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How to save money travelling by train

 

GET A RAIL CARD

Rail cards are a great way to save money on travel as they can save you around a third of your ticket price. The current rail cards available are:

16-25 Rail Card- These rail cards are for those who are 16-25 years old or mature students who are in full-time education.

Family and Friends Rail Card- This rail card is for those who are 16 years+ and to qualify you must travel with at least one child. The minimum group size you can have to qualify is 1 adult and 1 child. The maximum group size you can have to qualify is 4 adults and 4 children.

Senior Rail Card- This rail card is for the over 60’s.

Two together Rail Card- This rail card is for two people over the age of 16 travelling together. However, the discounts are not eligible if you are travelling between 0430-0930.

For more terms and conditions on rail cards visit- www.railcard.co.uk/

 

BOOK IN ADVANCE

This one is a big money saver! Many people aren’t aware of how much money you can save if you book in advance and research into the best times to travel to your destination. When booking a journey for the future always try a range of start station leaving times. There could be dozens of pounds’ difference in ticket prices just because you decided to travel half an hour earlier or later. 

TOP TIP:

We recommend these websites when booking in advance to find the cheapest deals-

Trainline: https://www.thetrainline.com/

Red Spotted Hanky: http://www.redspottedhanky.com/

 

BUY ANNUAL SEASON TICKETS

If you travel regularly this is one of the most recommend ways to save money by train. Although buying a weekly or monthly season ticket is more money conscious than buying individual tickets, you will still save so much more buying an annual ticket. 

We understand that a one-off payment is not always do-able so why not see if your company does a 0% interest loan. You can pay the upfront cost of the ticket and then pay them back weekly or monthly which is what you would be doing anyway. And the best part? It’s even cheaper than what you would be paying weekly or monthly originally. (If your company doesn’t do 0% interest loans try a 0% interest credit card).

 

CLAIM YOUR DELAY REPAY

No one believes that you should claim your delay repay more than we do! We have seen thousands claimed back by our users, with the clear majority of our user base getting back hundreds of pounds back yearly. You can use this money to put towards your next season ticket or any other journeys you have in the future. If your train operator is terrible for delays don’t just accept it. Get back YOUR compensation!

Madeleine Bye

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