How to save money on train travel
Many people are scattered across the UK due to work and family commitments and rely on the train to get around. By taking the following steps, you can save a considerable amount on travelling by train.
Book train tickets in advance
If you know ahead of time that you’ll need to use the train, you can reduce costs by booking your tickets early. Please be aware that some companies will charge you a booking fee, so check before booking. There aren’t any charges for booking through National Rail.
Get a Railcard
Railcards can help you save up to a third on your train travel costs. You may be entitled to a discount pass if you’re:
- over 60
- have a disability
- in full-time education.
- in the armed forces, or
- under 25.
You may have to pay upfront for some railcards. If you use the Railcard often enough, you should soon make that money back in savings.
Some local train operators run their own railcard schemes, check with their website to see what they offer.
Travel outside of peak times where possible
Train fares usually reduce after 9am, once rush hour’s over. If you need to travel by train to work and you’re able to move your shift to later in the day, you may find that your train fare is a lot cheaper.
Check online for discount codes
Train operators sometimes release discount codes on tickets. You can set up alerts so that you can grab the codes early (as they’re often limited).
Sign up for train operator emails and follow their social media accounts
It’s through these channels that operators often announce deals on train tickets. Again, it’s often about ‘turning up early’ when it comes to getting cheap tickets.
Book your train through cashback websites
You can earn small amounts of money every time you book a ticket, which you can save and trade in for cash or vouchers.