London to Torquay

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  1. Johngill100

    Johngill100 Member

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    Looking at tickets to Torquay on Sat, returning Sunday.

    On the FGW site.

    There is more than one fare for Super Off Peak?

    £89 and £95. They also sell an Off Peak for £110 which makes no sense at the weekend.

    However the £89 fare has a lot of trains blanked out on the Sunday?

    Advice please and also what is the little bed sign with the plus sign next to it mean?
     
  2. Hadders

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    There are two routes - Any Permitted and via Honiton. Via Honiton is usually a bit (but not always) cheaper but means you have to travel from Waterloo to Exeter on South West Trains which is slower than the route from Paddington.

    Note that there is engineering work on Sunday so FGW are running into Waterloo, which will probably be why some of the fares are blanked out.

    You can get a first class upgrade on SWT at the weekends for £5 each way - no freebies but the seats are better.

    Waterloo-Exeter via Honiton is in the Network Railcard area so look at splitting at Exeter if you have a Network Railcard or Annual Gold Card, as long as you're prepared to use this route.
     
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    the "Bed Plus" means the ticket can be used for a berth on the sleeper subject to an additional supplement
     
  4. FenMan

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    The SWT first class seats are wider certainly, but they are less supportive. The second class seats are probably the most comfortable on the network.
     
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    True, but they're 2+1 as well and arguably the ambiance is better. I've been on class 159's to Exeter that have been wedged in standard. Thankfully I paid the upgrade which was a far more pleasant experience.
     
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    If travelling via the SWT route, try Splitting at Honiton as well.
     
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    Thanks all for your advice. The price was down to £50 odd via Waterloo but it takes so long I have decided to drive as I would have another hour at the London end both ways.

    I can drive in 3hrs 45mins v 5h 39mins

    Tank of petrol is £60 odd and I now have a passenger.
     
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