I think there is a major misunderstanding - a no-show fee is not an additional fee you are supposed to pay, but a reduction of the value of your ticket.
In other words, if you buy a ticket for $ 300, and don’t show up, your remaining ticket value is not $ 300, but a reduced amount - reduced by the no-show fee.
If you have a ticket for a train or bus (or a ...
Does any train or bus company charge a no-show fee, or is that fee specific to airlines?
Not in the European Union, as Krist van Besien mentioned in the comments, for 2 reasons:
Except for Eurostar, [no railways can prove you weren’t on the train] in Europe. Krist van Besien 1 hour ago
EU rules don’t permit no-show fees. So you have part of hour answer ...
I mean, yes, the sources you cited are generally right. I'm speaking from experience here, so I don't have data, but I believe my experience to be generally reliable. For long distances, there are a lot (I mean a LOT) of discounts on flights, but hardly any for the railways.
I picked a random date and a random pair of large cities that are quite far away ...
Not really, probably because almost all China Railway trains require a reservation under your real name and a pass really doesn't make anything more convenient. Some suburban lines used mainly for commuting now allow riding without a reservation, but the vast majority of trains require reservations.
So a pass wouldn't really help out in this case, because it ...
I suppose you haven't been able to travel yet, due to COVID. So hope I'm not too late. But for when you eventually make the trip, there's a question to ask.
There are no limited express trains on the San'yo Main Line west of Okayama, and you're left with really the local trains (or express trains, which are not really so "express").
Well, in fact, ...
The local branch Naturskyddsföreningen (Swedish Society for Nature Conservation) in Lund has made an overview for the season of 2021. It is in Swedish. The map overview is nice but one route can have several operators with different rules so one needs to make some research to know which train companies on the route that accepts bikes.
Now six years later, there's also the option of digital railcards (smartphone), whit the railcard FAQ updated accordingly:
Can visitors to Britain buy a Railcard online?
Yes, you can.
If your delivery address is outside Britain, please select the digital Railcard option.
You can also buy a Railcard at Gatwick Airport, Stansted Airport rail stations, Luton ...
I'm not aware of any ideal solutions but there are various ways to get a list of all trains leaving from a station that day. For example here is a list of all trains departing from Doncaster today. Which gives a clear (if long) list of possible final destinations.