Rail Users Ireland Forum

Go Back   Rail Users Ireland Forum > Irish Rail Customer Service Issues > Intercity and Regional
Register FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Unread 23-12-2009, 10:47   #1
Thomas Ralph
IT Officer
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Greenwich, London
Posts: 1,860
Default Cheap web fares

There appears to have been a reshuffle on what trains are eligible for the lower fares.
Thomas Ralph is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 23-12-2009, 11:21   #2
Thomas Ralph
IT Officer
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Greenwich, London
Posts: 1,860
Default

At first glance Dublin-Cork 10 fares are available Mon 1000/1400/2100, Tue-Thur 1000/1100/1400/2100, Fri 1000/2100, Sat 0700/1400/2100, Sun 0825. Cork-Dublin 10 fare Mon/Fri 0505/0930/2030, Tue-Thur 0505/0930/1030/2030, Sat 0505/0630/2030, nothing on Sunday. Looks like a decent effort at redirecting people towards less-busy trains.
Thomas Ralph is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 18-08-2010, 11:24   #3
Mark Gleeson
Technical Officer
 
Mark Gleeson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Coach C, Seat 33
Posts: 12,619
Default

There will be a major change in coming days. There should be more trains with cheap seats.

So the advice is book early, the earlier you book the more likely you are to get a bigger discount. Avoid booking the day of travel.

There is fixed 2 euro transaction fee for Laser/Debit and 3 euro for Credit cards. It will become clear in the coming weeks why this is the case and I think some people may be surprised.

A fix is in for visa debit cards, if you have a visa debit card and the system doesn't like it, let us know the bank and the first 6 digits of the card. Permanent TSB cards may not work right now as debit cards but will soon. They still work as visa credit cards though
Mark Gleeson is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 18-08-2010, 12:28   #4
comcor
Really Regular Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Cork-Dublin, Cork Commuter and occasionally DART and Dublin-Wexford
Posts: 832
Default

Is there any possibility that they'll look at the pricing of routes that aren't to or from Dublin?

It always strikes me as absurd that a Cork-Killarney fare can be double a Cork-Dublin one, even though it's less than half the distance and the train is often half-empty.
comcor is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 18-08-2010, 12:32   #5
Mark Gleeson
Technical Officer
 
Mark Gleeson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Coach C, Seat 33
Posts: 12,619
Default

There are already discounted day return fares on that route

The lowest discounted online fare for an adult is 10 euro (for now anyway)
Mark Gleeson is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 18-08-2010, 12:41   #6
comcor
Really Regular Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Cork-Dublin, Cork Commuter and occasionally DART and Dublin-Wexford
Posts: 832
Default

But day returns aren't great when you want to go for the weekend!

A 10 Euro one-way Cork-Killarney fare would be grand.

And, like I said, with a few exceptions the trains are mostly going round ith unoccupied seats.
comcor is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 18-08-2010, 18:18   #7
Colm Moore
Local Liaison Officer
 
Colm Moore's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 5,442
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by comcor View Post
And, like I said, with a few exceptions the trains are mostly going round ith unoccupied seats.
Any time I've seen a connection at Mallow, the train can be quite busy, but sure, I imagine things are thinning out at Killarney.
__________________
Colm Moore is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 18-08-2010, 18:25   #8
Eddie
Really Regular Poster
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 242
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mark Gleeson View Post
There will be a major change in coming days. There should be more trains with cheap seats.
I see my occasional Friday 7pm Dublin to Cork train has jumped up from 20 to 36 :-(. I hope this will be reducible in future by booking well in advance or I'll book well in advance and fly instead.
Eddie is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 24-08-2010, 21:26   #9
maitias
New to the board
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Somewhere on the Cork to Dublin mainline
Posts: 9
Default

What sort of a discount would you get if you book earlier instead of the day of travel?
For instance if booked the Friday 17:00 to Cork tonight and return journey on the 18:30 what discount would I get? I could see any price difference from the 72 which is the full price.
maitias is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 24-08-2010, 21:45   #10
Mark Gleeson
Technical Officer
 
Mark Gleeson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Coach C, Seat 33
Posts: 12,619
Default

The full new system is working on one route currently. I can certainly confirm that all trains start at 10 euro and as seats are sold the price goes to 15 and so on until it hits the maximum fare as is current.

The fares won't get cheaper as the date of travel looms near, the sooner you book the cheaper the fare will be compared to what you will pay on the day. Booking on the date of travel should be avoided as the 10 euro fare will not be available regardless of seats sold.

I can't state what the lowest fare will be when the system goes fully live but lets face it, its going to be less than current. How low you will just have to wait.

If you are not traveling this weekend, wait till next Monday, something magical might just happen.
Mark Gleeson is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 30-08-2010, 21:22   #11
Eddie
Really Regular Poster
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 242
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mark Gleeson View Post
The full new system is working on one route currently.
It's the Galway route, as per The Sunday Times yesterday.
Eddie is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 30-08-2010, 22:48   #12
Mark Gleeson
Technical Officer
 
Mark Gleeson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Coach C, Seat 33
Posts: 12,619
Default

Galway went live last Wednesday. There is more fun to come in the next month or so.
Mark Gleeson is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 04-09-2010, 20:55   #13
haddockman
Regular Poster
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 113
Default

Are the cheaper fares available for travel from intermediate stations?
haddockman is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 04-09-2010, 21:04   #14
Mark Gleeson
Technical Officer
 
Mark Gleeson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Coach C, Seat 33
Posts: 12,619
Default

Yes
Mark Gleeson is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 16-09-2010, 23:39   #15
Jferb
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 65
Default

Checked the 19:15 Tralee-Dublin service for today (Friday) on Thursday evening and it was showing at 36 despite the fact that there was virtually nobody booked on it at the time. So it seems that prices are being automatically hiked to the maximum before the actual day of travel??

Whatever the story, bookings on this particular service appear to have been absolutely decimated by this recent 'improvement'.

Fortunately I'm not travelling again until next weekend and now I have been warned!
Jferb is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 16-09-2010, 23:48   #16
Jferb
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 65
Default

Just checked Saturday's and Monday's 19:15 services now and they too are priced at 36 despite being practically empty. Tuesday's is currently 10.

So that suggests prices are getting hiked 3 days beforehand??
Jferb is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 17-09-2010, 16:34   #17
topnotch
New to the board
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 2
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Thomas Ralph View Post
There appears to have been a reshuffle on what trains are eligible for the lower fares.
Yea it now appears that there are none.
topnotch is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 17-09-2010, 21:25   #18
Colm Moore
Local Liaison Officer
 
Colm Moore's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 5,442
Default

The National Plough Championships is on next week and some colleges are back.

This may have affected things http://railusers.ie/forum/showthread.php?t=12759
__________________
Colm Moore is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 20-09-2010, 12:41   #19
Mark Gleeson
Technical Officer
 
Mark Gleeson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Coach C, Seat 33
Posts: 12,619
Default

I can now confirm FREE tickets are now online. Book far enough in advance on Dublin Galway and chances are a zero cost for you.

Click image for larger version

Name:	Screen shot 2010-09-20 at 12.58.09.jpg
Views:	555
Size:	54.1 KB
ID:	1234

Now it becomes clear why there is a 2 euro transaction charge, you have to pay something to complete the transaction.
Mark Gleeson is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 08-10-2010, 20:11   #20
Eddie
Really Regular Poster
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 242
Default

I would have thought that Irish rail need to be careful about imposing compulsory charges like this. Better to have a 2 euro fare and a way of paying without charges like Ryanair, Aer Lingus, Irish Ferries and Stena Line all do.

Someone with enough of a mind to could challenge this easily.

Incidentally, much as I prefer travelling by train, I have just booked a 6 euro (with no transaction fee) Friday evening flight from Dublin to Cork in November which looks like it would have cost 36 by train, plus a transaction fee, if indeed I could book more than 28 days in advance. I hope Dublin to Cork becomes demand based soon. They lost me this time.

Last edited by Eddie : 08-10-2010 at 20:14.
Eddie is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 18:57.


Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.