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Question about going to Bath and Windsor

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Question about going to Bath and Windsor

Hi,

I plan on buying train tickets in advance to travel from London to Bath, but I want to make sure I'm doing this correctly. We will be in London 10 days in July and we plan on loading a 7 day travelcard onto an oyster card for zones 1 and 2. We wanted to go to Bath on July 5th and from what I understand, I should use the railways website and select the friends and family option and then also choose my departing and returning times. My kids are 16 and 22 so it doesn't look like there is a cheaper option. Would this be the best way to go about it? I also wanted to know how to get to Windsor. Can we use the travelcard for that? Lastly, will we need passport sized photos for any of our tickets? Thank you for any help, I'm getting so confused!

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1. Re: Question about going to Bath and Windsor

Your kids are too old for the F&F Card

“ You don't need to travel together but you do need to be travelling with at least one child between the ages of 5 and 15 to be eligible for the discount.‘“

https://www.familyandfriends-railcard.co.uk

Take a look at Two Together and the 16-25 Cards.

https://www.railcard.co.uk

May be better just to use GroupSave if it works for you. (Terms and conditions apply)

nationalrail.co.uk/times_fares/46506.aspx#gs

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2. Re: Question about going to Bath and Windsor

Bath - book at www.nationalrail.co.uk you might want to think about buying this railcard https://www.familyandfriends-railcard.co.uk/ but do the maths to see if the savings exceed the £30 cost of the card - probably, but check, its not automatically a lower gross cost. Up to four adults and four children can travel on one card. You can book in advance with the railcard discount and then actually buy the railcard when you arrive - as long as you have the card as you board the train that's fine.

Windsor - again you need train tickets see www.nationalrail.co.uk this time you have a choice, direct train from London Waterloo to Windsor and Eton Riverside station, or a faster service, even with a change of trains at Slough, from London Paddington to Windsor and Eton Central station..

No photos for Oyster cards (but to reiterate you can't use Oyster on the journeys above)

Edited: 10:36 am, June 12, 2018
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3. Re: Question about going to Bath and Windsor

1. The Friends and Family option requires you to hold a F&F Railcard and you *must* travel with a child aged between 5 and 15, so you're not eligible.

2. Oyster is not valid to Windsor, and it's outside the Travelcard zones. You'll get a small discount because the start of your journey is covered by the Travelcard, but you'd have to go to the ticket office rather than a machine.

3. Travelcards on Oyster don't require photos, but then you won't be eligible for the 2-for-1 offers, if you were planning on using them.

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4. Re: Question about going to Bath and Windsor

Sorry forgot about needing a real child (rather than *your* child!) for F&Friend railcard! see post 1.

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5. Re: Question about going to Bath and Windsor

Okay, thank you for all the responses, much appreciated!

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6. Re: Question about going to Bath and Windsor

Hi Linda, in response to your PM:

You should be looking at prices on the National Rail site given in post 2. It will link you to the train operator's website for purchase. Advance tickets for Bath are a lot cheaper. If you buy on the day, you will pay either Off Peak or Anytime fares depending on the time you travel. You can see those prices if you put today or tomorrow's date into the Nat'l Rail website.

Advance tickets require you to take the specific train you booked. Off Peak and Anytime only require you to travel at the appropriate time of day. (There are also sometimes Super Off Peak fares, which are even more limited in timing than Off Peak but don't require you to travel on a specific train.)

If you are looking at a reseller site, I don't think you'll find anywhere that offers tickets cheaper than the train operator. I don't know which site you're talking about, so I don't know how it would specifically work, but as I said, I doubt you're actually getting a deal.

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