Save on Travel with Virgin Trains in 2017

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With Summer holidays fast approaching there has never been a better time to book ahead and get yourself organised for your next few trips back home or elsewhere. As always, Virgin Trains have some of the best transport links available in the UK, and what’s even better is the discounted tickets you can get when you know where to look. Find out how to get the best value for your money this Spring and Summer on your travel!

Find the right ticket for you with Virgin Trains

There are different types of tickets, so it’s important to make sure you have the right one for your virgin trains journey. It’ll save you money, and maybe some hassle and time as well.

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Advance

Feeling organised? Booking your tickets in advance can save you a lot of money. It’s simple: the earlier you book, the cheaper the tickets and the more options you’ll have (with the best availability starting from 12 weeks ahead of travel).

Advance tickets are available on most of our trains. You just need to remember that they tie you to a specific train time – perfect if you can commit to it.

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Anytime

If you’re feeling spontaneous, or you don’t like being tied to specific train times, choose an Anytime fare. You get complete freedom to hop on any train you want, whenever you want.

Anytime tickets also give you the freedom to break your journey at any station along your route (ideal for a bit of sightseeing or overnight stay). Anytime single tickets are valid for up to five days after you purchase them, and if you get a return ticket, the return journey is valid for a month.

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Off-Peak

Off-Peak fares are a great way to save money on the full price fare. You can buy them at any time, then travel during those quieter off-peak periods.

If you’re not travelling to a tight deadline, Off-Peak fares might be perfect for you. Aim to travel during the middle of the day and evenings, or at weekends. If you can be flexible with your journey times, choose an Off-Peak ticket.

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Super Off-Peak

Save money and stretch out your legs with Super Off-Peak fares. If you can travel outside the rush hour, you’ll find your fare is much cheaper and the train is quieter too. If you’re travelling on direct services between London and Rugby, Coventry, Birmingham and Wolverhampton, our great value Super Off-Peak ticket may be the one for you.

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Season Ticket

A Season ticket gives you unlimited travel on a journey of your choice. It is a great way to save some serious cash if you make the same journey more than three or four times a week. Just choose the two stations you travel between most, purchase a Season ticket, and get unlimited travel in both directions.

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Book early to save MORE with Virgin Trains

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Thinking ahead can save you some serious pocket money. The further in advance you book, the cheaper your tickets. Standard and First Class tickets are released twelve weeks before departure, and that’s when they’re at their cheapest. But even booking the day before is a great way to bag a bargain. It also means your seat is reserved on the train – which makes it a winning strategy all round.

Use the advance booking calendar available to bag yourself a bargain and avoid having to worry about any last minute panic purchases!

Travel when it’s quieter

Travel outside the rush hour and you’ll save a bundle. Not to mention getting some extra room to stretch out.

Weekends are entirely off-peak. It’s a good idea to check for big events like football matches or festivals, as trains can get a little more cosy at these times.

Weekdays are usually quietest outside the rush hour(s). Try travelling between 10:30 and 14:30, or after 20:00. You’ll find our trains are much quieter, and you’ll save money at the same time.

Travel as a family or as a group to save money

Taking the whole gang somewhere? Save everyone money using a Group Travel ticket. It’s a smart way to get around if you’re with family, friends, a school group, colleagues, or all of the above. Booking is a doddle and you can even get seats together as well!

If you’re travelling in a group of 3 to 9 people, a group booking discount could save everyone 20% off the Advance tickets. If you’re in charge of booking tickets, get ready to be the most popular person in the carriage.

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Get a railcard to save up to £100 a year

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If you travel by train regularly, you need a National Railcard in your life. They get you a third off the standard fare price, which on average, could save you a cool £100 each year. That’s enough to buy a Eurostar ticket, with enough leftover for a croissant and coffee.

Find out how to apply for a railcard here, and once you’ve signed up, remember to use your Railcard when buying tickets with Virgin Trains; they’ll knock a third off your travel price. Nice!

There are five main types of railcard so take a look at which one might suit your best:

16-25 Railcard

Make the most of student travel

  • 1/3 off rail fares
  • Only £30 a year
  • For 16-25-year-olds and full-time students over 25
  • Saves you £161 every year (average annual saving)
  • Three-year Railcard available for just £70

Exclusive offer: Travel during peak times with a Standard Off-Peak ticket – at no extra cost. Applies to discounted Off-Peak tickets purchased prior to 6 September 2017 and only on direct Virgin Trains services on the West Coast Mainline. *Excludes to/from London to Milton Keynes.

Two Together Railcard

Perfect for travel BFFs

  • 1/3 off rail fares
  • Only £30 a year
  • For you and the person you travel with most
  • Saves you £100 every year (average annual saving)

You must both be aged 16 or over

Family and Friends Railcard

Great for groups

  • 1/3 off rail fares
  • Only £30 a year
  • For up to four adults and four children (aged 5-15)
  • Saves you £117 every year (average annual saving)
  • 3 year Railcard available for just £70

Exclusive offer: Travel during peak times with a Standard Off-Peak ticket – at no extra cost. Applies to discounted Off-Peak tickets purchased prior to 6 September 2017 and only on direct Virgin Trains services on the West Coast Mainline. *Excludes to/from London to Milton Keynes.

Senior Railcard

Ideal for mature adventure-seekers

  • 1/3 off rail fares
  • Only £30 a year
  • For people aged 60 and over
  • Saves you £106 every year (average annual saving)
  • 3 year Railcard available for just £70

Exclusive offer: Travel during peak times with a Standard Off-Peak ticket – at no extra cost. Applies to discounted Off-Peak tickets purchased prior to 6 September 2017 and only on direct Virgin Trains services on the West Coast Mainline. *Excludes to/from London to Milton Keynes.

Disabled Persons Railcard

A helping hand with your travel

  • 1/3 off rail fares
  • Only £20 a year
  • For people whose disabilities make train travel difficult
  • Saves you £114 every year (average annual saving)
  • Three-year Railcard available for just £54
  • Disabled Child Railcard also available

Exclusive offer: Travel during peak times with a Standard Off-Peak ticket – at no extra cost. Applies to discounted Off-Peak tickets purchased prior to 6 September 2017 and only on direct Virgin Trains services on the West Coast Mainline. *Excludes to/from London to Milton Keynes.

January is the perfect time to start planning your trips for the year ahead and virgin trains can help you get to destinations throughout the UK faster. BOOK NOW and organise your next family holiday or day out in advance!

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