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rail bookingNeed to make a rail booking?

If you need to make a rail booking, buying your train tickets in advance, could save you anything up to 80% on the usual cost of day of departure tickets. A rail booking can be made anything up to 12 weeks in advance of the journey date when the cheapest type of train tickets, known as advance fares normally become available.

Making a rail booking with Raileasy

Raileasy is dedicated to helping you find the cheapest train train ticket for your journey. We are fully National Rail accredited and sell cheap train tickets for services operated by all train companies in the UK. As an independent, impartial retailer our site will always default to display the lowest fares available for your journey unless you specify otherwise

Our Best Fare Guarantee

Whilst we always recommend making your rail booking up to 12 weeks in advance to ensure a good discount, cheap train tickets are sometimes released a little later. If you make a rail booking and later find cheap train tickets at a lower price for exactly the same journey available on our website- the same dates, same times etc., make a new rail booking, let us know your old and new reference numbers and we will refund you on the original, more expensive rail booking in full.


Other Ways You Can Save on the Cost of your Rail Booking

1. Check our Cheapest Fare Finder

  • If you're prepared to be completely flexible with your travel times, our realtime cheapest fare finder tool is just the ticket to finding cheap train tickets!
  • Our cheapest fare finder tool searches a wider time frame than our ordinary search to flag up cheaper train tickets at different times of the day.
  • Just click on the 'advanced options' tab on the bottom left hand side of the booking engine and select the option marked 'find the cheapest fares throughout the day'

2. Try Booking Split Tickets

If there are no cheap rail fares on your route or you need flexible rail tickets, split ticketing or breaking the journey down into two or more smaller portions with a separate train ticket for each section could be the key to finding cheap train tickets.
In many cases you won't even need to leave the train. Split ticket savings are available on 100s of routes across the National Rail network and are not limited to specific rail journeys or to particular train companies

3. General Tips For Finding Cheap Train Tickets

  • Cheap train tickets are only available in limited quantities and are sold on a first come, first served basis so if you know you're going to be travelling, plan ahead and book well in advance.
  • Cheap train tickets are often available until 6pm the night before travel, so even if you've left it till to the last minute, cheap train tickets offering savings of up to 30% on the cost of tickets bought on the day, could still be on sale.
  • Advance train tickets normally limit you to travelling on the trains booked. Even if you can't commit to travelling on a specific train, avoid travelling in rush hour- travelling off peak is cheaper!
  • If you don't mind travelling for longer for cheaper, try searching for slower/overtaken trains to find cheaper train tickets whn you make your rail booking
  • If more than one company operates services along your route or there is more than one way to get to your destination e.g. going via, or avoiding London, comparing different train companies and different routes could save you £££s

So don't delay, check your route for cheap train tickets with Raileasy today, planning ahead & making your rail booking early could save you a small fortune!

Top tips for cheap train tickets

Book early
Cheaper fares are available up to 12 weeks in advance
Avoid the rush hour
Travelling during Off Peak hours is much cheaper
Choose "overtaken trains"
If you don’t mind your journey being longer you might save if you select "overtaken trains" from the advanced options
Split Your Train Tickets
Splitting your journey down into smaller sections could save you a small fortune on the cost of train travel. Try it here
Use Raileasy!
Of course, we don't need to tell YOU this, but Raileasy's smart booking engine will always default to the cheapest available fare
Go Mobile!
You can now book your tickets on your mobile, including: iphone, Blackberry, Android, Windows Mobile, and ordinary handsets. Click here for more info