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Top ways to save on train fares

book early

Book early

The earlier you book, the more you save

Even booking the day before can give you that ‘bagged a bargain’ feeling. It also guarantees you a seat.

Advance tickets (Standard and First Class) are released up to three months before. But be quick, the serious bargains sell out fast.

Check our Advance Tickets Calendar* Expand to see when the cheapest tickets are available.

Avoid busy times

Travel when
it’s quieter

Go Off-Peak or Super Off-Peak for feel-good savings

Weekends are entirely off-peak, but watch out for sporting events, concerts and festivals as trains may be more crowded.

Weekdays tend to be quietest between 10:30 and 14:30 or after 20:00, so you can stretch out without stretching your budget.

See full Off-Peak and Super Off-Peak times

Be flexible

Be flexible

Use the Best Fare Finder in week or month view to find the cheapest train fares

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group travel

Travel as a group
and save 20%

There’s nothing more fun than travelling in a group. If there’s 3-9 of you, you can save 20% off selected fares. More than 10? Get a bespoke discount and your very own booking representative.

group travel

Save 1/3 with a railcard

Get a railcard and save a bundle on train travel for yourself and the family or friends you travel with. There’s plenty to choose from, so see which one suits you best.

group travel

No extra

  • No booking fees
  • No card charges

That's for all trains - not just Virgin Trains.

group travel

Choose the
right ticket

From Advance, Off-Peak and Anytime, just choosing the right ticket could save you loads (especially our Advance ticket).

Start collecting Nectar

Travelling with Virgin Trains is now more feel-good than ever. Book your tickets at or via our app and we’ll give you 2 points for every £1 you spend on tickets,
even if only part of your journey is with Virgin Trains on the West Coast Mainline.

Find out more »

to London


to London


to Liverpool


2FOR1 entry at top attractions.

Advance fares calendar

Remember - the earlier you book, the less you pay.

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Booking site charges

  Virgin Trains*
 Booking Fee  Free £1.00  Free £1.00
 Debit card fee  Free  Free  Free £0.75
 Credit card fee  Free £3.50  2.25%  4.8%
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