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First Great Western -rail in england

Help..I am confused about how many rail lines there are in England... It seems the tickets to where I want to go are quite a bit cheaper on this site vs. National Rail site. Is there a reason for this??
Thanks!

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There's many rail companies in England, Sherry, but you do have a few choices when booking; and the list keeps changing. Last year I did London to York with GNER (Great Northern) who've since been taken over by National Rail. It's kind of like booking through RailEurope (basically a booking service) or through the actual rail company (Great Western); with the former you'll pay more. Where are you trying to go to/from?

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Checked both FGW and NatRail and RailEurope for Ldn to M-in-M. The first two, with various dates from now, including tomorrow, both seem to run about 25GBP for one-way. RailEuope, with a Britrail pass (which may not apply to you), show it as cheap as $11 and as much as $100 without the pass. Don't know what your itinerary/plans might be but what you don't want to do is just walk up to the wicket at Paddington and buy the ticket for 'right now'; gets very expensive doing that. FGW is the 'carrier' while NatRail is kind of 'brokering' the tickets which obviously can push the prices up a bit. You'll want to play around with the various options on the sites; for example 'day-returns' can sometimes be cheaper than 'one-ways', different times of day/week can also affect the prices. A good way to do it is to buy the ticket online in advance and pick it up out of the automated machines in Paddington when you get there.

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Thanks for all the info, I just wasn't clear about that..now I am. I'm actaully goiong end of may but am going to purchase my train tickets today.