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Cheap Train Tickets to Swindon

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Cheap Trains to Swindon

Swindon is a large town in the county of Wiltshire in the South West of England. The town of Swindon lies East of Wales and the city of Bristol. Swindon was recently voted one of the best places to live in the UK in terms of income, location, and quality of life. With parks, forests, lakes, and plenty of cycle paths, Swindon is a great place to visit.

The name of the town comes from when it was formed as a Saxon Village, the Saxon words swine dun means pig hill.

Swindon is host to many events throughout the year including the Swindon Festival of Literature, the Swindon Mela, and the Summer Breeze festival.

Trains to Swindon stop at Swindon Train Station which opened in 1842 as Swindon Junction. Swindon Train Station hosted the first ever railway refreshment rooms due to the fact until 1895 every train stopped there for at least 10 minutes to change locomotives. There are regular trains to Swindon from major UK stations including London Paddington, Bristol Temple Meads, and Cardiff Central.

On this page, you will find tips for booking cheap train tickets to Swindon.

Tip 1 Get cheaper fares by planning ahead
Get deals on your online train tickets to Swindon by buying them as early as possible. Advance tickets are available from 12 weeks before the departure date; demand for them is high, so we'd recommend buying them as quickly as possible. If there are still advance tickets left, it is possible to purchase them up to 1 hr before your train departs.
Tip 2 Avoid paying booking fees
Many ticket retailers charge booking and card fees. At Split My Fare we do neither and only charge 15% of any savings we make you by splitting your ticket. There's no charge if we don't find you a split fare.
Tip 3 If you experience a delay, then claim a refund
Unfortunately, trains can sometimes be late, delaying the arrival at your destination. The company you travel with can compensate you for this, offering a full or partial Delay Repay refund. It is worth checking the policy of the train operating company you are travelling with as retailers differ in what they offer. You might be able to get a refund even if your delay was 15 minutes. You can apply for compensation directly through the operating company.
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Tip 4 Popular routes and destinations are more expensive
Demand determines the price of train tickets. If you are travelling to Swindon by train, taking your journey on a less direct route can save you money. Avoid busy city centre stations during rush hours, weekends and holidays for a cheaper trip.
Tip 5 Buying tickets as a group saves money
If you are going to Swindon with friends, or on business with colleagues, you can get a Groupsave discount. If 3 - 9 people book their train tickets together for an off-peak train, they can get up to 1/3 off, making it cheaper for everyone in the group. Booking with e-Tickets makes things easier; you won't have lots of paper tickets to pass around and can simply forward them to your group.
Tip 6 Single tickets might be the cheapest
When making a return journey, you may think that booking a return ticket will get you the lowest price. Compare the cost with two single tickets before purchasing to find out which is the cheapest. Split My Fare looks at the different combinations and offers you the most affordable option available.

Visit Swindon


Swindon is full of places worth visiting, whether it be Museums, Parks, or the Theatre. As a town with a rich railway history, STEAM the museum of the Great Western Railway is a great experience. Lydiard Park is set in 260 acres of parkland with a Walled Garden, Cafe, and Church it is a great place to visit with family. Wyvern Theatre with 635 seats hosts a variety of shows including comedy, music, and plays.


Swindon has a great selection of independent and chain restaurants. If you love Indian food then Ruchi is well worth trying, Banditos Burritos offers authentic Mexican food on a 35-seater double-decker bus, and Greek Olive has plenty of Mediterranean food on offer.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the main train station in Swindon?

Swindon Train Station is the only main line station in the town of Swindon. Swindon Station has 4 platforms, 2 million passengers travelled through the station in 2021/22.

Which train companies run trains to Swindon?

Great Western Railway run all trains to Swindon on the South Wales Main Line, Golden Valley Line, Great Western Main Line, and Wessex Main Line.

Are trains to Swindon running?

Trains to Swindon run every day of the year except for strike days, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day.