Confusing Southern Rail Prices

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  1. Sheepyaidan

    Sheepyaidan Member

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    Hi all.

    As usual if this is in the wrong place, do as you will.

    I've just got back from a holiday at Butlins in Bognor Regis. My mother was asking me questions about the fares to get from Bognor Regis[BOG] to Brighton[BTN].

    So I went on the national rail app to look up the return fare for 3 Adults and 2 Children. To my surprise the fare was only £36.35! (Sorry, this seemed cheap. I live on the south west mainline where train prices are awful.)

    Breakdown:
    2x Child - Off-Peak Day Return --- £12.20
    3x Adult - Off-Peak Day Return --- £24.15
    And with GroupSave we saved £12.45

    So we thought this was great, so we walked on down to the train station, got to the ticket office and too our surprise it only came too £28.15. So I inspected the tickets as you would to make sure it was correct and they were.

    Breakdown:
    1x Child - Off-Peak Day Return --- £2.00 (2 we got)
    1x Adult - Off-Peak Day Return --- £8.05 (3 we got)
    Unsure of the groupsave.

    So I was very confused by this. There was no public adverting around the station for these discount child fares.

    Can anyone explain this?

    Thanks

    //Aidan
     
  2. bb21

    bb21 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    "Kids for £2" offer is explained on Southern's website.
     
  3. Hadders

    Hadders Established Member

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    I assume this was an off-peak day return? If so the normal adult price is £12.20

    Using Groupsave 3 adults travel for the price of 2 so the adult fares become £8.05, a total of £24.15.

    Southern run a Kids for £2 offer where accompanied children can travel for £2. You ought 2 of these tickets totalling £4.

    Total price of £28.15
     
  4. Impey0711

    Impey0711 Member

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    That looks like a southern day save ticket
     
  5. Hadders

    Hadders Established Member

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    A Daysave is £17.90 or £35.80 for a group of 3 or 4 adults with kids an extra £2 so I don't think it's that.
     
  6. MikeWh

    MikeWh Established Member Senior Fares Advisor

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    I don't think you can buy daysave tickets on the day or at a station.
     
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