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Cheap Train Tickets & Fares

Want to find out how to get the best train tickets? No need to go anywhere else – our top tips will help you find the best option for you

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Finding affordable train tickets can make or break the booking of your next UK holiday or fun day out. Whether it’s a business trip, a last-minute day out to your nearest city, or a longer trip to stay with friends or family, finding the right fare can be tricky. But, if you do it right, it is possible to find the right fare for the most popular routes in the UK, including Glasgow to Edinburgh, Manchester to Birmingham, and Bristol to Cardiff.

The easiest ways to find the best fares are to make sure you're choosing the right ticket type and using a Railcard. You can keep an eye on ticket prices online or on the CrossCountry app. But there are more ways you can travel by train for less. At CrossCountry, we have some great tips for how to find the best train tickets, quickly and easily. Check them out below!

How to get your cheap train tickets with CrossCountry

Booking your train tickets is made quick and easy using our handy tips below!

1. Travel Off-Peak

Whenever you can, avoid travelling at peak times as this is when fares are most expensive. Travelling Off-Peak means better tickets and quieter trains. Off-peak times vary per route, but usually avoid the busy rush-hour commute times in the mornings and evenings.

2. Save 1/3 with a Railcard

Give your train travel a boost with a Railcard. However, Railcards are only available to people who meet certain criteria. Browse our Railcards to find out if you’re eligible and start finding the right train tickets for you now.

3. Buy a season ticket

If you’re making the same journey regularly, for example to commute to and from work, it might be wiser to invest in a season ticket. Season tickets are available on a weekly, monthly, or even yearly basis, and is the sensible choice for most customers. It also means you can avoid the queues at ticket machines!

4. Student perks

We know it can be tough being a student and being on a budget. That’s why if you have a TOTUM/NUS Extra card, you can knock a further 10% off your CrossCountry Advance rail fare. Find out more about student train tickets here.


How to buy your cheap train tickets online

If you want to find the best train tickets online, follow these five simple steps:

  1. Search for your tickets online or download our app.
  2. Add your departure and arrival station.
  3. Choose your date.
  4. If you have one, add a Railcard. You can benefit from lavish discounts, whether it’s a 16-25, 26-30, or any other type of Railcard.
  5. Book!

To find the best train tickets for your journey with CrossCountry, go to our journey planner, find the date and time you want to travel, and enter your journey information. It’s as simple as that.

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