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6 Top Train Travel Tips for Winter

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A winter train journey can be a beautiful thing. Find some cheap train tickets, follow our top tips and have yourself a very merry, magical railway experience. Just read on for our top tips on how to make the most out of winter train travel.

Whether you are travelling for work or pleasure there are a host of things you can do make a make your journey more jolly.

Book early
It’s a good idea to get online and book your winter train tickets before Jack Frost starts to spread his sparkly blanket over the land. To get the best price make sure you book well before you’re due to travel, as advance train tickets are usually much cheaper than standard ones. Also, train tickets on popular routes or on peak travel dates tend to sell out fast. Booking well ahead of time will help make sure you get to hop on board your first choice of train.

Reserve your seats
If you like to have a table seat or enjoy gazing out of the window make sure to reserve your seat in advance. Reserving your favourite seat online is a doddle and normally doesn’t cost you any extra. If you’re travelling with someone it help you make sure you can sit together and enjoy each other’s company. If you’re the type that likes to whiz around, you could even reserve a seat near the door so you can get on your way quick-sharp when the train comes to a stop.

Travel on a perfectly picturesque route
The UK has some spectacularly beautiful rail routes; during frozen winter days, the white glaze just makes the scenery all the more magnificent. You could take the train from Inverness to Skye (Kyle Of Lochalsh station) and gaze out of the window over breath-taking highland terrain. Or you may prefer to experience the gentle English countryside and take the train from Middlesbrough to Whitby.

Take some tasty winter treats
As the weather can be pretty chilly outside, why not turn your train journey into a cosy picnic? Take a thermos full of soup or maybe even some mulled wine to warm your cockles. You could also bring along some hearty winter treats to enjoy as the scenery rolls by.

Make sure to layer up
Travelling on a modern train in winter can be a very comfy and cosy experience, but outside things will be a much chillier. Wearing plenty layers will let you take off what you need to get really comfy on the train, but mean you can wrap up warm when you reach your destination.

Dress up as Santa to deliver some presents
If you want to have a truly magical festive train journey, you could don a Santa costume and deliver some presents to your little loved ones. Imagine their faces as Santa steps off the train with a sack full of presents.

Can you recommend any tips for winter train travel? Do you know of any particularly picturesque lines that look great in winter? Leave a comment to tell us all about them and remember to book your winter train tickets at

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