Cheap Train Tickets to Hastings

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Cheap Trains to Hastings

Hastings is a southern seaside town in East Sussex; if you are looking for travel inspiration in the UK, planning a trip to Hastings will provide it. Most well known for the Battle of Hastings in 1066, Hastings has since developed into a Victorian seaside resort, with most of its architecture from that time. The old town of Hastings is situated between the beautiful East and West Hill, but you will find many attractions in the city itself. Smugglers Adventure at St Clements Caves is a place worth visiting, and the old town also possesses numerous antique shops, boutiques, and cafes to explore. Hastings Pier was unfortunately burned down in 2010 but was reopened in 2016 with funfair rides and a fish-and-chip shop. There are numerous destinations worth visiting near Hastings. You can travel across the coast to Eastbourne or take a trip through the country to Canterbury or Royal Tunbridge Wells.

Southeastern and Southern train companies operate frequent services to Hastings; you can book cheap train tickets to Hastings by searching in advance with Split My Fare. Trains to Hastings Station run regularly from London Bridge and London Victoria stations, with Southern journeys from London Victoria running via Gatwick Airport. London is located just 54 miles away, with an average journey time of just 1 hour 23m it is much quicker to travel on trains than buses. Hasting Rail Station is located on Station Approach just off Havelock Road, a short walk from the centre.

On this page, you will find top tips for finding cheap trains to Hastings.

Tip 1 Travel Off-Peak
Travelling during peak hours can be expensive, especially for popular journeys. Cheap train tickets can be found on weekdays during off-peak hours and at weekends. Peak times typically run in the early morning and evening; look for services to Hastings outside these times to get the cheapest price.
Tip 2 Book in advance
If you book early, you can save money on trains to Hastings. Advance rail fares are generally available to book up to 12 weeks before your trip. These tickets are in high demand, so they can sell out for the most popular routes; it is worth booking your journey as soon as you can. If you are buying tickets at the last minute, advance fares are available up to an hour before your journey if they haven't sold out on the route.
Tip 3 Save up to 1/3 with a Railcard
A great way to get cheap train tickets is to purchase a Railcard. There are great deals to be found if you buy tickets regularly, but you can save money if you only travel a few times a year. Most cards cost £30 a year or £70 for three years and give you savings of up to 1/3 off your fare. There are many Railcards available to suit your needs. The Two Together Railcard is excellent for those who travel as a couple. If you travel in a group, the Family and Friends Railcards give a 60% saving for children and 1/3 off for adults. Up to four adults and four children are eligible for these savings. There are cards for Seniors, Disabled Persons, the Armed Forces, 16-25-year-olds, and 26-30-year-olds. Find more information on the Railcard website and purchase cards at any National Rail Ticket Office.
Tip 4 Two single tickets may be cheaper than a return
If you are going on a round trip to Hastings and looking to get the cheapest train tickets, it is worth comparing the price of two singles and a return; a single ticket can often be less than 50% of the cost of a return. Our website automatically finds you the cheapest combination of tickets for your route.

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Tip 5 Book together when travelling as a group
When taking the train with 3-9 people, you can save on your journey to Hastings Station with Groupsave Discount. You can save 1/3 during off-peak hours when you book and travel together on the same train. The saving is automatically added for you. To avoid having too many tickets, collect e-tickets and forward them to the rest of your group.
Tip 6 Claim a refund for delayed journeys
Sometimes, services can be delayed, and your travel disrupted. If your train to Hastings is late, you can claim a full or partial refund with Delay Repay. Check with the train operating company you are travelling with to determine their policy. You can apply for compensation directly through them.

Getting to Hastings


Hastings is one of the destinations in the UK that you need to explore; with a rich history, it is well worth a visit. Some places to discover are Hastings Pier, Hastings Castle, and The True Crime Museum.

Food and Drink

There are many great restaurants and pubs in Hastings. Rustico Neapolitan and Bella Napoli are classic Italian Restaurants, while Bentley's Smokehouse offers excellent barbecue food.

Frequently Asked Questions

What train line goes to Hastings?

Trains to Hastings operate on the East Coastway Line along the Southern Coast of Sussex to the East of Brighton and on the Hastings Line linking Hastings to London via Tonbridge.

What's the main train station in Hastings?

There is only one train station in Hastings. The station has four platforms and served 1.7 million passengers in 2021/22.

Which train companies run trains to Hastings?

Two train companies run trains to Hastings, Southern and Southeastern.

Are trains running to Hastings?

Trains run to Hastings on every day of the year except Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Can I use my Railcard to save up to 1/3 on my trip to Hastings?

You can use your Railcard to save up to 1/3 on your trip to Hastings. Railcards include the 16-25 Railcard, Senior Railcard, and Network Railcard.