Wednesday, March 14, 2007 at 9:50 am

How to Get Cheaper UK Rail Fares

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I can’t help thinking that this is somehow a way to keep British anoraks busy and blissfully geeked out: BBC News’s Magazine has a feature on how to get cheaper rail fares, with 10 examples. In a nutshell: buying a through ticket from point A to point B is not necessarily the cheapest fare; it’s possible to save by buying tickets for each leg of the journey. The reasons include time of day, the fact that some rail carriers charge more than others for the same trip (e.g. Virgin vs. GNER), and, in one case, the fact that fares into London carry a premium (so keeping the London leg shorter saves money overall). Utterly, utterly baffling.

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