Trains to Plymouth

Cheap Trains to Plymouth

"I'm partial to the Cornish coast, as it's near where I grew up in Plymouth. The views across the water are stunning. I love walking along the sandy beaches and the seafront paths.” Tom Daley

Located between the mouths of the rivers Plym and Tamar, Plymouth is the largest city in the south coast of England and has the most extensive naval base all over Western Europe. Tourism is one of the most important aspects of the economy of Plymouth. Almost 12 million tourists visit each year and there are plenty of activities available for all kinds of visitors. You can learn to kayak and sail, tour a gin distillery, check out an aquarium, or go on a boat trip towards a nearby bay!

Tip 1: Book quickly for the best deals
You can find the best available tickets by planning and booking ahead. Most advance, lower priced tickets are made available by train companies up to 12 weeks in advance of your departure and booking early can secure you the best price. Demand for these advance tickets can be high so the quicker you purchase them the better. If you are unable to plan ahead you can find these tickets still available up to 1 hour before you leave but it is best to try to plan ahead if you possibly can.

Tip 2: Give booking fees a miss
There are many ticket retailers who charge booking fees and make you pay for the use of your credit card. Here at Split My Fare we do neither and only deduct a small 10% of any savings we make for you by splitting your fare. No split fare means there will be not charge. We have purchase protection built-it and are a National Rail Accredited retailer so can be trusted.

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Tip 3: If train is late claim a refund
There is no promise given that your train will always get you to your destinations on time. If it is delayed you are within your rights to claim a refund. Use the Delay Repay scheme and check with the train operating company you are travelling with what there policy is. You may discover that you are eligible for a full or partial refund for as small as a 15 minute delay and you can claim this compensation through them.

Tip 4: Off-peak times are less costly
The price of tickets is based on the demand for them so a good way to save money is to stay away from busy times of day and if possible stick to quieter routes to your destination. Avoid travelling at weekends, bank holidays and popular holiday seasons which will help you access cheaper train tickets to Plymouth.

The Plymouth railway station is located in the mainline rail route that goes to London, Bristol, and the Midlands. Trains coming from the Cornwall railway station also go here. If you’re coming from the outside of the West Country, the train will pass through Exeter and Newton Abbot said to be one of the most scenic train routes in Britain. You can simply walk to the town coming from Station.

Tip 5: Visiting as a group? Book together
There are savings to be made when you are visiting somewhere as a group and going by train. If a group of 3-9 people book together and go on the same off-peak train you can get as much as 1/3 off the price by getting a groupsave discount. The easiest way to organise this is if one of the group books the tickets using Mobile E-Tickets and then sends them to each member of the group. This saves having to pass on lots of paper tickets to different people especially if we manage to split you fare which produces more.

Tip 6: Returns aren't always cheapest
Normally when you are going somewhere by train you want to go back to your departure place and would be thinking of buying a return ticket. This may not mean that you purchase the cheapest tickets to Plymouth train station. Two single tickets may acquire you a better deal or you may decide to buy one of the fully flexible open returns which could be a better deal. If you use Split My Fare we will automatically recommend to you the option which makes you the best savings.

Tip 7: Fastest isn't always best
People are often in a hurry when they travel to destinations and need to catch the quickest train which we can show you on our site if you choose that option. If you aren't in a rush we can show you slower trains which might be less direct and could possibly use local lines and maybe involve a change of train at other stations. Here again, we will show you the cheapest possible options for you on our website.

There are so many things to see and do in Plymouth. If you are into museums, check out the City Museum and Art Gallery and The National Marine Aquarium. You can also make a stop at the Gin Distillery, which is the oldest working distillery in England and has been concocting gin since 1793.

Tip 8: Look into 1st class travel
Surprisingly it could be possible for you to see if you could travel using a first class fare on your journeys at a reasonable price. Like all train tickets first class are based on demand so if there is low demand for them the price is reduced and you could discover that what was too dear for you yesterday could be affordable today. You can sometimes purchase these fares for a price comparable with the standard fare or even cheaper. Another plus is that journeys will be more relaxing and enjoyable as you have a bigger seat and access to food and drinks.

Tip 9: Railcards are a great benefit
Railcards give you access to some good savings so please investigate which card is the most suitable for you. There are many different types to suit many groups of people and they are normally as cheap as £30 per year and with some £70 for three years. You can also have the benefits of free entry to some attractions and other discounts.

The Two Together railcard which allows two adults can save up to 1/3 on most journeys..

The Family Friends railcard gives a saving of 60% for children and up to a 1/3 on adults for up to 4 adults and 4 children.

The Senior Railcard is another of the railcard family which is for over 60year olds and is only £70 for three years instead of renewing your railcard annually.

Disabled passengers are able to have a discount with a Disabled Persons Railcard where on most trains they save 1/3 off the price.

There are other types of passengers railcards including a discount card for 16-25 yr olds plus a travel discount card for 26-30 yr olds and a Network Railcard to use on most trains.

Check out the Railcard website for more new or updated information or buy them from your local station.

Some of the most notable attractions are the Royal Citadel, The Synagogue, Done, Simeaton’s Tower, Merchant’s House, and the Mayflower Steps. All these attractions play a part in the city's colourful history.

Tip 10: Being flexible saves money
Unless you have definite plans that can't be changed being flexible is a fantastic tool in making the best savings possible. Being willing to travel by the next or later train or changing dates or days of the week are all helpful in finding fares for the best price. Keep in mind all of our tips and use our helpful journey planner to help you discover the best options for you.