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What's the cheapest ticket anyone has found. It cannot be funfares.

I have just booked a ticket for a friend from Nuneaton to Atherstone tonight for £1.80!

Southend East to Southend Central single, 16-25 railcard discounted for 1.40?
or Birmingham City Hop for 1.00

Oh, you didn't want c2c or NXWM fares?

Coaches, I think Manchester Chorlton St to Manchester Princess Road at 1.30 will be about as good as you get.
 

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Is that a standard single?

Yes it is a normal ticket, not amendable. But that is irrelevant because the alteration fee is higher than the fare.

Don't forget the £1 booking fee (is there any way to avoid that these days?)

It can't be avoided for Funfares, but for the 80p Rochdale to Manchester fare you can get it from an agency or from a self-service ticket machine. When I travel from Rochdale to London I normally get two tickets, one from Rochdale to Manchester for 80p from a self-service machine and a Funfare from Manchester to London online.
 
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Yes it is a normal ticket, not amendable. But that is irrelevant because the alteration fee is higher than the fare.



It can't be avoided for Funfares, but for the 80p Rochdale to Manchester fare you can get it from an agency or from a self-service ticket machine. When I travel from Rochdale to London I normally get two tickets, one from Rochdale to Manchester for 80p from a self-service machine and a Funfare from Manchester to London online.

I think you pay a booking fee from an agent - that's the main reason I started booking online (before they introduced them there too). Looks like the self-service machines may be the only way - my nearest aren't somewhere I pass often so I've never actually bought a ticket at one.
 

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I think you pay a booking fee from an agent - that's the main reason I started booking online

I tried to buy the 80p ticket from the TfGM Travelshop in Manchester Shudehill bus station. They did confirm that the fare was 80p but refused to sell it as their system wouldn't allow any transactions below £1!

Presumably there would be no problem buying it from a proper National Express ticket office, or Victoria Coach Station.
 

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I believe so. In many areas, notably Cornwall, National Express also caters for the local travel market.
 

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Can you buy any non-Funfare tickets as you board?

The danger of not booking in advance is that the driver looks at where passengers are booked from and anywhere that has no passengers can be bypassed. I don't think drivers are supposed to do that but it seems to be very common. For example, when I catch my coach from Rochdale to London, I am very often the only passenger, so if I didn't book it might not turn up.

Also, there is a great reluctance for drivers to sell tickets on board. In the old days they used to carry the coach fare manual but I've never seen anyone with it these days.

Obviously if the coach is full you won't get on.
 

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Also, there is a great reluctance for drivers to sell tickets on board. In the old days they used to carry the coach fare manual but I've never seen anyone with it these days.

Definitely, for short trips they seem to quote random figures for the fare. I have been quoted £2, £2.50, £3, £3.50 or completely free if the driver truly couldn't be asked at 4 o'clock in the morning on my way back from Nottingham.
 

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Can you buy any non-Funfare tickets as you board?

I used to regularly buy Cambridge - Hitchin tickets overnight. I didn't book in advance as I got a return ticket on the train for an extra 10p in case I came back earlier.

I once didn't pay because the ticket machine was broken. They seemed to have a *very* basic ticket machine despite it being a high-spec coach serving 3 airports.

It looks like they're trying to dissuade some short trips - perhaps where the coaches are busy with long distance travel. Halifax-Huddersfield used to be about the same as the local bus but is now nearer a fiver, whilst on the quieter Skipton-Keighley section of the Skipton-London service it's #1.50, cheaper than the local bus (but with 3 journeys a day, not 2 an hour).
 

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Paid £1 for my Glasgow to London Megabus Sleeper service but of course that doesn't count .

I was on the Nat Exp 534 from Glasgow to Newcastle and someone bought a ticket at Jedburgh , looked like a Raffle ticket thing on Thermal paper.

I couldn't print out my eticket and the driver wasn't impressed with showing him the email on my phone , megabus are fine with this .

Do Nat Exp still issue paper tickets that are not email print outs?
 

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Do Nat Exp still issue paper tickets that are not email print outs?

Yes, if you bought one from a ticket office or opted to collect a ticket booked online (non-Fun Fare) at a ticket office.
 

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Paid £1 for my Glasgow to London Megabus Sleeper service but of course that doesn't count .

I was on the Nat Exp 534 from Glasgow to Newcastle and someone bought a ticket at Jedburgh , looked like a Raffle ticket thing on Thermal paper.

I couldn't print out my eticket and the driver wasn't impressed with showing him the email on my phone , megabus are fine with this .

Do Nat Exp still issue paper tickets that are not email print outs?

National Express offer a mobile phone ticket but charge an extra 50p for this. Megabus only require that you can show them your reservation number.
 

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National Express offer a mobile phone ticket but charge an extra 50p for this. Megabus only require that you can show them your reservation number.


Yeah i forgot to do that when booking , so all i had was the email on my phone .
 

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Yes, if you bought one from a ticket office or opted to collect a ticket booked online (non-Fun Fare) at a ticket office.

I booked a funfare from Manchester to Newcastle on Monday. I felt like collecting the ticket from Chorlton Street coach station but it would have cost 50p. I therefore settled for e-ticket but shall buy a paper ticket next time I book a non-funfare National Express journey.
 

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I booked a 'normal' fare (amendable not refundable) today from the TfGM Travelshop at Oldham bus station today and was not charged a booking fee.
 
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