How To Pay Less For Althorne Train Tickets
By taking heed of the following advice and using Rail Saver to book your Althorne train ticket Rail Saver is willing to guarantee that you should always obtain the cheapest available Althorne train ticket:-
Choose Ticket On Departure
When booking your Althorne train tickets online, opt to collect your tickets from a station and they will be available immediately for collection from any 'Ticket on Departure' station. All you need to do is insert the credit/debit card you used to book with into the ticket issuing terminal at the railway station, and enter your booking reference to obtain your tickets. Doing this will save you paying an extra £2.00 to have the same tickets posted to you.
Book In Advance
Everyone knows book early and you can get cheaper fares. A majority of rail tickets are made available 12 weeks in advance; therefore this is commonly (though not definitely) when the limited amount of cheap train tickets available are released. So if you can, try and book your Althorne train tickets up to 12 weeks ahead to bag super bargain train fares.
Advance Purchase Train Tickets
Advance Purchase Tickets are normally the cheapest tickets available, so if you are flexible as to when you can travel and are able to book ahead, you can pick up some very cheap tickets. They become available around 12 weeks in advance but vary in price dependent upon availability.
Advance Purchase Althorne Train Tickets are the 'cheap train tickets' that are:-
- Single, one-way tickets available for both first and standard classes that must be purchased in advance
- If you wish to return then you need to purchase two tickets, one for your outward journey and one for the return
- They can be bought online and collected from station ticket machines or they can be delivered to the door
- They are only valid on the dates and trains shown on the tickets
- You cannot break your journey except to change to/from connecting trains
- You can get discounts on Advance Tickets with most railcards
- You may also get a reserved seat which you must occupy
Advance Purchase tickets are quota-controlled with the cheaper ones selling first so the longer you wait, the more expensive they become but they can still be available the day before travel.
Book early, the sooner you look the cheaper they are, buy them online, have them delivered or collect them from your nearest station.
TIP: Book your Advance Purchase Althorne Train Tickets use www.splitticketing.co.uk and you could more than double the savings!
Buy Two Single Althorne Train Tickets Instead Of One Return Ticket
Logically, buying a return ticket should be cheaper than two singles depending on the train operating company and journey you are requiring. By searching for two single fares instead of one return you may find a cheaper combined train ticket price that will not affect your travel options in any way. This is especially true when one portion of your journey is during peak times. Worth trying even if it saves you £1.
Only Pay Peak For The Portion That's Peak
Peak times are usually before 10am and between 5pm and 7pm. If at all possible avoid these times and you'll find better bargains. Yet even if not, you can still cut the cost by buying two singles instead of a return if only one part of your Althorne rail journey is during peak times or else by using split ticketing (see below), so that if some of your journey isn't during peak time, you're not paying a peak price for your whole ticket.
If you are not certain which intermediate train stations are 'off-peak' on your 'peak time' route do the following:
- Download a timetable for your primary route remembering to tick the 'all calling stations' option using the personal train timetable creator like the one you can find here.
- Find the first station on your route that is outside of 'peak time' and book a ticket from you primary departure station to this station and a second ticket from this station to your primary destination.
- By doing the above you can cut the cost of your train ticket by around half, perhaps more!
For example, at the time of writing this we tried this out on the Ipswich to London route and:
Ipswich 6:50am to London arriving 8:13am costs £47.50
but by booking
Ipswich 6:50am to Chelmsford and Chelmsford 7:35 to London arriving 8:13am (same train / same seat) total cost is just £27.20 representing a saving of £20 or 42% !!
TIP: You can save yourself the trouble of doing the homework and use a Split Ticketing service like www.trainticketsplit.co.uk to do the work for you.
Split Your Althorne Train Tickets
Special train fares are often available for part of the route you wish to travel. Therefore by buying several tickets which in combination make up the whole route, you'll often massively reduce the price even though you're on the same train.
Ticket Splitting is legal and within the National Rail Conditions of Carriage. This has been confirmed by the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC). The only rule is that the train you travel on must stop at all the named stations on the tickets you've bought tickets for.
The dedicated Split Train Ticketing web service at www.trainticketsplit.co.uk is a very good point to begin when looking for those cheap split fare train tickets.
Invest In A Network Rail Card
If you don't have a railcard, and the train ticket(s) costs over £90, buy one. The maths is simple, the railcard is £30 and you get 1/3 off so you save at least as much as the card costs. Yet even for cheaper tickets, if you're likely to travel by train again that year it's worth considering.
Railcards aren't always valid, so if you do a regular journey, first check whether the card's applicable. And don't try and use railcards on journeys they're not valid on as there are some reports they actually add to the price.
If you're under 26, over 60 or traveling with kids you can cut a third off most ticket prices with a railcard, costing just £30 a year. These can be bought at stations or online at www.networkrailcards.com
TIP: Railcards take around three working days to be delivered to you so even if you do not have one now, and are booking at least five days in advance you could quite safely tick the box on the booking form to get the Railcard discount and then go on to purchase your Railcard.
Choosing The Correct Cheap Train Ticket To Althorne
Cheap Althorne Train Tickets are not always available during peak travel times and some train operators do not award Railcard discounts during peak times when their trains are already full to capacity.
To help you better understand the complex train ticket system used in the United Kingdom and how you can take advantage of the system to pay less for your Althorne train tickets please refer to the Rail Saver Guide To Cheap Train Fares.