By continuing to use redspottedhanky.com you are agreeing to the website Terms and Conditions, the Privacy Policy, and the Use of Cookies. We use cookies to collect and process anonymous information about your visit to our website. We will use this information to improve the contents of our site or to collate statistics about it, or to otherwise improve and personalise our services to you.

Close
Our site isn't translated however click here for a translated introduction

Tips on finding cheap train tickets

There are plenty of great deals to be had on train fares. We’ve put together this list of steps to help you find cheap train tickets and low-cost fares.

Always book early

Book early

Cheap fares are usually released by train operators around 12 weeks in advance of the journey, and are then managed on a regular basis in line with demand. This can sometimes mean increasing the quotas on trains or reducing them, which can make ticket prices rise. If you know your travel dates, it's a good idea to start searching for tickets as soon as you can, to see what's available. Just remember the longer you leave it until you book your train tickets, the more expensive they tend to be.

Be Flexible

be flexible

If possible, try searching for cheaper fares for different dates and times. There may be a greater allocation of cheaper tickets still available on different dates and times, so it’s always worth having a good look.

Check alternative routes?

Check alternative routes

Some journeys have competition between operators, meaning there are sometimes cheaper fares on different routes, or where on board service is less extensive. You can check all routes by using our train ticket search at the side of the page.

Avoid Peak Times

Avoid Peak times

Whenever you can, avoid travelling at peak times. This means trains arriving before 0930 or 1000 and leaving between 1500 and 1900). Train operators tend to reduce their cheap train ticket quota in these busy periods.

Avoid Fridays and Sundays

avoid Fri and Sun

These days tend to attract higher prices with weekend travellers pushing up the prices.

Check Your Railcard Eligibility

railcard

You could make great savings on your rail travel with a railcard, but railcards are only available to people who meet certain criteria.

To find the railcard that’s right for you (and potentially make big savings) take a look at our handy rail card guide.

Can you avoid London?

It’s sometimes cheaper to book journeys that don’t go through London. If it’s possible, always compare fare prices of journeys going through London and journeys avoiding London. There can be a big difference.

Good luck finding cheap tickets for your rail journey. If you have any tips of your own for finding the best deals on tickets, please let us know.

How much can you save?

We all like to know that we are getting the best possible deal for the stuff we need and train travel is no exception.

Now you can compare how much you can save when you book through redspottedhanky.com instead of the trainline.com or raileasy .

  • Trains
  • Hotels
  • Cars

Journey

Calendar View

Our new Quick Search feature is the easiest way to find the very cheapest day to travel for selected journeys.

more options

Outward Journey

:

Return Journey

:

Passengers


Railcards must be carried on the journey with your tickets. more info 

Show me

Train Timetables

Outward Journey

:

Return Journey

:
Search

Your Stay

Adults & Children

Room 1

Add another room

Car hire location

Pick up date and time

:

Drop off date and time

:

Drivers age

Top train ticket offers

Birmingham New Street to Manchester

Save up to 83% on advanced bookings

Loyalty points 6 £6.40

Birmingham New Street to Edinburgh

Save up to 86% on advanced bookings

Loyalty points 15 £15.00

Just for you...

Download our Smartphone app