Ways to save
The further in advance you book, the more you save
(up to 3 months).
Travel off-peak to find a cheaper ticket.
Be flexible with dates and times and use our Best Fare Finder below.
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Do you want the freedom to travel Anytime, or are you looking for a cheaper fare by booking in Advance? Perhaps you'd prefer to travel Off-Peak when it's a bit quieter. Of course, you could always treat yourself to the comforts of First Class. However you want to travel, we've got just the ticket for you.
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Semi-flexible tickets: buy anytime
and travel off-peak only
If you can travel outside of peak hours, like Saturday morning rather than Friday evening for instance, then you can find a cheaper ticket. You can buy Off-Peak tickets any time before you travel. You'll enjoy quieter trains as well, so you can stretch out without stretching your budget.
Book ahead only: buy in advance
and travel on specific trains
By thinking ahead and booking up to 12 weeks in advance you can save loads. In fact, with Advance tickets*, the earlier you book, the more you're likely to save, and you can still travel during the busiest times of the day. You can buy a First Advance for a set train too, and enjoy all the luxury and complimentary extras of First Class for less. So, you know what they say about the early bird.
*Advance tickets are non-refundable and only valid for travel on the train you purchased your ticket for. Tickets purchased during a sale may be cheaper than Advance tickes.
Fully flexible tickets:
buy anytime and travel anytime
If you'd like the freedom to hop on any train you want, these are the tickets for you. There's no need to plan your day around catching a train, leaving you free to make the most of your time.
Go for First Anytime to get total flexibility plus all those extra touches of luxury and comfort. Ideal for when you're stuck in a meeting that could overrun. Don't worry, you can unwind onboard while we whisk you home once you're done.
Enjoy First Class and all the
benefits that comes with it
Travel First Class and the service begins even before your journey does, in one of our First Class lounges*. Then once on board, enjoy the extra touches that really make a difference, like stretching out in a comfier, roomier seat and complimentary refreshments, direct to your table.
*Virgin Trains First Class lounges are situated at Brimingham International, Birmingham New Street, Coventry, Crewe, Liverpool Lime Street, London Euston, Manchester Piccadilly, Runcorn, Stoke-on-Trent and Wolverhampton.
It's simple - the earlier you book, the less you pay. You can do it up to 12 weeks in advance, but even the day before can save you a pretty penny in comparison to buying on the day. It's also an easy way to guarantee you get a seat. Check the calendar below to see when the cheaper Advance tickets are available for reservation.
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*Advance tickets are non-refundable and only valid for travel on the train you have purchased your ticket for. Tickets purchased during a sale may be cheaper than Advance tickets.
Travel outside of peak hours to find a cheaper ticket. For example Friday evenings are the most popular time of the week to travel. If you can make your journey on Saturday morning instead, then you'll enjoy quieter trains at some of our best prices. Perfect if you fancy 40 winks in one of our comfy seats.
On the London to Manchester route it can get busy on weekends when there's football on. If you travel when there are no teams from London and Manchester playing each other you'll find cheaper fares.
The quieter times during the week tend to be between 10:30 and 14:30 or after 20:00. Or for really cheap tickets check the earliest and latest trains of the day.
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If you travel regularly a railcard is an effortless way to cut down your costs. You don't have to be a young person, there are lots of railcards to suit a range of travel needs. Find a railcard here but come back here to book to skip the extra booking fees.
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* Free ticket pick up available via FastTicket machines in station. Free ticket fulfilment via e-ticket. For First Class postage a £1.00 fee applies.
Get discounted bus travel when you travel by train. When making a purchase online simply tick the PLUSBUS option on the travel options page of the booking process. A PLUSBUS ticket gives you unlimited bus travel on participating operators' services, around the whole urban area of your selected town(s) from £1.50 (excludes London).
For more information see the PLUSBUS website.
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