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. Be aware that some companies will charge you a booking fee, where other sites such as National Rail don’t.
Get a Railcard if you qualify. Railcards can help you save up to a third on your train travel costs. As with buses, you may be entitled to a discount pass if you’re over 60, have a disability, or you’re in full-time education. They’re also available to people in the armed forces, aged under 25, or who travel often as a couple or a family.
Some Railcards do have an annual fee. However, if you use the Railcard often enough, you should soon make that money back in savings. In addition to national railcards, a range of regional railcards are available across the country.
Avoid peak time travel. As with buses, train tickets increase price during rush hour. Aim to travel off-peak if possible.
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.