In the UK, the fares of rail have raised to 25% since 2011. The rail fares can be especially exorbitant if you travel on inner-city routes at the peak times. It often gets difficult to find the cheapest fares due to the sheer complexity of fares.
We have brought some useful tips for you that will help you cut the cost of rail travel.
Booking advance tickets right before travel can help you make some savings. Cut-off times differ by the operator; 6 pm or 11.59 are the cut-off times in most cases but sometimes you can purchase advance tickets online with CrossCountry right before 15 minutes of departure.
Take a slower route
Taking a slower route can help you make big savings. For instance, the cost of traveling on the main route can be £190 at the peak time. But if you decide to take the longer route, it will allow you to save £110. In slower route, you’ll have to change trains in Salisbury and it will also take 75 minutes extra than the main route.
Book well ahead
The costs of tickets are cheaper if you buy them earlier. Around 12 weeks before departure, cheapest fixed-time advanced tickets are released by the train companies that are limited. National Rail Chart can help you decide that which company’s tickets can you book in advance. You can also get email alerts by registering with the train line.
Avoid booking fees
There are agents that will charge you some extra fee for online booking which can range from 25p-£1.50. It appears to be a minor amount but being a frequent traveler, it will cost you a lot. You won’t pay any extra fee if you book through the web sites of train operators.
These are the basic strategies that you can use while traveling on rails in the UK.