If you’re planning a train journey from London to Manchester, there are a few things you should know.Let’s have a look at the different ways you can save money on your train ticket, and how to get the best deal.
Trains aren’t cheap, but it’s often worth looking into an advance fare if you can afford to do so. You’ll also find it easier to book tickets in advance (and sometimes cheaper), particularly if there are limited or discounted seats available.
Book in Advance
The best way to save money on your train ticket is to book early. It’s often cheaper to buy tickets in advance than at the station, so it’s worth checking out a few different options before deciding what is most suitable for you. You can get cheaper tickets if you book early and pay for them in advance, or pay more if you don’t manage to do this. If there are no cheaper fares available when booking online then it may be worth paying the full price and booking at the station rather than trying to find a cheaper fare later on.
Get a Train Pass
If you have time, consider getting a train pass with unlimited travel across Great Britain. This is ideal for travellers who plan on visiting multiple cities over several days or even weeks at a time because it allows unlimited travel between any two stations within Great Britain without having to buy additional tickets each time they depart or arrive at those locations.The first and most obvious way is to buy a railcard. Railcards offer discounts on all standard class fares, including the cost of your train ticket. The best deal is probably the 11-18 Railcard, which costs £30. This gives you an 11% discount on most standard class fares, including the cost of your train ticket. It doesn’t apply to Advance tickets or any First-Class tickets, though.
You can also save money by booking in advance, but this isn’t always possible if you’re travelling at short notice. If you can’t book online then it’s worth checking out the availability of cheap tickets before heading to the station in person – some stations also have cheaper off-peak deals available.
Buy Standing Room Only Tickets
If you’re travelling with friends or family, you might want to consider buying standing room only tickets. This means that you’ll be able to move around the carriage as much as you like and make yourself comfortable during the journey.
If there’s one thing that can save you money on your London to Manchester train journey, it’s using a comparison site such as Train saver (UK) or Rail Europe (Europe).Some train operators offer discounts for those who use their own cards (such as Oyster Cards) or other forms of payment like cash or debit cards. These can be worth checking out if you don’t have an Oyster Card and want to avoid paying full price for your train tickets.