Bracknell-Swindon then Oxford-Bracknell

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  1. Alan White

    Alan White Member

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    I want to travel Bracknell-Swindon then on the same day Oxford-Bracknell. The date is unknown and variable (therefore Advance tickets are out) but for the purpose of discussion let's say 21st May. I plan to take the
    08:20 Bracknell-Reading
    08:59 Reading-Swindon
    Oxford-Bracknell likely to be dep sometime between 16:30 and 18:00.
    I have a Senior railcard.

    The basic purchase that anyone would make is
    BCE-SWI £21.25 Off-peak Single railcard (£32.20 without)
    OXF-BCE £8.80 Off-peak Day Single railcard (£13.30 without)
    Total £30.05

    Split at Didcot
    BCE-DID £14.10 Anytime Day Return no railcard
    DID-SWI £8.50 Off-peak Single railcard (£12.90 without)
    OXF-DID £3.95 Off-peak Day Single railcard (£6.00 without)
    Total £26.55

    Split at Reading
    BCE-RDG £6.00 Anytime Day Return no railcard
    RDG-SWI £11.90 Off-peak Single railcard (£18.00 without)
    OXF-RDG £5.95 Off-peak Day Single railcard (£9.00 without)
    Total £23.85

    Split at Wokingham
    BCE-WKM £3.90 Anytime Day Return no railcard
    WKM-SWI £12.20 Off-peak Single railcard (£18.50 without)
    OXF-WKM £7.15 Off-peak Day Single railcard (£10.80 without)
    Total £23.25

    Therefore to travel on exactly the same trains at the same times I can pay £30.05, £23.25, or a variety of fares in between. Why is this? And why is it so complicated? This took me a little while to work out because the journey planners aren't set up to recommend cheaper fares. Even trainsplit.com - which gave me the idea of splitting at WKM - doesn't give the cheapest fare because it can't show a return from a different station but with a common route. Are there any other websites which would make this process easier? And can anyone offer any other suggestions for this journey?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. 30907

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    The offpeak return BCE-SWI is only a little more than the Off peak single, as is usual.
    That plus the Offpeak single OXF - DID would cover you.
    I'll leave you to check the splits at RDG/WKM.
     
  3. bkhtele

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    British rail fares are complicated and dont often make sense. Prices are set for historical reasons and market forces. They are the prices they are!
     
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