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06/08/2013 at 18:46
E and I are going to be joining my parents in Devon for a few days week after next. We're going to get the train which will be about 2.5 hrs (assuming things run to time!). At the moment the difference between the 1st class and standard ticket is £13.50. E will be almost 13 months, we're travelling just the two of us, minimal luggage as my parents will be taking most of it in the car with them.
Which ticket would you get?
06/08/2013 at 19:09
Do you get anything included with the 1st class tickets? If not I'd book a normal ticket.
06/08/2013 at 19:10
I think I'd be stressing about trying to keep quiet in first class
06/08/2013 at 19:20
For 13.50 I'd go for first class. I'm not even sure what the difference is but I'd rather not risk it for 13.50
I've not done a train journey of over 1hour with A but for a flight at the age we took some books, puppet toys and loaded the iPhone with cBeebies programmes. Also take plenty of snacks. Just looking out of the window spotting sheep and stuff will keep her entertained for a little while. I'd assume she'll want to explore a bit, I'd try and keep her at the seat for a while because IME once she realises she can move around the train it's all she'll want to do. Given you're travelling on your own if you need to leave your seat and if you have lots of stuff with you you'll need to leave it so I'd definitely try to travel light.
06/08/2013 at 19:26
For 13.50 I'd go first class. It'll be more empty and you'll have more space.
06/08/2013 at 19:28
Difference between 1st and Standard: Bigger seats that also recline, guaranteed table with plug socket, free refreshments, at seat service. I think the 1st class carriage generally has more space.
My initial though was to book it, the extra space alone would be worth it surely? But then my mum thinks I'm nuts!
06/08/2013 at 19:31
Why does she think you are nuts?! It's only 13.50!
Definitely 1st class in that case. The refreshments and seat service alone is worth it.
06/08/2013 at 19:32
If you had the opportunity to go first class on a flight to Spain for just 13.50 extra would you do it?
Of course you would!
Exactly the same just a train not a plane!
06/08/2013 at 19:33
Book first class love.
06/08/2013 at 19:37
Yeah, my mum is just being a tit again isn't she.
06/08/2013 at 20:10
First class always. Zoe and I travel up and down to London and always go in first class; in a couple of weeks I will be taking Noodles (4 wks) and Zoe and are going first class again. It is actually costing us double but it means there is more space around the seats, more chance of being able to keep the pram up rather than collapsing it down etc.
06/08/2013 at 20:13
For at seat service I'd go first class then
06/08/2013 at 20:53
Sounds like a good plan for the extra space. I've taken Isobelle on lots of trains to & from London, which is an hour & never had any issues with standard class. But then I'm very tight with money!! I'd definitely take lots of snacks & lots of quiet things to do (books, soft toys...). Window seats are great as there's often things to see.
Have fun x
06/08/2013 at 20:59
Top tip - even though children under 5 don't need a ticket, it is often cheaper to buy a seat for the baby / child and yourself and use a friends & famiy railcard. We can make back our money in just 2 trips. Zoe has had her own seat since she was about 6 mths old.
06/08/2013 at 21:51
For only £13.50 extra I'd be going in first class
07/08/2013 at 12:14
1st class ticket booked :) Thanks for all the reassurance!
07/08/2013 at 12:21
non of your mums business really is it...she aint gonna be on the train with you :)
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