Point to Point Tickets Purchased at the time of travel

Are any discount fares available the day of travel on trains or will you always pay full fare?

Posted by Frank
Tresana, Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
10845 posts

Depends on policies the country's rail system. It will vary from system to system. In general you will pay full fate since the limited number of discounted tickets will be gone. However, if still available you can get them.

Posted by pat
victoria, Canada
7819 posts

Christi as mentioned it likely varies from country to country but I know in France point to points are offered for discount rates ( called PREMS) only in advance and are usually quickly sold out ,, leading to only higher and higher rate scedules..
If you really want the cheapest prices for most places buying last minute pretty well guarantees you will be paying full price.

Posted by Christi
Whitsett, TX, United States
398 posts

That was my thinking as well. In order to keep the flexibility I like and 1st Class - which I like, the rail pass is definitely the way to go for me. I have priced it out both ways and the pass comes out a couple hundred cheaper than P to P (including res fees) and I am not locked into a set schedule - which I prefer. I read on here so often that P to P is cheaper than a pass but I think that most applies if you have and want set travel dates and travel 2nd class.

Posted by Zoe
Toledo, Ohio, US
2442 posts

Christi, it really depends on the country, for example, point to point is usually much cheaper than a pass in Italy.

Posted by Christi
Whitsett, TX, United States
398 posts

We are traveling for a month and are planning on about 8 countries. We enjoy being on the move and are hitting the highlights in several cities to determine whether we might want to return for a longer stay. We have a loose itinerary but like to be flexible - if we get tired of cities we can find a small town to visit.