Cheap Train Tickets

Buy cheap train tickets in advance and save up to 93%* on your journey


Our site is dedicated to helping commuters save on train tickets when travelling on the UK rail network. Follow our guide for more details on how to book cheap train tickets and tips on stretching your money further by splitting your tickets and using a railcard for additional discounts on your train fare.
The trick to booking cheap train tickets is to purchase your train tickets ahead of time - the earlier you book the more savings you'll have.
Our smart journey planner will do the hard work for you by searching for various combinations of split tickets and alternative journeys so you don't have to. It's really the best one out there because no other journey planner offers cheap alternative journey tickets like we do!


What's an alternative journey?

It is an alternative route that is overtaken by a faster itinerary but the tickets are generally cheaper in price. The journey may take slightly longer (because you may be travelling on a slower train or a service that has more stopping points) and include a change depending on the route however the tickets usually have significant savings. If you're keen on booking the cheapest train ticket out there and have time to spare then booking an alternative journey may be the best solution for you. 

Our journey planner is the only one in the market capable of bringing you cheaper alternative fares and split tickets so that you can really maximise your savings! Try it out, it really is unlike no other.

How to find cheap train tickets?

how to book cheap train tickets

If you're on a budget or simply want to slash the cost of train travel then follow our handy guide and find out everything you need to know about cheap train tickets and how to book them. Cheap train tickets, also known as Advance fares are fixed time tickets and released up to 12 weeks prior to the travel date. They are significantly cheaper than flexible, walk on fares you buy at the station.

In this guide we will explain how you can book cheap train tickets and find additional savings by splitting your tickets. Not only that, our one of the kind journey planner booking offers cheaper alternative journeys not found anywhere else.

Split ticketing helps reduce the cost of your tickets by separating the journey into different portions because it works out cheaper than booking a conventional ticket. You may be carrying a few extra tickets along the way and in most cases you stay on the same train until you've reached your destination. Just tell our journey planner where and when you want to go and it will do the work for you.

Split your cheap train tickets with us and save up to 93.39%* on your journey!

*One of our customers saved £433.32 in 2021 and only paid £23.20 for their tickets.


When is the best time to book?

As soon as Advance tickets are released - usually 12 weeks before the travel date. It could sometimes take longer depending on the train company that sets these fares. Advance fares are available in limited quantities and the Advance prices tend to increase to the next level once sold out. Our journey planner will not only find cheap train tickets for your journey, but additional savings by splitting your tickets for you.


More ways to save on your train journey

If you travel regularly and know the inside of the train like the back of your hand then you may want to consider getting a railcard because it pays off after a few long distance journeys. A railcard knocks 1/3 off your rail fare and is valid for a year. What's more, you can use it in combination with split tickets on our journey planner and it automatically works out when to apply the railcard discount and when not to so that you have valid split tickets all the way through. Enjoy using our site? Download the Trainsplit app and book your cheap train tickets on the go.


How to book cheap train tickets?

Split ticketing


Step 1: Plan ahead

It is never too early to plan a trip. Start planning at least 2-3 months in advance as this gives you enough time to find the cheapest train tickets, suitable accommodation and activities.


Step 2: Download the mobile app

The Trainsplit app is free to download on both iOS & Android devices. Book your journeys on the go and your journeys will be listed on the app ready for when you travel.


Step 3: Set up ticket alerts

Use the ticket alert system offered by the train companies to find out when the cheap train tickets go on sale. Once you receive the notification that the cheap Advance fares are released, book your journey with us so that you can save even more with split tickets or alternative journeys (trains that are slightly slower but cheaper) for your travel. Plus, we don't charge a booking fee!


Step 4: Travel as a group or use your railcard for additional discounts

If you're travelling with friends then it may be cheaper to book together as a group. Groupsave saves you up to 34% on your tickets for groups of 3 - 9 adults.
Don't have the numbers? Use your railcard instead.
If you don't have a railcard and you travel regularly by train then perhaps you can consider getting one. There are different types of railcard available and it saves up to 1/3 on your travel.
The railcard fee pays off after a few journeys.


Step 5: Split your tickets

We all know by now that ticket splitting or split ticketing helps save the cost of your train travel by breaking the tickets down into different sections and this is key in finding cheap tickets. Don't worry, the journey remains the same as when you buy a standard through ticket and in most cases there's no need to get off the train. Just follow your itinerary, it tells you when and where to get off or if you need to stay on board until you reach your destination.

When it's time to book your tickets, tell our journey planner where and when you want to travel and it will do the work for you. It will even tell you how much extra you're saving if it's found you a split journey. Have a browse at the earlier or later times as it could be cheaper to travel at different hours of the day.  


Step 6: Avoid rush hour crowds

Travel off peak when it is less crowded, the tickets will be cheaper as peak time tickets costs more!


Step 7: Two singles can be more expensive than a return

A return journey is most often cheaper than two singles because of the way tickets are priced. Make sure you do some comparisons before you book!


Step 8: Final checks before you secure your cheap train tickets

Make sure everything is in order before you hit the 'Pay Now' button. Are the dates and times correct? Did you select the correct amount of passengers and used the right railcard?


Step 9: Tickets booked, you're all set!

Your booking is now confirmed and you're ready to go.

If you've made a mistake on your booking then use the link at the bottom of your booking confirmation for a full refund within 2 hours of the booking.


Step 10: Ticket collection

If you've selected E-Tickets then print a hardcopy of your tickets at home and store them in your luggage. Not all journeys are E-Ticketable unfortunately. If E-Tickets are available on the route you have selected then you will be able to select this during the checkout process.

Ticket on Departure tickets can be collected from any National Rail station anytime before your journey. Make sure you arrive at the station ahead of time to print your tickets (you'll need the booking reference and the same card that was used to make the purchase).

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