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Brit rail pass

Mansfield, Texas
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Brit rail pass

We are arriving in Harwich in mid May and we will be taking the train to Edinburgh for five nights and visiting various cities in the U.K.. Could someone please tell me if the Britrail pass can be purchased at the train station or must it be purchased online? I would simply purchase it online and have it mailed, but we live in a rural area that is experiencing a rash of mailbox mail theft, thanks.

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1. Re: Brit rail pass

You can only buy BritRail pass abroad, not in UK. It is not usually considered a good buy. If you know your itinerary and travel dates then look at www.nationalrail.co.uk and 12 weeks approx before your travel dates you will find Advance fares which are very good value. Do not look too far as these only become available approx 12 weeks before travel. Don't leave too long either as they sell out and only get dearer after that

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Also, is 'we' just two of you, or a family? There are family railcards that might possible reduce your costs further. Might not be worth it for just one journey, though.

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You may have seen that Britrail is offering a promotion with a free day, which makes it more cost-effective. As a tourist myself, I often use the pass even if it is more expensive than the cheapest advance tickets, because I don't always know when I'm going to want to get to a place or leave a place. And yes, you must buy it from abroad--perhaps have it mailed to a friend with a secure mailbox?

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We will be there in May also and have our Britrail passes in hand. I agree with vnrose52. If cost is not the bottom line than the convenience of the pass is well worth it. We do not like to be locked into an exact train time so the added flexibility of the pass is great.

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It still depends on where you are going - there is no point in spending $50 a day on a pass if the train fare is £8 on an anytime ticket.

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