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Train fares to places in the south east and thereabouts



This article looks at journeys in the Network South East rail card area, which covers most of the south east, Dorset, East Anglia and some of the Midlands.  See map here (See other articles for journeys to London or wholly on Southern Trains) If the whole of your journey is within this area then there are comparatively few advance tickets available.  Usually the price is the same if you book on the day. Prices are quite high but you can get 1/3 off most tickets if you have a railcard.  In fact it is probably only worth getting a Network Railcard if you often do quite long journeys within this area, unless you travel a lot at weekends.

I did some checks in March 2014  for journeys going out on Monday 14th April and coming back , on tuesday 15th April booking one month in advance and travelling in the morning without a railcard. These may be representative of what you might get.

It might be worth getting one of Southern Railway’s cheap tickets and then re-booking from the last station on Southern to your ultimate destination. Southern’s trains go to Ashford, Milton Keynes and Southampton.  See my article about advance tickets.  £15 day return tickets are also available from Southern 3 days in advance on the web site and from Lewes tourist office on the day at £16.

On the other hand I couldn’t do better than £92 return to Exeter, and this was buying two advance singles.

If you are travelling to Southampton, Bournmouth ,Weymouth or down the line through Salisbury to Exeter you might want to check out the Megatrain web site Megatrain is an initiative by Stagecoach, who run South West Trains.  On a few of their least popular trains they offer lower prices.  For 14 and 15 Apl I found tickets for £5-11 each way to Weymouth and £15 each way to Exeter.  These tickets are all from London Waterloo.  To get to Waterloo you will need to get off the Southern Train at Clapham junction.  Buy a ticket from Clapham to Waterloo in advance on line or from Lewes Station. You are not supposed to get off at Clapham for most cheap Southern tickets, but if you have a ticket for Victoria no one will stop you. Some South Western Trains stop at Clapham Junction but I’m not sure if you are supposed to get on there using Megatrain tickets.

Other south eastern journeys: Ramsgate costs £24.60 return via Hastings and Ashford

Kings Lynn costs £67.10 for a return.

Some of these prices look very expensive, but remember that you will get 1/3 off with a railcard, that fares are much cheaper for day returns and that if there are 3 or more of you, you can get a groupsave ticket that will further reduce costs. Do the trip to Kings Lynn twice a year and you have got the money for a network card back.