How to travel, family style

Virgin Trains family travel offer

Travel savvy with your little ones

Train travel should be an adventure (in a good way), whether you’re 6 years old, or 60. That’s why we make sure that journeys with us are as fun and as easy as possible, if you have young train travellers in tow. You’ll find fun activity packs, tasty kids’ menus, special tickets for family travel, and more – all you need to keep everyone from toddlers to teenagers smiling.

Vkids packs for family travel
Child eating a sandwhich on Virgin Trains
Family travel on Virgin Trains
Taking a pushchair on Virgin Trains
Family travel on Virgin Trains
Unaccompanied children on Virgin Trains

Top tips

1. Can I travel with my pram/pushchair?

Pushchairs and prams are welcome on board all of our services, as long as they’re folded and stored like any other item of luggage. Customers with wheelchairs have priority for our wheelchair spaces. Wheelchair-friendly toilets and baby changing facilities are also available.

Have a read of our blog.

2. I'm travelling with an under-5, can I book a seat?

Children under the age of 5 can travel free of charge and don't need a ticket, but please remember that this means they don't have a seat reservation and so will be expected to sit on your knee if the train is busy. If you want them to have a seat reservation then you will need to buy a child’s ticket

More information can be found by taking a look at our blog link to the blog section on under 5s

3. At what age can children travel unaccompanied?

Train travel should be an adventure, and your first train journey without your parents is a big moment. However, we like to make sure everyone on our trains is safe. We have a fair bit of experience in the area, and our advice is that children shouldn't travel unaccompanied with Virgin Trains until they are mature enough to understand the unique ins and outs of rail travel.

Responsibility for an unaccompanied child remains the parent’s, or those acting on behalf of the parent. Only you can decide if your child is old or mature enough to travel alone. If we notice children travelling unaccompanied and have concerns for the child’s safety, we’ll contact the British Transport Police for assistance.

You'll find some helpful guidance for children travelling alone created by the British Transport Police here.

4. Is my child entitled to a discounted ticket?

For children aged between 5 and 15 there are discounted fares available which you can book online at Virgintrains.com and at stations

One of the best value ways to buy tickets for kids is with a Family & Friends Railcard. This gives a 33% discount on adult fares and a 60% discount on child fares when you all travel together in Standard Class. You can find out more about them here.

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Got the whole gang with you? Book together and you'll make some serious savings if there are more than three of you.

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