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Family travel & discounts

We want families to feel at home with us. From kids' activity tables in selected waiting rooms to our VKids Packs and baby changing facilities onboard, we're always trying out new ideas to keep families happy all the way.

Family travel

Family travel

A Family & Friends Railcard costs £30 for one year, or save £20 with three years for £70. You'll get:

  • 1/3 off adult fares
  • 60% off child fares

Buy your Family & Friends Railcard online:

It's quick, easy and secure.

Up to 4 adults and 4 kids can travel on one card - and they don’t have to be part of the same family. For even greater savings, you can also use your Family & Friends Railcard on Advance fares.


If you’re a Nectar cardholder, don’t forget to enter your number when booking online - you’ll get 2 points for every £1 you spend on tickets, as long as part (or all) of your journey includes travelling with Virgin Trains on the West Coast Mainline.

Summer family ticket

Fantasic family fares

We're offering cheaper fares for families this summer with our special 'family ticket'.

Enjoy one fixed price for any 'family' of up to 6, no questions asked! So the more of you, the better. And tickets start at just £55 return.

Child fares

Child fares

Child fare (aged 5 to 15) is 1/2 adult fare. Children under the age of 5 travel free.

Child fares also apply on our Advance tickets, providing some of our best-value opportunities to travel in the UK. And there's nothing quite like fun and discovery to inspire young minds. Old ones too.

VKids Packs

VKids Pack

Travelling with kids aged between 3 and 6? If you're travelling with Virgin Trains on the West Coast Mainline just ask for our VKids Packs, bursting with goodies to keep them entertained.

They'll discover crayons, stickers, an activity book, jigsaw, a mini passport and a small game. It's all about making the journey as enjoyable as possible for the whole family, and its free too. They're popular and can run out quickly, so pick one up from The Shop once you get onboard to avoid disappointment.

Food, drinks and light bites onboard

Fancy a snack? Step into The Shop to discover a delicious choice of healthy options and naughty treats. That's where you'll also find our Freedom Meal Deals and Fairtrade hot drinks - and all at prices not to be sniffed at. So forget about the last-minute food dash before you board.

See what's in The Shop

Eurostar & Virgin Trains to Europe in one easy booking

Manchester to Paris in just 5hrs 35mins from as little as £105 return.

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2FOR1 entry at Great British attractions

Take a friend for free at over 100 of the greatest British attractions including restaurants, theatres, exhibitions and more when you travel there with Virgin Trains.

Browse the attractions and print your 2FOR1 voucher now

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