Posted November 11th, 2017, 02:59 AM
I second the vote for the 10.35 from Waterloo, did it for the WC last year. I had booked the trip about 90 days out for a very low 1 pound for 2nd class and once on the train upgraded to first for 5 pounds as it was the weekend. I think it is an all year round deal, but its worth booking in advance as soon as they are available. At that price if a better option came up it was no great loss.
A ticket for £1, did you buy a cheap Megabus train ticket? If so you won't have caught the 10.35 as they sold tickets for the 10.39 which takes about 15 minutes longer.
However due to a change of ownership of the franchise to run the line these very cheap tickets have now ceased and the cheapest ticket is around £40.
As to how busy the trains are, that can vary tremendously with the time of year. When I was on the 10.05 on a Saturday in June there were people standing from Waterloo.
The 10.39 was always virtually empty as everyone was on the faster 10.35.