Save on fares and railcards.
Some regular offers will get you money off your train ticket, and I’ll share the best here.
LNER: £5 credit
Sign up to LNER’s Perks scheme and you’ll get £5 credit. You can use this for bookings made on the app. You’ll also be able to earn 2% credit back on bookings.
TrainPal: £3 credit
Sign up to the TrainPal app with the code acf0edfd to get £3 credit to use on tickets. This will be in the form of a £1 off £15 or more ticket and £2 off £35. You can only use one credit per ticket purchase and it will expire after two weeks.
Flash sales and offers run throughout the year on different rail networks here in the UK and sometimes overseas too. I’ll list the best ones below.
Eurostar: £78 returns
You can book return fares from London to Paris, Brussels, Lille or Rotterdam for £39 each way, making a return possible for just £78. This seems to be a regular offer, with the viable travel dates extending every few months. Limited availability at weekends and there are some excluded dates. While reduced fares last.
Northern Rail: £1 flash sale (ended)
You can buy tickets for £1 for travel on Northern between 6 September and 20 October 2022. Child tickets are 50p.
The sale launched on 30 August and runs while the allocation of one million tickets lasts.
Rail cards are valid for 12 months and should save you a third on most fares if you fit the criteria. You’ll also soon be able to have a digital version of your card on your phone. Most will cost you £30.
- Friends & Family Railcard
- 16-17 Saver (from 20th August)
- 18-25 Railcard
- 26-30 Railcard
- NetworkRailcard (South East trains only)
- Disabled Persons Railcard
- Senior Railcard
- Two Together Railcard
Offers to save more run regularly through the year, and I’ll update here if I spot any.
Tesco Clubcard: Two-thirds off railcards
Or, even better, you can get any railcard for a third of the price if you have Tesco Clubcard points. You need £10 worth of points to get this or any other railcard in full, though you can part pay with vouchers.
TrainPal: Up to £23 off railcards
The app TrainPal is offering discounts on one and three-year digital railcards that amount to around 34% off.
A one-year card will cost £19.80 rather than £30, while a three-year one is £46.20 instead of £70.
You first need to register with the add (use code acf0edfd to get £3 credit – more details on this further up the page). Then activate the railcard offer, which I found on the home page. There are only 1,000 available at these prices, so it might not last too long.
Trainline: 33% off digital railcards (expired)
Trainline is offering 33% off digital railcards while stocks last for those who have never bought a ticket with Trainline. You need to enter the code NEWTERM33 at checkout. Ends 31 October or when 150,000 railcards have been sold.