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Started by yumyum on Mar 11, 2022 3:01:00 PM
Train travel

I’ve booked a single train journey to London in June as the Advance 1st class single was really a good deal (with a numbered seat). I’m trying to book a return for several days later and there are no numbered ticket reservations. You can book a seat but you are able to sit anywhere; I’ve never heard of this before. I thought you always got a reservation if requested. Has anyone travelled this way?

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AnneThracks - 11 Mar 2022 15:19:12 (#1 of 104)

It has never happened to me. I've never been refused a reservation. Can't say I'm an experienced train traveller however.

So you WILL get a seat but you can't get a particular seat kept for you?

thisonehasalittlehat - 11 Mar 2022 15:22:07 (#2 of 104)

Oh.

HerrWalrus - 11 Mar 2022 15:24:35 (#3 of 104)

Surely not!

HelenDamnation - 11 Mar 2022 15:26:22 (#4 of 104)

If your return date is more than 12 weeks away you probably won't be able to book a seat yet. Can you amend your booking later?

yumyum - 11 Mar 2022 15:34:06 (#5 of 104)

There was availability for my return date though. I chatted with a GWR bloke online and he said a lot of the service does not have a “counted space system” any more. If no numbered seats are available today then that will not change.

It’s making me wonder whether to return on the (twice as long) coach. I seem to have become more of a worrier of late.

thisonehasalittlehat - 11 Mar 2022 15:40:41 (#6 of 104)

I don't really see the point of first class on the whole. I travelled first class on the TGV and that was pointless - same as the rest but with a bit of tissue over the headrest. First class on the Eurostar was good though as we got completely drunk on free wine and the train back is always noisy.

HelenDamnation - 11 Mar 2022 15:42:43 (#7 of 104)

Well, as you'll be getting on at the start of the train journey, surely you just need to make sure you're at the station in plenty of time in order to get a seat?

mingmong - 11 Mar 2022 16:04:58 (#8 of 104)

yumyum, coach travel is an abomination. Stick with the train. Seats are almost always available in first class, even at peak times.

yumyum - 11 Mar 2022 16:13:13 (#9 of 104)

I don't really see the point of first class on the whole

I’ve travelled a fair bit on GWR to and from cornwall and they’re usually packed with people ending up standing. I just fancied a bit of a serene journey and it was less than the standard fair quoted for the no numbered seat return journey.

Shadrack22 - 11 Mar 2022 16:27:18 (#10 of 104)

Are you getting a free breakfast with your first class ticket?

FrankieTeardrop - 11 Mar 2022 16:28:29 (#11 of 104)

I’ve travelled a fair bit on GWR to and from cornwall and they’re usually packed with people ending up standing. I just fancied a bit of a serene journey and it was less than the standard fair quoted for the no numbered seat return journey.


You don't have to justify it at all!

yumyum - 11 Mar 2022 16:36:02 (#12 of 104)

Heh. I like to spoil myself when I can (I could have added). Don’t know about breakfast.

breakfast - 11 Mar 2022 16:38:14 (#13 of 104)

Sounds like a bargain too.

mingmong - 11 Mar 2022 16:39:25 (#14 of 104)

Its a lovely way to travel, and you can get work done etc.

Cars, coaches and roads are for wankers.

LomaxFairchild - 11 Mar 2022 16:39:27 (#15 of 104)

#6 - thus spake someone who's never taken an Virgin/Avanti train.

staticgirl - 11 Mar 2022 16:44:03 (#16 of 104)

I love travelling first. They put up the prices a lot during Covid and I haven't been able to travel first. I miss it, the more comfortable seats (often single seats instead of groups of 2) and the cups of tea. Le sigh.

yumyum - 11 Mar 2022 17:00:45 (#17 of 104)

I’ve got a single seat. I wanted the same going back but at over £200 I don’t think I’ll bother. Going there was under 100.

I’m now toying with a coach return. The thought of a packed Cornish-bound train in holiday time is not a pleasant one. It’s a long haul going back by coach, cheap though.

yumyum - 11 Mar 2022 17:16:06 (#18 of 104)

Well, as you'll be getting on at the start of the train journey, surely you just need to make sure you're at the station in plenty of time in order to get a seat?

Holiday time it’s a right old crush and rush. I’m extraordinarily early everywhere, I am assuming it will be platform 3 but I hate the thought of not having a numbered seat. I’ve lost my “life as a surprise” ways.

cozzer - 11 Mar 2022 17:55:50 (#19 of 104)

If you've booked first class on a train to Cornwall (assuming this is from London) you can go and eat in the restaurant car, which is great, and also presumably living on borrowed time so worth experiencing if you've never done it, because it might not be around for much longer.

Have you looked at the sleeper?

thisonehasalittlehat - 11 Mar 2022 18:03:45 (#20 of 104)

We ate in the restaurant car of the sleeper from Paris to Milan. Was like an Agatha Christie novel.

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