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How to get last-minute train tickets

If you’re looking for last-minute train tickets and discounts, then you’re in the right place. Use our Journey Planner right now to search for tickets and we'll show you the cheapest prices available, right up to 15 minutes before departure. If you've got the time, make sure to scroll down for our top tips on saving a bit more money, even at the last minute!

Whether you need to make an urgent work trip or you're planning a spontaneous getaway, you can always find the cheapest last-minute train tickets with us. Book your tickets now.

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Buy Advance tickets on the day

When it comes to last-minute train tickets, we’re on the ball. If you search via our app or website, we’ll always show you the cheapest available price for your tickets – but did you know that we also have a handy way to find the cheapest on-the-day fares? That’s right, our advance purchase on the day tool can help you to get the cheaper rail fares on the same day of travel. You’ll need to download our app to use it, but that’s well worth doing (more on that below)!

It’s easy to use when you’re on the go, meaning you can book last-minute train tickets in a flash. However, please bear in mind that Advance purchase on the day tickets may not always be available, depending on the popularity of a route and availability of tickets. On top of this, you may sometimes not be able to get a seat, even if you do get a late train ticket.

Use our app

Want your train travel to be even easier and more intuitive? Then why not install our app? At the tip of your fingers, you’ll be able to see live departure boards, price alerts, favourite routes, as well as your tickets and trip details, meaning you save time and money.

Trust us, once you try a journey with a digital train ticket (no more queues or panic at the ticket machines) you won't want to go back!

If that wasn’t enough for you, you could head over to our cheap train tickets page for further help on getting lower rail fares.

FAQs

Advance purchase tickets are cheaper rail fares which are sold prior to the day of travel, and, in some cases on the day of departure.

Train operators set ticket prices in yields, with advance purchase tickets as the cheapest option. Several operators* have opened access on advance tickets to 15mins before you need to board the train. Phew.

* Advance purchase tickets have a variable cut off time prior to departure of the train.

An Advance On The Day ticket (when available) is cheaper than both the Off-Peak and Anytime tickets brought on the same day.

Advance On The Day tickets are subject to availability and they are only valid for that specific service. 

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