Malaconotus wrote:I notice that the tale of woe above concerned travelling longer distances with an open return ticket, which made booking a bike for a specific train very difficult. I can see how and why that might be complicated. All my longer jaunts have been pre-booked to get substantially discounted fares; knowing exactly which train I'll be on weeks in advance seems to help, although I appreciate for many this degree of planning is difficult or inconvenient.
I'm off to Arran for three days on Tuesday; starting from home in Leeds the total cost of all train travel, ferry, and accommodation for my trip will be under £50. I expect the travel part to be as trouble-free as all my other bikes on trains experiences have been.
Correct M. I can also confirm that I haven't had problems when fully pre booked and have also found guards on Transpennine and Settle - Carlisle trains very accommodating. Once even allowing a tandem on!
It does apear though that there is no working provision in place to reliably book a bike on an open return.
Your £50 trip to Arran sounds amazing though. I would be grateful for any tips on achieving similar if you have the time. My journey from hell cost me nearly £70. Even I would be willing to sacrifice spontenaeity for such a saving. Hope you have a good trip.