Rangers, Rovers and Round Robins - what they do and how to buy them

 

If you want to explore the cities, coast and countryside in one day then choose from tickets which include Cheshire, Lancashire and the North West. Or try the North Wales Day Rover which also covers buses and gives a discount on the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland heritage railways.  Hop on and off all day on your chosen route or within a defined area - the choice is yours. A great car-free day out for all the family and great value too!  

There are special tickets, too, for Greater Manchester and Merseyside.  The Greater Manchester Wayfarer is excellent value and covers a very wide area including the Mid Cheshire Line from Northwich to Manchester.  The Merseyrail Day Ranger covers the whole of the Merseyrail network from Chester to Southport.

 

DAY TICKETS

GREATER MANCHESTER WAYFARER

Wayfarer is the one-day ticket that lets you travel wherever you want to places in Greater Manchester and adjoining parts of Cheshire (including the Mid Cheshire Line from Northwich), Derbyshire, Lancashire, Staffordshire and the Peak District. It gives complete freedom to go where you choose using buses, trains and trams. It’s perfect for a day out with your family or friends. 

Wayfarer lets you travel for a whole day by bus at any time and by train and tram after 9.30am weekdays and anytime Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.

Wayfarer is excellent value if you start your journey after 0930 as it covers trains over a wider area than Greater Manchester, all of Metrolink and buses over an even wider area than trains.  On the Mid Cheshire Line it is valid from Northwich eastwards.  It allows you to travel into Manchester by Metrolink and out by rail or vice versa. 

You can buy it from ticket offices and ticket machines, or from the conductor on the train if the ticket office is closed.

Using trains and trams

You can travel after 09.30 Monday to Friday and all day on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays on services operated by these train and tram companies. There are no limitations on using Wayfarer for train journeys starting between 16:01 and 18:29 as there are with some Off Peak Day Returns and with System One Day Savers. Wayfarer allows standard class travel on trains.

Arriva Trains Wales
Northern
Cross Country
East Midlands Trains
First TransPennine Express
Virgin Trains
Metrolink

Choose a Wayfarer to suit you

Wayfarer tickets can be used on the day of purchase or bought up to three days in advance.

Adults £13; Concession £8 (holders of English Bus Pass for older or and disabled people); Child £6.50; Group (up to 2 adults and 2 children) £26.

Area Covered

Click here for map of Rail and Metrolink Coverage

Click here for map of Bus Coverage

Further details of the Greater Manchester Wayfarer can be found at
www.tfgm.com/journey_planning/Tickets/Pages/tickets_wayfarer.aspx 

 

CHESHIRE DAY RANGER

Adult £23.00, Railcard £15.20 (16-25, Senior, Two Together and Disabled Railcard holders), Child £11.50, Family & Friends £15.20 (adult)/£4.35 (child).

Time restrictions 
You can use your Cheshire Day Ranger, on trains timed to depart after 0845 Monday to Friday. You can use them at any time during weekends and Bank Holidays. 

Where to purchase
You can buy your Day Ranger or Round Robin tickets at your local ticket office. When boarding at an unstaffed station, or if the ticket office is closed, you can buy them from the conductor on the train. 

Prices
The prices shown are valid until 2 January 2018.

Railcard and Child discounts
Railcard discounts are available where conditions of the railcard are met.  Children 5-15 years old inclusive travel at half the Adult fare except on family tickets, where no further discount applies. 

Area Covered

Click here for map of Rail Coverage

Note the map does not show all intermediate stations
Valid on all train operating company services on the map shown

Further details of the Cheshire Day Ranger can be found at
www.northernrailway.co.uk/tickets/explore-the-north-west

 

SOUTH PENNINES DAY RANGER

Adult £23.00, Railcard £15.20 (16-25, Senior, Two Together and Disabled Railcard holders), Child £11.50, Family & Friends £15.20 (adult)/£4.35 (child).

The South Pennines Day Ranger covers the train services in the area Stockport-Sheffield-Leeds-Bradford-Manchester-Stockport (see map).  It does not cover the Buxton line or the Mid Cheshire Line west of Stockport – so you will also need a day return to Stockport.

Time restrictions 
You can use your South Pennines Day Ranger, on trains timed to depart after 0845 Monday to Friday. You can use them at any time during weekends and Bank Holidays. 

Where to purchase
You can buy your Day Ranger or Round Robin tickets at your local ticket office. When boarding at an unstaffed station, or if the ticket office is closed, you can buy them from the conductor on the train. 
Prices
The prices shown are valid until 2 January 2018.

Railcard and Child discounts
Railcard discounts are available where conditions of the railcard are met.  Children 5-15 years old inclusive travel at half the Adult fare except on family tickets, where no further discount applies.

Area Covered

Click here for map of Rail Coverage

Note the map does not show all intermediate stations
Valid on all train operating company services on the map shown

Further details of the South Pennines Day Ranger can be found at
www.northernrailway.co.uk/tickets/explore-the-north-west  

 

MERSEYRAIL DAY SAVER

Adult £5.10, Child £2.55

Ticket Restrictions

Day Savers are not valid for travel between 0631 and 0929, Monday to Friday and there is no Railcard discount. 

Area Covered

Click here for map of Merseyrail Coverage

Note the map does not show all intermediate stations

Day Saver is valid on the Green (Wirral) Line, which runs from Chester every 15 minutes and Blue (Northern) lines.  It is not valid on the Red (City) lines.  It is only valid on Merseyrail trains.

Note that the Chester City Rail Link is now £1 for all passengers (including rail passengers) except holders of an English Bus Pass.

Further details of the Merseyrail Day saver be found at
http://www.merseyrail.org/tickets-passes/daily-travel/day-saver.aspx

 

NORTH WALES ROVER

All Zones North Wales Rover: Adult £38.00, Railcard £25.30 (Two Together Railcard, Senior Railcard, Disabled Railcard, 16-25 Railcard), Child £19.00.

North Wales Rover is an excellent value day ticket that is being used by increasing numbers of people travelling by bus and train around North Wales. You can buy the ticket for 2, 3 or all zones.  You can travel all day on all rail services and most bus services at any time up to midnight within the zones covered by your ticket.  The All Zones North Wales Rover gives a 50% discount on the ordinary fares on the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways.  It can be bought from a ticket office – eg from Chester – but not from a conductor.

It does not cover the Mid Cheshire Line so you will also need a return ticket to Chester as well.  An All Zones North Wales Rover also covers rail travel from Chester to Shrewsbury, Machynlleth and Aberystwyth. 

The counties of Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire and Flintshire are represented as individual zones, but Gwynedd is split into 2 separate zones. Wrexham and Chester is one zone. There is also a zone that covers the routes between Machynlleth and Aberystwyth (Ceredigion North).

Services of most bus operators are included in the price of North Wales Rover.  Please check with Traveline Cymru for details of the operators' complete network of services.  Discounts are available with the following railcards: Two Together Railcard, Senior Railcard, Disabled Railcard, 16-25 Railcard. 

It is also valid (subject to the correct zone being purchased), to/from Chester City Centre, Chester Station (but not valid on railway station link bus service), Chester Business Park, Ellesmere Port (bus services SP1 and SP2  only), Machynlleth and Aberystwyth (bus services 28, 32, X32 and train).

Area Covered

Click here for map of Zones showing Rail and Bus Coverage

Note the map does not show all intermediate stations

Valid on all train operating company services on the map shown except on the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways, other narrow gauge lines and privately operated standard gauge lines such as the Llangollen Railway.

Rail lines are shown in red, white lines are bus routes

Further details of the North Wales Rover can be found at
www.arrivatrainswales.co.uk/ExploreWales/NorthWalesRover

 

MULTI-DAY TICKETS 

NORTH WALES COAST AND PEAKS ROVER 

Explore the North Wales coastline or discover the Peak District. Visit Chester, Liverpool, Manchester or Sheffield and see what these great cities have to offer in culture and shopping.  This ticket covers the whole of the Mid Cheshire Line.

Any 4 days in 8 - Adult £74.00, Railcard £48.85, Child £37, Friends&Family adult £48.85, Child £14.05.

Rail Rover tickets are available for travel on trains timed to depart after 0845 Mondays to Fridays and at any time weekends and bank holidays. 

Rail Rover tickets can be bought from any ticket office in Great Britain.  Please note they cannot be purchased on trains.

Rail Rover tickets are valid for travel on trains timed to depart after 0845 Mondays to Fridays and at any time weekends and bank holidays.

Hop on and off all day within your chosen area - the choice is yours. 

A great car-free number of days for all the family and great value too!

Area Covered

Click here for map of Rail Coverage

Note the map does not show all intermediate stations
Valid on all train operating company services on the map shown

Further details of the Coast and Peaks Rover can be found at
www.northernrailway.co.uk/tickets/rail-rover-tickets

 

NORTH WEST ROVER 

Explore great cities like Manchester and Liverpool or enjoy great British seaside resorts like Blackpool, Morecambe and Southport. Discover the stunning scenery of The Lake District or the industrial heritage of the north.  This ticket covers the whole of the Mid Cheshire Line. 

Any 4 days in 8 - Adult £74.00, Railcard £48.85, Child £37, Friends&Family adult £48.85, Child £14.05.

7 days – Adult £89.00, Railcard £58.75, Child £44.50, Friends&Family adult £58.75, Child £16.90.

Rail Rover tickets can be bought from any ticket office in Great Britain.  Please note they cannot be purchased on trains.

Rail Rover tickets are valid for travel on trains timed to depart after 0845 Mondays to Fridays and at any time weekends and bank holidays.

Hop on and off all day within your chosen area - the choice is yours.
A great car-free number of days for all the family and great value too! 

Click here for map of Rail Coverage

Note the map does not show all intermediate stations
Valid on all train operating company services on the map shown

Further details of the North West Rover can be found at:
www.northernrailway.co.uk/tickets/rail-rover-tickets

 

Click below for how to the Take the Train on the Mid Cheshire Line 

 

This information is about the Mid Cheshire Line and its services (which run from Chester to Manchester via Altrincham and Stockport). 
It has been prepared by members of MCRUA (Mid Cheshire Rail Users Association) for the Community Rail Partnership.
There is much more information about Northern’s services on their website www.northernrailway.co.uk  
Timetables for the Line are available at station dispensers, ticket offices and for download from Northern. 
The Mid Cheshire Line leaflet gives details about places to visit along the Line and is available at ticket offices and to download.

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