The Anonymous Widower

An Affordable Trip To Doncaster

If you want to get a train, the way to not get a cheap ticket was to turn up at the last minute and buy a single ticket to your destination.

But not any more.

On Wednesday, I needed to go to Doncaster.

  • I knew that the latest train, that I could catch to get me to my meeting on time, was the 13:03, so I arrived at Kings Cross about 12:30.
  • I tried to buy on the ticket machine, but I unable to complete the transaction.
  • In the end, I got an Advance Single ticket with my Senior Railcard for £22.60 from the Booking Office.
  • I had two backward-facing seats to myself, as the train, which was going to Leeds wasn’t very full.
  • Coming South later in the day, I repeated the exercise in the Booking Office at Doncaster for £23.85.
  • The train was full, but I did have a seat with a table.

I consider just under fifty pounds to be good value for the return journey.

I’m fairly sure, that this is a method being used by LNER to fill seats. as after all, forty tickets at an average of £25 a time is a grand.

I think we should applaud, what they are doing.

It should be remembered that LNER are facing increasing competition on the route, including against planes to Newcastle and Edinburgh.

I went to King’s Cross this morning and had a play with the ticket machine. I could have bought tickets as follows.

  • Edinburgh – £52.10
    Hull – £27.05
    Leeds – £32.90
    Newcastle – £51.50
    All trains included a seat reservation and left within half an hour.

Note that the Hull ticket was a direct one on Hull Trains, that I could have bought on an LNER machine.


November 4, 2022 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , ,


  1. We were on the same train! (I went all the way to Leeds)

    Comment by tops | November 5, 2022 | Reply

  2. I was the guy in Seat B 50!

    Comment by AnonW | November 5, 2022 | Reply

  3. […] On Thursday, I wrote up my trip, or at least the ticketing in An Affordable Trip To Doncaster. […]

    Pingback by The Hour Change Has Completely Knocked Me Out « The Anonymous Widower | November 6, 2022 | Reply

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