Here are our simple tips to help save you money on your rail fares



Buy Online

When you find a cheap train ticket, buy it straightaway.

Don't find train tickets cheap on the web and then expect to buy them at the station.

Chances are they won't be available at the ticket office.

Online fares are the cheapest and are best bought online.


Don't Buy an Open Return Unless That's What You Really Need

When booking online don't choose an "Open Return" unless you really can't commit yourself to travelling on a particular train.

An Open Return means you can travel on any train there and back, but it also means you'll pay more for the freedom to please yourself.

Usually it's cheaper to buy an advance train ticket with seats reserved on specific trains on both your outward and return journeys.

It means you have to travel on those trains, but it will be cheaper. Always put a date in the online search box for your return journey.


Avoid Credit Card and Booking Fees

You don't have to pay credit card fees and you don't have to pay booking fees, if you book direct with a train operator like Virgin Trains or First TransPennine Express.


Collect Your Cheap Train Tickets

Collect at the station and you don't pay postage or delivery costs. Once you've found a discount, don't eat into the money you have saved by paying out for extra charges.


Book Ahead

Buy an advance purchase ticket and you could cut up to a half off the full train fare compared to buying your train ticket at a station on the day.

It really does pay to book ahead. The national rail companies rely on most people not getting organised far enough ahead and simply paying the full price.

Don't leave it too late to give yourself a chance of finding cheap trains.


Plan Ahead

To save most, get organised. Don't leave it to the last minute. You can find and buy cheap train tickets up to 12 weeks ahead.

This is the key to finding rail fares cheap. If you do leave it late you may be lucky and find a cheap advance purchase fare, but you must try to book by 6pm the day before travel.


Book Train Tickets and Hotel

Book both rail travel and a London hotel with the same company. Packaging your rail travel and accommodation into one booking could save you money on a short break.


Buy a Railcard

If you're under 26, over 60 or travelling with children then getting yourself a Railcard could knock up to 33 per cent off the cost of your rail ticket.


London is the Most Popular Destination for UK Rail Travellers

- but it's still possible to find cheap train tickets.

Virgin Trains, East Coast Trains, First Great Western and East Midlands Trains and other longer distance operators all provide fast and frequent services to the capital.

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With thousands of seats to fill every day, these big train operators can offer substantial discounts and cheap train tickets.

But the golden rule still applies  - don't leave it to the last minute. Buying your ticket at the station will cost you more than booking in advance.

Don't get on the train without a ticket or you simply limit your options and end up paying the most expensive fare available for travel there and then.


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