My son landed at Edinburgh airport on Wednesday, 10 December at 7:30am from New York, took a bus direct to Waverley Station and booked a second-class single rail ticket to Newcastle on the 8:30am train. The price was £52.
He then travelled back from Newcastle all the way to Perth, on Friday, again with a single ticket, mid-morning, changing at Edinburgh for £27. He had booked this journey on the internet.
On Monday my daughter’s partner travelled on the 2pm train from Perth to Newcastle, changing at Stirling and Edinburgh.
He travelled with all the comforts of first class for £37, booking it on the internet because it was cheaper than the second-class fare with one change at Edinburgh – also on the internet!
I know that some small allowance is made for travelling off-peak, but the differences in these fares are nothing short of ridiculous.
People have been complaining for many, many years about the inconsistency of rail fares, but can anyone beat this?
W Graham Watson