Money-saving train travel tips

Friday, 10 June 2022
  • Your journey

Rail travel savings hacks that you need to know.

Most people don’t know that opting to reach your desired staycation destination by train is one of the most effective ways to make a big savings.

With the cost of living continuing to rise, we have combined five top money-saving travel tips to help the nation get the best possible savings when travelling by train!

Avoid travelling at peak times

Starting with the basics, a great way to save money on train tickets is to avoid travelling during peak times – this is between 6.30-9.30 and 15.30-18.30! Instead, if you are able to travel during off-peak times, you will instantly reduce the price of your ticket. What’s more, avoiding travel during peak times if you don’t need to is often a much more comfortable journey, with quieter carriages and stations.

Buy directly from the rail provider

Another super simple tip to save money on your rail travel is to always buy your train tickets directly from the rail provider. This can ensure that you’re only paying for the actual ticket, and not for third party fees. This may only seem like a few quid each time, but if you travel regularly it adds up quickly!

Following this straightforward step is a super-easy way to immediately save on your rail travel tickets. For example, booking directly through London Northwestern Railway's website or app means you can be sure you are getting a good cost effective deal on your ticket, avoiding hidden charges that other websites may add to your ticket price.

Book your tickets in Advance

Did you know you can save money on your train tickets by booking early? Grabbing Advanced tickets is a great way to instantly save pennies - all you have to do is be prepared and make sure you plan your journeys in advance.

To find the cheapest rail fares online you need to be checking regularly - advanced tickets from us are released every week, up to 12 weeks in advance. So, get yourself organised and book your Advance tickets with us well ahead of your journey, so you can be sure you are getting the best price and deal possible.

If your journey date is less than 12 weeks away, it is still recommended to book your tickets as soon as possible, ensuring you are still able to get the lowest fare available. It really is that simple!

Invest in a Railcard

Again, this may seem like an obvious tip to many, however, you could be saving money on every journey you take just by getting your hands on a Railcard! Investing in a Railcard gives you not to be missed discounts on your train tickets, with at least 30% off most train fares. There are various options available, costing around £30* per year. Therefore, if you spend more than £90 a year on travel it will save you money in the long run. This is a great way to save money, especially if you are a regular traveller or commuter as your guaranteed savings on almost every ticket!

Just remember to always have your Railcard handy when travelling, as you don’t want to get caught out by ticket inspectors. This has now been made much easier as you have the option to store your Railcard digitally, so all you’ll need to remember is to grab your phone!

So, there you have it – five easy tips to help you make a saving whenever you travel by train. Whether you’re visiting a friend, heading on a family day out or commuting to work there’s no reason why you can’t save a pretty penny. And the savings don’t stop there – thanks to LNR you get your hands on 2for1 deals on some of the UK’s top attractions when you travel by train.

Make the most of our train discounts

Did you know we offer great discounts and savings to make your journeys even cheaper.


If you're travelling in a group of 3-9 people, you can save 1/3 on your train travel with GroupSave.

Kids go to London for £1

With a Family Travelcard, up to four kids can travel to London for just £1.

2FOR1 Offers

Did you know, when you travel by train, you have access to a range of 2FOR1 offers to some of the UK's best attractions.

Student Season Tickets

Did you know you can save up to 50% on train travel to/from school, college, or university with a Child and Student Season Ticket? The season ticket is also valid when the schools are closed, such as weekends and school holidays!