Wed. Aug 10th, 2022

Thousands of train passengers get the chance to come to London for a “Minnie Driver” – it’s Cockney who rhymes with a fiver!

For a limited time in the autumn, Greater Anglia offers one-way tickets to the capital from Norwich for just £ 5 – cheaper than a day ticket on the bus around the city.

Launching on Thursday 14 October to mid-November, the super-cheap rail fares mean a trip to Big Smoke and back will set you back around the same amount as a taxi to Norwich from the suburbs.

In an effort to get more people exploring and enjoying days out, Greater Anglia has made 50,000 seats – as it calls Hare Fares – available across its various routes to the east for £ 5.

London Eye and County Hall

You can get to London and back three times for less than the price of a trip on the London Eye
– Credit: PA

They can now be purchased online and via the Greater Anglia app, but with destinations including Cambridge, Ipswich, Colchester and Southend sharing ticket prices, people in Fine City need to be quick to snatch them up.


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Martin Moran, commercial director for Great Anglia, said: “Traveling by train is cheaper than you think, and our new offer Hare Fares means people can travel for less in the fall.

“Our region has so much to offer, and whether it’s city or coast, shopping or sightseeing, we’re giving people more money to spend on having fun by helping them save money on their train fare.”

The offer lasts until November, which means that it also includes the school holidays in October – but can not be used with GroupSave or railway cards.

Josh, left and Jacob Murphy celebrate Norwich City's FA Youth Cup triumph at Stamford Bridge in 2013

Norwich meet Chelsea at Stamford Bridge during the offer – the same place as the raised FA Youth Cup
– Credit: Matthew Usher

And it will also give a boost to Norwich City fans, as the club’s next two away trips fall into this window and take place in the capital – with visits to Chelsea on 23 October and Brentford on 6 November.

But when the deal expires on Sunday, November 21, it will be cleared and dusted before the Christmas holidays.

Five things to do in London this autumn

  1. Watch Back to the Future: The Musical: The musical adaptation of 80s cult classic films debuted on stage in August at the Adelphia Theater and even features Norwich’s own Nic Myers. Store Scott! And if Delorean riding and hoverboarding are not your thing, you’re spoiled for choice in the West End.
    Nic Myers as Little Red in Sound Ideas' Production of Into the Woods at The Norwich Playhouse

    Nic Myers appears in Back to the Future: The Musical
    – Credit: Dan Smith

  2. Cheer on the Canaries: City’s next away trips are in London against Chelsea and Brentford. On the ball, city!
  3. Get started with Christmas shopping – It may only be October, but already festive shops and markets are opening their doors in the capital.
  4. Welcome Dippy back to his home: Dippy diplodocus has been lucky enough to spend the last few months with us in our beautiful cathedral, but on October 31st he will be packed up and returned home. Prices run until November 21, so you might just catch his return at the Natural History Museum
    Dippy bathed in colored afternoon light from the stained glass in the large west window of Norwich

    Dippy bathed in colored afternoon light from the stained glass in the large west window at Norwich Cathedral. Photo: Norwich Cathedral / Bill Smith
    – Credit: Norwich Cathedral / Bill Smith

  5. See more Banksy art: Norfolk may have his own collection of Banksy paintings after his spraying, but if that has you desperate for more, he has an exhibition at 50 Earlham Street at random that runs until the day the offer ends – 21. November.

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