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Should I book train tickets in Uk in advance in July/August

May 2nd, 2006, 07:35 PM
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Should I book train tickets in Uk in advance in July/August

We are arriving Manchester July 27 then will go directly to York. We will stay in York for 3 days then go to Edinburgh by train. Hotels are all booked. My question is: do I need to reserve point to point tickets in advance or can I just purchase them upon arrival?
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May 2nd, 2006, 07:48 PM
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If you know which railway company takes you to your destinations, and you are sure of the dates, you can save money by buying the tickets at least 2 weeks in advance.
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May 2nd, 2006, 11:48 PM
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There's no discounts for single tickets on the Manchester (Airport?) to York route so you may as well buy on arrival.

However for York to Edinburgh book ahead as it's as little as 11GBP as opposed to 63.50GBP for a "buy on the day" ticket.

You'll have to wait until 3-4 weeks beforehand before you can book them & you can pick them up at the station using the fastticket machines (need the purchasing CC & the code supplied by the train company)

See www.gner.co.uk for details
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May 4th, 2006, 09:54 AM
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Thanks for your replies. Alan,is this the reason why when I go online and book the tickets then put the zip code as instructed, it won't go through?
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May 4th, 2006, 10:00 AM
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I found that if I took the later train (after 10:00 a.m.) from London to Bath, the price was cheaper. Peak hours were more expensive.
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May 4th, 2006, 10:07 AM
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The code the fastticket reference which you type in to get your tickets.

It looks as if the GNER website has a little problem with US addresses.

Try going through www.virgintrains.co.uk or www.thetrainline.com to swee if it makes any difference
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May 4th, 2006, 10:13 AM
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You could also try e-mailing GNER
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May 4th, 2006, 12:30 PM
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Thanks very much Alan. I went to www.virgintrains.co.uk and was able to purchase the Manchester airport to York ticket segment. But with the York-Edinburgh and Edinburgh-Manchester Airport segment, I am not able to purchase the value ticket. Is it because it is too early to book the value ticket? Thanks again.
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