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    How to buy train tickets in England?

    Okay, I've tried National rail, the train line, but all I get is confused and frustrated.

    I want to go from London to Liverpool on December 27,
    Liverpool to York on December 29,
    and York to London on December 31,

    is the best option just to go to a station like Paddington once I get to London and buy them over the counter? My first full day in London will be December 24.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Cheers.
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    When I was in London and travelled around England, just purchasing the ticket at the station was definitely a hassle free option as there are plenty of trains going. It's probably best to look online though for departure times so you don't have to wait around for hours.

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    yeah, I figured that may be the best way to go.

    But what worries me is this is December 27th/29th/31st, and will there still be space on the trains?

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    Have you gone to this part of the website?

    http://ojp.nationalrail.co.uk/en/pj/tt

    Possibly book online here to avoid stress mate.


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    Tried it and just got frustrated. All these different companies. You can't book tickets there, you have to go to about three different companies websites if you want to go to Liverpool. A real pain.

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    far far cheaper to book on the web...for instance my ticket from London to Manchester was 27 online, and i could have got it for 8 if i booked it earlier...turn up on the day and the cheapest option is about 60 quid

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    It is always cheaper to book ahead, so if you know the days you will be travelling do so. It is easy to get very cheap tickets online through Megatrain or The Train Line, but these will be for specific trains. If you use them on a different train, even if you do so because you heard there was a fire in London that had messed up all routes from Waterloo so tried to leave Norwich earlier to give yourself time to avoid the trouble and even if you explain that fact to the guard, you will get kicked off the train.
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    I always use thetrainline.com, works out reasonably cheaper. London to Liverpool, reckon you're looking at at least 50 on the day, will work out so much cheaper.

    Also, bizarrely, if you split your journey down into parts, so London - Birmingham, Birmingham-Liverpool (getting 2 tickets for the one journey) it can work out cheaper still. That's the only time it should be remotely complicated though.

    Re: what Chubb says - that tends to only apply during peak hours, off-peak you should have no problems with getting a slightly different train.
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    How about buying tickets in person at one of the main stations about two weeks before travelling?

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    Yeah, could do.

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    The thing that makes it hard, for non UK residents, is that they (thetrainline) ask for a UK post code, which is all very well and good if you live there, or there ATM. But if not you can't, and that is what makes it all ****** up.
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    Found the best fare options on the trainline site.

    London to Liverpool is 21 pounds, advance fare.

    Good price, but a **** time, 14:00-19:00, but I guess I can't have both. (a morning train would cost 60 pounds)

    Thing is, I live in japan, so I can't pay for it by credit card (I think). My billing address is obviously not in England. Getting the g/f to pay for it.

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    Am needing to sort out a train down to cornwall during the holidays, won't be cheap, as I won't know the exact day I'll be going until about 3 days prior to departure...am bracing for a large fare, darn.

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    Flight to Newquay from Stansted imo.

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    That's not an altogether bad idea actually...

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