It wasn’t that long ago I was ‘officially’ a student, but I’m pretty sure my flatmate would testify to the fact, I still live like one – you should see the state of my room. For ethical reasons and financial – obviously – I’m a big fan of cycling from A to B. But what if you want to go further afield, a gig in another city say? Easy, take yourself and your bike on the train, thus avoiding the unethical and costly automobile.
Check out this rather helpful little guide to rail travel, including a check-list of things to pack, train ticket purchasing tips and a few suggestions on where to go, all wonderfully presented in a little infograhpicy-thing.
Though it’s not always something I’m personally very good at, organising any travel plans in advance is a good idea. Not only will this give you plenty of time to plan the ultimate night out and rope all of you friends into coming with you, it also means you’ll be able to take advantage of the advance cheap train tickets that are available on a lot of journeys.
If you are a student, or under 25, it’s highly recommended that you also get yourself a young person’s railcard and pay a third less for off-peak rail travel.
If like me, you like taking your bike around to avoid paying taxi fares at the other end, make sure you go online to plan your journey. The National Rail Enquiries website will automatically tell you whether you need to reserve a bicycle space, and how to do this if needs be. It also has detailed information about cycle carriage terms and conditions on the different operators.
If you have any tips on how to travel on the cheap, student or not, let us know in the comments section below.