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    Default €10 fares on all trains coming in weeks: Sunday Times

    There is an article in today's Sunday Times about train times and car journey times between our cities and comparing them now that the motorways have made car journeys quicker.

    In the article Barry Kenny stated that the online promotional €10 fares that are available on just some trains will be extended to all trains shortly. To get the €10 fare you have to book them in advance. The first line that will be offering the €10 fare on all services will be the Galway line in the coming weeks.

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    awesome although the GoBus service offers a student return Dublin-Galway for €18 and it's faster than the train, no stops. It'd be great on the Cork line though

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    More taxpayers' money down the drain or is that train?

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    In the article Barry Kenny stated that the online promotional €10 fares that are available on just some trains will be extended to all trains shortly. To get the €10 fare you have to book them in advance. The first line that will be offering the €10 fare on all services will be the Galway line in the coming weeks.
    Might be similar to the "Mini Pris" scheme they have in Norway. Train tickets are sold on the same basis as airline tickets - there are so many avaiable at the lowest price, and when they're all sold you move into the next price bracket, and so on. I got a Bergen-Oslo ticket for about 25 Euro by booking online 3 weeks in advance. Not bad considering a full price ticket would be about 100Euro!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Interista View Post
    Might be similar to the "Mini Pris" scheme they have in Norway. Train tickets are sold on the same basis as airline tickets - there are so many avaiable at the lowest price, and when they're all sold you move into the next price bracket, and so on. I got a Bergen-Oslo ticket for about 25 Euro by booking online 3 weeks in advance. Not bad considering a full price ticket would be about 100Euro!
    There was pointedly no mention on a limit of the number of seats available at the €10 fare, only that they must be booked in advance. I assume something like 14 or 21 days in advance.

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    Somebody discovered that offering value for money means more usage and hence more profit.

    Most private sector companies have embraced this model, so nice to see the semi states do it too.

    Maybe there is hope after all.

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    Seriously though that's a great deal. I might make a couple of trips myself. Always enjoyed the train provided you can get a seat of course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MPB View Post
    Somebody discovered that offering value for money means more usage and hence more profit.

    Most private sector companies have embraced this model, so nice to see the semi states do it too.

    Maybe there is hope after all.
    It will put a shiver down the spine of Bus Eireann no doubt.

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    this is step one to being competitive with private transport. Step 2 means some investment in the infrastructure and the relaying of some track.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gijoe View Post
    It will put a shiver down the spine of Bus Eireann no doubt.
    Oh Bús Eireann is useless All their intercity services stop in every Ballygobackwards. They avoid toll roads like the plague and they are ALWAYS late often between 50 minutes and 2 hours

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