London/Manchester trains

  • Paul Newbery

    Actor

    Hi just to let users of the Virgin London/Manchester train route that don't know,there are some bargains £1 - £9:00 each way tickets to be found at travelzoo website during their e-ticket promotion,i think it's going to be running until the end of August but it's only booking up to mid Aug at the moment so check back.Just need the auditions now.

    • 11th Aug 2008
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    just an addition to this, the cheap tickets can also be bougt direct from the virgin trains website and are available all year round but only let you book a few weeks into the future so keep checking back for updates

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  • Alan Brent

    Actor

    The West Coast has it all! Cheap train fares to London, competing rail/coach groups fighting for the business. Over here on the East Coast the cheapest train ticket you can get is £85 from York.

    I'm appalled at the disparity.

    • 8th Jul 2008
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    You can get year round cheap tickets for London/Manchester on

    www.mobitix.thetrainline.com/vt/advancePurchase.aspx

    Great for last minute bookings as they only sell them for up to 3 weeks ahead, and you can have the tickets sent to your mobile, or printer!

    • 8th Jul 2008
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  • Alan Brent

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    I'm more and more gutted as this discussion progresses!!

    • 8th Jul 2008
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    thanks annie that was the link i forgot to post!

    • 8th Jul 2008
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  • James Abbey

    Actor

    anyone know of any real bargain basement Nottingham to London tix?

    • 8th Jul 2008
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    alan, how easy/cheap is it for you to get to sheffield? the megabus/megatrain company do train fares from there to london for around a tenner, or cheaper depending on what time of the day

    • 8th Jul 2008
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    yes james you should try megatrain.com too! single fares for around £7 - £11

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    oh actually, i just checked virgintrains for nottingham to london and it would seem there single fares are around the same price too so megatrain is not that much of bargain sorry!

    • 8th Jul 2008
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  • Nathan Head

    Actor

    alan, isnt the train from leeds to manc only £8 though? im sure i only paid that much when booked through virgin..i cant remember.

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  • Victoria Denard

    Actor

    I went to Manchester last week and got the mobitix train up (£9) and Megabus home (£10) so a fairly cheap round trip indeed - definitely recommend the virgin trains link.

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  • Alan Brent

    Actor

    Yes, Nathan....when you dropped your sweets on to the track and your dad smacked your legs and the steam from the train looked all funny!!!

    No. Sorry. I'm in Thirsk, North Yorkshire. So it's £25 to Manchester and an hour and a half. Then it's a two hour trip to London from Manchester. So I'm such a lazy beggar and not like others who can sit for hours on a bus (very long legs and cramp is my big problem) or hang around waiting for trains to come back then find a connecting one to Thirsk.

    But thank you for the suggestion. I'd considered it and rejected it on time factor. The last train from ~Manchester to Thirsk is about 9pm.

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  • Paul Newbery

    Actor

    Tickets have just been released for up to 10th October and there's loads of £1.00 and £3.00 each way tickets at the moment.See you in the buffet car.

    • 9th Aug 2008
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  • Alan Brent

    Actor

    Please don't rub it in Paul!!!:0)

    • 10th Aug 2008
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  • Paul Newbery

    Actor

    Sorry mate.If it's any consolation you've always got a bed here if you needed to split the journey.I'll even dress up as a refreshment operative and i could give my dad a whistle and a depressed look.

    • 10th Aug 2008
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  • Alan Brent

    Actor

    I see enough 'depressed looks'. But that is a very good touch, Paul. Would make me feel at home!!

    • 10th Aug 2008
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    does anyone know why those cheap virgin tickets have skipped from friday 15th august to the first week of sept? what about the dates inbetween??

    • 10th Aug 2008
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    Virgin dont run the cheap tickets in peak times, like the summer holidays and half term holidays,irritating but seems to be the case I'm afraid.

    xx

    • 11th Aug 2008
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  • Alan Brent

    Actor

    Ah, but then again why should they?

    Commercial forces mean that at 'peak times' they could fill their trains probably twice over at the top price. With people standing all the way from Manchester to London as well!

    The trouble is that, like most commercial enterprises, the customer comes a very poor second to profit.

    As is the situation in just about every case, I'm afraid....

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