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Fare bargains

Rail is always the best way to get around Britain and often there are bargain fares too.

Rail rover and ranger and Groupsave tickets are good buys.

Many of the rail companies' promotions are at Promotions

You can find others on operators' websites. Links can be found at Train operators

An independent guide is available at cheap train tickets.

Some of the cheapest tickets are released by train operators 12 weeks in advance of travel.

A chart giving the dates when cheap tickets become available can be seen here

But you can sometimes buy cheaper tickets, the day before you travel.

You can buy train tickets online from various websites, have them delivered to your home or collect them from a machine at almost any rail station (not necessarily the one you leave from). The trainline.com imposes booking charges but others, including East Coast, do not.

There are also good deals available on train operator and other websites:

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Chiltern Railways

Derbyshire day rover

A Derbyshire Wayfarer is a one-day rover for trains and buses in the county. £12 adult and £6 child (5-15) or a senior. £22 for a group of up to two adults and three children.

East Coast

East Midlands Trains

Eurostar

Booking early can save you money. Eurostar tickets are usually released 120 days before travel. Some British train operators also offer Eurostar tickets with through travel. Make sure your ticket for UK travel is to "London International" which should avoid expensive travel costs in London.

Grand Central Railway

Greater Anglia

Heathrow Express

Heathrow Connect

Hull Trains

Ireland

SailRail tickets are available between Great Britain and Ireland using the Holyhead and Fishguard routes

Island Line Isle of Wight

Manchester area Day Rover (Wayfarer)

Wayfarer costs £11 (child and over-60s £6) and covers Manchester, as well as large parts of Derbyshire, as far as Matlock, Crich, and Grindleford as well as covering Rochdale, Bury, Bolton, Wigan, Warrington, and Northwich. Group (two adults and two children): £21

Greater Manchester PTE

Merseytravel

Northern Rail

Cumbria Day Ranger
£40.50 adults (£26.75 with a railcard), £20.25 children (£7.70 with Family & Friends railcard)

Cumbrian Coast
£19 adults (£12.55 with a railcard), £9.50 children (£3.60 with Family & Friends railcard)

Cumbria Round Robin
£28 adults (£18.50 with a railcard), £14 children (£5.30 with Family & Friends railcard)

Lakes Day Ranger
£21.50 adults (£13.20 with a railcard), £10.75 children, £42 Family ticket

Hadrian's Wall Country Line Day Ranger
£20.00 adult (£13.55 with railcard) £10 child (£3.80 with Family & Friends railcard)

North East Round Robin
£46 adult (£30.35 with railcard) £23 child (£8.75 with Family & Friends railcard)

Tyne and Tees Day Ranger
£21 adult (£13.85 with railcard) £10.50 child (£4 with Family & Friends railcard)

Cheshire Day Ranger
£22 adult (£14.50 with railcard) £11 child (£4.20 with Family & Friends railcard)

Lancashire Day Ranger
£22 adult (£14.50 with railcard) £11 child (£4.20 with Family & Friends railcard)

South Pennines Day Ranger
£22 adult (£14.50 with railcard) £11 child (£4.20 with Family & Friends railcard)

East Yorkshire Day Ranger
£23 adults (£15.20 with a railcard), £11.50 child (£4.35 with Family & Friends railcard)

Yorkshire Coast Day Ranger
£19 adults (£12.55 with a railcard), £9.50 child, £38 Family ticket

ScotRail sleepers

Southeastern

Southern

South West Trains

Wales

Cardiff Valleys senior railcard gives half fare for people over 60

Explore Wales Flexipass (four days rail and eight days bus in eight days) £94 £63 with railcard), £47 child

North Wales Rover

South Wales Flexi Rover

Cambrian Railcard

West Yorkshire Day Rover

One of the best travel bargains in Britain must be the family day rover which gives travel on rail and most buses in the Leeds area. The ticket costs £11.40 for two adults and three children throughout West Yorkshire from Todmorden to Pontefract and Ilkley to Holmfirth. It can be bought at bus stations and most post offices, some tourist information offices but sometimes at rail stations. £7.70 for one adult. Train only £6.80. People who live outside the area can buy by post from West Yorkshire PTE, 40-50 Wellington Street, Leeds LS21 2DE. Tel: 0113 251 7272

More information

Full details of all these special offers from national railways enquiry line 08457 484950

Northern Ireland Railways
Belfast Visitor Pass
£6.30 adult one day, £3.65 child; £10.50 adult two days, £5.75 child; £14 adult three days, £7.50 child

Irish Rail

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