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Finding Cheap Train Tickets

Finding Cheap Train Tickets

UK train travel can be incredibly expensive, particularly if booking last-minute. However, with a little prior-planning, along with some potential flexibility, it can also be fairly cheap. If you follow the following tips, you will find your train fares falling more on the latter side.

Book Early

This is where the prior-planning plays a major role, book your train journey early, well in advance of the trip, to ensure the best deal on price.

Prices will likely steadily increase for the journey as time goes on, so keep a lookout for the release of dates (normally around 3-months-in-advance).

Purchase your train tickets through a website such as Traingenius.com, where you can save up to 80% by booking in advance.

From the moment you know when you will be travelling, book the seat, delaying will generally mean you will pay more!

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Flexibility

Mentioned at the beginning of the article, the second most important point is to be flexible. Whilst not always feasible, if you have a little wriggle-room with your dates, then you may find having a search for the same journey on a different date can alter the price (for better or worse!)

Alternative Routes

Again, not always feasible, but if journey and arrival time is not an issue, there may be the option of choosing an alternative route. Different train operators may well charge different prices, with onboard services potentially differentiating the price.

Off-Peak Travel

Peak vs. off-peak travel is always something to watch. During peak travel times (generally speaking 0630-0930 in the morning, and 1530-1830 in the evening) the train fares are likely to be more, generally because there is a decreased number of cheap tickets allocated.

Alongside this, travelling off-peak offers a much more enjoyable train journey, as there is less crowding, meaning more space!

Weekend Travel

It is likely that weekend travellers can push the cost of a ticket up, particularly on the busy travel days of Friday & Sunday, when travellers are travelling to, and then back from, their destination at the end of the week.

Railcards

Touched upon at the end of our UK Staycation Guide, railcards can offer decent savings on the cost of a rail fare. You just need to ensure that you reach the required criteria, if you are using one of these.

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Thomas Goddard

Thomas Goddard

Thomas is Expert with Points' travel writer, covering a variety of travel locations with handy guides on the must-see places on any trip.

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