Stoke-on-Trent to Leeds

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  1. onlinespotting

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    I'm travelling from Stoke to Leeds on Monday morning around 715/30, normally I'd make this journey off peak and buy two off peak returns, splitting at Manchester. The early journey means I'd have to buy two anytime returns. The trainline is offering a direct ticket Stoke to Leeds as an off peak return at this time - is this right?
     
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  3. Hadders

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    The Off Peak Return between Stoke on Trent and Leeds is valid on any train.

    Don't buy from the Trainline though as they add booking fees. Purchase from a train company website or at the station on the day of travel.
     
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    Ok so whereas buying separate off peak stoke to Manc and Manc to Leeds tickets is cheaper than the through off peak, you're saying at peak times it's cheaper to buy a through off peak Stoke to Leeds?
     
  5. Hadders

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    Stoke on Trent to Leeds Off Peak Return is £46.80 (valid on any train)

    Stoke on Trent to Manchester Anytime Return is £17.80
    Manchester to Leeds Anytime Return is £28.30 or £21.40 (via Hebden Bridge)

    So it's actually 70p cheaper to split at Manchester with Anytime Returns and £7.60 cheaper if you go via Hebden Bridge.
     
  6. John @ home

    John @ home Established Member Fares Advisor

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    If your Manchester - Leeds train leaves Manchester after 0829, the £21.40 Off-Peak Return route Any Permitted is valid. Return by any train.
     
  7. BurtonM

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    Travel via Hebden Bridge may be cheaper, but that involves going across Manchester from Piccadilly to Victoria - and on a split ticket from somewhere outside TfGM's boundaries like Stoke, you're either walking (15 minutes?) or paying to use Metrolink. Also, the Manchester Vic-Leeds via Hebden Bridge train is a Northern stopper (could be a Pacer, 155 or a 158 IIRC) that takes about 35 minutes longer than the TPE services from Piccadilly.

    It's just not worth it.
     
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  8. Merseysider

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    If you wished to save money at the cost of flexibility, you could purchase a £14 Virgin Trains Only anytime day return from Stoke to Manchester, and then have a Manc-Leeds ticket after that.

    You would be restricted to two trains per hour between Stoke and Manchester (both ways) but they are at least fast services.
     
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