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Cheap Train Tickets: How we can help you make big savings!

Taking the train is a great way to travel, but the ticketing system is complicated and if you aren't careful, you could end up paying way over the odds for your journey.

Here at, we find our customers the cheapest tickets, wherever and whenever you're going. We are experts in finding you split tickets, which can give savings of up to 90% on your rail fare! Split ticketing means that instead of purchasing one rail ticket for your journey we calculate and help you book two or more tickets instead, covering exactly the same journey.

It may sound complicated, but it's a smart way to save serious money on rail fares. At it's quick, simple and easy to buy split tickets that will help keep more cash in your pocket.

So if you're looking for the best deals on cheap train tickets for your next journey, you've come to the right place. We have all the information you need to find the cheapest fares, as well as tips on how to save even more money.

Cheap Train Tickets Made Easy: Use Our Site to Find the Best Deals

When you search on, we do all the work for you to find the cheapest fare. We automatically find the best split ticket to get you to your destination for the best price possible. The site is simple to use - to save big on your next journey, just follow the steps below:

  1. Enter your origin & destination
  2. Enter the dates & times you'd like to travel (the cheapest, Advance fares are usually available 12 weeks in advance of your journey)
  3. Select how many passangers are travelling (we automatically apply GroupSave discount where available if 3 or more are travelling)
  4. Add your railcard (well worth buying if you travel regularly - railcards usually cut ticket costs by 1/3)
  5. Select & book your journey! (we will highlight the cheapest option for you, including any Split Ticket savings)

Cheap Train Tickets: Other ways to save on train travel

Along with our split ticketing, there are many other ways to save on your next train trip. Ticket prices can vary greatly depending on a number of factors, including the time of day, day of the week, how far in advance you book, and more. Here, we will explore the best ways to find cheap train tickets in the UK.

1. Buy your train tickets in advance

One of the easiest ways to save money on train tickets is to book in advance. The earlier you book your tickets, the cheaper they will be. This is especially true for long-distance journeys. Train companies usually release their tickets up to 12 weeks in advance, so if you know when you're planning to travel, it's a good idea to book your tickets as soon as possible.

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Customers save on average £25!

2. Be flexible with your travel times

Off-peak tickets, which are available outside of the busiest times of day, are usually cheaper than peak-time tickets. So if you can travel during off-peak hours, you'll be able to save even more money. In addition, some train companies offer cheaper fares for travel during certain times of the day, such as early morning or late at night.

3. Use railcards

Railcards offer discounts on train tickets for a wide range of travellers, including students, seniors, and families with children. They typically cost around £30 per year, but the savings can be significant, especially if you travel frequently. There are a number of different railcards available, each offering different types of discounts. For example, the 16-25 Railcard offers a third off train fares for young people, while the Family and Friends Railcard offers a third off adult fares and 60% off child fares for up to four adults and four children.

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Customers save on average £25!

4. Save money on group travel by booking together

Traveling in a group of 3 to 9 passengers? Get discounted train tickets with! During off-peak hours, you can save 1/3 on fares when booking all tickets together. If the GroupSave discount is available for your journey, we'll automatically apply it for you. Keep in mind that not every operator offers this discount, so it's best to check in advance. To take advantage of the savings, all tickets must be purchased in a single booking and all passengers must travel on the same train.

5. Consider alternative routes

Going the direct way to your destination makes a lot of sense, but may also cost more than taking a circuitous route - so if you're not in a rush to get where you're going, it's worth checking whether a slower service could save you money.

It could be that you'll save a significant sum for as little as 20 or 30 minutes extra travel time.

Whenever you search for a train ticket at, we'll check whether travelling to your destination via an alternative route might be cheaper for you and will display the results automatically.

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6. Avoid booking & card fees

Booking fees can add up, but not with While The Trainline & most other booking sites charge up to £1.50 per transaction, we don't charge any booking or credit card fees. Our fee is simply 10% of the savings you make when splitting your ticket. If we don't save you any money, you won't have to pay us anything. With, you can be sure that you're only paying for the tickets you need and the savings you make.

7. Try 2 single tickets

You could be forgiven for thinking that a return train ticket would offer better value for money than two singles - but strangely, that often isn't the case.

Booking two single train tickets instead of a return could see you make a big saving, especially if you're planning a long or expensive journey.

When you search for train tickets here at, we'll always show you if buying two single tickets will be cheaper than choosing a return.

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8. Check 1st Class prices

On occasion, first-class tickets may be priced equally or lower than standard fares by operators. This may happen particularly if a small number of first-class tickets have been sold, resulting in a significant reduction in their price, allowing you to enjoy a luxurious travel experience while paying a lower cost.

9. Consider taking a coach instead

While journey times are usually shorter with fewer stops on the train, in some cases there are big savings to be made travelling by coach. Modern coaches, such as those operated by National Express, are comfortable, convenient, with free WiFi, charging points & a generous luggage allowance.

On, if National Express services run between your origin and destination, we will show you the available journeys & prices - which you can then book right here on!

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Frequently asked questions (about cheap train tickets)


We automatically find the cheapest split tickets, saving you up to 90% on the cost of your journey. We also apply GroupSave discount where applicable.

Unlike other sites, also allows groups of passangers with multiple railcards to apply them all to a single search, using all the specified railcards in combination with our split ticket algorithm for maximum savings.

It's best to book your train tickets as early as possible since the cheapest Advance tickets are usually released 12 weeks in advance of travel.

Some train companies have now made Advance fares available up until an hour before travel, and when available you'll always find them here on

Generally, it is cheaper to book train tickets online at 70% of our customers find a cheaper split ticket, and save an average of £25. The largest saving we have found a customer to date is a massive £429!

Not on! Most online ticket retailers charge booking or card fees - up to £1.50 on the Trainline - but we never will.

It is less common to find cheap train tickets for peak travel times. However, by booking with us you will likely still save on the cost of your journey, because of split ticketing.

For example, if you leave your departure station during peak hours, cheap Off Peak tickets will not be available. But when you reach the first station on your journey outside of peak hours, we can often reduce the cost by splitting your ticket here, offering an Off peak fare for the rest of the journey!

It depends on the type of ticket you purchase. Some tickets are flexible and allow changes, while others have strict restrictions only allowing travel on the booke service.

if you require flexibility, use and remove Advance fares from your search results using our simple filters.