As a student, especially if you commute to uni, there is a chance you spend quite a bit of time on the trains. You will definitely know how expensive train travel is as well, and are wondering how to get cheap train tickets, we got you covered.
Read on for tips and tricks on how to get discounts on train tickets and other ways on how to save money when you’re next travelling by train.
If you're looking for a way to save a massive chunk on your train tickets, a
16-25 Student Railcard
Young Persons Railcard
will discount train tickets by a third! Over the year, you could save around £159 on your travel. Students and young adults can save on Standard Anytime, Off-Peak, Super Off-Peak Single and Return tickets. For those looking for more fancy travel, you can even save on First Class Advance tickets. You can even link your 16-25 Railcard with an Oyster Card to get 1/3 off Off-Peak travel around London.
is the easiest way to get cheap tickets. If you're between the ages of 16-25, you can get yourself a
1 Year 16-25 Railcard
costing £30. To save even more money, you can save £20 by getting a
3 Year 16-25 Railcard
, costing you just £70. If you know you’ll need a definite 3 years worth of travel discounts, go for this one. You get the bonus of saving you the hassle of having to remember to renew your Railcard when it expires.
If you're booking lots of tickets on Trainline, you can buy your railcard directly from them by
. Trainline is an official retailer of Railcards by National Rail. When you buy a digital 16-25 Railcard online with Trainline, it’s stored directly in the Trainline app, so you can use it immediately to get 1/3 off eligible journeys for a whole year.
If you're too old for a Young Persons Railcard, don't dispair. A
has been released to keep you saving money! It still saves you 1/3 on your tickets, and still only costs £30 for a
1 Year 26-30 Railcard
Sometimes splitting your train fare works out cheaper. If you're going on a journey that passes popular interchange stations, you might be able to save yourself a lot of money. Instead of buying a single ticket that gives you access to all the trains needed to get you from A to B, buying each section of your journey separately can bring big discounts to your train tickets.
In the olden days, you'd have to look at this manually, so barely anyone ever did. CBA right? Thankfully, websites and apps like
Split My Fare
do all the hard work for you. They automatically find the cheapest travel options, and let you compare what's best for you.
Always try and book your tickets in advance. As far in advance as you can if we're honest, but even just a week or so before will be enough to save you a small fortune. Leaving your booking until the day before or the day of is a good way to get rid of your hard earned cash fast. The closer the time between booking and when you travel, prices increase massively.
If your Uni time table allows for it, do your best to travel off peak. Train ticket prices get super expensive for those looking to travel during peak times. Not only will you save money, but you will miss the rush of commuters going back and forth from work.
If you’re travelling home for the weekend, especially on Friday, avoiding buying tickets at peak travel times: 6.30am - 9.30 am and 15.30-18.30. Travelling during the week can be slightly cheaper than travelling on a Friday or Saturday in general. As loads of people do little weekend trips, so just bare this in mind when you’re taking a weekend trip back home.
If you're looking to travel abroad, discover the far reaches of Europe, but don't have much money to do it? There's a perfect option for you.
is a super cheap way to hop from one city to another. Plan your European adventure and off you go. We love how flexible interrailing is, and that you can jump on a train at the last minute to wherever your heart takes you.
We hope you're inspired to save your cash when you next travel by train! But if you're considering all your options, and want to think about other ways on
How to Travel on a Budget
visit our guide
. If you’re looking for more advice and information on how to make the most of your time at University, check out our
Uni Life Advice Hub