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Looking for advice on best type of ticket (cheapest) to travel by train from Glasgow to Southampton. I know the dates I am travelling so can book in advance?
 
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There are some great helpers on here who really know their stuff, but they are going to need more information.

I don't think this will be comprehensive, but to save a bit of time.....
The dates you are traveling and approx.time of day.
Is it just you travelling?
How old are you?
Do you have a rail card of any type?
 

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There are some great helpers on here who really know their stuff, but they are going to need more information.

I don't think this will be comprehensive, but to save a bit of time.....
The dates you are traveling and approx.time of day.
Is it just you travelling?
How old are you?
Do you have a rail card of any type?

Also is it a single journey or a return
 

Booler

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There are some great helpers on here who really know their stuff, but they are going to need more information.

I don't think this will be comprehensive, but to save a bit of time.....
The dates you are traveling and approx.time of day.
Is it just you travelling?
How old are you?
Do you have a rail card of any type?

2 people travelling using a two together rail card
Journey will be early October and it will be a return journey a few weeks later. Times of travel are flexible but prob a Saturday on outward journey and a Friday on return leg.
We will have quite a bit of luggage so I had ruled out flying due to excess charges.

Is it cheaper to split the ticket and what is the best sites to check for tickets available?
 
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Advance tickets (i.e. non-flexible tickets that are valid only on the train(s) you specify when booking) generally go on sale (often on a Friday) about 12 weeks ahead of travel, so are currently not generally available for dates after about 16th September.

But looking at outward on 13th September and return on 14th September, offpeak returns (valid for an outward journey on day 1, and return within the month that begins with day 1) would for two people with the TT railcard discount cost £217 in total (if you avoid London) or a couple of pounds more if you want the option of travelling via London.

In contrast, one-way for two adults using Advance tickets with TTRC discount is available for £52.80 (so a total of £105.60 for both of you out and back).

Any train operating company's website will offer the same fares, although there may sometimes be special offers on the website of the train company whose trains you will be using for your journey.

To find possible savings from splitting, try trainsplit.com, but I'd be surprised if you found anything cheaper than £26.40 per person one-way for a journeyof that length.
 

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Advance tickets (i.e. non-flexible tickets that are valid only on the train(s) you specify when booking) generally go on sale (often on a Friday) about 12 weeks ahead of travel, so are currently not generally available for dates after about 16th September.

But looking at outward on 13th September and return on 14th September, offpeak returns (valid for an outward journey on day 1, and return within the month that begins with day 1) would for two people with the TT railcard discount cost £217 in total (if you avoid London) or a couple of pounds more if you want the option of travelling via London.

In contrast, one-way for two adults using Advance tickets with TTRC discount is available for £52.80 (so a total of £105.60 for both of you out and back).

Any train operating company's website will offer the same fares, although there may sometimes be special offers on the website of the train company whose trains you will be using for your journey.

To find possible savings from splitting, try trainsplit.com, but I'd be surprised if you found anything cheaper than £26.40 per person one-way for a journeyof that length.

Thanks for the reply.
If you go for an advance ticket and you miss a connecting train due to train delays does the train company have to honour your advanced ticket for next available train?
 

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Yes, but strictly only for the next train run by the company whose train you should have been on but have missed because of earlier train delays. But you have to make sure that you're in time for the first of your trains of the day.
 
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2 people travelling using a two together rail card
Journey will be early October and it will be a return journey a few weeks later. Times of travel are flexible but prob a Saturday on outward journey and a Friday on return leg.
We will have quite a bit of luggage so I had ruled out flying due to excess charges.

Is it cheaper to split the ticket and what is the best sites to check for tickets available?

You generally can't take more luggage on a train than you can on an aircraft. A Flybe ALL IN fare gives you two big suitcases in the hold plus one piece of cabin baggage. You can't take much more than that on a train.
 

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Looking for advice on best type of ticket (cheapest) to travel by train from Glasgow to Southampton. I know the dates I am travelling so can book in advance?

Carrying a lot of luggage (although everyone has a different perception of what a lot is) would be potentially be an uncomfortable experience on the train depending on your route.

Have you considered just driving it? Probably the easiest way to shift a lot of luggage. It takes me 5h15m to drive from Oxford to Glasgow, and just over an hour to drive Oxford to Southampton - so probably just over an hour to drive Glasgow to Southampton.

Personally, I'd Flybe it GLA to SOU. £33 each way to upgrade to carry 40Kg of luggage isn't unreasonable.
 

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Carrying a lot of luggage (although everyone has a different perception of what a lot is) would be potentially be an uncomfortable experience on the train depending on your route.

Have you considered just driving it? Probably the easiest way to shift a lot of luggage. It takes me 5h15m to drive from Oxford to Glasgow, and just over an hour to drive Oxford to Southampton - so probably just over an hour to drive Glasgow to Southampton.

Personally, I'd Flybe it GLA to SOU. £33 each way to upgrade to carry 40Kg of luggage isn't unreasonable.

I checked flybe out for dates I had in mind and the cheapest fare was £160 return each for 20kg of luggage + taxis at both ends to/from airports to city centres. Not sure of Southampton taxis but it will be £40+ for taxis in Glasgow so the cost is racking up. Total cost for flying is going to be close to £400
 

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You could get a Glasgow to London Virgin train starting at £19.80 each, then get a megatrain to Southampton for £1. Would need to change stations in London though. Not the quickest route but could save a little bit of money.
 

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Have you considered luggage courier companies? A quick look brings up quotes of £16 for a 30 kg bag. I've not used them myself but know a few people who did regularly at university. That would give you the flexibility to take the cheapest/fastest route for yourself without the hassle of luggage.

Train-wise, the easiest route with luggage would be changing at Wolverhampton which is a same-platform (or adjacent platform) interchange. Looking at the end of September there are Advance fares at around £37 (Railcard) which will be hard to beat I think.
 

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You could get a Glasgow to London Virgin train starting at £19.80 each, then get a megatrain to Southampton for £1. Would need to change stations in London though. Not the quickest route but could save a little bit of money.

Thanks for the reply.
Excuse my ignorance but what is the mega train and how do you book it?
 

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I checked flybe out for dates I had in mind and the cheapest fare was £160 return each for 20kg of luggage + taxis at both ends to/from airports to city centres. Not sure of Southampton taxis but it will be £40+ for taxis in Glasgow so the cost is racking up. Total cost for flying is going to be close to £400
 

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Thanks for the reply.
Excuse my ignorance but what is the mega train and how do you book it?

Megabus to book megatrain. http://uk.megabus.com/ However booking horizon isn't as long. Best to check every day until your day is available for the best fares! (Very few £1 fares actually exist, but the rest are still quite cheap!)

If your looking for cheap transport the megabus can get you down to London from Glasgow for less than £10. Just takes 10 hours...
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0930 Glasgow - Edinburgh Arr 1037 £16
1106 Edinburgh - York Arr 1340 £26.10
1406 York - London Kings X Arr 1610 £15.10

Bus 73 to London Victoria £3

1932 London Victoria - Southampton Central Arr 22:07 £6.10

Total: £66.30
 
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