Tips for Saving Money on Train Travel in the UK

Travelling by train is one of the best ways to see the UK, gliding through the green countryside on the rail line watching the towns and villages go by outside the window. The rail network in the UK is extensive and will allow you to reach almost any destination quickly and easily. Train travel in the UK is very comfortable, spacious and safe.

Train Travel in the UK: 37605+37610 pass Cheeseman's Green
37605+37610 pass Cheeseman’s Green: Photo Joshua Brown / CC 2.0

Train Travel in the UK: Money-Saving Tips

However, the cost of train travel can sometimes add up if you are not careful. It is possible to travel via train cheaply, but you need to put in a little effort to find the most affordable tickets. Here are some helpful tips that will allow you to save money when you train travel in the UK:

  • Book your train travel in advance – the earlier you book your train the more likely you will be to find a cheap fare. Take a look online to find fares well before you plan to travel.
  • The advance fares will vary in price between each train and depending on the day, so take some time to shop around and compare fares.
  • Sometimes two tickets are cheaper than one, so it makes sense to split the journey. A website such as will allow you to check and see if split ticketing would save you money on your journey.
  • Try to avoid travelling on the peak busy times, as the tickets will be cheaper on off peak times. For example, if you plan to travel from London to Edinburgh for the weekend the cheapest tickets there will be on Saturday afternoon and the cheapest fares returning will be on Monday evening. If you can be flexible with your timing, travelling on off-peak hours really saves you money.
  • Sometimes buying two single tickets is cheaper than buying a return ticket.
Train Travel in the UK: Standard Class Interior of 375818
Standard Class Interior of 375818: Photo Joshua Brown / CC 2.0
  • If you are planning on travelling via trail quite a lot in the UK, you might find that it will save you money to purchase a railcard. There are four different types of railcard available, which will allow you to save around a third on train fares all around the country.
  • If you are travelling with a group of other people, it’s cheaper to purchase a group save ticket. They are available on off-peak hours and they will allow three or four people to travel for the price of two. This will save each of you 50% on your travel costs.
  • Consider a different route. There is often more than one way to get between two cities in the UK and one option might offer cheaper fares.

These are just a few of the ways that you can save money on train travel in the UK. These tips will help you to see more of this beautiful country and stretch your travel budget as far as possible.

About Kelly Dunning


A Canadian freelance writer with a love of art, culture, literature and adventure, Kelly loves exploring foreign lands and expressing her experiences through the power of the written word. She and her English boyfriend Lee run, packed full with travel guides, stories and inspiration for those who dream of travel. They have been location independent and travelling the world digital-nomad style for the last three years, with no address, no car and no fixed schedule.

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