Best Booking Site with option to select seats

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  1. njr001

    njr001 Member

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    I want make advance booking(s) for a date in early August between Paddington and Cardiff Central for three people to travel together and return the following day preferably first class if advances available at a reasonable price. (All of us have Senior Railcards)

    It's slightly complicated as one person will be starting their journey from Harpenden and another from Rickmansworth and then for us all to meet at Paddington and take the 1015 service, returning the following day on the 1625 from Cardiff.
     
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    I suggest going to a staffed station, as I don't think any site can do seat selection for fGW.

    That may mean you lose out on online offers, though - in such a case you might be best advised to book separately and look for seats together when on board, as while you technically have to sit in your reserved seat on an Advance ticket it is rarely enforced.
     
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    There are presently no offers available for Great Western tickets.
     
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    The other solution is to book from Paddington rather than Harpenden or Rickmansworth. Even then I don't think seats together - for 3 - can be guaranteed. There are very few tables for 4 on FGW since they went to high density

    But that would mean losing the advance savings on the leg into London - assuming they amount to much anyway
     
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    gray1404 Established Member

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    Most simple solution here, get online book all the tickets and get the best savings. Then when onboard the train look for seats together. Certainly your outward train will not be busy, the return might be a little bit more busy.

    If you do go to a booking office make sure you take all 3 railcards with you.
     
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