• Anyone alive here? Over 60s and over 65 prices in Portugal

    From cl@isbd.net@21:1/5 to cl@isbd.net on Sat Feb 27 17:01:57 2016
    cl@isbd.net wrote:
    Graeme Wall <rail@greywall.demon.co.uk> wrote:
    On 27/02/2016 12:52, cl@isbd.net wrote:
    Just in case anyone still frequents this newsgroup.

    Waves :-)

    Thanks for replying. :-)

    I guess I can just try it. The Spanish railways have a card "Tarjeta
    Dorada" for over 60s discount and for on line bookings you need the
    card number to get the discount.

    ... but you don't! I just tried booking our Sud Express trip on 9th
    June and was able to get the Senior rates just for the asking.
    Presumably they will check our ages from our passports when we travel.

    I was also really surprised to be able to book so early, 120 days or
    so in advance. Sadly I can't book the return journey on 23rd June, I
    guess that's after the timetable change date.

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  • From cl@isbd.net@21:1/5 to Graeme Wall on Sat Feb 27 14:52:47 2016
    Graeme Wall <rail@greywall.demon.co.uk> wrote:
    On 27/02/2016 12:52, cl@isbd.net wrote:
    Just in case anyone still frequents this newsgroup.

    Waves :-)

    Thanks for replying. :-)

    I guess I can just try it. The Spanish railways have a card "Tarjeta
    Dorada" for over 60s discount and for on line bookings you need the
    card number to get the discount.

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    Chris Green
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  • From cl@isbd.net@21:1/5 to All on Sat Feb 27 12:52:44 2016
    Just in case anyone still frequents this newsgroup.

    Does anyone know about reduced prices for rail travel in Portugal?
    On the web site it just says "People aged 65 or over can get
    half-price tickets so long as they have some ID proving their age"
    and, further down it says "The discount is 25% of the international
    Lusitânia Comboio Hotel, Sud Expresso and Celta services if you are
    aged 60 or over."

    Are these prices available just for the asking (with proof of age) or
    does one have to do something in advance? Also are they available for
    internet bookings or only 'at the ticket office'?

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  • From Graeme Wall@21:1/5 to cl@isbd.net on Sat Feb 27 13:10:34 2016
    On 27/02/2016 12:52, cl@isbd.net wrote:
    Just in case anyone still frequents this newsgroup.

    Waves :-)


    Does anyone know about reduced prices for rail travel in Portugal?
    On the web site it just says "People aged 65 or over can get
    half-price tickets so long as they have some ID proving their age"
    and, further down it says "The discount is 25% of the international Lusitânia Comboio Hotel, Sud Expresso and Celta services if you are
    aged 60 or over."

    Are these prices available just for the asking (with proof of age) or
    does one have to do something in advance? Also are they available for internet bookings or only 'at the ticket office'?


    According to <www.Seat61.com> you select Senior on the website booking
    form so that should give you the appropriate discount.

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  • From John Levine@21:1/5 to All on Sat Feb 27 20:06:16 2016
    I guess I can just try it. The Spanish railways have a card "Tarjeta
    Dorada" for over 60s discount and for on line bookings you need the
    card number to get the discount.

    ... but you don't! I just tried booking our Sud Express trip on 9th
    June and was able to get the Senior rates just for the asking.
    Presumably they will check our ages from our passports when we travel.

    Or is it like the UK where no matter how old you are, if you don't have
    a Senior Railcard, you don't get the disount?

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  • From Giovanni Drogo@21:1/5 to cl@isbd.net on Mon Feb 29 10:28:45 2016
    On Sat, 27 Feb 2016, cl@isbd.net wrote:

    I guess I can just try it. The Spanish railways have a card "Tarjeta
    Dorada" for over 60s discount ...

    Curious that it is a "golden card" when in Italy it is/was a "silver
    card" (carta d'argento). Although nowadays is pretty useless, because
    of global fares.

    My mother got a "permanent silver card" (which costed a tiny bit more
    than an yearly one) as soon as she was above the limit age (I cannot
    remember if that was 60 for women, for men it is 65) and she still has
    it at 91 ... but it is a sort so rare that one has to use it at a ticket office.

    Moreover it is not necessary for regional travel (at least in Lombardy)
    where everybody above 65 gets a fixed discount (and moreover she has
    free travel in Lombardy for other reasons), while for long distance it
    applies only to trains with the standard fare, not to global fares,

    I *just* discovered that for the latter trains, if you have a
    Cartafreccia (frequent traveller card), you can have an "over 60"
    discount (curious it is so low, with pension age increasing ... some international arrangement ?). However since such discount gives you a
    ticket where the reservation cannot be transferred to another train, so
    I preferred a day return fare.

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  • From Yarrow@21:1/5 to All on Mon Mar 14 09:57:12 2016
    No problems last year. Plenty oif train travel with senior discounts.
    Just showed driving licence at ticket office.

    Great trains. Great country.


    cl:
    Just in case anyone still frequents this newsgroup.

    Does anyone know about reduced prices for rail travel in Portugal?
    On the web site it just says "People aged 65 or over can get
    half-price tickets so long as they have some ID proving their age"
    and, further down it says "The discount is 25% of the international
    Lusitnia Comboio Hotel, Sud Expresso and Celta services if you are
    aged 60 or over."

    Are these prices available just for the asking (with proof of age) or
    does one have to do something in advance? Also are they available
    for
    internet bookings or only 'at the ticket office'?

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    Chris Green


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  • From cl@isbd.net@21:1/5 to Yarrow on Mon Mar 14 10:49:50 2016
    Yarrow <nospam@invalid.com> wrote:
    No problems last year. Plenty oif train travel with senior discounts.
    Just showed driving licence at ticket office.

    Great trains. Great country.

    OK, thanks.

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    Chris Green
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