How to Save Money on Train Tickets
1. Book early
Book up to 12 weeks in advance for great savings.
For some journeys, where the train companies estimate demand will be low, they sell a limited number of tickets 12 weeks before the date of travel at a significant discount. So just like booking flights it pays to get in the habit of booking your train travel well ahead.
The earlier you book the better your chance of getting a discounted ticket. Our Best Fare Finder allows you to search and see whether they’re available for your journey. If you can be flexible have a look at several dates; they don’t sell out in order.
Advance discounted tickets are only available as single (one-way) tickets, so if you need to book a return journey book two singles. The tickets are specific to the date and train they are booked for and can only be bought online. Although they are non-refundable you can amend the date and time up to 18.00 on the day before departure (booking fee may apply).
Put your journey into the Best Fare Finder widget to see how much you could save and if you find tickets at silly cheap prices BUY THEM before someone else does.
Note: If you need to make your journey soon don’t panic you can sometimes get advance rates up to midnight on the night before travel. Worth checking.