Plymouth - Bristol

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  1. jstewart

    jstewart New Member

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    Hey guys

    have been looking for train tickets for a few days now and ended up in this forum so thought I'd ask for some advice.

    Im trying to travel from Plymouth to Bristol Temple meads on Friday 02/12/11 hoping to arrive around middayish (give or take a few hrs for cheaper fares) and travel back ideally on sunday 04/12/11 leaving around 3:00 in the afternoon (again give or take). I am also willing to consider travelling on either thursday or sunday respectively if it makes a considerable saving.

    It just seems to be more expensive than the last time I went and have struggled to find any cheaper deals.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    ps thinking about getting a young persons railcard as I will be taking a few journeys soon so that should help reduce it.
     
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  3. SS4

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    I strongly recommend getting a 16-25 railcard. I've put prices down as holding a railcard, multiply by 3/2 to get undiscounted prices.

    Plymouth to Exeter St David's
    Anytime Return - £12.55

    Exeter St David's to Bristol
    Off Peak Return - £15.85

    For your itinerary it's valid by any train.
     
  4. bb21

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    The £10.25 Off-Peak Return should suffice as it is valid from 0833.

    Although if the OP wishes to travel before 1000, the minimum fare of £12 applies.
     
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    Is that sans railcard? I forgot to look :oops:
     
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    I thought you quoted prices with railcard, so I did the same. :)
     
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    I did, hence I left the £10.25 because I thought it wouldn't be valid until after 10am although that fare could have been undiscounted. :oops:
     
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    You can still get the discount, only that the price will be no lower than £12 due to minimum fare if travelling before 10am. (You still have to pay £12 in that case.) The undiscounted version is £15.50.
     
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    Last time I checked this you could save something like 10p by splitting at Taunton as well
     
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    Taking into account the times you wish to travel, I think the cheapest option will be to split your tickets at Tiverton Parkway. (Railcard prices in brackets)

    Plymouth - Tiverton Parkway Off Peak Return £19.50 (£12.85)
    Tiverton Parkway - Bristol Temple Meads Off Peak Return £22.00 (£14.50)

    Total: £41.50 (£27.35)

    Travelling out on Friday 02/12 for an arrival around midday, there is the 0948 from Plymouth arriving Bristol TM 1159.

    Returning on Sunday 04/12 leaving around 3pm, there is the 1544 from Bristol TM arriving Plymouth 1750.

    Both these call at Tiverton Parkway, which is a requirement for these split tickets. If different travel times are required then you will need to select services that call at Tiverton Parkway. The earliest departure you can take from Plymouth on the Friday with an Off Peak Return would be the 0925. No time restrictions on the return on Sunday.
     
  11. jstewart

    jstewart New Member

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    thanks for your help guys

    much appreciated
     
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