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Any railway stations more than 1 change from London?

Here are a couple of candidates: Whitby and other stations on the Esk Valley Line. The only mainline connection to this line is Middlesbrough, which currently has no direct service to London (it is ...
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Can I combine two "consecutive" tickets on the same journey without leaving the train?

Yes you can do this - as long as the train stops at the intermediate station there is no need to physically get on/off the train. You can buy tickets between any combinations of stations from any ...
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Can I board a UK train I am booked on half way with a mobile, advanced ticket?

If it's an advance, then no, advance tickets need to follow the route exactly ("You may not start, break and resume, or end your journey at any intermediate station except to change to/from connecting ...
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Will my Oyster card work on Farringdon to Brighton Thameslink rail?

No, your oyster card is not valid for your journey. Oyster validity in the Brighton direction only goes as far as Gatwick. If you have a travelcard on your oyster card you can buy a rail ticket from ...
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Can I use any route to get to my destination on national rail?

First of all, "Any Permitted" printed on a ticket does not mean that any conceivable route is permitted; instead it means that you can travel by any route which is a permitted route. What is a ...
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If I buy a super off-peak ticket, can I travel on a off-peak train and pay the difference?

The answer appears to be yes as long as you do so before boarding the train (otherwise you'll be travelling with an invalid ticket). The National Rail website about Off-Peak and Super Off-Peak ticket ...
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Why does cost of the travel from zone 1 to zone 3 in London depend on means of transportation?

Your assumption that TfL and SWT are working together is wrong - at least so far as fare setting goes. And there are in fact four different fares available to you - although only the first two involve ...
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Any railway stations more than 1 change from London?

Firstly the undisputed ones: Clitheroe to Hall i’ th’ Wood (excluding Blackburn) Barton branch as previously mentioned Baildon Then there are Merseyrail stations from Cressington to Birkdale/Aughton ...
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Which railway stations in the UK only offer travel in one direction?

Answering the question as it was clearly intended (ie ignoring termini where trains reverse). So a formal definition would be something like a station where you can arrive only from one direction and ...
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What is the meaning of the icons in and the letters below the train drawing on a UK train announcement board?

I'm not 100% positive but here is what I think it means. The letters are the Coach Letters. Letters in inverted type are first class coaches, those in normal type are standard class coaches. The cup ...
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Fareham to london

The term you are looking for is "breaking your journey". I am assuming by an "open" ticket you are referring to an anytime ticket. In the UK for anytime tickets you can break your ...
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Any railway stations more than 1 change from London?

Living in Liverpool, I can't believe I missed the obvious fact the Merseyrail Northern Line trains don't go through Liverpool Lime Street - they run from Hunts Cross to either Southport or Ormskirk ...
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Very cheap but inaccessible UK train fares

When a fare needs to exist in the database but mustn't be sold to passengers, they'll usually mark it as special by setting the price to 5p, 10p, or something ending with .99 (since all rail fares are ...
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Is a Super Off Peak ThamesLink fare accepted on the London Overground?

"London Thameslink" is the joint name for the stations St Pancras International, Farringdon, City Thameslink, London Blackfriars, London Bridge and Elephant & Castle. The ticket is valid for a ...
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Can I use any route to get to my destination on national rail?

(this post assumes you are on a regular rail ticket that is not route or operator restricted, oyster/"contactless" has it's own rules, which may be more or less restrictive than a regular rail ticket) ...
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UK Station served by greatest number of TOCs?

Assuming we are counting only national rail TOCs and that we use the normal rail planner definitions of what is and isn't the same station, I conclude that 7 is indeed the max and it's a tie between ...
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Tickets from Bond Street to Windsor

Apologies, my previous answer was wrong. I have now visited Bond Street to get the following answer While some Elizabeth Line ticket vending machines (TVMs) support Tickets on Departure (ToD), the ...
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Can I board a UK train I am booked on half way with a mobile, advanced ticket?

This sort of change to a journey is allowed on most types of train ticket in the UK. Unfortunately, an advance ticket is an exception, and does not allow any changes at all; you have to board and ...
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Will my Oyster card work on Farringdon to Brighton Thameslink rail?

I assume you mean the Brighton which is on the south coast of England. If so, no. You can start the travel on your Oyster Card, but when you reach the end of the validity area you will have to leave ...
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Any railway stations more than 1 change from London?

You're asking for stations within the UK. For any station in Northern Ireland, you'd need to change from train to ferry and from ferry to train. On either side, (direct) trains do not connect all ...
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How to find the best-priced UK train ticket combos for not-quite-round trip journeys?

Ultimately there is no system to make this easy, so the way I do it is to learn how to use the Routeing Guide [0] and look manually. It also helps to use a database to let you look at the fares ...
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Any railway stations more than 1 change from London?

The West Highland Line is famously about as remote as you can get and have a direct train to London, but it qualifies one day a week - there is a night sleeper service to Fort William through Glasgow ...
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Is there a way to determine which UK rail trips have variable prices, based on advance purchase, vs. those that do not?

Yes, (almost) all rail fares within Great Britain are available on brfares.com. This provides a straightforward tariff of the fares, including divisions by walk up (available at any time), advance ...
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If I buy a super off-peak ticket, can I travel on a off-peak train and pay the difference?

According to https://www.railforums.co.uk/threads/railuk-fares-ticketing-guide-section-4-excesses-upgrades-supplements.70374/#post-1185795 yes you can, and there is no penalty for doing so on-board. ...
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Can I board a train without a valid ticket if I have a Rail Travel Voucher

If I have a Rail Travel Voucher, received due to delay repay, and the ticket office at my departing station is closed, and I obviously cannot use it the ticket machine, can I board the train and pay ...
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"Mandatory reservation" on Off-Peak ticket?

You have a super off-peak ticket, which means you are only tied to the date of travel and the peak hour rules. I do not know why the ticket came with a mandatory reservation title, but you are ...
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Can I board a UK train I am booked on half way with a mobile, advanced ticket?

You could just ask before going on the trip. Just walk to the nearest big train station to the reception if there is a possibility to do this in a legal way. Sometimes they are more accommodating ...
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Is my domestic train component of a Rail&Sail ticket valid if I ignore the ferry?

In theory, no: Break of journey is not permitted except to change trains Finishing your journey short at least used to count as break of journey (not sure this is still the case any more, I think ...
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Heathrow to Oxford without going through London

Since there's no accepted answer for this, I thought I'd note that the Elizabeth Line has added another valid option. Elizabeth Line from Heathrow (all termini) to Hayes and Harlington, reverse ...
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If I buy a super off-peak ticket, can I travel on a off-peak train and pay the difference?

Contrary to what others have said, there is no administration fee to pay to obtain an excess for a flexible but time-restricted ticket. That would only apply if you held an Advance ticket (i.e. fixed ...
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