Trains to London
Cheap Trains to London
"When a man is tired of London he is tired of life, for there is in London all that life can afford.”
Throughout this page, we will provide useful tips for finding cheaper Train Tickets to London.
Tip 1: Find cheaper fares by buying your train tickets in advance
You can improve your chances of getting the best fare when you buy tickets, by not waiting until the day of travel but instead check the prices up to 12 weeks early. This is when lower priced advance fares tend to be released by Train Operating Companies. These bottom price Advance Tickets can sell out in cases of high demand, so we recommend booking tickets in advance, as early as possible. However, even if you are booking at the latest point and can’t buy your ticket weeks before, these can also sometimes be available until an hour before departures. If you check with the individual train companies they will provide further information.
Tell us which station you want to go to in London and in no time you could be having fun in the hustle and bustle of the Capital with Prince Charles and Boris Johnson (Well you never know). You might want to take in a match at The Emirates, get an introduction to the Queen at Buckingham Palace or pretend you've met a celebrity at Madame Tussauds. London is one of the great destinations for those looking to see the sights and go to some of the UK's best attractions; it's also a very popular place to travel on business today.
Tip 2: Avoid paying Booking Fees
Some ticket retailers charge fees every time a ticket is booked, Trainline, for example, can charge up to £1.50. With us, however, there is no set fee, only if you make a saving by splitting your ticket will we take 10% of the saving you make. This means if you don’t make any split ticket saving then you won’t be charged a fee. We are also an accredited ticket retailer, so you know you’re in safe hands when you book with us.
Tip 3: Claim refunds when your train is delayed
As you can’t guarantee your train will be on time, another tool to get cheap tickets is something called Delay Repay. This means that you can claim a refund when your journey is delayed, whatever the cause may be. The amount of delay required for compensation varies across each of the train companies though it can be as little as 15 minutes, it is worth making contact with them to get more details, you can then apply for the refund through them.
We recommend taking a walk through St. James's Park or having a great night out at the Haymarket Theatre Royal. If you’re a bit of a bookworm, there will be plenty for you to read at the British Library, it has the most catalogued items in the world!
Train Fact: While there is no platform number 9¾ at London King's Cross, there is a platform number 8.241 at London Waterloo; you have to run through it backwards yelling Waterloo.
Topping the list with over 65 million visitors in 2015 and home to four UNESCO World Heritage Sites, England’s capital is definitely a city worth visiting. Though it is one of the world’s premier financial centres and a great University destination if you’re a student, London is not just all about work and money. The city is a melting pot of different cultures and has many attractions for tourists, including some of Britain’s greatest landmarks.
Tip 4: Stay away from popular destinations to popular routes if possible.
The prices of train tickets are based on demand, as such one of the other ways to save money is by staying away from busier city centre stations. If you’re able to, therefore, going to a quieter station outside the city centre can be a way to find cheap train tickets to London.
It might be quite overwhelming to choose how to go around London if you're visiting as a tourist; there are the Underground, Overground, bus system, river services and even bicycles for rent. If you're coming from a nearby city, then bringing your car may not be the best idea as central London traffic is often congested. The good news is the public transport system is so vast that it connects you to almost every corner of the city, handy if you want to do a spot of shopping.
Tip 5: Travelling as a group? Book together.
If there are 3 to 9 people travelling on the same route, you can get 1/3 of the price off your tickets during off-peak hours by booking together. The discount is automatically applied when you checkout, though it depends on which rail network you are using. You also won’t have to pick up lots of tickets, you could just send an E-Ticket to the mobile of each person making the journey.
For those who love history and royalty, the Tower of London is a good starting point. This castle originally served as a residence for the Royals before becoming a prison. You can reach the tower by taking the Underground and getting off at the Tower Hill Station, or at the Fenchurch Street station if you opt for the Overground. From here, you can take a short walk to one of London's most famous landmarks, the Tower Bridge. On the south bank of the Thames River, just across the bridge, you'll find the London Eye near Waterloo station. It is probably the best way to get an incredible view of this city.
Tip 6: Compare Single and Return Tickets
When taking the train to London and you are planning a return journey but still looking to get the cheapest fares, rather than a one way, it can be worth comparing the price of a return ticket and two single tickets. Sometimes one may work out cheaper than the other if you also aren’t sure when you’re planning to make your return trip and want the option to travel anytime, you can book an open return.
A visit to London would not be complete without seeing Big Ben. Though it is currently closed for renovation until 2021, it is still a must-see landmark during your trip. Located near the Palace of Westminster and Houses of Parliament, the clock tower housing the Great Bell is hard to miss. Buckingham Palace is also a great choice and an excellent photo opportunity. The Queen's residence is just a 5-10 minute walk from the Green Park station. If you are into your art, a visit to the Tate Modern in Southwark is also a must and entry is free!
Tip 7: Take the slower train
If you don’t mind not getting to your destination directly, another easy tool to save money can be to take a slower train. If the slower train is the cheapest option, we will automatically show you this, though we can also show only the fastest journeys if you want to get to your destination quickly too.
Tip 8: Compare Standard and 1st Class Tickets It may seem peculiar but due to fluctuations in demand for different ticket types, when trying to find the cheapest train tickets, it can be worth comparing Standard and 1st Class Tickets. If not many 1st class tickets have been sold, it sometimes can be not much more expensive, or even the cheapest to travel 1st Class.
The biggest and busiest stations in London are the following, if you are travelling into London, it is likely that you will arrive at one of these: When searching for your journeys with our fare finder, you can actually select London (All Stations) and we will find the best and cheapest station in London for you to arrive at. If you are looking to get to an Airport, you can also get there by train from some of these stations.
- London Waterloo
- London Paddington
- London King's Cross
- London St Pancras
- London Euston
- London Charing Cross
- London Victoria
- London Bridge
- London Fenchurch Street
- London Liverpool Street
Tip 9: Use Railcards if you Travel regularly Even if you only travel by train a few times a year it can help to buy a Railcard, as you can save up to 1/3 off fares, a Railcard also offers free entry to attractions and further discounts. The Two Together Railcard, for example, allows two adults this saving on most fares and only costs £30 per year! If you are travelling as a family the Family and Friends Railcard provides 60% off fares for children and 1/3 off most adult fares for up to 4 adults and 4 kids. Disabled passengers are also able to get discounts on their tickets with the Disabled Persons Railcard, available for £30 per year it gives 1/3 off most tickets. For those aged over 60, the senior railcard also offers 1/3 off tickets and you can get a 3-year card for just £70! More details can be found on Railcards online via the Railcard website, cards can also be found on sale at a National Rail Ticket Office.
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Tip 10: Be flexible about when you travel Another way to travel at a lower cost is by looking at different options of dates and times for travel if you don’t need to go on a specific train. By changing the day of travel when using our journey planner, you might find advance tickets are available. If you’re able to change from travelling at the weekend to a weekday this can also help, due to lower demand.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I get the cheapest train tickets to London?
You can get the cheapest train tickets to London by splitting your ticket with us, savings of up to 60% are available.
What is the cheapest way to travel to London?
The train is still the cheapest way to travel to London, use our tips above to save more money.