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SAVE ON SHORT BREAKS BY TRAIN

Using a travel expert to book your weekend break by train could get you better value for money. Savvy rail travellers are finding cheap deals and best value by booking with professional travel operators.

Planning a short break by rail  in the UK should be the easiest thing in the world with a multitude of hotel rate comparison websites, instant on line reservations, train ticket booking sites and hundreds of theatre and event ticket agencies all available at the click of a mouse.

So if you’re planning on travelling by rail for a short break in London, a long weekend in Edinburgh or a midweek holiday in York then the choice of hotels and rates is virtually endless. Rail journey planners will offer you a variety of cheap and expensive fares while event and theatre bookings can be made with any number of ticket sellers.

But is the DIY approach to searching and creating your own short or weekend break really the best way of getting the best deal?

Best Price

Can you be sure you’ve got the best overall price and perhaps more importantly the quality you expect by booking all the elements individually?

Maybe you find a cheap hotel rate, but then pay more than you need to for the theatre and rail tickets?

What happens if one part fails to live up to expectations and who’s responsible for sorting out problems?

Value

Increasingly, those in the know are turning to travel agents and online retailers who can create excellent value hotel, travel and event packages. Savvy travellers are seeking confidence and peace of mind from putting all the arrangements into the hands of professional travel operators.

Among those providing a one stop shop is top short break specialist for the UK - Superbreak . One and a half million people a year use this highly-rated company to arrange their short breaks, which include rail travel, hotel and ticket packages for weekend breaks, city breaks, West End shows, attractions, theme parks, concerts and events.

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Quality

Superbreak claims to offer guaranteed service, quality and value for money. A claim backed up by the fact that it has been voted “Best Operator” by the travel industry every year for the past twenty years.

Working in partnership with over 5000 hotels from 2 to 5 stars in 1,000 destinations throughout Britain and Europe and with direct links to the UK’s train ticket booking systems and theatres, Superbreak has the opportunity to secure great rates and availability and create very competitively priced deals.

Guaranteed

Superbreak short breaks are guaranteed to be the same price, whether booked online, through a travel agent or over the phone.

Train ticket booking website, thetrainline also offers ready-made breaks from just over £50 for return rail travel, a one night stay and ticket to a popular London show.

Independent travel

If you do want to book hotel and rail independently then one of the best sites we have found is venere.com, which has over 500 London hotels on its books and unlike many other booking sites doesn't require advance payment at time of booking.

venere.com can offer real time accommodation availability and the good thing is once you have booked, you don't pay until you check out of the hotel.

For a quick check on hotel prices and availability and to read independent reviews it's well worth a visit to www.tripadvisor.co.uk.