Some of our Interest Groups use the local rail company c2c to get to an event in say London. The rail company offers a number of way of paying for the trip. With the help of our member, Brian McDonald, we have listed what is available and how to get the best price for your ticket. Remember these offers and prices quoted can change so its best to research what is available before purchasing your ticket.
If anyone has a railcard (senior, two together etc) they will get a discount. Booking on-line at least seven days in advance also gets a 40% discount so, with a senior railcard, booking early, the return fare to Fenchurch Street is £5.10.
If there are four or more travelling together they can get discounted fares, even booking on the day. (I think it’s about £7 each)
To book on-line, go to Google, just type in 'C2C' and go to the first entry.
Click on ‘Timetables and Trains’
In the box ‘Buy Tickets’, enter details of the journey i.e. Stanford-le-Hope and London Fenchurch Street; Times e.g. 10.00 and 16.00; Number of adults, type of railcard, if any (a dropdown box), and the number of cards. Press ‘Buy Daily Tickets’ and a number of fares will be shown. At this point you need to sign in (top right) and then you can buy your ticket by pressing on the one you require (normally the cheapest).
When using the underground, you can use an Oyster card or a contactless debit card (which gives the same rates as an Oyster card). You must remember to tap in at the beginning of the journey and tap out at the end or you will be charged the maximum for the day. The usual fare using a card is £4.80 return. Buying a ticket at the booking office will double that price.
The charge will automatically appear on your bank statement, usually the next day.
Disabled Persons Railcard
If you have a disability that makes travelling by train difficult you might qualify for the Disabled Persons Railcard. If you are registered deaf or use a hearing aid it counts as disabled.
The Disabled Persons Railcard allows you to get 1/3 off most rail fares throughout Great Britain. If you're travelling with an adult companion they also can get 1/3 off their rail fare - so you can save money for your friends too!
Click here for more information Disabled Persons Railcard
A 60th birthday is a big milestone. But with a Senior Railcard, it’s also the starting point for travelling many more miles too. That’s because a Senior Railcard gives you 1/3 off Standard and First Class Anytime, Off-Peak and Advance fares.
It means you can save money on visits to the grandchildren, trips into town to catch a show, or weekends by the seaside – as many times as you like
The Railcard costs just £30. So after a couple of trips, the card will have paid for itself. And over a year, you could save an average of £114.
Click here for more information Senior Railcard