Train tickets can be scary to people as there are so many different fares and restrictions. This simple guide can show you a few ‘tricks’ of saving money on the most popular journey from Whitchurch. If you have tips, then send them to email@example.com
Whitchurch to London Waterloo
Standard Class Walk-up fare: £51.50 return (peak time)
How to save money on this journey:
a) If you travel once or twice per week then buy either a Network Card, Senior Railcard or 16-25 Railcard and ask for this combination of tickets:
- a return to Basingstoke (£6.10); plus
- a single to Waterloo (£20.60); and,
- a single from Waterloo to Basingstoke (£13.40) using the Railcard.
Cost per day using this method: just £40.10 per journey which is a savings of £11.40.
Note: it will take until the third journey of the year before you start to save money as the Railcard cost is £28.00
b) If you travel three or more times a week, then buy a season ticket (photocard required).
A weekly ticket costs £98.40. This equates to:
- £32.80 per day if you travel 3 times that week;
- £24.60 per day if you travel 4 times that week;
- £19.68 per day if you travel 5 times that week;
- £16.40 per day if you travel 6 times that week; or,
- £14.08 per day if you travel each of the 7 days.
A monthly ticket costs £377.90. This equates to:
- £20.99 per day if you travel 18 times;
- £18.90 per day if you travel 20 times;
- £17.18 per day if you travel 22 times;
- £18.90 per day if you travel 20 times;
- £15.12 per day if you travel 25 times;
- £12.19 per day if you travel 31 times;
An annual ticket costs £3936.00. This equates to:
- £19.68 per day if you travel 200 times (eg 5 trips each week for 40 weeks)
- £16.40 per day if you travel 240 times (eg 5 trips each week for 48 weeks)
- £15.14 per day if you travel 260 times (eg 5 trips each week for 52 weeks)
- £14.06 per day if you travel 280 times (eg you travel several weekends too)
- £10.84 per day if you travel 363 times (eg practically every day of the year)
If using the Tube ‘there and back’, then using an Oyster card (£2.00 each for inside zone 1) is cheaper than a Travelcard:
- Train to London cost £40.10 (see above for details); plus
- 2x £2.00 Oyster card
Total cost using this method: £44.10 which is a saving of: £11.90.
Travelling to London Off-Peak
If travelling into London, split your ticket at Basingstoke (as directed above).
- Return to Basingstoke – £5.90; plus
- Basingstoke to London Waterloo £21.40
- Total £27.30 instead of £29.60 Saving: £2.30
Need Underground? Many people buy an “All Zones Travelcard” and only travel within Zones 1 and 2. Save money by:
- Doing the same as above and use your Oyster Card which will have a maximum price cap of £7.00 regardless of the number of journeys made.
- Total Cost £34.30 Saving: A minimum of £3.70
Please note: Using a railcard will save even more money:
- Waterloo only cost: £18.05 saving £11.55
- With Travelcard cost: £23.65 saving £14.35
- Not all railcards are valid for all journeys, the prices quoted are the maximum saving on full discounts.
Travelling in a group of 3 or more people? Buy a Group Save ticket, these can save £’s
For example, 4 adults and 1 child travelling there and back together would cost £133.20, however a Group Save ticket costs just £60.20.
If the tickets were split at Basingstoke the fare would reduce to £56.60 Saving: £76.60
If travelling ‘Super Off-Peak‘, a normal ticket from Whitchurch is cheapest. Railcard discounts can still apply.
Please note: Many of these options are not available from the Self Service Ticket Machine. Always go to the ticket office clerk (when available) for these tickets.
The guards on the trains receive a commision of 5% on the tickets they sell, so to keep as much of the revenue withing the railway industry as possible, do not use this option for buying tickets. It may make a difference in the price rises next year!
Important: The Ticket Office Clerk cannot offer you the ‘split ticket’ options, you must ask for them to be sold them. All fares correct of 31st May 2012.