Cheap rail tickets in the UK? 11 train travel hacks –

How are you going to get low cost rail tickets within the UK? This can be a query that I get requested loads by readers who’re visiting UK for the primary time. Initially, nothing beats discovering UK than by prepare. Secondly, it’s no secret that prepare journey in UK is just not low cost and I’ve already coated within the weblog earlier than about how costly UK prepare tickets will be in comparison with the remainder of Europe. Though I at present stay in Germany , I nonetheless go to UK just a few instances a yr and each time potential, love taking the prepare. I’m all the time on the hunt for affordable prepare tickets, particularly from London to Edinburgh, my outdated searching floor and within the course of I’ve picked up some cool cash saving prepare hacks that I’d wish to share with you in the present day plus an unique cash off low cost code to your subsequent prepare journey journey!

PS: If you’re planning a visit to UK within the subsequent few weeks, obtain the brand new Skyscanner Trains app ( please enroll by way of this hyperlink) enroll or login into your account, choose a prepare journey and use this code ‘SKYRAIL’ at checkout to get £Four off your first prepare ticket! Observe, that this code is legitimate solely until 31ST JANUARY 2019 

When you have any subject with the code, please shoot me a line. Hope you discover the app and suggestions beneath helpful. I’m actually impressed with the app so far- no reserving charges, it saves your fee particulars for fast fee and likewise has quite a lot of helpful cash saving options. Additionally value sharing with you at this level that this publish has been potential, courtesy of Skyscanner’s assist however the views represented listed below are totally my own-can all the time rely upon my weblog for the most effective and most unbiased recommendation. So, with out additional adieu, I share with my high 11 cash saving UK prepare hacks


1. Cut up ticketing: purchase a package deal of a number of tickets on the day


Within the excellent situation, you’ve booked your rail ticket, months forward of time, saved heaps of cash and are sitting down, all smug, planning what to do with the additional funds. However life doesn’t all the time comply to such guidelines of order, does it? Within the unlucky occasion of getting to e book prepare tickets on the day of journey, I like to recommend shopping for a pack of a number of tickets. Usually splitting a journey into totally different segments and shopping for a number of tickets, saves you cash over shopping for the whole ticket as a complete.

If determining the logistics of a number of ticketing sounds too sophisticated to you, there are devoted web sites that can cut up the tickets for you TicketClever. Different web sites to have a look at embody TicketySplit, RailEasy and Cut up Ticketing.

At all times verify if two singles are extra reasonably priced than a return.



2. Ebook in Advance

“All issues are prepared, if our thoughts be so”

Will Shakespeare very correctly stated and I’ve all the time caught to this adage, notably in conditions once I know prematurely, that I’ve journey to a selected place on the playing cards.

If you’re planning journey round an annual getaway, like taking the children away in the course of the summer season holidays, or visiting relations in the course of the winter festivities, or a mountain climbing journey, or a visit centred round a competition or occasion, it all the time pays to e book prematurely.

Within the UK, it’s potential to e book prepare tickets 12 weeks- 90 days prematurely (with sure corporations like Virgin even earlier upto 24 weeks prematurely). The additional prematurely you e book your tickets, the upper the possibilities of securing the most cost effective fares. The one factor to recollect is that these tickets are legitimate solely the time and date of journey. For those who miss your prepare and select one other service, you’ll be liable to a fairly hefty high-quality which is what occurred to me on the Edinburgh to London service-I paid £150 for the high-quality and new ticket which nonetheless irks me.

Additionally value remembering that advance fare costs can be found as much as and even the day of travel- for some routes even 15 minutes prematurely. Don’t queue on the machines-just e book by way of the Skyscanner app plus you pay no reserving charges.

3. Journey Off-peak

The costliest time to journey within the UK is Monday to Friday is within the peak morning commuting hours. It is smart to journey when the commuting crowd should not travelling i.e. in the course of the off-peak hours. Not solely does it imply much less jostling for area, it entails cheaper prepare fares. The off-peak fares are additionally legitimate for journey all through the entire weekend. The timing varies based on the prepare firm however normal rule of thumb to bag the off peak fare is to journey after 10 am and keep away from the return journey between Four to eight pm.

Various kinds of UK railcards listed on the Skyscanner app

4. Get a Railcard

It pays to make the most of any railcard perks that could be out there to you. These playing cards are available in quite a lot of varieties. For those who search exhausting sufficient, there’s a railcard on the market that matches you.

Listed below are a choice of rail playing cards which are on provide. There’s the 16-25 card that college students can use, household railcards for households travelling collectively, the Two Collectively card that may be snitched by {couples} or finest buddies. There’s even a card for 26-30 yr olds together with service personnel on HM Forces. The Community Railcard means that you can journey inside a set radius of London.

If you’re over 60 or disabled, there’s a railcard for you.

The typical value of a Railcard is 30 kilos per yr.

The railcards offer you financial savings of as much as a 3rd of the price of the ticket, completely making the preliminary buy of the Railcard worthwhile after just a few journeys. Plus, the Railcard low cost will be utilized along with advance ticket fares, or cut up ticketing, maximizing your financial savings.

Tip: You should purchase the 16-25 card a day earlier than your 25th birthday, thus enabling you to make use of it for virtually everything of your 26th yr.


Groupsave pops up on the Skyscanner app if you e book a prepare journey for greater than Three folks

5. Groupsave

One other not so well-known however cool cash saving prepare hack is if you journey collectively on prepare in a bunch of 3-9 folks, it can save you as much as a 3rd of the fee -actually 34% of the particular fare in case you journey collectively.

For instance in case you e book by way of Skyscanner’s trains app, instantly the app notifies you could save extra with Groupsave.

When you click on apply extra, it applies the low cost. Simple!


travel mid week cheap uk train tickets

6. Journey mid-week

As you’re studying all through this piece, it actually pays to be versatile if you’re travelling by prepare the UK. One other frequent hack is travelling midweek on trains within the UK. Prepare journey is all the time costly on weekends within the UK so in case you can versatile with dates, it may be lot extra cheaper to journey mid-week. Actually, travelling on a Wednesday will be upto 20% cheaper on common than say reserving on a Friday.


7. Get free stuff along with your prepare tickets

Many individuals don’t know that entry to quite a lot of UK sights is free or discounted upon buy of a rail ticket. Listed sights vary from Cadbury World, Kew Gardens, View from the Shard to the London Zoo, with 2 for 1 vouchers out there on the Days Out Information web site. Current the voucher together with the rail ticket on the listed attraction. You may also get meal reductions.

For those who pay to your tickets with sure bank cards, chances are high you could achieve money again rewards.

You may also earn Nectar Factors in case you e book by way of Nice Western Railway, Transpennine Specific, Virgin Trains or Hull Trains.

With the price of day journeys on the rise, availing of those choices is good for a half-term or holiday-time time out with the children.

boots meal deal £3.99

8.  Pack your personal lunch/ seize a ‘Boots Meal Deal’

Regardless of the luxurious feeling of ordering meals on the prepare, you’re greater than more likely to really feel disillusioned with the meals choice provided onboard the prepare. When the meals comes hooked up to a hefty price ticket, you may end up pondering various choices. With a bit little bit of planning, you may deal with your self to a Boots Meal Deal, or as my Mum would advise, pack your personal lunch.

For non-UK individuals who won’t be within the know, Boots is an age-old, revered druggist and chemist who’ve been on the UK excessive road for eons. Sounds a bit unusual that you ought to be buying your sandwiches from a chemist, huh? Nicely, Boots are additionally extremely revered for his or her wide selection in making specialty sandwiches as a part of a meal deal (that includes sandwiches, a drink and a snack) which prices £3.99 Yow will discover Boots on most UK excessive streets and likewise at most UK airports.

There are a selection of various ranges of sandwiches, beginning with the flagship ‘Scrumptious’ vary, the ‘Shapers’ calorie aware vary, the ‘Nutritious’ vary and even a variety created by gourmet-chef Jamie Oliver.

Skyscanner trains app

9. By no means purchase from the ticket machine -buy by way of Skyscanner App and save queuing plus you pay no reserving charge

Shopping for immediately from the ticket machine on the day journey will incur a lot increased prices than buying tickets on-line, presumably with a reserving app just like the Skyscanner App. Not solely will it prevent reserving charges, you’ll even be spared having to queue in line earlier than prepare departure. You may also get reductions on tickets with the App by making use of numerous out there low cost codes.

Seek for off peak, peak or advance ticket choices to your specific journey and apply your railcard low cost along with the search engine outcomes.

With no hidden fees, no fee charges and free customer support, you may’t actually beat Skyscanner


10. Declare a refund for prepare delays

Totally different corporations have totally different guidelines, however relying on the high-quality print related along with your prepare ticket you may avail of refunds- typically from 50% to the full value of the ticket with a prepare delay. The delay instances vary- typically the stipulated instances are 15 minutes, 30 minutes or as much as an hour. Particularly in case you are on a cut up ticketed journey with two totally different corporations, the place delay within the first journey means you miss your connecting prepare to the vacation spot, you must enquire in regards to the refund coverage of the primary firm.

You find yourself paying much more for an off peak return but when booked prematurely, helpful ticket to have if you wish to break your journey on the way in which again

11. Break your journey with an advance

One other not so well-known UK prepare journey hack is your capacity to interrupt your journey on the return/outward leg of your journey. You possibly can break your journey solely on Anytime, Off-Peak and Tremendous Off-Peak tickets.

To offer you an instance in case you have been planning a prepare journey to Edinburgh, Scotland from London, you possibly can use the next possibility break your journey on the way in which again.

You would need to e book the costlier offpeak ticket right here however this ticket permits you the choice to interrupt your journey within the image postcard fairly Roman city of York. You would with this ticket, spend the night time there after which journey onwards to London the next morning ( earlier than 12pm)*

*Off-Peak Singles and the outward portion of Off-Peak Returns are legitimate for journey on the date proven on the ticket. The place a passenger needs to cease in a single day or the journey can’t be accomplished inside sooner or later, break of journey for an in a single day keep is allowed. The place a journey does proceed into the following day, journey should resume earlier than 1200 and any related time restrictions apply (besides the place thought to be an unbroken continuation of the earlier days’ journey the place the primary connection of the day could also be taken). No additional break of journey is allowed aside from the aim of fixing trains. Please notice that break of journey is just not permitted on some journeys, as detailed within the ticket restrictions.