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Manchester to London for £11 direct??

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ys123

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Hi, I saw the following on the mirror's website about the Manchester to London fares (www.mirror.co.uk/money/virgin-trains-cheap-tickets-hack-5981531)

"However, book 24-hours before travel and you can get a ticket for £20 each way during the school summer period, or £11 throughout the year. That's an automatic saving of at least £60."
I've never heard of train tickets being cheaper in the 24hr period beforehand if anything they seem very expensive definitely not cheaper than usual? Can anyone confirm whether this £11 is true? Also Manchester to London is never cheaper than 22 unless there's a sale.
 
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There may be some £11 tickets at very unpopular times, during a sale, if you're quick.

As for "24 hours", that's not quite correct.

Advance fares typically stop being sold by around 1800 or 2359 the night before (depending on operator and, in some cases, depending on time of initial departure of the train) although there are some operators (e.g. XC) who sell them on the day.

So, for some operators, if your journey was at 2300, you'd have to book at least 29 hours in advance to obtain an Advance fare, while for others you may be able to book just a few minutes before.

The article was published on 2nd September 2015 and doesn't contain much useful information and is poorly written (which is unsurprising).
 

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Unfortunately there's no such thing as an £11 Advance fare from Manchester to London; and hasn't been for many years, excluding sales. The cheapest ticket is £17 and finding a ticket for that price on a remotely convenient train is like golddust.

Virgin to Birmingham via Warrington followed by Chiltern can be done for about £11, but that's about it.

Anyway, it's from the Mirror so if it's not about boobs or football it's probably not true anyway.
 

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There's £12 - Northern to stoke and London Midland from Stoke to London. Takes about 4hrs but that's due to 45min wait at stoke.
 
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