you a booking fee, whereas the Trainline does.

If you tell us what train journeys you are making we can even tell you which train operating company ....

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2. Re: Phone operators and ways to reserve train tickets

From Bristol to those places you mentioned above you would mainly use Cross Country Trains and Virgin Trains, so download their apps.

And delete the Trainline app from your phone! ;-)

P.S. won't you have access to a computer/laptop/netbook/ipad, or will you just be relying on a phone?

Edited: 09 March 2014, 12:15
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3. Re: Phone operators and ways to reserve train tickets

Just in case it needs further emphasis - do not use the Trainline at all!

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4. Re: Phone operators and ways to reserve train tickets

Thank you for all your replies! And yes, I'm going to delete the app now!

We're going to travel from Bristol to York, and then Edinburgh, Glasgow, and back to Bristol again. We're using the 16-25 Railcard too.

We'll probably be relying on our phones a lot, but we also have iPads and laptops, though the last one I don't think will need internet access that much - just our phones and iPads will be fine. We use a lot of data, so I think we'll need an operator that provides reasonably-priced data plans. Also, we're planning to use the pay-as-you-go kind of SIM card, not the one with monthly payments.

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