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General Question about Train Service

Chandler, Arizona
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General Question about Train Service

I am traveling for the first time in the UK and wondering if I need to advance purchase any train tickets or if they are all purchase at the station?

LHR to Newbury

Newbury to Canterbury

Canterbury to London Victoria

London to Paris (Eurostar & we are booking in advance)

Copenhagen to Malmo

Thank you! Dawn

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1. Re: General Question about Train Service

The UK ones can all be bought at the station if necessary, but may well be much (3-5x in some cases) cheaper if bought in advance.

Advance tickets can theoretically be bought up to 24h (?) before travel, but are in limited numbers and usually sell out well before that. They're tied to a specific service, so you have to know the exact date and time when booking or plan around it afterwards.

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2. Re: General Question about Train Service

I was figuring it would be more costly to purchase at the station. We just not sure if we want to be obligated to a time. is it's a nice option:) Is there a way to see the price difference on booking sites? That might help us make the decision.

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>>Copenhagen to Malmo<<

Map required here :-)

For places that are actually in the UK you can check on the www.nationalrail.co.uk site for advance tickets on your travel dates (no more than 12 weeks from now) and for say tomorrow and see the price difference. If none then you can just get a walk up fare.

There are no direct trains from LHR to Newbury. Might be best to take the rail air coach to Reading and then train from there http://www.railair.com/

Why are you going from Newbury to Canterbury and then back to London. It would make much more sense to just go to London, the to Canterbury then try to get one of the Eurostar trains that leave from Ashford or just take a direct train from Canterbury to Ebbsfleet International (about 40 minutes) and take the Eurostar from there.

Otherwise you are criss crossing the south east. Trains from Canterbury arrive in St Pancras not Victoria.

Edited: 02 June 2014, 01:13
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4. Re: General Question about Train Service

The trains that are not High Speed Trains from Canterbury arrive at Victoria, or Charing Cross. If St Pancras were the only terminal station from Canterbury, then Canterbury would only have had a rail connection with London for - what? - less than ten years.

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5. Re: General Question about Train Service

There are no advance fares for any of your local journeys in the UK so they will all be the same price on the day

It may however be cheaper to buy a single ticket from Newbury to London and a return from London to Canterbury

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