Top ways to save on train fares
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* to see when the cheapest tickets are available.
*Advance train tickets are non-refundable and only valid for travel on the train you have purchased your ticket for. Tickets purchased during a sale may be cheaper than Advance tickets.
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.
Use the Best Fare Finder in week or month view to find the cheapest train fares
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.
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.
- No booking fees
- No card charges
That's for all trains - not just Virgin Trains.
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
virgintrains.com 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.
Advance fares calendar
Remember - the earlier you book, the less you pay.
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- Available for reservation
- Not yet available for reservation
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*Advance tickets are non-refundable and only valid for travel on the train you have purchased your ticket for. Tickets purchased during a sale may be cheaper than Advance tickets.
Booking site charges
|Debit card fee||Free||Free||Free||£0.75|
|Credit card fee||Free||£3.50||2.25%||4.8%|
* Free ticket pick up available via the FastTicket machines in station. Free ticket fulfilment via e-ticket. For First Class postage a £1.00 fee applies.