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Top ways to save on train fares

book early

Book early

The earlier you book, the less you pay.

Even booking the day before can save you a pretty penny. It also guarantees you a seat.

Advance tickets (Standard and First Class) are released up to 3 months before.
But be quick, the cheapest train tickets sell out fast.

Check our Advance tickets calendar Expand to see when the cheapest tickets are available.

Avoid busy times

Avoid busy
times

Go off-peak (or super-off peak) and pay less.

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%

Travel as a group of 3-9 people for 20% off. How clever.
Or travel as a group of 10+ for your very own booking representative.

group travel

Get Railcard discounts

Get 1/3 off all rail fares with a railcard.

group travel

No extra
charges

  • No booking fees
  • No card charges

That's for all trains, not just Virgin ones.

group travel

Choose the
right ticket

Save with Off-Peak or Super Off-Peak, enjoy the flexibility of Anytime or indulge in First Class.

Start collecting points

Travelling with Virgin Trains is now more rewarding than ever. Book your tickets online when you travel with us and we’ll give you 2 points for every £1 you spend on tickets, even if only part of your journey is taken on Virgin Trains.

Offer: Book online now and collect DOUBLE points. Offer ends 11 October 2014.

Find out more »

Birmingham
to London

£7.50

Manchester
to London

£12.50

London
to Liverpool

£12.50

2FOR1 entry at top attractions.

Advance fares calendar

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

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Booking site charges

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 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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