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Heading for a family day out and travelling by train? You’ve come to the right place.

Our guide to booking family train tickets will provide you with all the information you need to make your family train trip a breeze. From easy ways to save money on train tickets to offers and child fare information, we’ve got you covered.

If you're planning a family day out in London or the South of England this summer, kids can travel by train for £2 or less

How to book family train tickets

Train ticket prices can vary depending on when you travel, the train company you travel with and the length of your journey. It can be easy for costs to stack up when booking for more than one person, so we’ve put together a few tips to help you find the best price when buying family train tickets.

Buy a Railcard

The Family & Friends Railcard is a great way to get discounted fares on family train travel and can be used by adults travelling with at least one child in the UK. Adults will receive 1/3 off, and children receive 60% off certain train tickets, make sure you carry your Railcard with you during your journey though.

Have a son or daughter aged 16-17? Consider applying for the new 16-17 Saver Railcard for an amazing 50% off train services!

Find out more information about this offer on our Family & Friends Railcard page.

Plan ahead

As train companies in the UK usually release Advance tickets 12 weeks before the departure date, booking your train tickets ahead of time is often when they’ll be at their lowest price. Depending on the train company you’re travelling with, booking in advance can also mean you’re able to book seats together with a table.

Find out more on our Advance train tickets page, or if you know the date you’d like to travel, sign up for our Ticket Alert service, and we’ll email you when your tickets go on sale.

Travel Off-Peak

It’s typically cheaper to travel during Off-Peak train times in the UK (anything outside of Monday to Friday rush hours), and these trains are usually a lot quieter than during Peak hours, meaning there’s the added bonus of being able to get seats together if you can’t reserve them ahead of time. 

We mark journeys as either Peak, Off-Peak or Super Off-Peak (between 10:00 and 15:30 and from 19:15 onwards Monday to Friday) when you search for tickets on our website or app to make them easy to spot.

Kids travel for £2 or less!

We’ve got your back with cheap travel for family days out in London and the South of England. Whether you’re leaving London for a day out with kids in the countryside or vice versa, there are some super-cheap fares to be had.

Check out how you can save on kids' train travel below – discounts will be applied automatically when booking on our website or app.  

How can I get cheap kids’ fares?


Up to four kids aged 5-15 years old travel for £1 each on Southeastern trains when accompanied by at least one adult – no date restrictions for travel. Valid for Off-Peak Single or Return tickets, as well as Advance Single tickets on any Southeastern route.

Southern, Thameslink, Great Northern and Greater Anglia

Up to four kids aged 5-15 years old travel for £2 on Southern, Thameslink, Great Northern and Greater Anglia trains when accompanied by at least one adult – no date restrictions for travel. Valid for Off-Peak Single and Return tickets.

Family train tickets to London

There’s nothing quite like a family day out in London – whether you’re sightseeing, going to the theatre or picnicking on one of the city’s beautiful parks, it’s a great way to spend the day or weekend. Train travel to London can quickly add up though, so we’d recommend using a few of the tips mentioned above when booking your family train tickets to London.

If you already have or are thinking about purchasing a Family and Friends Railcard, it can also give you access to discounts on museums, hotels, attractions and more. So not only will you save on train travel to London, but you could also enjoy discounted entry to fun things to do once you’re there!

Find out more about travelling to the capital on our trains to London page.

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