How to buy cheap train tickets online
Following these simple steps could save you money.
- Search online or download our app.
- Add your departure and arrival station.
- Choose your date – most Advance tickets go on sale 12 weeks before the date of departure, so the earlier you book the cheaper your tickets could be.
- Don’t forget to add your Railcard, if you have one, to get an even bigger discount. Alternatively, if you're travelling in a group of three to nine adults, you could use GroupSave for a discount of up to 34% on participating services.
To find cheap train tickets for your journey with Trainline, simply enter your travel information into our journey planner and search for the time and date that suits you.
How to get cheap train tickets
Buying train tickets in advance is the easiest and fastest way to get cheap train fares for any journey. However, you can also ensure you get the cheapest train ticket for your journey by using a National Railcard for an extra 1/3 off your train ticket price. Using a national railcard is very cost-effective, usually a one-off cost of £30 (Disabled Persons is £20), you can buy cheap train tickets online for almost any train journey you're travelling on, giving you a great discount every time you travel. If you're aged 16 or 17, you can now also apply for the new '16-17 Saver' Railcard, for a whopping 50% discount on train services!
Another way to get train tickets cheaper is by buying 2 advance single tickets rather than a return. Once again, planning your journey well in advance. There are a number of journeys in which you can find cheaper train tickets this way, and with our journey planner, you can find the cheapest train tickets for your train trip now.
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Want to know how to get cheap same-day train tickets and other train discounts? Visit our last-minute train tickets page for our handy tips. If you're travelling as a family and want to save money on train fares, check out our guide to buying family train tickets. Taking the train to get to school, college or university? Our dedicated student train tickets page has got you covered.
See how much you could save
Save up to £24.80 by booking 12 weeks in advance instead of on the day of travel.
Save up to £103 by booking 9 weeks in advance instead of on the day of travel.
Save up to £99 by booking 9 weeks in advance instead of on the day of travel.
Cheap train tickets in Europe
It's not just National Rail journeys that you can book cheap train tickets online with. Trainline Europe offers travellers great discounts for a number of destinations across Europe, including in France, Italy, Spain, Germany., and many more
If you want to book cheap train tickets in Europe, head over to our helpful guide where you can find more information on where you can travel by train, as well as how to find fantastic savings on popular rail routes across the continent. The prices of tickets differ by train operator or country you're travelling in, so if you're looking for information on how to find the cheapest tickets by country, you can start by checking out our guide to trains in Europe.