Cheap Train Tickets
How we can help you find cheap train tickets
The main reason customers buy from our site today is that they are looking for the cheapest train tickets. As we specialise in finding you split tickets, which offers you savings of up to 60%+ off your fare, finding cheap train tickets is something we know a lot about.
The first way you can buy cheap train tickets is by splitting your ticket, this involves purchasing tickets for your journey in multiple parts but still travelling on the same train. The only condition with split ticketing is that the train must stop at all stations where your tickets change. This is a very useful trick, considering the rise in the costs of rail transport.
Find the cheapest train tickets online
When using our site to buy tickets we will automatically search for the cheapest split tickets in order that you reach your destination for the lowest price possible. The site is easy to use and you can save a lot of money with our journey planner following the simple steps below:
1. Enter the dates and times you are looking to travel on. Typically you can purchase cheaper Advance Tickets up to 12 weeks in advance of your journey.
2. Enter the station you are departing from and the station of arrival
3. Enter the details of how many passengers are looking to take the journey. If you’re travelling as a group of at least 3 passegers, you can save up to 34% with a GroupSave discount, if you’re making your rail trip as a family of up to four adults and four children, there is a a 60% saving off the children’s fares with a Family & Friends Railcard.
4. Add your railcard. If you don’t have a Railcard and travel regularly we highly recommend getting one as it can save you up to 34% on your journey
5. Simply book your journey
How to get cheap train tickets
As well as splitting your ticket with us there are many other ways to get deals in order to find cheap train tickets. From making your bookings early to travelling during off-peak hours and finding railcard discounts, you will find a lot of useful tips and tricks for ways to save money in the below guide.
1. Book early to get the cheaper advance tickets
Of the different ticket types, you will find that if you buy Advance fares they are usually much cheaper than flexible tickets, so as long as you’re happy to travel at a fixed time, we recommend you use these to get a cheap train ticket. When you book in advance, Advance fares are typically made available 12 weeks before the date of travel. We advise you to book your train tickets in advance though as they can often sell out due to high demand, as they are subject to availability. Even if you haven’t booked in advance, they can be available on the day of travel up to an hour before, so it can still be worth checking even at the latest possible point. To get an even greater saving, you can combine your advance ticket with a railcard. In order to find advance fares with us, just look for the advance ticket type when booking.
2. Travel at off-peak rather than peak times
If there are no advance fares available, or you want to be flexible in your travel, you will find you get the cheapest train ticket when you travel at off peak rather than at peak times. Off peak travel periods are usually between 10am and 4pm and after 7pm, so it can be worth travelling earlier or later than planned. Be careful though, as even if a portion of your journey is leaving during an off peak period, if it begins during a peak period you might be charged a peak price for the whole trip. Split ticketing with us is a great tool in helping you avoid this problem. Some train operators also provide super off peak tickets, which can be even cheaper.
3. Compare single and return tickets
If you are making a flexible return journey and looking for another way to get cheap train tickets, it can be worth comparing the difference in price between a return ticket and two single tickets as one method can be cheaper than the other. We believe we are the best fare finder as we will automatically work out the cheapest method for you.
4. Save money when travelling as a group by booking together
In Train Travel, if you are making your journey by rail in a group of 3 to 9 passengers you can find cheap train tickets with 1/3 off routes at off peak periods when tickets are all booked in one go. When booking with us the discount will automatically be applied when it is available for your journey. The availability of GroupSave discount is dependent on which Train Operator you are travelling with, so it is worth checking this. All tickets must be purchased in a single booking to get the discount and all passengers must travel at the same time on the day of departure.
5. Be flexible about when you travel
If you are able to travel at any time, not necessarily needing to travel on a specific day, or at a specific time, it can be worth comparing differences in prices across these different dates and times in order to save money. It is worth avoiding travel at weekends where possible, as increased demand at these times can mean higher prices, the same goes with trying to avoid travel during school holidays. As such, if possible we recommend that travelling is planned for during the week, outside of holiday time.
6. Use a Railcard
If you regularly travel by rail even if it’s not on a monthly basis and you only take a few train journeys a year, getting and using a railcard can make you great savings. Sometimes you can get these railcards for free, for example, if you open a bank account but railcards are available to buy from £20 per year.
Some of the main Railcards that are available are as follows:
For those aged 16-25, or mature students aged 26 or over, this Railcard is available to buy for £30 per year or £70 over 3 years. You will save 1/3 off most rail fares, with the annual average discount of £199. Railcard has links to other companies, so additional discounts are also available on days out, holidays and other items.
The 26-30 or “Millennial” Railcard is available for those aged 26-30. It costs just £30 per year and with it, you save 1/3 on most rail fares to travel across Britain.
This railcard is specifically for senior citizens who are 60 or over. With it, you can save 1/3 off most train tickets and it only costs £30 per year or £70 over 3. The average annual reduction with this card is £125 and additional discounts are available with railcard partners.
Two Together Railcard
Is there someone that you travel regularly with? If so it’s well worth getting the Two Together railcard, you could support a friend and give it as a present. This is available for any 2 people aged 16 or over For any two named people travelling with each other it is available for £30 per year and with it, you can save 1/3 off most train fares.
Other Railcards available include the Disabled Railcard. Network Railcard, Gold Card and 16-17 Saver.
7. Use a 16-25 or 26-30 Railcard, even when you’re older
If you’re a particularly keen saver, there is a way that the 16-25 and 25-30 Railcard can still be valid, even if you’re outside the age range at 27 or 31. Make sure to purchase or renew your 16-25 Railcard a day before your 24th Birthday, if you’re buying a 3-year railcard, or buy it the day before your 26th birthday if you’re getting a 1-year Railcard.
The same trick can be used with the 25-30 Railcard, while these are only yearly you could renew or purchase a 25-30 Railcard until the day before your 31st birthday.
8. Avoid paying booking and credit card fees
Some sites charge booking fees every time you book, Trainline, for example, charges up to £1.50 per transaction. SplitMyFare, however, charges no booking and credit card fees, we will only charge 10% of any savings you make when splitting your ticket. If you don’t find a saving, then you won't pay any fee. Remember this when you next buy a ticket.
9. Avoid busy stations
Train ticket prices are often based on demand, so it makes sense that finding cheap train fares is made easier when you choose a route that doesn’t visit a busy place, like a central city station. If you are able to avoid travelling via the city centre and look at less popular destinations, you can find cheap trains to destinations that are close by.
10. Look at 1st class tickets
It seems completely stupid and isn’t easily explained but sometimes it can be the case that it doesn’t cost much more or you may even get the cheapest fare if you get a seat in 1st class, rather than standard. This can work due to changes in demand on tickets, why not see if you can get the benefit of paying less in 1st class.
11. Get refunds when you’re entitled to them
With a scheme called Delay Repay, you can claim refunds if there is a delay in the service of your journey, whether it’s due to weather conditions, or anything else. The delay times entitled to compensation vary between operators, so it is worth giving their rules and terms a read but you may be able to receive compensation if your journey has been delayed by as little as 15 minutes. You can apply for this refund through the Train Operating Company for your journey.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. When are cheap train tickets available?
Cheap train tickets are available up to 12 weeks before your departure date with advance tickets.
2. How do I find cheap train tickets?
You can find the cheap train tickets by splitting your ticket with us, saving you up to 60%+
3. When are cheaper train tickets made available?
Normally cheaper train tickets are released 12 weeks when booked in advance in the case of advance tickets, though some can go on sale up to 24 weeks in advance.
4. Why are trains so expensive in England?
Trains are expensive in England as the Train Operators are owned by private companies looking to make profit, rail fares have increased year on year.
5. Is it cheaper to buy train tickets online?
It is much cheaper to buy train tickets online rather than at the ticket office, as you will normally only get pricier walk-up fares here.