Tomorrow I make another return trip from Nottingham to London for a business meeting. I've been doing this quite a bit recently and have found a way of saving money on the train tickets.
Buying online in advance should save you money, right? Well, let's say we want to travel next Tuesday on the same train I am on tomorrow. As you can see below the cheapest return is £73
To me, this is expensive. I remember you could turn up on the day and travel for about £40 return. All of this is off peak of course. But what's this "click here for singles from £6"? It might seem perverse but you can save money by buying two singles (didn't returns used to be cheaper?). As you can see below I've got two singles on the same trains for £25. Almost a third the cost of a return.
Why? Well, the obvious difference is that the return is "flexi" and the singles aren't. With the return, as I understand it, I'm not necessarily restricted to the trains specified above. Big deal though. I know which trains I want and don't want to pay three times as much for the luxury of changing my mind.
Next time you buy a train ticket online look for the singles!