Don’t get caught out like this customer in the BBC TV series ‘The Railway: Keeping Britain on Track’. Railfuture has launched this online guide for rail users to help you find the cheapest train tickets in the minefield of the fares system.
Travelling by rail can be cheaper than the cost of putting fuel in a car, and is likely to be even cheaper when the cost of the car's depreciation, maintenance, finance and parking are taken into account. Rail is often quicker and more comfortable, and it is certainly safer and more environmentally friendly. These pages will help you to get the best out of rail travel and to deal with any problems that may arise:
- Planning your journey
- What type of ticket
- Finding the best price
- Getting to and from the station
- Making the journey easy
- When things go wrong
- Rail tours
- Rail-based accommodation
- Going abroad
There are also at least 120 station pubs.
While you are reading these pages, sit back and enjoy the soundtrack of The Railway, a piece for solo piano called Le Chemin de Fer by composer Charles-Valentin Alkan (1813-1888).
If you work in London and are thinking of moving house, it is worth considering both the daily travel time and the combined cost of your mortgage payments and season ticket. The website Life after London has mapped season ticket prices and average mortgage costs in the area around every station in south-east England, whilst Emoov has mapped average house prices around major stations througout the UK.
When people tell you that rail travel is cheaper in Europe, don't believe them - this infographic shows how fares really compare for one-way journeys. Off peak return journeys can be even cheaper.
If you can’t find the answer here, there is more information about British rail operators, tickets and fares on the National Rail website.
- Virgin Trains East Coast is offering 150,000 seats at special prices between 18 June and 20 July if booked by 31 May 2018. Follow the Summer Stop Watch Sale link to book online.
- One third price train travel! You can exchange Tesco Clubcard vouchers for triple the value to use on redspottedhanky.com. So from 11 June 2018 £5 in Clubcard vouchers can be exchanged for £15 to buy British train tickets, but this offer may be too good to last long. If you are entitled to a Railcard discount, you get that too! Just one word of caution - do not exchange more in Clubcard vouchers than you will use in a single transaction on redspottedhanky, as the site may not keep any unused credit - and the site does add a £1 booking fee to the price of the tickets.
- If you spend more than £35 per month on off-peak rail travel in the West Midlands, East Anglia, London or the South East then a Gold Card will save you money.
- On 30 May 2018 Virgin Trains West Coast launched a new partnership with Uber to encourage people to leave their cars at home and take the train.
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