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Anyone alive here? Over 60s and over 65 prices in Portugal
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c***@isbd.net
2016-02-27 12:52:44 UTC
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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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Chris Green
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Graeme Wall
2016-02-27 13:10:34 UTC
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Post by c***@isbd.net
Just in case anyone still frequents this newsgroup.
Waves :-)
Post by c***@isbd.net
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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c***@isbd.net
2016-02-27 14:52:47 UTC
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Post by c***@isbd.net
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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c***@isbd.net
2016-02-27 17:01:57 UTC
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Post by c***@isbd.net
Post by Graeme Wall
Post by c***@isbd.net
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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Chris Green
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John Levine
2016-02-27 20:06:16 UTC
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Post by c***@isbd.net
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?
Giovanni Drogo
2016-02-29 09:28:45 UTC
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Post by c***@isbd.net
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.
Yarrow
2016-03-14 09:57:12 UTC
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No problems last year. Plenty oif train travel with senior discounts.
Just showed driving licence at ticket office.

Great trains. Great country.
Post by c***@isbd.net
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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Chris Green
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c***@isbd.net
2016-03-14 10:49:50 UTC
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Post by Yarrow
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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