The illogicalness of trains...

  Si_L 20:56 02 Oct 2008

I was checking the prices of trains from Bedford to Newcastle, and the cheapest I could find as a return was over £100! I googled around a bit and found this website: Money Saving Expert - click here

Anyway, my first point of this thread is that I have cut the price down to about £35, by doing two singles instead of a return, and by splitting the journey up into sections. So keep that site in mind if you have a train journey coming up.

My second point is: Why the hell should I have to do this in order to get cheaper fares? The train companies are so illogical, many people will travel short, meaning to buy a ticket from a stop before the one you are about to board, as the longer journey is often cheaper! I do not understand the train companies...

  peter99co 21:04 02 Oct 2008

We could cut the price by going two stations along the line and parking. The fare came into a different Zone. At the city station the parking the car was expensive, at the other (cheaper) station it was free to park.

  birdface 21:17 02 Oct 2008

I found that it was cheaper going to the station and booking from there.Trying to book on line was always more expensive.

  al's left peg 21:41 02 Oct 2008

You must be coming up to watch the Toon then Si_L!!! Seriously though, have you thought about coach travel, like National Express? I pass a big blue double decker bus on the M6 fairly regularly called Magabus and that says "fares from £1.00". It might be worth a look.

  Si_L 21:57 02 Oct 2008

Yeah I am, it was a spur of the moment decision because I was in the mood for some comedy ;)

I have used Megabus before to get to London from Gloucester, it cost £1, but the return one didn't show which left me in a predicament. They also don't run/stop where I live, so I ruled them out.

  interzone55 22:05 02 Oct 2008

I've just seen this, it's about airlines, but applies equally to trains...

Customer: Hi. How much is your paint?

Clerk: Well, sir, that all depends on quite a lot of things.

Customer: Can you give me a guess? Is there an average price?

Clerk: Our lowest price is £12 a litre, and we have 60 different prices up to £200 a litre.

Customer: What's the difference in the paint?

Clerk: Oh, there isn't any difference; it's all the same paint.

Customer: Well, then I'd like some of that £12 paint.

Clerk: When do you intend to use the paint?

Customer: I want to paint tomorrow. It's my day off.

Clerk: Sir, the paint for tomorrow is the £200 paint.

Customer: When would I have to paint to get the £12 paint?

Clerk: You would have to start very late at night in about 3 weeks. But you will have to agree to start painting before Friday of that week and continue painting until at least Sunday.

Customer: You've got to be *&%^#@* kidding!

Clerk: I'll check and see if we have any paint available.

Customer: You have shelves FULL of paint! I can see it!

Clerk: But it doesn't mean that we have paint available.
We sell only a certain number of litres on any given weekend. Oh, and by the way, the price per litre just went to £16. We don't have any more £12 paint.

Customer: The price went up as we were talking?

Clerk: Yes, sir. We change the prices and rules hundreds of times a day, and since you haven't actually walked out of the store with your paint yet, we just decided to change. I suggest you purchase your paint as soon as possible. How many litres do you want?

Customer: Well, maybe five litres. Make that six, so I'll have enough.

Clerk: Oh no, sir, you can't do that. If you buy paint and don't use it, there are penalties and possible confiscation of the paint you already have.

Customer: WHAT?

Clerk: We can sell enough paint to do your kitchen, bathroom, hall and north bedroom, but if you stop painting before you do the bedroom, you will lose your remaining litres of paint.

Customer: What does it matter whether I use all the paint? I already paid you for it!

Clerk: We make plans based upon the idea that all our paint is used, every drop. If you don't, it causes us all sorts of problems.

Customer: This is crazy!! I suppose something terrible happens if I don't keep painting until after Saturday night!

Clerk: Oh yes! Every litre you bought automatically becomes the £200 paint.

Customer: But what are all these, "Paint on sale from £10 a litre" signs?

Clerk: Well that's for our budget paint. It only comes in half- litres.
One £5 half-litre will do half a room. The second half-litre to complete the room is £20. None of the cans have labels, some are empty and there are no refunds, even on the empty cans.

Customer: To hell with this!
I'll buy what I need somewhere else!

Clerk: I don't think so, sir.
You may be able to buy paint for your bathroom and bedrooms, and your kitchen and dining room from someone
else, but you won't be able to paint your connecting hall and stairway from anyone but us. And I should point out, sir, that if you paint in only one direction, it will be £300 a litre.

Customer: I thought your most expensive paint was £200!

Clerk: That's if you paint around the room to the point at which you started. A hallway is different.

Customer: And if I buy £200 paint for the hall, but only paint in one direction, you'll confiscate the remaining paint.

Clerk: No, we'll charge you an extra use fee plus the difference on your next litre of paint. But I believe you're getting it now, sir.

Customer: You're insane!

Clerk: Thanks for painting with United.

  bluto1 22:53 02 Oct 2008

National Express is much cheaper.(If it has a terminal near you)

  birdface 11:18 03 Oct 2008

[have you thought about coach travel, like National Express] it may be cheaper but 10.30min to go from Northants to glasgow is a bit of a joke in this day and age.

  Chegs ®™ 12:59 03 Oct 2008

my thoughts exactly.I used to travel to a relatives in Blackpool by car,it took me 2hrs,I went by coach (once only) and it took over 10hrs.The cost of fuel then was much lower and the round trip by car was about £15 yet oneway by coach was £35 and a return ticket was £22.

  Stuartli 14:17 03 Oct 2008

I'm amazed you didn't know about Martyn Lewis and his website...:-)

Cheap National Express fares (£5) may apply to you:

click here

  lofty29 14:26 03 Oct 2008

I like it

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