We try to make sure all our fares are as low as possible for you. But to squeeze even more from your pound, here are some epic ways to save.

Book early

Thinking ahead can save you some serious pocket money. The further in advance you book, the cheaper your tickets. Our Standard and First Class tickets are released twelve weeks before departure, and that’s when they’re at their cheapest. But even booking the day before is a great way to bag a bargain. It also means your seat is reserved on the train – which makes it a winning strategy all round.

Check out our advance ticket calendar to see when the cheapest tickets are available.

Travel when it's quieter

Travel outside the rush hour and you'll save a bundle. Not to mention getting some extra room to stretch out.

Weekends are entirely off-peak. It's a good idea to check for big events like football matches or festivals, as our trains can get a little more cosy at these times.

Weekdays are usually quietest outside the rush hour(s). Try travelling between 10:30 and 14:30, or after 20:00. You'll find our trains are much quieter, and you'll save money at the same time.

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No booking or card fees charged travelling with Virgin Trains means happy travellers like this one.

No extra fees

Booking fees. Who needs ‘em? Nobody, that’s who. That’s why there are no fees, and no card charges when you book with us. Result.

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Booking fee

Free

£1.00

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£1.00

Debit card fee

Free

Free

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£0.75

Credit card fee

Free

£1.30

2.25%

4.8%

* Free ticket pick up available via the FastTicket machines station. Free ticket fulfilment via e-ticket. For First Class postage a £1.00 fee applies.

Travel as a group

If you're taking the whole gang, you could make some serious savings for everyone in the group. If there's 3 to 9 of you, you can get 20% off selected fares. If you're in a larger group of ten or more, you'll get a bespoke discount and your very own booking representative.

Group travel

Save 1/3 with a Railcard

Railcards are a great way to save some serious pocket money while you travel. You can get a Railcard for yourself, your family and friends - choose the one that suits you best and start racking up the savings.

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Choose the right ticket

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

Tickets explained