Posted August 20th, 2012, 03:42 PM
If you are just going to do the train round trip, buying through the cruise ship may be the best way to go.
The OP's situation is that they were on a bus tour and planning to take the train back down from Fraser, but were unable to buy tickets once they got there. Some independent tours arrange your train tickets for you in advance, while others tell you that you can buy them the day of the tour. Apparently, at least in the OP's case, this does not always work out as planned.
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