Find cheap train tickets with us today

Cheap train tickets can be a real benefit for those looking for a day out on a budget. Booking cheap train tickets in advance with Trainline can save you up to 61%** on a standard fare when bought at the train station, giving you great value for money for whatever your train journey is. If you’re after cheap train tickets to London, Edinburgh or further into Europe, you can book online with us and start saving money now.

Generally, train fares go up in price, right up until the day you travel. So, the secret to finding cheap train tickets is booking Advance tickets. Our Journey Planner tells you live train times, ticket costs and route stops. Plus, we’ve got a few nifty features in our app, like Price Prediction, which helps pinpoint the best time to book your ticket and SplitSave, which can make your journey cheaper but splitting it into separate tickets. Why not check out our train deals and discounts guide too, where you'll find all the latest offers from UK and European train companies that you can book with us.

If you want to find out more about booking cheap train tickets online, then read on below.

Effortless ways to save extra on rail travel

Railcard savings

Find the Railcard that's right for you, and start saving 1/3 on travel* (about £139 a year). Just like that.

Book your seat

If you're a planner you can save big when you book your train tickets in advance. An average of 61%** in fact.

How to get cheap train tickets

At Trainline, we have some handy tips for how to get the cheapest train tickets, quickly and easily. Check them out below!

  1. Buy your train tickets in advance

Booking in advance is a great way to ensure you get your cheap tickets early. You can also try booking two Advance Single tickets instead of a return ticket as this can sometimes work out cheaper.

  1. Use a Railcard

By getting a National Railcard for yourself, you can look forward to an extra 1/3 off the cost of your train tickets on most routes. What's not to like about that?

  1. Travel Off-Peak

If you can, avoid Peak times and travel Off-Peak, and you’ll be privy to the cheaper train ticket fares available. Being flexible is a great way to limit the cost of your spend on travel.

  1. Sign up to our Advance Ticket Alert tool

We want to take the hard work out of finding those all-important Advance fares for you. Simply sign up to our Ticket Alert tool and tell us your train route, and we’ll send you an email as soon as tickets become available.

  1. Buy split tickets.

With our handy split-ticketing app feature, you can save money on your train tickets by splitting one long train journey into two parts, and two tickets.

How to buy cheap train tickets online

Following these simple steps could save you money.

  1. Search online or download our app.
  2. Add your departure and arrival station.
  3. 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.
  4. 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. 
  5. Book!

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.

Other ways to save money on train tickets

Whether you're travelling on your own, with family or friends, for work or a day out, there are plenty of ways to save money on train tickets in the UK.

Buy cheap business tickets

Looking for cheap business tickets? Why not register for a free business account? Our handy business portal enables you to keep track of all trips, expenses and tickets in one handy place. With our price prediction tool, we even tell you when to book before your business fare becomes too expensive. Sign up here.

Buy cheap family train tickets

If you're travelling as a family and want to save money on train fares, we recommend you buy a Family & Friends Railcard – you'll save 1/3 off your train travel all year round, and you'll get 60% off child fares too. Check out our guide to buying family train tickets.

Get last-minute train tickets

If you want to get cheap same-day train tickets, download our app to use our Advance purchase on the day tool and get the cheapest rail fares on the same day of travel. Visit our last-minute train tickets page for more information.

Get cheap student train tickets

Taking the train to get to school, college or university? Our dedicated student train tickets page has got you covered, from saving with a 16-25 Railcard to using GroupSave when travelling as a group.

Buy cheap First Class train tickets

Want to find the cheapest fares without having to give up comfort? Don’t be put off by the thought of paying more and buy a First Class train ticket, as there are ways to get the cheapest fares. For example, if you book well in advance, you may find that the difference in price between Standard and First Class can be less than you'd expect, depending on when you want to travel. Visit our First Class train tickets page for more information.

Get a Season Ticket

If you’re making the same journey regularly, it may work out cheaper to get a Season Ticket. You can choose between a WeeklyMonthly or Annual Season Ticket. Each type allows you unlimited travel between two stations and you can travel at any time of day.

A Weekly Season Ticket is often cheaper than buying four daily Anytime Return tickets. And a Monthly Season Ticket can be cheaper than buying four Weekly Season Tickets. An Annual Season Ticket is often cheaper than buying Monthly or Weekly Season Tickets throughout the year.

Buy a Flexi Season ticket

If you're a part-time commuter travelling to work during Peak times at least two days a week, Monday to Friday, you may find it cheaper to get a Flexi Season ticket. This new ticket type offers 8 days of unlimited travel in 28 days – you can travel any time between two named stations. Learn more about Flexi Season tickets.

Use Best Fare Finder

If you want to find great deals on train tickets, why not use our Best Fare Finder. Simply select one of our top routes, tell us when you’re thinking of travelling and Best Fare Finder will show you the cheapest train tickets our customers have found around these times. Find out more about Best Fare Finder.

Ready to book your cheap train tickets with Trainline?

We're here to help our customers save money on their train tickets and book with ease, across the UK and Europe.

Cheap train tickets for popular UK journeys

These are just some of the cheap prices our customers have seen for UK journeys recently.

JourneyFastest timePrice*
London to Bath1h 15mFrom £15.10
London to Edinburgh4h 17mFrom £14.90
Edinburgh to London4hFrom £14.90
London to Cardiff1h 47mFrom £26.80
Manchester to London2h 3mFrom £25.70
Loughborough to London1h 14mFrom £17
Newark to London1h 13mFrom £13.90
Derby to London1h 25mFrom £18.50
Cheltenham to London1h 57mFrom £18.40
Glasgow to Edinburgh45mFrom £5.10
Northampton to London50mFrom £9.50
London to Newcastle2h 46mFrom £11.90
London to Nottingham1h 32mFrom £13.90
Swansea to London2h 45mFrom £29.10
Ipswich to London57mFrom £10
Bournemouth to London1h 50mFrom £11.30

*Prices correct January 2022. Advance adult single fare. Excludes booking fee. Prices seen by Trainline customers in the last 30 days. Availability limited.

Cheap train tickets in Europe

It's not just National Rail journeys that you can book cheap train tickets online for. We offer travellers great discounts for a number of destinations across trains in Europe, including in France, Italy, Spain, Germany, and many more. Our helpful guides are full of fantastic savings on popular rail routes across the continent.

Frequently asked questions

Check out some of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to cheap train tickets in the UK.

Cheap train tickets are normally available when they're first released by the train operators. This is usually 12 weeks before your departure date. Booking in advance could save you 61% on average vs Anytime fares on the day.

Yes! Trainline's app allows you to search and book train tickets helping you find the best prices for your journey. With SplitSave in app we'll even show you fares where splitting the ticket can save you even more money. Find out more about SplitSave here.

Yes! If you're looking to book a ticket more than 12 weeks in advance or if they aren't available yet you can set a Ticket Alert with Trainline. We'll then email you when those tickets come on sale, so you book in advance.

*Applies to selected train fares. See Trainline's railcard terms for full details of each railcard, eligible tickets and travel times.

**Average savings on advance fares booked at least one week before day of travel vs Anytime fares purchased on day of travel. Subject to availability. Excludes coach.

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