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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 6:29 pm    Post subject: List of UK Low Fare Train Services Reply with quote

Date Originally Posted: 31/10/2005 6:33 PM

With the arrival of megatrain the UK now has four operating low fare train services.

Feel free to continue this thread with any more low fare train services, though bear in mind that we are looking for permanent low fares rather than temporary promotions.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Date Originally Posted: 31/10/2005 6:36 PM

GNER Great Value Fares offers five return routes at the following fares:

London - Leeds return £19

London - Newcastle return £20

Berwick on Tweed - York return £22

London - Edinburgh return £25

Inverness - London return £29
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Date Originally Posted: 31/10/2005 6:44 PM

Scotrail Bargain Berths, arguably the first low cost rail service in the UK - introduced in Spring 2005 - operates an overnight sleeper train from London to Scotland with berths available for as cheap as £19.

I would argue that this sounds a lot more convenient than getting up at a ridiculous hour to head up to Luton or Stansted airports and fly to Scotland on easyJet or Ryanair.

It's also a lot better for the environment.

It's fairly competitive in terms of price too.

Then again, if you're travelling in both directions the GNER Great Value Fare from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh - see above - is even better.[/url]
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Date Originally Posted: 31/10/2005 7:01 PM

The dutchflyer is the UK's only international low fare train service to date.

Formerly known as the Amsterdam Express service, the dutchflyer now connects by train from London Liverpool Street - and several other stations across Essex, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk - to Harwich port.

Passengers then transfer to a ferry and cross the English Channel to the Hook of Holland before getting back on the train. The ticket is then valid for onward transport to any railway station in the Netherlands.

A one-way fare comes to £25.

This is very competitive compared to the best one-way airfares offered by easyjet and Transavia from London airports to Rotterdam and Amsterdam, especially when you take the costs of getting to and from the airports into account.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Date Originally Posted: 31/10/2005 7:10 PM

Then there's the soon-to-be-introduced megatrain service which has one-way fares from London Waterloo to either Southampton or Portsmouth for as little as £1.50...

.. which makes the other low fare rail services look expensive by comparison.
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