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uzzy

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Hi Guys,

Can some one please advise me the cheapest Single ticket option from Watford to Manchester. I have got 16-25 Rail Card as well.

Date of Journey : 26th March after 17:00

Appreciated !!! :)
 
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calc7

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Hi Guys,

Can some one please advise me the cheapest Single ticket option from Watford to Manchester. I have got 16-25 Rail Card as well.

Date of Journey : 26th March after 17:00

Appreciated !!! :)
Are you literally wanting one single ticket, or a combination of tickets for a single journey which may be cheaper? Will you be making a return journey? For Off-Peak tickets, a return is often a few pence more than a single.
 

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Cheapest Option :

London Midland Only Super Off Peak Single £13.80 Watford Junction to Stoke First Train available : dep 1847 arr 2105

Advance Single XC Only £3.30 : Stoke - Manchester dep 2118 arr 2159

Total Cost : £17.10
 

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Then sonic2009 has probably the cheapest suggestion.
For something more flexible and quicker, you're looking at a day single from Watford Junction to Milton Keynes (£11.30) then an Off-Peak Single from Milton Keynes to Manchester Stns (£37.60). The latter is valid on all the xx50 trains from Milton Keynes to Manchester with your railcard. Total £48.90
 

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@ Sonic 2009: Thank you for your reply. I just want the cheapest option, whether its online or from the ticket office.
 

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@sonic 2009: how can i book Advance Single XC Only £3.30 : Stoke - Manchester dep 2118 arr 2159 ?
Thanks
 

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@ Sonic 2009: Thank you for your reply. I just ant the cheapest option, whether its online or from the ticket office.
My option will be the cheapest.

The Watford to Stoke on Trent ticket can be bought on the Day. But i'd purchase the Stoke to Manchester Advance Ticket ASAP.
 

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@sonic 2009: how can i book Advance Single XC Only £3.30 : Stoke - Manchester dep 2118 arr 2159 ?

Thanks
 

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@calc7: Thanks for your reply.I just want a single ticket to Manchester
The ticket booking sites, and any staffed railway station, should give you the cheapest single ticket price to Manchester.

The absolute cheapest single ticket is priced at £7.90 which is a non-refundable Advance fare (valid booked train only) and would need to be booked on trains at unpopular times around 10-12 weeks in advance, and would not be available when you wish to travel as it is too short notice. Once this price tier has sold out, the next tier is £11.90, then £16.50, £21.45 and so on.

The cheapest ticket available for immediate travel is an Off Peak Single and costs £45.55 and, given your Railcard, is valid on any Virgin train, and for just 65p more you can get an Off Peak Return. These tickets are additionally valid on London Midland but not at certain 'peak' times.

@ Sonic 2009: Thank you for your reply. I just want the cheapest option, whether its online or from the ticket office.
If you are asking for the absolute cheapest option, including using a combination of tickets for one journey, no-one has yet devised a way of calculating that.

People can give it a go but it cannot generally be said with certainty that any particular combination is "the cheapest". However Sonic2009s suggestion is likely to be the cheapest, or close to it.

You can book at any ticket booking website, or at any staffed station or through telesales.

Some companies offer cheaper fares when you book that companies' trains through their own website.

I am somewhat reluctant to answer when someone asks for the cheapest combination of tickets, or the 'cheapest option' especially when no details about the requirements of the customer are given, as I am concerned that the advice I give may not be applicable/helpful, or answer the question to be "the cheapest".
 

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go to here

in from put Stoke on Trent and to Manchester Piccadilly. Select the One-Way Option. Click the Outward Journey Drop Down.

Select March 26th depart after 21 : 00

then click the Passengers drop down check it's One Adult. Tick the Railcard Option select the 16-25 railcard option. then click Search.

Wait for the Page to Load.....

you should see an option showing show other routes click this option and select the tick box Via Crosscountry Trains Only. then click update.

wait for the page to Load....

then go the top left hand corner where it shows £2 to £8.50 single box. click this. then hover down to the 2118 train from Stoke. it shows as £3.30. click this and then go to the right hand side, and click buy now and follow the instructions from there :)
 

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@Yorkie: Thank you for your reply and guidance.
Can I ask you If I can get the £13.80 fare (Watford Junction to Stoke) from the ticket office on that day or Am I better booking it off online?
 

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@Yorkie: Thank you for your reply and guidance.
Can I ask you If I can get the £13.80 fare (Watford Junction to Stoke) from the ticket office on that day or Am I better booking it off online?
That fare is a Super Off Peak ticket (the return is 5p more), this is a "walk up" ticket available right up to departure.

http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/times_fares/offpeak_conditions.html

Description

Off-Peak and Super Off-Peak fares are cheaper tickets for travelling on trains that are less busy. You may be required to travel at specific times of day, days of the week or on a specific route.


Availability

Tickets can be bought in advance or immediately before travel.
The ticket Sonic2009 suggests from Stoke to Manchester is an Advance ticket.

http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/times_fares/advance_conditions.html

Please read the conditions for Advance tickets carefully, as they are non-refundable and cannot be changed unless you pay a £10 admin fee, however in this case a new ticket would be charged instead.

If you prefer to pay on the day, then you can get a "walk up" ticket from Stoke to Manchester.

An Anytime Day Single from Stoke to Manchester is £6.25 if you use a Virgin Train on a ticket that is valid only on Virgin Trains, or £9.10 if you use a ticket that is valid on any operator (ie, Virgin Trains, Cross Country, Northern etc).

The cheapest "walk up" option available immediately before travel is likely to be a Super Off Peak Watford Jn - Stoke (valid on London Midland trains only), and an Anytime Day Stoke - Manchester (valid on Virgin Trains only), and both tickets can be purchased at Watford Jn on the day of travel for the same price as online.
 
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