The number of ticket types available on the train can seem overwhelming, but help is at hand to allow you to select the best (whether that be the cheapest or the most convenient) ticket type for you.
If you are familiar with ticket restrictions, then planning your journey and buying your ticket online is the best option. If on the other hand you find it all too confusing, then it is best to phone National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 or visit your local station to speak to a travel advisor.
If you are making the same journey 3 or more times a week then a season ticket is likely to be the cheapest way to travel. Passengers pay up-front for a specified period of time – a week, a month to a year. Calculate your savings using the season ticket calculator.
If you are able to travel at off-peak times (typically after 9.30am and avoiding the evening rush hour) then tickets are normally cheaper. If you can buy in advance (7 or more days before your outward travel date) then you will be able to find even better deals. Advance tickets are typically restricted in numbers so the sooner you can buy the better.
Concessionary travel is available on trains if you hold a valid railcard, which can save you 1/3 off your train fare. Even one journey to and from London could make a railcard purchase worthwhile. Other concessions are available, for instance for children, or for groups travelling together. Find out more from National Rail.
Each of the train companies offers special deals at times when they are trying to encourage more people to use the train. Details are published on National Rail and the train operators’ own websites: