I've just done a ticket count.

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by vernon, 17 Jul 2012.

  1. vernon

    vernon Harder than Ronnie Pickering

    Location:
    Meanwood, Leeds
    Next Monday I'm off on my summer tour with a pal. I did a final ticket check and I have a grand total of forty three tickets for rail travel on East Coast trains, Eurostar and DBB and not all of the rail journeys are covered. Budapest to Vienna will have to wait until we reach Vienna as I couldn't locate a source of tickets for the Hungarian railways - their Internet site wasn't e-commerce enabled and carrying bikes on their trains seems to be a minefield of rules and regulations of varying clarity.

    Can't wait for the off.
     
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    vernon

    vernon Harder than Ronnie Pickering

    Location:
    Meanwood, Leeds
    The Germans are the worst offenders. The journey from Vienna to Paris accounts for thirteen tickets as there's a combination of bike tickets, overall journey ticket, regional discount tickets, non regional discount tickets and sleeper tickets. I'm so glad that my wife is fluent in German as unraveling the combinations would have been a nightmare. Buying them was a protracted transaction - thirty five minutes on the phone as I had to supply my details several times then go through the process again with my pal's details. This was a repeat of the outward journey transaction time - couldn't do the two together because of the booking window not covering both dates when I booked the outward journey, I might have lost the will to live had I tried to complete both legs in one phone call.

    Eastcoast trains took a couple of minutes. Eurostar was equally fast until I had to indulge in some 'Angry of Meanwood' assertiveness to get the bikes onto a Eurostar service on 10th August thus busting their bike embargo from late July until 13th August. Got my bike reservations no-one else did...
     
  3. dellzeqq

    dellzeqq pre-talced and mighty

    Location:
    SW2
    Vernon - think of the tickets as little cardboard blessings. Have a great trip!

    And you'd better keep us informed!
     
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    vernon

    vernon Harder than Ronnie Pickering

    Location:
    Meanwood, Leeds
    Now that the European phone tariffs have been capped I might even post pictures. The ride should keep me in trim just in case I journey south for the Brighton FNRttC - I'm sorely tempted.

    I'm looking forward to the adventure. It will be my pal's first major cycle camping tour. He's very excited by the prospect.
     
  5. slowmotion

    slowmotion Quite dreadful

    Location:
    lost somewhere
    If you consider an easier jaunt later, the pies in Brighton on a FNRttC may not meet your high standards but the company will be beyond compare.

    Have a lot of fun.
     
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