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Two Train Questions

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Two Train Questions

What is the difference between booking on National Rail versus The Train Line? The Train Line had dates open for late August already (for a day trip to Bath) whereas National Rail still won't allow me to book on that date.

Also, is it correct that the cost of the train to Paris is less than the train to Bath? I paid 34L for the train to Paris but 70L to get to Bath.

Thanks for any help.

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1. Re: Two Train Questions

The National Rail website is the "portal" for the train operating companies in the UK, the Trainline is a third party company that charge booking fees when you buy through them.

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2. Re: Two Train Questions

National Rail is just the official site for referencing train times and fares, they don't sell tickets but direct you to the most appropriate train company website that will

Thetrainline is an agent. They don't have anything you can't get elsewhere, and charge you fees for doing so.

You're far better off purchasing tickets either at the relevant train company's website, or at an agent that does not charge fees, like Red Spotted Hanky (this is actually ATOS's own website who handle a lot of train company website booking engines).

Edited: 27 May 2013, 19:30
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3. Re: Two Train Questions

And as far as Bath v Paris goes, you've probably shot the gun. Cheapest Advance fares can be as little as £13 so it may be they haven't been released yet for late August, or you've bought a different grade of ticket. The £34 fare on Eurostar is very much a promotional fare btw.

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Cheap tickets from London to Bath have been released up to Wednesday 14 August, according to the train operator that runs the route - First Great Western. That will be the latest date for which you can actually 'book'. If you look on that date you will see plenty of trains with £13 tickets

You may be able to buy tickets for travel after that but that's all you will be doing - buying tickets without reservations and at full price.

Just be patient and wait for the cheap tickets to come out

Please say you haven't bought the expensive tickets.....

Edited: 27 May 2013, 19:41
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£67 is the price of an Off-Peak Return from London to Bath, but with this you are free to catch any train you like (as long as it is an off peak one), and return any time or day within a month, and it can be bought just before travel. I'm quite sure the with the Eurostar fare one needs to book in advance and are tied to one train.

Edited: 27 May 2013, 19:43
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6. Re: Two Train Questions

Just don't use the Trainline - there is no need to.

Unless you want to pay unnceassary booking fees !

Check all train time and fares on ww.nationalrail.co.uk who will then re-direct you to the appropriate Train Operating Company (TOC) to purcachse yor tickets.

Some TOC's, such as East Coast, even offer a further online discount if you buy direct from their website.

Other TOC's, such as London Midland, have also recently has a 50% off Sale.

You can't get these discounts if you use the Trainline.

The Trianline are a 3rd rate agent that rip you off on the same way that music/show/concert re-sellers such as Viagogo rip you off !

Edited: 27 May 2013, 20:02
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7. Re: Two Train Questions

Unfortunately I have already booked but was trying to figure out why the National Rail website didn't offer dates as in advance as Trainline. After checking national rail's website for the latest date they do offer in August (they still haven't opened the rest of the month) I have found that I did overpay but only by 15L which isn't the end of the world but in the future won't use that website again.

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