Finding cheap train tickets might not seem like a big deal until you realize how much you can save.
As an exercise I searched the net for the best price for a train ticket from Leeds to Birmingham and decided against Nationalrail.com, Trainline.comand Raileasy.co.uk against each other to see who emerged victorious.
I chose November 1 as my travel date and selected a single passenger one way trip anytime after 4pm. The cheapest National Rail ticket was £25.70 and I got the same price on Trainline. Raileasy came in at £23.34; however, at this price, the trip included two changes that might be a little disruptive.
Although the supplier is one of the factors that determines the cost of the train ticket, there are several other ways to travel in Brittany on a small budget.
Plan your travel itinerary (well in advance if you can!)
Seasoned travelers with fixed travel dates should consider advance tickets, which typically go on sale around 10-12 weeks before your travel date. Some Advance tickets may even still be available up to 30 days before the date of travel.
While this may not work for daily exploration or impromptu adventures, the savings are well worth the effort for those trips that can be planned down to the smallest detail.
Compare cheap train tickets from different providers
It’s worth comparing all the available options, because you never know who might be running a special promotion. But it’s not just about finding a punctual ticket seller for a Midlands holiday. The comparison could also allow you to reduce the cost of your daily journey by a few pounds.
Combine offers from rail partners
Programs such as suburban club offer savings deals to National Rail and Oyster cardholders. Commuter Club offers savings of over £300 a year for regular commuters. Tickets are easy to manage online.
Find alternative ways to find cheap train tickets
Sites such as TrainPal allow travelers to find the best prices on long journeys thanks to the splitting of tickets. This means that each stage of the journey is calculated independently and the best prices are sought to ensure that commuters really have the cheapest tickets. For those hoping to take advantage of cheap trips to the mainland, this is a good option.
There are also a number of ticket companies that offer reduced fares for families with young children and seniors. Commuters should also keep an eye out for voucher companies that partner with train companies to offer discounted tickets.
Think about season passes
If you’re traveling the same route for more than a few days, a season pass could be a cost-effective solution. Compare daily ticket prices to weekly and monthly prices to find the best deal.
Check the hidden fees
Reservation fees and commissions can drive up the price of your train tickets. When booking through a travel agency, it is worth comparing the cost of the ticket with those offered online or at the station.
Register an online profile
Online vendors provide safe and secure portals where commuters can book their tickets. Simply check in online or download the app (if available), set up notifications and book. Many online agencies allow you to track your tickets and discounts, but also to manage your trips without ever having to set foot in a ticket office.
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