Breaking journey overnight (Havant-Egham-Waterloo)?

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  1. sieglindes

    sieglindes New Member

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    Hello! I'm looking at the cheapest possible way to route a trip. A friend is visiting Egham, and then going to London the next day to catch the Eurostar.

    I was thinking of buying an open/anytime return from Havant to London Waterloo--travel from Havant to Egham, spend the night in Egham, and complete the outbound leg to Waterloo the next day. Since this route is a little out of the way (given that Havant is on the direct London main line) would this be feasible? And would the overnight break of journey be acceptable without eating into the return ticket for a week or so later?

    Thank you so much!
     
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  3. Modron

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    There is no direct train from Havant to Egham - you would have to change at Clapham Junction en route.
     
  4. yorkie

    yorkie Administrator Staff Member Administrator

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    Havant to London is valid via Egham (traceable on map PD).

    The outward portion of an Anytime Return (SOR) is valid for 5 days, the return is valid for 1 calendar month. There is no restriction on how many times you can break your journey.

    This is unlikely to be the cheapest way to do the journey, but without knowing your travel times or requirements for the return leg it is difficult to advise further.
     
  5. yorkie

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    If travelling to London via Egham, it would require changing at Woking and Weybridge (and potentially at Virginia Water).
     
  6. bb21

    bb21 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Think outside the box. You don't need to buy a return to a London area station and go "out of the way". Buy a return to Egham routed "Not Via London", and that is valid via either Virginia Water/Weybridge, or Clapham Junction, so you can use the outbound to get to Egham on the first day, commence your return journey the following day but then break your journey at Clapham Junction, continuing on either a separate ticket or contactless/Oyster, and resume your journey on the day you get back (within the month).

    The return fare is £30.60 for off peak times. When are your travel times?
     
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    If travel is made at a time the Off Peak Return (SVR) from Havant to Egham is valid, then a cheaper alternative would be to purchase a "Not via London" SVR priced at £30.60, and obtain a change of route excess on the return portion to route: London Not Und; the excess would cost £12.25 and the return journey could be broken at London Waterloo. I'm sure a cheaper option involving Oyster PAYG would be available but we'd need more information to advise.
     
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    CLJ-WAT paper singles (to avoid tapping in/out at CLJ) are only £3.60 each way, although that would mean catching a train back to Havant that stopped there, so I think bb21 undercuts yorkie :)

    Another possibility would be a CIV ticket:
    IF the OP hasn't already booked, the London Eurostar add-on is £8.90 or £16 depending on date, and is valid 2 months, morning peak restrictions only.

    If they have booked, then London International is £42.10 including the tube, and you can book it to travel the day before your ES. No time restriction, and about the same total cost as bb21's suggestion, but requiring travel via Chertsey.

    (I presume via Chertsey is valid for both as for Waterloo?
     

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