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Sunday, 17 April 2011

Tip of the Week

In the South East of England, there's a very good way of getting discounted train tickets through Southern Rail. Every so often, they introduce cheaper than normal tickets only for purchase online here - in some cases, a day return from Brighton to London which normally costs £26 and upwards can only cost £7.40 on the website!!!

Now, there are three options for ticket delivery: one is a registered delivery which costs £6 (I think it's within UK only), free first class post within the UK only or what's called "Ticket On Departure" which is also free. For people outside of the UK planning a trip here, that third option is the best one for you.

What it means is, when you order your tickets online, you nominate a mainline station to collect your tickets from. It can either be the station you're departing from OR the station nearest to where you're staying. Then, when you get the booking confirmation page, print it off and bring it with you - it'll have a unique booking reference printed at the top which you'll need.

Then, go to your nominated station (it does not have to be on the day of travel - you can go in anytime) with the booking sheet/reference number AND the credit/debit card you used to pay. Take them to the ticket office and say you need to collect your tickets please. They then print everything off, ask for you to sign a docket to confirm collection (matched against your credit card, I presume!) and then hand you back your card, tickets, booking sheet...... thank you very much, easy peasy, have a nice day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Given the expense of UK train travel, this is MOST recommended!!!!!


  1. Thanks for the great tip!!! We took a train from London to Scotland, it was so much fun and the scenery was so beautiful!

  2. WOW! Thanks for the tip - it will come in handy wen we come to meet up in London sometime. Mummy waz wondring how to book online an stuff an if it was ok to do...

    Happy Easter! :@}

  3. Yeah, it's easy peasy to book train tickets online. Andrea usually gets hers sent through the post but they only do that if you're travelling more than five days AFTER you book it (so if you want to travel next month, they post them). If you're booking less than five days ahead, you need to collect the tickets from the station.