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Cheap trains at short notice to Southampton

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Cheap trains at short notice to Southampton

Hi

Can anyone recommend the cheapest way to get to Southampton from London at short notice, as my son has just advised me that the Uni has an open day on Friday, and the cheapest fare i found was £76-00 !!

All answers greatfully received

Wendy

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1. Re: Cheap trains at short notice to Southampton

megabus do trains

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2. Re: Cheap trains at short notice to Southampton

The National Rail journey planner has "anytime" returns for Friday at £40.80:

…nationalrail.co.uk/service/…dep

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3. Re: Cheap trains at short notice to Southampton

Wendy, where are you travelling from?

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4. Re: Cheap trains at short notice to Southampton

Wow - thank you for your very quick replies.

We live just outside of london in kent, so can get into london very easily

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megabus do trains

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Buy a 18-25 railcard for £30 (valid for a year) and the rail ticket drops to £24.75. Only one more similar journey is needed in the following year and the card has been paid for.

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7. Re: Cheap trains at short notice to Southampton

An 18-25 railcard won't be much use if it's an open day for parents... but a Network Card would help in that case.

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8. Re: Cheap trains at short notice to Southampton

Offpeak day return is £37.50 but you should do the price directly from your home station

…nationalrail.co.uk/service/…dep

Megabus is only good for advance purchases

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9. Re: Cheap trains at short notice to Southampton

Using Southern is 'the long way round' but it could work out much cheaper, particularly if time is not an issue.

The Southern Railway DaySave ticket can be used from some Kent stations, such as Beckenham Junction. Even if the OP is not in the area of validity, they may be able to get to somewhere en route relatively easily. Wthout knowing the specifics it's difficult to say.

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10. Re: Cheap trains at short notice to Southampton

Better take a National Express coach which goes straight to university and will cost you about £20-£25.

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